Saturday, May 21, 2016

Trump Can't Kill Conservatism

Sell your Adam Smith ties, everybody, and smash your busts of Ronald Reagan. It’s all over.
Why? Because we have entered a new era of “nationalism,” or “patriotism,” or simply “Trumpism,” and the GOP will never again be a traditionally and ideologically conservative party.
That seems to be the conclusion of a vast and growing number of prominent conservative commentators who are sure that Donald Trump has changed, or destroyed, conservatism forever. Type “The Republican Party is Dead” or “GOP R.I.P.” into a search engine, and you’ll get a sense of how far and wide this notion has spread.
Consider the inestimable Peggy Noonan, writing from the Olympian heights of the Wall Street Journal. She is increasingly adamant that Trump has ushered in a grand new era, a kind of Year Zero for the American right. The once-conservative masses no longer want to hear about liberty or freedom — they want to be “protected” by government, Noonan wrote in February.
As Trump solidified his power, Noonan set about to shoot the wounded. “Those conservative writers and thinkers who have for nine months warned the base that Mr. Trump is not a conservative should consider the idea that a large portion of the Republican base no longer sees itself as conservative,” she wrote last month.
Read the rest of Jonah Goldberg's op-ed HERE.

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cimbri said...

It's fairly obvious to any objective observer, that conservatism has weakened the nation since Reagan left office. We all know the history - disastrous multi-trillion dollar hot wars; trade deals that damaged the middle class, and created a dangerous Chinese superpower; and last but not least, a semi-permanent demographic Democratic majority. Even before Reagan, a key element of the 1965 immigration law, was unfortunately penned with a conservative amendment, which innocently sought to keep families together. Once again, conservatism trumped common sense and damaged the nation.

We're at a tipping point, where the immigrants, both legal and illegal, are holding the nation hostage. The current conventional wisdom, is that either we keep turning a blind eye to enforcing the immigration laws, or Hispanics won't vote for the Republican Party. That's absolutely unacceptable. A dangerous situation has been created with too many next door immigrants in country, similar to Russians in the Ukraine. We all saw those protesters waving Mexican flags at Trump's rally, demanding that he let in unlimited immigrants and not enforce the law. Unbelievably, one of the top conservatives, Ted Cruz, actually blamed Trump, a presidential candidate, for the actions of foreign protesters on US soil!

The nationalists, like me, had to take the reins away and begin to right the ship. That doesn't mean there won't be immigration and trade; there will be, but it will be based on what is good for the USA, not whether or not, various peoples are entitled to trade with us or emigrate here. Maybe some day, when conservatives understand their first and foremost duty is to defend our unique and irreplaceable nation-state, one of them might be allowed to govern again as the chief executive, but that is probably decades away, and rightfully so. The damage has to be reversed, and it's going to be a mighty undertaking.

RomneyMan said...

cimbri is correct