I’ve got to agree with Benny the Yid on this one:
“This was supposed to be the year conservatism saw its end.
Conservatism, we were led to believe, had run its course. Trump’s supporters cheered his campaign-trail heresies against Reagan-esque conservatism. “What has conservatism ever done for us?” we heard, time and again. Candidate Trump was among those pressing forward this talking point: “This is called the Republican party,” Trump reminded Americans in May 2016. “It’s not the Conservative party.”
Conservatism had seen its heyday — it had become old, decrepit. A new governing philosophy had made itself manifest: nationalist populism. Or, as Trump’s advocates put it, Trumpism. This philosophy would mash up protectionism with a quasi-isolationist foreign policy focused on placating dictatorships such as Russia; it would combine big spending on infrastructure with a crackdown on immigration. Government would subsidize manufacturing and look to restrict companies like Facebook and Google. Wall Street would be put in the dock. The “elites” would pay. Nationalism would take precedence over patriotism based on founding ideals.
Many traditionally conservative commentators — including me — worried about such a philosophy. We worried most of all that with Trump as the mouthpiece for that philosophy, many conservatives, enamored with Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, would follow him down the path toward replacing Reaganism with Trumpism. …
What, then, of the new, bold philosophy?
There is no Trumpist philosophy. 2017 isn’t the year conservatism died. It’s the year so-called Trumpism was exposed. It was the year that Steve Bannon’s supposed Weltanschauung turned out to be Steve Bannon’s fantasy, not Trump’s mode of thought. …”
The God Emperor, right?
As Ben Shapiro explains, there is no such thing as a “conservative-populist coalition.” There is only conservatism which exists to provide the policies and populism which exists to provide the votes. At the end of the day, the populists only get dog whistles out of this bargain.
In the Republican Party, the populists are like an 18-wheeler truck that delivers the electoral votes of marginalized White working class voters in the South and the Midwest. They drop off their load on November 8th. That’s when the conservatives arrive in their limousine from New York City and drive off with the electoral check to deposit it in their own bank. Grinning, they say, thanks guys, but we will take it from here and flash the okay sign as they drive to Washington, DC.
F**kin based. See you in two years.
I know you were promised a big, beautiful wall, an end to pointless foreign wars, the opioid epidemic and that all the jobs in China were going to come back to Ohio.
Fortunately, the True Cons have thought of much better policies for our kind: arming Ukraine with Javelin anti-tank missiles, huddling with corporate lobbyists to modernize NAFTA, a $705 million dollar investment in Israel’s missile defense (fu**in based), a $65 billion dollar slush fund for future overseas wars, releasing Shlomo Rubashkin from prison (so fu**in based), adding the burden of defending Montenegro to NATO, threatening North Korea and Iran with nuclear war, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (OMG fu**in based), preserving the carried interest loophole for the hedge fund guys, a $1.5 trillion dollar tax cut for wealthy donors, making your healthcare more expensive, attacking Syria, etc.
Ben Shapiro would like President Trump to be mindful that “a dash of Trump is more than enough — that he’s the salt, and that conservatism is the stew. Too much salt ruins the stew, even if the occasional dash adds necessary flavor.” In other words, less tweeting please. If it were not for President Trump zanier tweets, the country would LOVE the conservative economic and foreign policy agenda.
It doesn’t get anymore blinkered than this. This is why conservatism is ultimately going to be destroyed by the fire of White Nationalism. It is incapable of being reformed.
Squad goals! ????? pic.twitter.com/W0D1OPiylv
— Mia? (@missmagamia) December 27, 2017