Conservatives prepare to be the voice of reason if the GOP lurches left in 2018

Conservatives, prepare to be the voice of reason if the GOP lurches left in 2018

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Conservatives, prepare to be the voice of reason if the GOP lurches left in 2018

Despite prog­nos­ti­ca­tions by #Nev­erTrumpers going into Pres­i­dent Trump’s first year in office, he hasn’t been the lib­eral Demo­c­ra­tic plant some expected him to be. I expected a cou­ple of lib­eral pro­grams and poli­cies to hit this year, but so far they have all been pushed for­ward. 2017 has focused on Oba­macare repeal, dis­man­tling the reg­u­la­tory state, improv­ing bor­der secu­rity, get­ting right-​leaning judges on the bench, and our lat­est push for tax cuts.

This is good and bad news for con­ser­v­a­tives. It’s good because we’ve been able to stay focused on the active com­po­nents of the agenda and so far those active com­po­nents have been aligned ide­o­log­i­cally. I could go into great detail about the fail­ings of the false attempts to repeal Oba­macare (we were pre­sented with “tweak and rebrand” efforts instead of “repeal and replace”) or the small degree we’ve been tak­ing down the reg­u­la­tory state (it should be a three-​pronged attack with major cuts instead of the minor PR vic­to­ries we’ve been see­ing), but at least they’re sort of try­ing. It could have been worse.

Rich Lowry over at National Review went after those who con­tinue to point to Pres­i­dent Trump’s lib­eral actions when in real­ity, they haven’t been as lib­eral as many of us thought they’d be. I was on the verge of con­tact­ing him to explain what I’m about to write about here, but he fin­ished the arti­cle by acknowl­edg­ing what every­one needs to know.

The good con­ser­v­a­tive stuff was inten­tion­ally front­loaded into the administration’s agenda. Before the midterm elec­tions, expect the White House and Con­gress to push the pop­ulist and lib­eral aspects of their agenda:

  • The trillion-​dollar infra­struc­ture plan that mir­rors Chuck Schumer’s plan nicely will get a big push
  • Amnesty may be com­ing, regard­less of what they call or it or how the Pres­i­dent tries to jus­tify it
  • Fair trade” is still being pushed hard as the Estab­lish­ment tries to con­vince con­ser­v­a­tives in 1984 dou­ble­s­peak style that we are opposed to free trade and have always been opposed to free trade
  • Bud­gets are going to be qui­etly engorged until the GOP is able to spend more money than we did in the Obama era
  • A con­tin­u­a­tion of silence on social issues; we’re still fund­ing Planned Par­ent­hood even today

It’s impor­tant for con­ser­v­a­tives to be cog­nizant of all these things and any­thing else that screams of creep­ing lib­er­al­ism com­ing from the GOP-​controlled House, Sen­ate, and White House. All of them, par­tic­u­larly the Pres­i­dent him­self, have demon­strated a will­ing­ness to be rea­son­able and even mal­leable when it comes to denounc­ing lib­eral ideas. We have to be loud. We have to be will­ing to oppose even when faux-​conservative sheep announce their undy­ing sup­port for what­ever their dear leader pushes. Be aggres­sive. Stay conservative.

Despite prognostications by #NeverTrumpers going into President Trump’s first year in office, he hasn’t been the liberal Democratic plant some expected him to be. I expected a couple of liberal programs and policies to hit this year, but so far they have all been pushed forward. 2017 has focused on Obamacare repeal, dismantling the regulatory state, improving border security, getting right-leaning judges on the bench, and our latest push for tax cuts.

This is good and bad news for conservatives. It’s good because we’ve been able to stay focused on the active components of the agenda and so far those active components have been aligned ideologically. I could go into great detail about the failings of the false attempts to repeal Obamacare (we were presented with “tweak and rebrand” efforts instead of “repeal and replace”) or the small degree we’ve been taking down the regulatory state (it should be a three-pronged attack with major cuts instead of the minor PR victories we’ve been seeing), but at least they’re sort of trying. It could have been worse.

Rich Lowry over at National Review went after those who continue to point to President Trump’s liberal actions when in reality, they haven’t been as liberal as many of us thought they’d be. I was on the verge of contacting him to explain what I’m about to write about here, but he finished the article by acknowledging what everyone needs to know.

The good conservative stuff was intentionally frontloaded into the administration’s agenda. Before the midterm elections, expect the White House and Congress to push the populist and liberal aspects of their agenda:

  • The trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that mirrors Chuck Schumer’s plan nicely will get a big push
  • Amnesty may be coming, regardless of what they call or it or how the President tries to justify it
  • “Fair trade” is still being pushed hard as the Establishment tries to convince conservatives in 1984 doublespeak style that we are opposed to free trade and have always been opposed to free trade
  • Budgets are going to be quietly engorged until the GOP is able to spend more money than we did in the Obama era
  • A continuation of silence on social issues; we’re still funding Planned Parenthood even today

It’s important for conservatives to be cognizant of all these things and anything else that screams of creeping liberalism coming from the GOP-controlled House, Senate, and White House. All of them, particularly the President himself, have demonstrated a willingness to be reasonable and even malleable when it comes to denouncing liberal ideas. We have to be loud. We have to be willing to oppose even when faux-conservative sheep announce their undying support for whatever their dear leader pushes. Be aggressive. Stay conservative.