Trump is conservative, but not a conservative

Mytheos (his real name) Holt has penned an insightful piece that true-blue Trump supporters should post on all the social media they can get their hands on. It will go a long way to assuage a large voting bloc in conservatism.

Trump may be more conservative than or as conservative as W. Bush was (or wasn't).  Holt writes:

The gaps between these two [Bush and Trump] are not as far as some would like to pretend. Trump has said he won’t let people die in the streets. Bush said “when somebody hurts, government has to move.” Trump is running on putting tariffs on China. Bush put tariffs on Brazil and other steel-producing countries in 2002. Trump has said security, education, and health care are the three most important roles of government. Bush’s main legislative accomplishments as president are the Patriot Act (security), No Child Left Behind (education), and Medicare Part D (health care). Bush’s policy heresies were hardly considered the death knell of conservatism. In fact, many of those steps were loudly supported by conservative Republicans, and current House Speaker Paul Ryan backed all three.

One of the most important points, often overlooked by hardcore conservatives, is that conservatism is a coalition, not a homogeneous, monolithic group:

But let’s leave Bush alone for a second. The policy positions of other 2016 candidates weren’t viewed as wrecking the conservative cause: Gov. Mike Huckabee railed against globalism and free trade early in this campaign, just like Trump, but no one suggested Huckabee would be the death of the Republican Party. Rick Santorum openly baited libertarians and boasted about voting for an increase in the minimum wage, yet no one thought he’d destroy conservatism. When Gov. Scott Walker announced that he believed the immigration policy of the United States ought to be about “first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages,” he was criticized by theWall Street Journal, but no one accused him of being out to destroy conservatism.

That was one of my chief concerns about Ted Cruz and turbo-conservatives who dominate so much (though not all, thankfully) of national conservative talk radio and TV.  We're a coalition.  The ill-defined and amorphous "Establishment" realizes it; nonetheless, the "Establishment" has become the turbo-conservatives' lightning rod for anything that goes wrong, though it is acting on the obvious.

After pointing out that the Founders were suspicious of foreigners in their Alien and Sedition Acts, which enabled the government to deport foreigners and made it more difficult for them to vote, much as Trump is suspicious of Muslim and Hispanic foreigners, Holt states his final main idea.  Far from destroying conservatism, Trump's in line with it.  He's making the right great again.

The takeaway from this should be obvious: Far from the closet liberal, fascist caricature of #NeverTrump, Trump is actually a more ancient brand of conservative, who values prudence and experience over ideology [ideological purity], and who takes his lessons from history and experience rather than technocratic rationalism. Furthermore, while Trump is surely no ideological libertarian, he does seem to understand something instinctively that the more ancient expositors of that philosophy did as well: that liberty must be circumscribed by limiting principles, including lack of toleration for those who are unable, by virtue of ideology or religion, to obey the laws that make ordered liberty possible.

Put all this together and you realize that far from destroying conservatism, Trump is restoring it to its original definition. His candidacy is not a departure from the conservative consensus, but rather a reversion to the historical reality of what conservatism had been. Or, to put it more briefly, Trump is making not just America, but the Right, great again.

Trump supporters need to convince conservatives.  Holt's article will help out their cause.  It's clear that Trump does not put any of this together.  His supporters must do it for him.

James Arlandson's webiste is Live as Free People, where he has posted What New Conservatives believe, Part One and What New Conservatives believe, Part Two and William Clopton and Our Royal Heritage.