Focus on the enemy Mr President

Focus on the enemy, Mr. President

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Focus on the enemy, Mr. President

The fail­ure of the Amer­i­can Health Care Act was a major set­back for Paul Ryan’s agenda. It may or may not have been a set­back for Pres­i­dent Trump’s agenda. That remains to be seen. What it does do is give the Pres­i­dent the ammu­ni­tion he needs to attack the con­ser­v­a­tive wing of the Repub­li­can Party and he’s tak­ing full advan­tage of it.

His Tweet this morning:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/847435163143454723

I know that there are plenty of Repub­li­cans and con­ser­v­a­tives out there who are sup­port­ive of the President’s attacks on the Free­dom Cau­cus and con­ser­v­a­tives in the Sen­ate. They feel betrayed, as his nar­ra­tive has pushed, by their will­ing­ness to derail the Oba­macare repeal and replace­ment efforts. I’m not going to try to con­vince you to feel oth­er­wise. I only want to point out that at this stage in the administration’s term, it sets a poor prece­dent to be push­ing his agenda so far to the left.

He wants to work with Democ­rats. That’s great! Rea­gan worked with Democ­rats. The dif­fer­ence is that Rea­gan con­vinced Democ­rats that the con­ser­v­a­tive agenda brought value to them. What Trump is doing by vil­i­fy­ing con­ser­v­a­tives and lump­ing them in with “Dems” as the peo­ple to attack in 2018 is divid­ing the party into “them” ver­sus “us.” As a con­ser­v­a­tive, it appalls me to see this hap­pen­ing after years of Tea Party efforts to make con­ser­v­a­tives the por­tion of the party that has more con­trol. As a Fed­er­al­ist, it’s actu­ally been a great thing. We’ve had a mas­sive spike in inter­est since Trump started his left­ward lurch.

As some­one who will always put coun­try before party, the dis­may I feel for what Trump’s shift will do to Amer­ica super­sedes the excite­ment I feel over get­ting more atten­tion for the Fed­er­al­ists. We need the Pres­i­dent to work hand-​in-​hand with con­ser­v­a­tives, not iso­late them as his enemy. They want to move on to tax reform. The notion of a tax plan pushed out through bipar­ti­san­ship is ter­ri­fy­ing because it will cer­tainly be a big-​government tax plan wrapped in a hand­ful of cuts to dis­guise the over­reach­ing nature of it all. It’s the con­ser­v­a­tive voice in DC that truly wants to release the bur­den that gov­ern­ment puts on its cit­i­zens. With­out that voice, the results will not be what we want.

We need the Pres­i­dent to aban­don his push towards bipar­ti­san growth of gov­ern­ment and work WITH con­ser­v­a­tives to put reverse gov­ern­ment expan­sion. If he’s unwill­ing to change his cur­rent course, I’d expect to see more mem­bers of the Free­dom Cau­cus and con­ser­v­a­tives across Amer­ica reach­ing out to us to give fed­er­al­ism the pri­macy this nation needs right now.

The failure of the American Health Care Act was a major setback for Paul Ryan’s agenda. It may or may not have been a setback for President Trump’s agenda. That remains to be seen. What it does do is give the President the ammunition he needs to attack the conservative wing of the Republican Party and he’s taking full advantage of it.

His Tweet this morning:

I know that there are plenty of Republicans and conservatives out there who are supportive of the President’s attacks on the Freedom Caucus and conservatives in the Senate. They feel betrayed, as his narrative has pushed, by their willingness to derail the Obamacare repeal and replacement efforts. I’m not going to try to convince you to feel otherwise. I only want to point out that at this stage in the administration’s term, it sets a poor precedent to be pushing his agenda so far to the left.

He wants to work with Democrats. That’s great! Reagan worked with Democrats. The difference is that Reagan convinced Democrats that the conservative agenda brought value to them. What Trump is doing by vilifying conservatives and lumping them in with “Dems” as the people to attack in 2018 is dividing the party into “them” versus “us.” As a conservative, it appalls me to see this happening after years of Tea Party efforts to make conservatives the portion of the party that has more control. As a Federalist, it’s actually been a great thing. We’ve had a massive spike in interest since Trump started his leftward lurch.

As someone who will always put country before party, the dismay I feel for what Trump’s shift will do to America supersedes the excitement I feel over getting more attention for the Federalists. We need the President to work hand-in-hand with conservatives, not isolate them as his enemy. They want to move on to tax reform. The notion of a tax plan pushed out through bipartisanship is terrifying because it will certainly be a big-government tax plan wrapped in a handful of cuts to disguise the overreaching nature of it all. It’s the conservative voice in DC that truly wants to release the burden that government puts on its citizens. Without that voice, the results will not be what we want.

We need the President to abandon his push towards bipartisan growth of government and work WITH conservatives to put reverse government expansion. If he’s unwilling to change his current course, I’d expect to see more members of the Freedom Caucus and conservatives across America reaching out to us to give federalism the primacy this nation needs right now.