The Future of Conservatism

“If you are a little different, or a little outrageous,
or if you do things that are bold or controversial,
the press is going to write about you.”
                              Donald Trump, Art of the Deal, page 56

 

Donald Trump is the future of the conservative movement. National Review, with the choir  of conservative voices, has vehemently proposed otherwise. The conservative outlet will no doubt enjoy a significant boost in their online traffic. The Trump brand is effective at courting controversy. But if they stay the course of this war that they have waged, they do so to their own injury. Donald Trump is the juggernaut of the Republican primaries- of this entire presidential election. He is a stalwart. Donald Trump will not be stumped.

In their appeal they seek to portray him as an insincere, liberal demagogue.  They accuse him of leaning liberally in the past. They say he lacks the expertise and experience that career politicians have. They say he is a danger to conservatism and the Republican Party.

Really? What precious gem of Republican conservatism is Donald Trump sullying? And if he is sullying it, than who in the running is preserving this unicorn?

They make some thoughtful points if you take Trump’s approach at face value. Trump’s point is that politicians are “experts” with plans who must bow to special interests and in turn get nothing done. His views and approach to a lot of these things will materialize when he needs to directly address them. He’s a pragmatist.

What I’m not understanding is what conservatism NR is defending. The GOPe is tired and stale. What good are their values if they’re mostly ineffective at best or moulded by corporate interests at worst?

Trump may not be the type of conservative they want, but he’s what the people want. His strong man ethos can help revive the exceptionalist American spirit. And I think most people would prefer a guy who may not feign to know everything, but has a strong record of getting things done (often way under budget and behind schedule), is not controlled by donors, and speaks his mind. This is preferable to weak politicians who pretend to know everything, are controlled by donors, get nothing done (or worse, fall back on their word), and don’t speak a word without a pollster.

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