Have you seen Trump in the flesh? What is he like? Why do you say he is not a conservative?
Yes, I have seen him in the flesh. I live in Washington DC - the Virginia suburbs, actually, but close enough for government works as they say - and have worked in politics since the late 1980s, so it is inevitable that I have seen the President in the flesh. Though I hasten to add that, unlike Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Barak Obama, I have not actually met Mr. Trump personally. (Of those, the only one I have had more than a cursory handshake and conversation with was Mr. Bush.)As to why Mr. Trump is not a conservative, this gets rather complicated in terms of the tracing of the pedigree of the ideas, but to keep it simple, Mr. Trump is a populist. Populism is not a schematic philosophy, but is rather an attitude - for lack of a better term - characterized by distrust of elites, a dislike of complexity, a deep resentment to established institutions and a firm view that the common man is the font of all goodness and wisdom but is oppressed by the power elite.As such, it has no consistent policy positions, but is rather a mishmash of policies drawn from all sides less on the basis of logical consistency and coherence. Tus, Mr. Trump supports tax cuts - a pretty typical GOP position - but then supports trade protectionism. The latter a position that would have horrified Ronald Reagan - the latter the gold standard example of a conservative as Americans understand the term "conservative." Thus Mr. Trump supports prison sentencing reform - this in contrast to the "tough on crime" approach of conservatism. Thus Mr. Trump sports the isolationism of "America First" in contrast, again, to the internationalism of the Reagan years. Thus, Mr. Trump recently issued an Executive Order to regulate drug prices - again a thing that would have horrified Mr. Reagan.CONT.
Indeed, it is worth noting that Reagan, in his speeches and writings, made frequent references to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Try to recall, if you can, the last time Mr. Trump made any reference to these. Trump's "conservatism" (i. e. populism) being rooted not in respect for history, as Reagan's conservatism was, but rather in an assumed presumption of the wisdom and goodness of the common man - and incidentally his own greatness - and not in the long historical traditions and institutions of the nation.There is much more, but the 2000 character limit, which as you can see I have already exceeded, forbids. This, however, briefly summarizes my argument.
this is who they should have chose IMHO. One person won't do it but more who think like her.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6urQjuO9eI
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I always thought that Republicans are living in the woods, cut down trees and shoot at everything that moves or cannot be understood.
I'm British. You lose.