Monday, February 22, 2016

A Trump Win Would Be The Death Of Conservatism

I have seen some good articles explaining that if the GOP were to actually nominate Donald Trump, that would be the beginning of the end of the Republican Party.  I don't think it would be the end of the Republican Party as we know it, but I do believe it would be the end of conservatism as we know it (i.e., the William F. Buckley, Jr.,  Ronald Reagan conservative movement).


It's not just the fact that the "conservative" Party, the Republican Party would be nominating someone who is not a hard core conservative, as we have named more moderate candidates before and the conservative movement still stands strong.  We would be nominating someone who has taken views and made statements totally contradictory to conservatives [like his position on eminent domain for private businesses, or his imposing a huge tariff on imports, or his being "neutral" between Israel and the Palestinians, or his 9-11 truther kook statements against George W. Bush] and they are being dismissed as unimportant because he is an "outsider" not part of the "establishment".  Sheesh, we might as well go all the way and support Bernie Sanders-that'll teach the establishment.  

I used to remember a time when strong conservatives used to bemoan those "squishy conservative Republicans", those RINOs.  Now we are embracing the biggest RINO and least conservative person in the GOP field just because this guy "talks tough" [no matter how inane that talk is] and his nomination will teach the establishment a lesson.  "They just don't get it."

His nomination by the "conservative" party over the many good strong conservatives in the field [like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Governor Scott Walker, etc.], would signal an embrace of anger and emotion and non-establishment, for non-establishment's sake, over conservatism.  Think of the many great conservatives there are in the Republican Party, like congressman Trey Gowdy and Senator Tom Cotton and congressmen Jim Jordan and Jason Chaffetz and Senator Mike Lee, who can be [as some in this election cycle have been] dismissed because they are the so-called "establishment".

Let's say Trump is nominated this time and loses the general election, who would we turn to in the next presidential election in 4 can't be one of those establishment conservatives as they have been found unworthy to be our nominee, just because they are the establishment [i.e., an elected GOP official]...and anyway conservative principles wouldn't matter because someone who speaks tough [i.e., insults women and Mexicans and people with physical disabilities] would "trump" the conservative principles of limited government, constitutional adherence, free market [pro trade] economy, a strong defense, and the United States playing the major role in the world.  

Conservatives sure wouldn't find a home in the Democrat Party.  And to think a third party made up of conservatives breaking away from the Republican Party could succeed is just a pipe-dream.  So, again I ask, where would conservatives find a home?

And let's say Trump is nominated and actually won the presidency, which I think is a long shot considering this guy has 60% disapproval rating with the general public, what would that do?  That would legitimize this outside, emotional angry non-conservative brand as the future of the Republican Party over its history of Ronald Reagan conservatism. 

Yes, the Republican Party would still go on and be a viable party, but it being the party of constitutional conservatism would be dead. 

The left, in their nominating process, and the nation, in the general election, fell for the "hope and change" Barack Obama.  Of course, that was based on far leftist ideology.

Now will the right, in our nominating process and the nation in the general election, fall for the "make America great again" Donald Trump.  Unfortunately, Trump and his blustery mantra is not based on conservative ideology.  

I remember ever since I have listened to Rush Limbaugh, one of his main points is that conservatism wins every time it is tried.  Well, we will find out Rush.  If the Republicans nominates Trump, that means conservatism couldn't even win in the Republican Party. 

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