I mean his magazine, not Lowry himself.
As editor of the National Review, Rich Lowry has taken the oldest conservative publication to its inevitable irrelevancy. The "Against Trump" issue 14 months ago was a desperate attempt to give Hillary Clinton the presidency so Lowry and the PC conservatives could regain control of the Republican Party.
Since then his magazine and its core authors have given Trump advice that he sagely disregards, and has made predictions that fall so short that they make Nate Silver seem prescient.
Lowry's take on Trump's speech showed a lack of the basics of conservatism by a confused Washington lifer.
It was truly bizarre to see Republicans standing and cheering the passages on protectionism and infrastructure spending, but this is the change Trump has wrought in the party. We still don’t know where Trump will end up policy-wise on these matters–he seemed to tip-toe up to endorsing a border adjustment tax, but he didn’t go all the way, and he mentioned the $1 trillion number on infrastructure without explicitly saying it would all be more spending. He was also vague on the Obamacare replacement. I thought his endorsement of a tax credit might be significant, but I’m told it doesn’t really push the debate on Capitol Hill one way or the other.Why would Republicans not cheer protectionism? That was its policy from the start, in part because the South supported free trade as it exchanged slave-produced cotton for cheap products.
Lincoln opposed free trade. He imposed a 44 percent tariff on imports.
In a speech on October 4, 1892, future president William McKinley said:
Under free trade the trader is the master and the producer the slave. Protection is but the law of nature, the law of self-preservation, of self-development, of securing the highest and best destiny of the race of man.Every Republican president up to and including Reagan supported protectionism.
Then came the Bushes, and the New World Order, and the mess we are in today.
As Lowry and his fellow PC conservatives push forth their revisionist history, I want to tell them to shove it where the sun doesn't shine: the South Pole on the summer solstice.
As for Republicans opposing infrastructure spending, two words:
Transcontinental railroadTwo more:
Panama CanalTwo more:
Hoover DamThree more:
St. Lawrence SeawayTwo more:
Interstate highwaysThe railroad we paid for with land, not money. But all these projects helped accommodate commerce, and along with a policy of protectionism, made this nation great.
Coolidge championed the Hoover Dam, which private enterprise tried but failed to do.
Lowry runs an irrelevant enterprise that has reached the end cycle of its usefulness. It needs desperately an infusion of clear thought, unadulterated by the swamp gas of Washington.
I suggest replacing Lowry with Patrick Buchanan.
And ownership to Conrad Black.
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