I do not take abortion and the like lightly. However, sans a constitutional amendment, abortion is a constitutional right. Roe versus Wade may be as bad as Dred Scott, but the Constitution gives the Supreme Court the right to make bad decisions. Also, there is a pro-choice conservative position that opposes having the government make this decision. I no more buy it than I do the decision in the Robinson case in 1883, which struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875. But that argument is there.
Social issues do matter of course. Conservatives oppose abortion because the right to life of the baby supersedes the right to the pursuit of happiness of the mother. After years of being pro-choice, Trump is pro-life, perhaps due to the birth of his youngest son, three months before Trump turned 60. I am sure that at that age he did not want to become a father again. I am guessing he loves it now.
For the rest of conservative values on social issues, consult your nearest Bible, but bear in mind that we should hate the sin but love the sinner.
Which leaves us to the temporal matters of politics. Conservatives believe in the Rule of Law. We are a nation of laws which should apply to all people equally without regard to their position. However, that also must be tempered with prosecutorial discretion. A man who kills his elderly terminally ill wife whom he no longer can care for might not be the best candidate for even a manslaughter charge. Good prosecutors seek justice, which is not always the same as a conviction.
Where we run afoul is having so many laws that enforcing the law is impossible. Regulators pick and chose who to charge. We empower the bureaucracy far beyond the human limit to resist corruption. Selective enforcement is a political tool as well as a means to supplement one's income.
Consider immigration law. Open borders endanger national sovereignty. Lax enforcement serves the interests of both parties. Democrats get votes and Republicans get money from the businesses who benefit from this.
Americans get screwed as wages fall, crime rises, and the values erode. Only 32% of Hispanics have a favorable opinion of capitalism, a Pew poll found. Why are we allowing in people who hate American values?
To be sure, the nation benefited from legal immigration. But illegal? No way.
It is nice to say you oppose Trump on principle, but the truth is if you are for open borders, you are helping undermine American values.
But just because the Never Trump crowd is wrong about open borders, that does not make Trump conservative.
Let us take a look at his positions, in his own words.
On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.
However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make health care more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.
Any reform effort must begin with Congress. Since Obamacare became law, conservative Republicans have been offering reforms that can be delivered individually or as part of more comprehensive reform efforts.U.S.-China trade relations:
If you give American workers a level playing field, they will win. At its heart, this plan is a negotiating strategy to bring fairness to our trade with China. The results will be huge for American businesses and workers. Jobs and factories will stop moving offshore and instead stay here at home. The economy will boom. The steps outlined in this plan will make that a reality. [Snip] Bring China to the bargaining table by immediately declaring it a currency manipulator.The VA:
The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again, and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed – fast.Tax reform:
Too few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle class families cannot make ends meet. This tax plan directly meets these challenges with four simple goals:
- Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.
- Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.
- Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again.
- Doesn’t add to our debt and deficit, which are already too large.
The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.I do not see anything liberal in any of these positions. Add to it making the military stronger and more focused on our needs, and you have the candidate closest to Reagan.