Outside of immigration, Donald Trump is a liberal. Outside of immigration, Donald Trump is to the left of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and at times he’s even to the left of Hillary Clinton. Immigration is Donald Trump’s Republican stance. On just about everything else, he’s running as a democrat.
His supporters don’t see it that way. They usually fall into one of two camps: those who believe he’s a conservative because of his immigration stance and those who are switching to his populist narrative and not worrying about conservatism anymore. The first group gets something of a pass since they’re simply being misled by Trump’s incredible sales pitch and his unwillingness to offer details about his policies. The second group has no excuse for betraying the conservative values that can save this country. They are becoming the very people that they’re protesting against and for that, they deserve to experience the fruits of their decision to become the pawns of Democratic lawmakers.
First, let’s address those who believe that Trump is a conservative. The narrative has been that he was once a Democrat and held liberal beliefs for his whole life, but sometime in the last few years he abandoned five decades of liberalism to become a conservative. Rather than point out the unlikeliness of the scenario, let’s simply address his current stances that are liberal.
- He supports affirmative action, even denouncing Antonin Scalia in December for questioning the efficacy of racial preference.
- His tax plan is progressive despite calls from conservative economists for years to move to a flat tax that will save taxpayers money while improving economic conditions across the board.
- He supports funding Planned Parenthood.
- At no point has he discussed reducing the size of government and nearly all of his policy proposals call for increased government intervention.
- On foreign policy, he echoes Hillary Clinton almost perfectly. He talks a good game about the military but has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin as the person who should take down ISIS and prop up Syria.
- Regarding the Supreme Court, he has proposed that his pro-abortion, anti-gun-rights sister would make a “tremendous” Supreme Court Justice.
- Arguably the least discussed and most glaring liberal perspective is his proclaimed admiration for entitlements. This is the epitome of liberal and populist perspectives that will bankrupt the country if not addressed immediately.
There’s more, of course, but let’s let the pundits describe his lack of conservatism even further.
If you want to support Trump, don't do so because you think he's a Conservative. Populist or Nationalist maybe. https://t.co/AbnjQz8jJ7
— Brian Gass (@RBrianGass) February 13, 2016
— Conservative Haven (@ConservativeHav) February 15, 2016
— JD Rucker (@0boy) February 8, 2016
— Francisco Gonzalez (@fgonzalez1978) January 22, 2016
— JD Rucker (@0boy) February 7, 2016
— Joseph A. Gallant (@JosephAGallant) February 8, 2016
Donald Trump is not a conservative. Neither are those racists who support him https://t.co/KEi2h0iCnv
— Telegraph Comment (@TeleComment) February 12, 2016
— Hunter Greene (@huntergreene) February 15, 2016
Now, let’s talk to those who have abandoned their own conservative principles (or who never really had them in the first place) and gain a clear understanding of what populism does to the country. We are experiencing the results of populism today. Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and the other “moderate” Republicans have been embracing populism for decades. In fact, one can make a clear case that Ronald Reagan was the last President to fight the evils of populism on his way to building up a strong America. Ever since he left office, the Republican Establishment and the old guard among the Neocons have done everything they can to revive populism in the hearts and minds of Republicans.
Populism sells because it makes a little sense on the surface. Work with the Democrats for “forward” progress. Denounce ideologies for the sake of getting things done. Increase budgets and abandon sound economic principle because a future politician can deal with it when it gets really bad. This last point is important because today, things are already really bad despite what any populist or liberal tells you. Our economy is hanging by a thread and the wrong moves to continue down the populist path will cause a catastrophic economic collapse at some point in the near future. In fact, it will probably happen in the next Presidential term if a Democrat or Trump is elected. Why? Because the false pretenses of quantitative easing have created a bubble that must burst. Unless the direction is changed immediately, there is no possible other conclusion than for it to burst and for the economy to fall apart.
It takes a balanced budget to prevent this collapse. Populism in general and Trump’s proposals in particular go squarely against the notion of balancing the budget. He’s proposing reducing revenues by $9.4 trillion while increasing expenses dramatically. His policy stance that he’ll find the money in places where politicians don’t look sounds great in a stump speech, but unless he knows something that literally no other person in the world knows about national economics and the geopolitical sphere, he’s making a campaign promise akin to a junior high student council candidate promising to make the water fountains spew Kool Aid and having Dominoes pizza delivered to every class twice a day. It’s great for getting cheers or manipulating ignorant voters, but it’s impossible to make happen.
It’s been echoed for years that true conservatism is the only thing that can save this country. Now that we finally have an opportunity to nominate a conservative like Ted Cruz, many in the Republican party are embracing a liberal.