This opinion column by a leading Northeastern conservative columnist, Paul Mulshine, argues that for conservatives, 2017 was “The Year of the Donald.”
Reagan was in office for just six months in 1981 when the air-traffic controllers went on strike in violation of federal law. The Beltway crowd expected a settlement would come after a bit of tussling between the two sides.
Nope. Reagan fired all 11,345 of them. After that, everyone knew the new president didn’t play by the rules of Washington.
Donald Trump has shown the same attitude. The only difference is that he’s chalked up a longer list of accomplishments.
President Trump has had his share of policy successes, which we’ve endeavored to recognize here at NOQReport. Yet elation at a few policy successes of President Trump hardly makes this nominally-Republican President a valid standard-bearer of conservatism. However, these successes are modest at best, and to cite them as evidence of the dawn of a new Reaganesque “Morning in America” is to diminish the achievements of prior Republican Administrations and drop the measuring stick for conservatism all the way to the ground.
If anything is noteworthy about Trump’s first year, beyond the White House’s dismissal of Omarosa Manigault, it is his refusal so far to cave in to prevailing coastal-elite pressure to be more “moderate” or “progressive.”
The Mad Left has pushed the Democratic Party farther to the Leftist/Marxist fringe of the political spectrum. The radicals’ boldness, defiance and hubris have sparked a reaction among much of the rest of the electorate, whether you call them “deplorables” or simply, the “Others.” The depth of the degree to which the Mad Left detests Trump (and in fact, anyone with whom they disagree) both politically and personally has allowed him to enhance and deepen his support among his socioeconomic (if not necessarily Republican or conservative) base which rightfully feels under constant social and economic attack.
Unlike Republican voters of past generations, current Republicans don’t merely disagree with the Left. They resent the Left. They also fear the Left.
And when politics become (if they aren’t always are) personal, when politics become seen as a matter of economic survival, such resentment is a powerful fuel for voter turnout.
Yet, self-described conservatives’ support for Trump does not make Trump a conservative. It just means conservatives are engaging — finally! — in a strategic alliance. It’s an alliance borne of desperation, as conservatives (and many others) see themselves suddenly in the maelstrom of an all-but-declared cultural war which threatens a way of life and even the legitimacy of our economic and political systems.
Such a strategic alliance is similar to the alliance the United States formed with Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union in World War II, in the face of the Nazi-led Axis.
That alliance hardly made “the Greatest Generation” of Americans pro-Communist, did it?
Likewise, today’s alliance of desperation with Trump should not be taken to mean that conservatives condone, much less endorse, Trump’s many personal character defects and discipline deficits. The alliance does not require turning the proverbial blind eye towards these major flaws, either.
Trump’s future electoral prospects are strong and will remain as such, as long as his support among his core supporters remains rabid, if not necessarily wide. He would be a likely favorite to win re-election in 2020, particularly if his general election opponent has wide but tepid support, like Hillary Clinton.
However, should Trump’s opponent match him in the ferocity of his or her core support (especially if that opponent is an overt “progressive”), it may be a real struggle to get to 270 electoral votes.
Such a scenario could threaten America with the prospects of a federal government where each branch of government could be dominated by redistributionist, totalitarian, social justice acolytes. That outcome would reveal the Trump years to be nothing more than a historical accident, the Buster Douglas lucky-punch-knockout of Mike Tyson, the exception to the larger, leftward trend.
If Trump should prove to be nothing more than a brief, accidental interruption in the nation’s embrace of secularism, socialism and social justice, conservatives will regret their abandonment of that one bedrock characteristic of philosophical and cultural conservatism.
Now that would be — Sad!
They’re Trying to Shut Us Down
Over the last several months, I’ve lost count of how many times the powers-that-be have tried to shut us down. They’ve sent hackers at us, forcing us to take extreme measures on web security. They sent attorneys after us, but thankfully we’re not easily intimidated by baseless accusations or threats. They’ve even gone so far as to make physical threats. Those can actually be a bit worrisome but Remington has me covered.
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