Is billionaire and Republican front runner Donald J. Trump a conservative, or not?
Fox News’ Jesse Watters has made the best possible case that he is.
“Come on, let’s talk about his conservative principles on the three core issues Donald Trump is about; immigration, national security and jobs. He is the most conservative guy out there and he is setting the agenda,” Watters said on Friday, responding to National Review‘s anti-Trump manifesto. He could have added a few others, like guns.
But that’s not quite convincing enough for many conservatives. Trump’s vehemence about his views should not, and does not, obscure the fact that they are, for the most part, very new.
This is a man, after all, who criticized 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for using the term “self-deportation” because it was “mean-spirited.” That was, for those keeping track, one election ago.
Now Trump wants all Muslims barred. (Ahem.)
True, Trump has been willing to sacrifice his own brand for the sake of his newly conservative posture–a sign that he is serious.
But let us stipulate, for argument’s sake, that Trump has a “mixed record on conservatism,” as my colleague Ben Shapiro put it rather diplomatically.
There are many conservatives who still support him wholeheartedly, and there is a real conservative case for Trump. And I say this as an observer who has been skeptical of Trump from the start.
The Buckley rule. William F. Buckley, Jr., whom Trump cites to defend “New York values,” urged conservatives to support the most conservative candidate who can win. And Trump may be the only one, in an election that will decide the Supreme Court’s future.
Whatever the head-to-head polls say on any given day, unless she is indicted, Hillary Clinton is likely to win this year. She has the Electoral College in her favor, and the media on her side.
Only Trump has shown the daring necessary to challenge Clinton’s built-in advantages.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who in theory is the most “electable” Republican in the field, for example, declined to target Clinton over her role in her husband’s scandals. Trump, in contrast, released an ad featuring not only Monica Lewinsky, but also Anthony Weiner. He claims credit for Hillary’s slump in the polls against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and he is partly right.
Other candidates–Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, for one–looked amazing on paper but failed to connect with voters in practice. Cruz, Trump’s closest rival, may yet win Iowa, and has the ability to contest every primary, but has renewed doubts about his ability to win a general election after his “New York values” attack.
Trump, meanwhile, has re-discovered the “Reagan Democrats,” the Holy Grail of Republican politics. He may be the only hope.
The consequentialist case. Trump’s value to conservatism is not what he believes, but what his election would do, regardless of his own policies.
For one thing, as I have argued before, the fact that there is such strong conservative opposition to Trump, as well as a fervent desire among establishment Republicans to be seen opposing him (even if they do say they prefer him to Cruz), means that if he won, Congress might finally stand up to the executive branch.
That is why the possible excesses of a Trump presidency are less fearsome than many think. Much of what he says he wants to do may be unwise (e.g. 45% tariffs on China), or unconstitutional (e.g. broad surveillance of mosques). But Trump will enjoy less deference from a Republican Congress than Obama has, and will have no help at all from the mainstream media. That should please constitutional conservatives who want to restore the balance of powers.
Moreover, just by winning the nomination, Trump will have advanced the conservative cause. While he may have held left-wing views in the past, Trump has largely been running to the right, at least in the primary, affirming the power of the conservative base and conservative principles in an election cycle where the original favorite began by promising to ignore them. A movement that rewards converts even more than stalwarts is well-disposed to expand.
Even if he does not win, a Trump loss would be less damaging to the conservative cause than a loss by any other. If an”establishment” candidate wins the primary, but loses to Clinton, the GOP’s conservative base will give up hope. If a conservative, like Cruz, loses in the general, the establishment will start the purge it has been itching to launch.
But a Trump loss would likely be seen as a once-off, from which both conservatives and the GOP might rebuild.
The importance of victory. But enough about losing. A Trump win would have a galvanizing effect on American politics and the American public, much as Andrew Jackson’s win did in 1828, restoring a sense that voters, and not Washington elites, rule.
Many conservatives–even at the National Review–support him precisely because he is determined to shake up a system in which the status quo is not guided by conservative values but cronyism.
Conservatism is pessimistic about human nature, but optimistic about life. The radical left depends on hopelessness, while conservatism thrives on happiness. Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 was, in a sense, the last achievement of his failed presidency, which still depends on casting America as a nation in crisis.
A Trump win would not, by itself, “make America great again.” but it would urge Americans to believe that we still have the answers within.
Lets note right off, that you or someone has put in your OWN words down below the quote.
Nuff said. Your starting to act like a phony.
Using a current picture with an old Trump statement.
W so post some proof that he has clanged over the last 20 years. Just finances and wife's that is all. Like Ron Paul you sell yourself bad info.
Never believe a person that has lived all there life in New York city about politics. They are all political extensions of the Unions. have you ever been there, have you ever done business with anyone from there?
It is a quote from his book ART OF THE DEAL - have you read it? I have.
By now, if everyone was very serious about finding the right candidate they would have defined what the statement "New York Values" really meant. I really thought I had a good guage to who was posting on our sites, maybe I was wrong and there are one hell of a lot of liberal plants or their level of intelligence is a little less.
Trump has made many statements as TRUMP THE ENTERTAINER and author, as such they need to be discounted as hyperbola... exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Trump the Entertainer said he plays to peoples fantasies... using what he called truthful hyperbola. Many of his statements made in public are exaggerated statements... made for effect as an entertainer. Trump the candidate is not the same man as Trump the entertainer. We must separate the two.
The key is that statements made as an entertainer should not be used to judge the man... they are not meant to be taken literally. Wake up... your discernment is lousy.
Trump has played a brilliant campaign, by appealing FIRST to the culture from lowest to highest levels and by transferring his name recognition to the field of politics, swooping them up as he goes.
He has utilized all social media, the MSM who cannot help but cover him; used natural curiosity, kept people hungry for more, built upon our need for nationalism to rise again, and then also used his attack strategy to keep his name constantly before the entire country. I think it has been brilliant. Very little money spent. And he has controlled each topic of concern, no one has taken any topic from him.
0bama was the best branded candidate ever. But TRUMP! has upped 0 in his creativity, imho.
Where would you like me to begin. Single payer healthcare,banning so called assault weapons,for gay marriage,paying off politicians, praising putin,etc,etc. Someone who talks about himself as he does,says to me,he wants to be king. Nobody praises him as much as he praises himself,narcisist.
I would like you to start with the first question I asked.
And to this, "Single payer healthcare,banning so called assault weapons,for gay marriage,paying off politicians, praising putin,etc,etc."
I said, "Hmmm, I get the idea that YOU were never wrong in your life."
You said, " Someone who talks about himself as he does,says to me,he wants to be king. Nobody praises him as much as he praises himself,narcisist."
To that I say, All of the candidates talk about their selves.
Im have the impression that since you would not say who you support, you are a troll.
I support the most qualified person to be president, ted cruz. Oh yeah,trump just said that ted cruz is a liar and he looks like a jerk,cmon,this is someone we want as president childish schoolyard crap. Try looking up ted cruz's past of what he has done and accomplished for the nra,for pro life and for American citizens being trampled by this communist govt. That to me is worth more than any amount of crooked money trump has acquired or handed out to shady politicians.
Ted Cruz, very well....let's see what the man really has to offer to our country.
Number of individuals out there support Ted Cruz,...they say is a conservative,...and solid about serious issues;.....well,... let's say that,....that is out there;...
And yet.......the man seems to be.... 'shaking hands under-the-table'
Sen. Ted Cruz also supports temporary legalization status in the immigration bill
Astonishing Video by Ted Cruz to Show Pro-Amnesty Bill Supporters and to Use for Recall Support!
And at the same time (as any smart politician would do.....anyone can remember.....
Ted Cruz Attacks Dreamers To Win the November Midterm Election
Ted Cruz's Hidden Amnesty Agenda, that ALMOST nobody noticed!
Cruz Tries to Claim the Middle Ground on Immigration
Ted Cruz Lays Down Gauntlet on Immigration Bill
Sen. Ted Cruz also supports temporary legalization status in the immigration bill
So, in others words the man is acting like a so called 'moderate' republican (AKA.....a RINO)....shaking hands under-the-table with left and right.....trying and doing deals with GOD and Satan simultaneously....a typical every day establishment republican....from the GOP.
Mr Cruz also makes money pretending to fight against Obamacare...
Ted Cruz’s Fake Fight Against Obamacare Is Making Millions
Simultaneously( in a flip-flop move), the man virtually endorses The Obamacare project with certain kind of 'explanation'
Media freakout over Ted Cruz buying ObamaCare insurance reaches day two
The man is very crafty and manipulative in order to gain flashy platform.....
Actually Mr Cruz emulates Mr Obama , we could invision him as the Barack Obama from the GOP
Ted Cruz Is More Like Barack Obama Than Ronald Reagan
Ted Cruz Divides Republicans As He Rises To Prominence
Of course the man has enemies;...and he called 'RINO'
Rep. Peter King: Ted Cruz And Rand Paul Are RINOs
Bottom line, he wants (and is working ferociously for it) ...he wants just power,....to be in the golden-type lavish almost God-like platform.
Question(s) ; How honest this man could be?....can he be trusted?....or is he another one extension of the regular every day career / do nothing for the ones who elected them politician ?
Well, is seems that way.
So the point of advice for / to everyone out there is to launch investigation and research in all politicians;...Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, John Kerry,....or any latest presidential shot at presidency candidacy from the liberal-democrat sector or republican sector,...and as well all the others....everyone....so our vote - whichever it will be - is going to be an educated one to certain extend.
And that for short.
well,first of all,most of the sites you put out here ,cant be viewed. huffington post,you believe their crap. c,mon, try looking up facts on ted cruz.
Not back to name calling now are we? Trump is at best a PHONY showman that likes to yell you are fired. Get some facts and explain his dancing around the edges of the truth.
It is up to him to provide a level of comfort that he is not a NYC liberal.
Look at his tax plan it takes good care of him and the rich. Average voter not so much.