If you point out to Trump supporters claiming they’re conservatives that these Trump approved ideas:
- Eroding the First Amendment by “broadening the libel laws.”
- Crony-capitalist insider bribery.
- Government funded healthcare for everyone.
- Ordering our troops to kill the families of terrorists.
… have never anywhere been considered conservative ideas, they scream that you’re the one who doesn’t understand conservatism. You have to wonder why they cling to calling themselves conservative, as if it conveyed some sort of legitimacy, since they reject yuuge parts of what has been conservative thinking.
They’ve been there all along, of course, we deluded ourselves into thinking they actually supported limited government and constitutional law. I guess we can thank Trump for unmasking them. At least we know where we stand. “Conservatism” now means big government, protectionist nativism.
I guess we’re all classical liberals again.