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Trump’isms’: Blurring The Lines of Conservatism

By L Adrianna

Donald Trump’s mixed bag of policy ideas and his steady flow of unbridled, executive missteps are contrary to the principles that truly ‘Make America Great.’ For conservatism, they are downright catastrophic.

By falsely claiming that Trump is a conservative, Republicans are affirming the left’s longstanding opinion of the right. And, giving them valid reason not to lend credence to conservative ideals.

The future of conservatism will ultimately depend on how fiercely conservatives reject ‘Trumpism‘ and how hard we fight for the principles we believe in. We must decry every attempt by party line Republicans who seek to redefine conservative principles to justify their support for the ‘Republican‘ president.

What does Conservatism mean to you today?

Ask a room full of conservatives to define it and undoubtedly you will get a room full of different answers. Some of the most well-respected, principled conservatives in America have brilliantly articulated conservatism.  Here are just a couple.

My Definition of Conservatism

Conservatism is neither a cause nor a measurable standard.  But rather, a way of life. It is a morally, fiscally, socially, politically sound set of values that are ingrained in us by our deeply held convictions. It is a conscious committment to the founding American principles that conservatives believe have made America the greatest nation on Earth for more than 240 years.

Essential Principles of Conservatism

  • Individual Liberty- The concept that all Americans are endowed by their Creator with the inalienable rights of LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • Individual Responsibility- the idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions. As a result of our actions, we can be held morally accountable or legally liable.
  • Limited Government- The U.S. Constitution was created to limit the power and scope of government to ensure our inherent liberties and maintain a civil society.
  • State Rights- Federal government control is the antithesis of individual liberty. The Framers of the Declaration of Independence knew that solutions would have to be attained voluntarily and locally.
  • Fiscal Responsibility- Government must pursue appropriate levels of government spending to maintain sustainable public finances without raising taxes or continued borrowing.
  • Defense of the Constitution and Bill of Rights- The two greatest documents in the history of the world were designed by our Founding Fathers. They guarantee our God-given freedoms and provide an intricate system of government checks and balances that ensure those freedoms.
  • Defense of Life- Every single human life, from conception until natural death is designed by God for a purpose and is entitled to the same inherent freedoms as every American, above all, freedom to live.

 

Here is an example of how conservative principles are applied in everyday life. Principled conservatives oppose big government spending and unbalanced budgets because we understand the idea of setting financial priorities and living within our means. It does not matter how much or how little you earn, if you prioritize your earnings and live within your means, the outcome is always good. The bills are paid, the family is fed and everyone is happy.

Conservatism 101:
“You don’t spend what you don’t have. Throwing more debt at a problem, only makes the problem harder to overcome.”

Naturally, the same idea applies to our government. Only, we continue to elect leaders who don’t share the same fiscally sound, conservative values. Many have a mindset that suggests that money is no object. They continue to spend money that does not exist and leave future generations to sort out the mess. At some point, our national debt will reach an insurmountable level and America will become just another failed nation in the world’s history books.

 

Donald Trump’s mixed Bag of “isms” and why they are bad for America

Nationalism is often confused with patriotism. However, the two concepts are distinctly opposite. Patriotism is a feeling of pride and devotion to the American way of life, which patriots believe to be the greatest in the world. Patriots are naturally defensive, both militarily and culturally. However, they do not seek power or prestige through force.

Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige. This mindset is historically held by authoritarians and often leads to war.

Socialism  diametrically opposes the essential principles of conservatism. Webster defines it as, a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole and controlled by the government.

Conservatives define it as full government controlled redistribution of wealth, or communism. History has put the socialist theory to the test and proven it to be disastrous, time and time again.

Populism is a political doctrine that proposes that the common people are exploited by a privileged elite, and which seeks to resolve this. The underlying ideology of populism can be left, right or center. Its goal is uniting the uncorrupt and the unsophisticated “little man” against the corrupt dominant “elites.” Populism produces demagogues who merely appear to empathize with the public through rhetoric or unrealistic proposals in order to increase appeal across the political spectrum.

The populist doctrine doesn’t conform to any single ideology. Therefore, it should be wildly opposed by anyone who rejects liberalism, especially the religious right. Because, what is “popular” is not generally moral, particularly in todays rapidly declining, morally degraded culture.

Steve Bannon boldly announced at CPAC last month that Trump’s vision for America included “an economic nationalist agenda.”

Economic Nationalism is a protectionist idea wherein the government assumes complete control of the economy. Which allows it to impose tariffs and other restrictions on trade, labor, goods and capital, both foreign and domestic. This theory is polar opposite to that of our founding, free market and limited government principles.

Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by strong central power resulting in infringement on individual liberty. Donald Trump said in his RNC nomination speech that he was the “law and order” candidate. He added that there would be “consequences” for those who choose to move their businesses out of America.

Contrary to what Donald Trump believes, we live in country where our freedoms are not granted by our government. Our Founding Fathers understood that our rights were natural and inherent by God. If we begin allowing government to delegate freedom according to the ideas of one man, where does it end? You can open any World History Book to find the answer.

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About armednfabul0us (13 Articles)
Lita is a rock ribbed conservative from rural Georgia. She is the former State Director of Lone Star Liberty-Georgia, a freelance writer, founder of The Conservative Bullhorn and Conservatives United Against Progressivism. She is also a lifelong pro-life, constitutional rights activist. She is the mother of 3, a Christian, gun enthusiast and enjoys playing guitar. She has organized efforts in Georgia to fight back against special interest groups and government officials who have sought to limit our individual freedoms. She fought on behalf of Georgia Charter Schools and organized a get out the vote effort on a referendum that defeated special interest lobbying overwhelmingly. She distributed petitions and organized support to fight the Georgia Governor’s veto of RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) and his veto of the Open Carry Campus Bill. She continues to push back against the liberal special interest groups and the state and national elected officials who threaten Georgia’s individual freedoms. “The fight for liberty never ends.” -Ted Cruz

6 Comments on Trump’isms’: Blurring The Lines of Conservatism

  1. Ellen Elmore // March 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm // Reply

    Thanks once again for a great commentary that touches the heart of true conservatives. Trump has proven he doesn’t know the meaning of conservatism. Congress has proven they don’t know the meaning of conservatism. Our country under Trump’s leadership is headed in the wrong direction. I believe Trump is nothing more than Obama lite.

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  2. We all know that Trump is not a Constitutional Conservative!
    He did not run as a Constitutional conservative!
    So why are we so surprised that he is not exactly living up to our Constitutional Conservative standards?

    The Establishment Republican Party Franchise forced Trump on us when they did not allow the convention delegates to vote for Ted Cruz.

    At that point Trump became our candidate and we voted accordingly because the alternative would have been Hilary.

    The blame and unrest directed solely at Trump is for the most part misdirected the blame belongs to exclusively to the R.N.C.

    Replacing the Ruling Elite Executives in control of the R.N.C.
    Should be the onus of every Constitutional Conservative.

    Reminding President Donald J. Trump of the Constitutional Standard by which his base is judging him by is very important but given that Trump has not been in office not quite 2 months it’s is not very helpful to attack trump by joining forces with the Democrat opposition or giving them ammunition to use against him.

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    • armednfabul0us // March 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm // Reply

      Trump never became ‘my’ candidate because I’m a constitutional conservative & as you so eloquently pointed out, trump is not. I’m not a ‘Republican’ and I don’t vote for candidates unless they represent my conservative principles. While I will agree with you that this is partly the RNC’ s fault, I disagree that it’s my place to remind the POTUS what the constitutional standards are. I spent 8 years doing that with Obama. I shouldn’t have to do it with the fraud claiming to be a ‘Republican.’ Based on his progressive agenda I would argue that you are the one joining forces with the democrats, sir. Not me. My principles are still fully intact. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

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  3. well said!!

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  4. Ellen Elmore // March 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm // Reply

    I put principles over party and didn’t vote for either Trump or Hillary. I am not a Republican. I am a conservative with no political home. I will not vote for someone just because they have an R next to their name. Whatever happens in the next four years is not my fault. I tried to warn people that voting for Trump would just bring more of the same progressive policies. They didn’t listen. Now with Trumpcare they see that I was right and it’s too late.

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