Conservatives should support Trump, but don’t give him a free pass

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Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States and as such, he deserves our respect (yes, even if you’re a Democrat). As a Republican who has promised to do some good things for the country, he should also receive the support of conservatives who balked against him during the primaries because of his leftist mentality and liberal core. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

When Trump does the right things, I will cheer. When he does the wrong things, I will oppose. That should be the mindset of every conscientious American patriot. His first unofficial move as President was to cut a deal (it’s what he does best, remember) with Carrier to keep 1000 jobs in the United States. On the populist surface, this seems like a good thing. Dig just a little deeper and it’s very clear that this was a textbook example of crony capitalism. That should worry us all.

In fact, it’s already worrying many. Not surprisingly, pundits like Ben ShapiroKevin D. Williamson, Jay Caruso, PattericoMark Levin, and Robert Tracinski were quick to go after the deal. What’s mildly surprising is that Mike Pence, a former free market capitalist, has embraced Trump’s fair trade mantra so smoothly. What’s even more surprising is that some of Trump’s most fanatical supporters are starting to question him even before he takes office. Of note in this crew is Sarah Palin. Her piece over at Young Conservatives isn’t a direct attack, but more of a shot across the bow to remind Trump (and conservatives) that winning through crony capitalism isn’t actually winning at all and can do long-term damage. For the first time in over a year, I completely agree with the former Alaska governor.

Regardless of who won the election, we were going to build the Federalist Party. We waited to see what would happen with the election first because we knew our message delivery strategy would change based upon the status of the Presidency and Congress. The message itself would never change regardless of who’s in power; we are a party that believes in dramatically cutting the overreach by the federal government by reducing their budgets, bureaucracy, and power. The message is constant, but how we were to deliver it depended on the power structure in DC.

Now that the lines have been drawn, we know how to deliver the message. It aligns perfectly with how Americans should handle the next two years of President Trump with his GOP-controlled Congress. Support the small government initiatives, if any, that they propose. Object to the ongoing bloating of the federal government that both major parties gravitate towards with the majority of their actions.

Whether you’re a Republican or not, you should embrace this mentality. Whether you were a Trump acolyte from day one, a reluctant Trump-supporter once he secured the nomination, or one who felt that Trump has been and always will be too liberal to protect our individual freedoms and reduce the size of government, you should adopt the stance of supporting him when he’s right and dissenting when he’s wrong.

We’ve seen what happens when a political group fawns over their leader without question. President Obama was a disappointment for many liberals who thought he would deliver on his promises. To this day, he’s still loved mostly because liberals hate Trump and didn’t fully embrace Hillary Clinton, so they’ve continued to put Obama on a pedestal. They willfully ignore that fact that his two greatest “achievements” – Obamacare and the Iran Nuclear Deal – are both disasters. Conservatives, Republicans, and Federalists must not make the same mistake.

Trump is just a man. He’s talented and eventually learned to make the most out of the money he was born into and the natural sales skills he’s mastered throughout his life, but to act as if all of his actions are gold-plated is foolish. One does not have to oppose his Presidency in order to oppose his liberal actions. It takes discernment to realize that crony capitalism is bad even if it helps to save jobs. Are those 1000 jobs worth it if it costs 2000 jobs in the long term? Is keeping Carrier in the United States a good thing if its competitors who never considered leaving the country get shafted for staying loyal to the nation? What precedent is being set by an administration when it’s already so willing to make unprincipled deals before it’s even fully formed?

As Americans, we owe the office of the President our complete respect. As conservatives, we should support constitutionally sound moves made by the administration and Congress. As Federalists, we should embrace moves that are designed to reduce the overreach of the federal government. Anything outside of those boundaries should receive the same dissent that we would give if the ideas were promoted by President Obama instead.

JD Rucker

JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as Soshable, a Federalist Christian Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.

  1. Well, here again, someone writes without having done even the barest research on the HVAC industry. I’ve written many comments now about this, but it’s especially painful to see this here, considering I’m a supporter.

    Facts are, most of the competition is already outside the US. Almost ALL PARTS are made in China, Mexico, and several other countries. Most manufacturer’s build more than one brand, for instance, Carrier builds four different brands. So those competitors are mostly their
    OWN MAKES ,!!! Carrier already manufactures coils in Mexico, and the HVAC manufacturing in Mexico is expected to grow by 25% next year. Carrier also expects to use compressors from South Korea soon, if not already.

    What really ticks me off, is all those people linked to in this article, are some of the biggest Trump haters, who failed to do the barest research for their articles as well. This speaks very poorly for those who we are supposed to trust in conservative media. Now, I was not a fan of Trump, but he is winning my trust so far, with his behavior and cabinet picks since the election. And what Pence and Trump did, was no different than what the vast majority of States have been doing all along, like giving tax breaks to companies who will move to, or stay in their State. Texas would be a prime example. The Carolina’s as well. So all the knee jerk reactions by conservatives looks just like leftist MSM! Very sad indeed.

    1. Then it seems to me that you have missed the two essential points of the article. First and foremost is that it does not matter whoever does it, crony capitalism is wrong. Government should never be in the business of threatening any company in order to enforce compliance. It hurts free market economies.

      Second, we as conservatives, need to hold politicians accountable, regardless of where they stand in the political spectrum. The details of who makes what where does nothing to change that. If you are interested in having a free market economy, you cannot have government interference.

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