I’m only voting in local races on Tuesday.
I’ve explained my reasons for doing so a million times on this website: the loss of free speech, the destruction of our monuments, the spiraling of Antifa violence, etc.
This is not what I voted for in the 2016 election. I think I can speak for my faction when I say that we are living through the Reagan era all over again. The GOP Congress has delivered YUGE tax cuts, banking deregulation, a shitty healthcare system, record immigration inflows and unbelievable levels of wasteful military spending. The True Cons in Congress wanted to take a crack at welfare reform this year and were only prevented from doing so by sabotaging Roy Moore’s Senate campaign.
If you want to know how the Donald Trump era ends in Washington, look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency. He borrowed both the Make America Great Again slogan and the policies from Reagan. As with Reagan in the 1980s, we are seeing supply side tax cuts giving a short term sugar rush to the economy while piling up a mountain of long term debt. As with Reagan in the 1980s, we’re seeing a military buildup. As with Reagan in the 1980s, we’re seeing the economy deregulated and the welfare state dismantled, but we are also seeing illegal immigration picking up and our cultural decline accelerate. As with Reagan in the 1980s, we’re seeing the same “peace through strength” foreign policy.
President Trump couldn’t have won the 2016 election on Reaganism alone. He ran on Buchananite themes on trade, immigration, foreign policy and political correctness. In office, he has sounded like Pat Buchanan on his Twitter account, but has governed like Ronald Reagan. He has griped about NATO while expanding it to include Montenegro. He has imposed harsh sanctions on Russia. He condemned NAFTA and scuttled the Trans-Pacific Partnership only to incorporate 2/3rds of its text into USMCA. He has given speeches about how we are all Americans under one flag while celebrating the entire multicultural calendar. He rails against Hollywood celebrities on Twitter while ignoring Antifa violence.
What is America going to look like when this is over and the dust settles? All signs point to it being a browner, more indebted, more politically correct country than it was in 2016. It is only two years in and somehow we have nearly lost our free speech and freedom of assembly. We stoked a huge backlash to elect the GOP in 2016 and were left with ZERO political cover for it.
As with Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, White Nationalists were sold a bill of goods and pumped full of false hope by the Republican Party. We bought into the message that Trump was selling, but our circumstances have actually deteriorated over the past two years. Joe Six Pack went back to sleep in 2016 and is now wearing a QAnon t-shirt and posting on Facebook to “Trust The Plan.”
The 1980s called and want their nostalgia back. The GOP is always going to be a Center Right party presided over by a Center Right elite that wants to enact Center Right policies. If you haven’t noticed that yet, you haven’t been paying close enough attention.