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Friday, June 10, 2016

Is Trump a conservative?

Many commentators in Washington maintain that Trump and his supporters are not conservatives. These critics offer as proof his statements over the years on social issues. Also, he bought off a series of liberal politicians including the Clintons as part of the price of doing business.

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:
  1. 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.
  1. Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.
  1. Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again.
  1. 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.

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  1. I'm not convinced it matters whether Trump is conservative or liberal at heart, anymore than it mattered whether you were Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or whatever, storming the beaches at Normandy. The enemy of everything decent is clear, and the need to put a stop to its advance through the institutions of society is clear. If Trump will lead the charge, who cares what's on his dog tags, convictions-wise?

  2. The President enforces the laws as passed by Congress. At least, that's the way it is supposed to work. It doesn't really matter if Trump is a "true conservative" or not. What matters is that Congress pass conservative legislation and, if required, override a veto. - Elric

    1. Considering what was presented to us as a "true conservative", I think you have to look at deeds, not words.

  3. Having listened to him do countless interviews with Cavuto over the years, he always came across to me as a pretty conservative guy.

    As for his views on abortion, those began changing about 5 years ago, bit, even then, weren't as Lefty as the One True Ted and his propagandists would have people believe. Ann Coulter did a piece a few weeks ago on the subject and I have to say it showed the man to be a lot more thoughtful and principled on the subject than your average Lefty.

    "However, sans a constitutional amendment, abortion is a constitutional right."

    Barring a decision reversing it. Abortion is less and less popular since ultrasound showed what exactly was in the womb. So things can change, and I think a lot of them will, as the hippie dippy generation fades away.

    Slavery and segregation were rights, too.

  4. "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon."

    Not according to the Ninth Circuit appeals court. Once again this most liberal court has given the middle finger to the SCOTUS. And with the SCOTUS deadlocked at 4 conservative justices and 4 morons, there is no way the 9th's misruling will get overturned soon.

  5. This is what Trump learned to succeed in spite of, and why many oppose him since he's been on the victim side of government and unions

    "On the construction site at Columbus Circle in Manhattan, an outside freight elevator was built to lift crews and materials. It was operated by an "elevator engineer" who pushed floor buttons at the rate of $ 37 per hour, competing for the title of world's most expensive bellhop. Two union goons, armed with crowbars, sat at the foot of the elevator all day in lawn chairs, sipping coffee, reading newspapers, or listening to the Howard Stern Show on the radio. Their job was to tell the crews that the elevator was unavailable - at least that's what they told my friend when he needed to lift his workers. But after his boss arrived from Queens with $ 500 in cash for the goons, the elevator became readily available to their crew for the duration of one week. Thus my college-educated friend learned a new rule of union mechanics: the wheels of a freight elevator needed to be greased for it to appear. This know-how wasn't taught in school, but it appears to be common knowledge on construction sites in New York."

    Atbashian, Oleg (2011-02-02). Shakedown Socialism: Unions, Pitchforks, Collective Greed, The Fallacy of Economic Equality, and other Optical Illusions of "Redistributive Justice" (pp. 25-26). Oleg Atbashian. Kindle Edition.

  6. I don't give a Damn if he is not conservative or Conservative. That got us Dems in "Republican" clothes. It got us McCain and Romney. He is to the right of Hillary and he speaks of our rights. That is good enough for me.

  7. The Jacobin Conservatives of NRO, Weakly Standard and talk radio will ever accept Trump because he is not pure enough to pass muster with them. They couldn't care less what 13 million Republican voters want.

  8. I'd be happy just to have a president who doesn't openly despise the country.

  9. OK, y'all. The Legacy Of Reagan is over. It's done. If you have Millenial kids, you know that's true. What's needed now for our survival and a chance at happiness is to rally around DJT and protect what little we have left. In twenty years this place will look like Mad Max. And the adult children will be wandering around, muttering about how wrong it is that their parents didn't hook them up with a delivery pizza for dinner. The time is now.

  10. If Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, the Repubocrat unipartei senators and congresscritters, the staffs of the National Review and Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Mark Levin and the rest of the globalist open borders NWO talk show hosts are "conservatives" then I want no part of it.

    They can all go to hell.

  11. Umm. I wonder why Nonnyass hasn't commented.