Is Trumpism supplanting Reaganism?

Is Trumpism supplanting Reaganism?

The Briefing, Vol. III, Issue 28-

This week:

  • Can anyone or anything stop Donald Trump?
  • The American Right’s island of misfit toys
  • Will Trumpism topple Reaganism

President 2016

He leads in all the polls — there’s no point linking them all because it isn’t very close in any of them.

And neither his opponents’ attacks nor his own obnoxious behavior have proven capable of stopping him.

So the question this week: Can Donald Trump be stopped? Can the GOP stop him? Can the Democrats stop him? And for the long haul, can conservatives prevent Trumpism from eclipsing and dismantling the Reagan coalition?

This is going to be a very important question going forward. Democrats are experiencing turmoil in their own primary at the moment — as we have been predicting here, Bernie Sanders is catching fire and Hillary Clinton is drowning in her own sins. The Republicans’ nominee could well be the next president. Will they nominate a movement conservative, or will they nominate Trump?

Rise of Reaganism:  To put this all in context, a history lesson is in order. As movement Reagan1000x500conservatives tell their own story, the Reagan Coalition arose from the ashes of Barry Goldwater’s spectacular 1964 failure. Reagan’s feat was to combine the more libertarian and Southern (but still smaller and losing) Goldwater support base with ethnic social-conservatives and anti-communist blue-collar workers in the North.

This coalition proved quite politically durable and successful. Beginning in 1980, it won the presidency in five of the next seven elections. Still going strong in its second full decade, it fully restored GOP competitiveness in both houses of Congress.

Reaganism did not seem to end after that. The coalition appeared to last at least through the Tea Party phenomenon of 2009-2010.  Or did it? Whether it still exists today is suddenly a topic of considerable discussion. In fact, as discussed below, Donald Trump’s current success almost calls into question whether it ever really existed at all.

The Reagan coalition’s philosophy was the product of what is known as “fusionism” — a marriage between conservatism and libertarianism that had been fleshed out by, among others, William F. Buckley himself.

The most unifying issues for this coalition were anti-Communism, gun rights, abortion, taxes, and a basic commitment to limited government. But from its inception and throughout its existence, there were always a number of peripheral issues — some more and some less pressing — where agreement within the coalition was substantial but not as universal. These included free trade, right-to-work, and support for the State of Israel. Some of the issues changed with time — the need for and use of American military might after the Cold War, for example. Same-sex marriage became another such issue at the turn of the century, with most conservatives strongly opposed to it.

But among the issues where there was no overwhelming consensus between the time of Reagan and that of the Tea Parties, immigration always loomed — and at times it loomed larger than any of the others.

There is no question that Reagan ran for president twice and won on the platform of immigration amnesty. This was not something he felt any need to hide. He declared his support for an amnesty (using that exact word) in the same 1984 presidential debate in which he famously joked about former Vice President Walter Mondale’s “youth and inexperience.”

Reagan’s support for Amnesty did nothing to stop his winning the wholehearted support of the Reagan coalition in two consecutive elections. (The myth that he regretted the eventual 1986 amnesty dies hard, although the fact that it wasn’t well executed is widely accepted.)

But tensions over immigration increased as the nature of the issue changed. Mexico hit acute economic troubles in the mid-1990s, and illegal immigration into the U.S. surged for the next 15 years. Some blamed the amnesty for creating expectations that there would be another. This caused the attitudes of many conservatives to change, and that of others to harden. Even so, this was never an overriding issue in Republican politics. The most anti-immigration candidate the Republican Party has ever nominated for president since then was Mitt Romney.

Conservatism’s latest electoral success — the Tea Party movement of 2009, included very little focus on the immigration issue. The Tea Party period occurred just as the surge of immigration from Latin America came to a screeching halt with the recession of 2007-2009. In most of the marquee battles of the 2010 election cycle — for example, Senate primaries in Kentucky, Nevada, Delaware, Colorado — the issue barely came up. In many cases, Tea Party candidates (Florida’s Marco Rubio and Colorado’s Ken Buck, for example) openly supported guest-worker programs and other forms of “amnesty” that are anathema to hard-core restrictionists. They suffered no negative electoral consequences in their primaries.

This all supports the thesis that the Tea Party movement was in fact a bonafide continuation of the same kind of movement conservatism that had existed since Reagan’s rise, and not so much a precursor to Trumpism. Many Tea Partiers might have supported immigration restrictionism, but they were happy and enthusiastic lining up behind candidates who were not hard-liners on the issue. Obamacare and other economic and social issues overrode those concerns.

Triumph of Trumpism? Fast-forward to today.

House061915-TrumpThe coalition developing around Donald Trump seems to be strikingly different from the one that got so much attention in 2010. Has the conservative base radically changed in the last two years? Or has Trump discovered a completely different support base?

The question cannot be avoided, because insofar as it contains any ideas and not just a personality cult, Trumpism rejects nearly all of the tenets of traditional movement conservatism. It subordinates orthodox conservative thought on foreign policy, abortion, taxes, economics, and every other issue to a singular commitment to immigration restrictionism — or at least tough talk on the issue. Trumpism is also virulently anti-trade, and many if not most of its adherents are anti-Israel as well.

Still, the Trumpists and the Tea Partiers appear to have at least some overlap. Perhaps it is based solely on anger — a “burn it down” theory of Trumpism posits that conservatives don’t care that Trump is ideologically unreliable because they just want to see Republican leaders get fried. But this theory assumes a level of irrationality that cannot really be taken seriously. Its adherents argue that one the one hand the conservative base is primarily upset about Obamacare, and on the other hand that it is willing to back someone who thinks it didn’t go far enough.

When you press a Trumpist, you discover that Trumpism’s true attraction is its commitment to immigration restrictionism. And every organized or semi-organized group backing Trump seems to have this view in common. Thus, we can reduce the number of viable theories on Trump’s support base to two — the “Misfit Toys” theory and the “False Movement” theory.

The ‘Misfit Toys’ theory: The first theory posits that Trumpism has minimal overlap with fusionist “movement conservatism.”

The mass of Trump’s support is mostly separate and distinct from the pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax, limited-government and mostly pro-Israel movement that has been around so long and which fueled the Tea Parties. You will find in the ranks of Trumpism very few of the those who were so enraged with GOP leadership over perceived acquiescence over Obamacare and supported the government shutdown — these are far more likely to be backing conservatives like Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Bobby Jindal.

Trumpism, this theory goes, has attracted an entirely different support base — one could uncharitably call it the conservative movement’s Island of Misfit Toys. One could more respecfully say that Trump has given new  hope to groups that have been politically uninvolved and excluded from the two-party debate. In addition to the celebrity-followers that any candidate like Trump will inevitably attract, and the Obama-birthers he courted actively a few years ago, he has become a rallying point for several right-wing movements that were at some point shunned from movement conservatism — trade skeptics, single-issue anti-immigrationists, white nationalists, isolationists, and others who have lacked a home in mainstream Republicanism since at least the Reagan era.

In short, this theory views Trumpism as a motley combination of the least libertarian elements within the old Ron Paul base and deliberate, habitual non-voters who see both parties as a waste of time. In all likelihood, a lot of today’s Trumpists backed Ross Perot in 1992.

Trumpism is especially a rebellion against “reform conservatism” and other think-tank projects that Trumpists view as signs of conservative decadence. These innovations, after all, threaten to make mainstream conservatism even more unlike the worldview of Trumpism. An so Trumpism is an outsiders’ attempt to defeat Reaganism.

Weighing in favor of this theory: Why would movement conservatives, so opposed to Obamacare and so interested in entitlement reform, suddenly turn on a dime and back a candidate who openly supports government single-payer health care and rejects entitlement reform? Why would they complain so bitterly about GOP leaders’ 2013 compromise with Obama that resulted in a tax hike, then support Trump, who wants to raise taxes again?

Moreover, why would conservatives, normally so skeptical about candidates with big promises and dodgy records (Mitt Romney, for example), give Trump a free pass on such questions?

Weighing against this theory: Are we really supposed to believe it a coincidence that two separate and mostly opposed groups are so similarly displeased with the Republican leadership, lobbing many of the exact same criticisms as they seek to convince others? Even in backing Trump — who is worse on nearly all conservative issues than those same GOP leaders — some Trumpists will complain bitterly about the very faults in those leaders that Trump shares.

The ‘False Movement’ Theory: Under this alternative theory — much scarier one for the average conservative but also less plausible — both moderate and conservative Republican thinkers, writers and politicians alike at all levels have simply misread the conservative base’s signals all along. The possibility cannot be discounted out of hand. What if the base never really wanted conservatism as it has been understood since the Reagan era? What if the “silent majority” within the GOP has really been more like the John Birch Society this entire time — merely tolerating what we know as Reaganism as a lesser of two available evils?

As this theory goes, most of the Democratic-inspired and media-parroted stereotypes of the Tea Party voter are actually true. They weren’t who we thought they were — those people carrying signs that quoted Bastiat and denouncing big, overweening government. An enormous segment of the conservative base — perhaps even a majority or close to one — cares so strongly about keeping out immigrants (or at least talking tough about them) that all basic conservative issues can be sacrificed to that end.

Under this theory, the classic battles of the conservative movement in the past few decades to capture the GOP from its Rockefeller wing — exemplified in recent times by such ideological rivalries as that between Arlen Specter and Pat Toomey, or the Tea Party primaries of 2010 — were mere illusions. These battles, framed in their day as wars over the soul of the Republican Party, never even came close to touching the heart of the intra-party conflict.

Weighing against this theory: It implies that the base somewhat mysteriously (and with strange enthusiasm, both as voters and small donors) participated in those fights. Could it really be that they were all pining deep down for a very different sort of political war? It is hard to buy that because there are so few examples of candidates using immigration restrictionism as an effective winning issue in a GOP primary.

The truth probably lies somewhere between these two theories, and probably closer to the former than to the latter. Trump has mostly attracted most of his support from habitual non-voters outside the conservative movement, but there is a reasonably large overlap — let’s call it as much as one-third of his support or 10 percent of Republicans polled on any given night — who feel little need for intellectual consistency. Their admiration for Trump is mostly fueled by a shared antipathy toward the news media, the laxity wiith which illegal immigration is treated, and Trump’s other targets of any particular day, whoever they might be.

But of course, to say that movement conservatives are one-third of Trump’s support is just a guess. To whatever extent his support comes from the movement itself, Trump has corralled some likely voters. To whatever extent his support comes from outsiders, his fate is less predictable, because outsiders are also less likely to register or vote, and even less likely to caucus.

Assuming Trump lasts until Iowa, a loss there — perhaps his first opportunity to show weakness, since nothing else seems to stop him — would probably send whatever movement conservatives he has scrambling to find a more viable anti-establishment candidate.

On the other hand, if Trumpism can capture the GOP — or as some polls suggest, the presidency — it will be goodbye Reaganism, at least for now. It would mean conservatism will have a whole different face in the 2016 election cycle.

 

 

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152 COMMENTS

  1. I like Trump because he ANSWERS the questions. Because he is NOT politically correct. Because he thinks of AMERICANS first. Because he knows government is out of control, inefficient and wrought with fraud. Common sense.

  2. He is the only one not already paid for by big corporations. we want a president to run this country, not wall.st. I’ll hope and pray that Trump will go all the way, he got my support.

    • Big corporations are not all that bad if they are supportive of a decent government. The real evil is the Middle Eastern (Iran) and Arab oil money that is flowing to people like Jeb Bush, Hillary, and others.

    • Small people have money invested in “big corporations”. Corporations are a problem on both sides of the isle because they donate to both sides. The media are the biggest concern for conservatives because the media in general are liberal. The liberal groups that use the media to brainwash the country are a real problem, too.

      Think about how much press groups like the LGBT activists, climate change activists, advocates for illegal immigrants, common core, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the atheists’ freedom from religion group, and the NEA for starters. I didn’t even mention Hollywood and the effects of the stars and their movies, or the NOW organization of liberal, militant feminists who claim to represent all women. All of these groups work in concert. Their concerted efforts have given us PC speech and a liberal dialog in our schools and communities.

      All of these groups combined are a massive, powerful, political machine of people and money for the Democrats. I think big corporations are the least our problem.

      I don’t look at Trump as any kind of savior, but I am so glad to have him in the mix. It is he and he alone that has forced people to face issues like illegal immigration. He has forced the conservative voice on the media without apology or political fear. He has thumbed his nose at the GOP establishment. His public disdain for the media and career politicians has and will only helped him succeed.

      • That’s agreeable, the newsmedia is out to manipulate the voter remember, must of the media georg sorros got his hands on, and he is a pice of works.

    • Well, other than the Trump Organization, LLC, of course! But in this case, that’s a good thing. Trump earned it all, through it.

  3. Trump is the best Republican Candidate and I hope the other Republicans are willing to back him, if not we may have 4 more years of Democrats.

  4. Trump is for the people. He tells it like it is, not what politicians want the people to believe. Tired of politicians and the DC insiders that don’t understand what America is al about.

  5. Trump has successfully made himself a billionaire because he knows and understands how to deal with people. He is therefore a successful politician.
    Trump is a patriot.
    Trump has successfully stirred the pot and has made Republicans step up to address these issues. Republicans are falling on their petards or answering the call. Some career politicians, Republicans, are not dealing with Trump successfully, and are therefore trying to find ways to torpedo this “upstart” so that they can continue doing business as usual and lying to the public as so many (not all) do.
    I think Trump is great and if nominated will support him all of the way to the White house as every civilized American ought to do. The alternative of having Hillary the witch, dipwad Joe, or Uncle Bernie (as in Uncle Joe – Stalin) along with their Moslem cohort would be the end of our republic.

  6. Mr. Freddoso – you’re missing the main point of support for Trump. The fact that he can’t be bought and is NOT an establishment, politically correct, same old boring candidate serving up more of the same BS – that is the focal point of support! And the fact that maybe he will have some of these treasonous bastards put in prison – and deliver the power back to the people where it belongs! Trump supporters are not a bunch of misfits – we’re sick and tired of our elected idiots platforms and their tax and spend attitude – giving away the farm and leaving the doors open! The buffoons in DC need to learn how to balance a check book, stop lining their own pockets and listen to the people that hire them!! Trump is tired of these same things!

  7. I’ve been on the fence when it comes to Trump, and I am a die hard conservative, or as you might say a Reagan Conservative. This Article mischaracterizes both Reagan and Trump. Reagan was also strong on stopping illegal immigration he granted amnesty as part of a deal to get a wall built along our southern boarder. It is still law, but congress has refused to fund the building of that wall. As for Trump I completely disagree with him on his belief in a single payer health care system. However I completely agree with him on his immigration and Trade policy which are not anti-Reagan (source: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/immigration-reform ) Those two things are MAJOR issues right now. What Trump has done is speak to America like we haven’t been spoken to in years. He speaks to America exactly how we’ve wanted a politician to speak. He doesn’t play politically correct politics. He fights the media which is incredibly partisan without America’s interest in mind, and most of all he doesn’t bulkanize us like politicians and media love to do. He doesn’t call us African-American, Mexican-American, Caucasian-American, he sees American citizens as simply Americans, because that’s what we are. Some are white, some are black, some are tan, ect…however we are Americans first. Also he states the obvious when he says English is our unifying language here in America. Further fighting against bulkanization. We need to be one people if we are to be strong. The more divided we are as a people, the more we destroy our culture(and yes once upon a time we had an American Culture and we want it again) the further we lead great nation into disaster.

    That’s why whoever you are writing this article we Reagan Conservatives are backing Trump. The name might change to Trumpism, who can tell the future, but I will always be a Reganite. Which reminds me of one more thing. We who are supporting Trump LOVE Israel.

    God Bless America

    • In this 3:26 min. Richard Morris (some websites won’t let my text post, if I use the nickname for “Richard”) video that I linked to, it may make you feel better about your decision to support Trump. In it, he points out that both Ronald Reagan and himself, were once Democrats, and that people are allowed to change over 10- and 20-year periods, “as they grow, as they expand, and as they learn more”. He points out that Trump is not an election year conservative. He says that Trump has been maintaining this viewpoint, and this approach, for over a decade now. http://www.dickmorris.com/trump-vs-bush-advantage-trump-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

      While my first choice is still Cruz (I do live in Texas, after all), I would certainly vote for Trump, particularly with his stance on immigration. And, since Cruz and Trump get along so well still, hopefully, Trump may take Cruz on as VP (I can hope, anyway), leaving Cruz in a position to pull off a “Bush 41”, and run for president after Trump leaves office.

      • I am a fiercely proud 1st generation Eastern European immigrant whose people came over from Russia, Germany,Poland and Transylvania. I am a very embarrassed and ashamed American. I object, I refuse, I am now nothing more than the nationalistic movement in the Republic of Texas to secede for we have standing and precedent, As we were the Nation of Texas in 1836 and do not want the national sins of abortion and homosexuality on our heads. We lead the nation and the world in oil revenues and royalties. There are Operation Texas Secede signing booths in every city in our Republic.I too am on the fence, knowing Ted Cruz is to know he is our firebrand from Texas and has never contradicted himself in anything he has ever said or done, but I like Trump also. Cruz would make a better DOJ, like the McCarthy era, between he and Trey Gowdy, these Commies would go to prison for treason. Many, many times over. I knew Communists in the ’60’s. As I was radicalized and read Marx, Trotsky, but was more of an Abbie Hoffman girl, Revolution for the Hell of it. But, as Churchill said, if you are not a Liberal when you are young and a conservative when you are old, you are not a political animal. I am a Constitutionalist. Dead center. I think I TRUST CRUZ more than I trust Trump. But both of them, sure, of course.

        • There is no perfect candidate, but Trump is, by far, the most likely to beat either Hillary or Sanders. I don’t care how good a candidate is, they have to win for it to count. I back Trump because he can actually win, and I know he truly loves this country and wants it to return to greatness.

        • I know many people don’t know this. But there are a lot of homosexual conservatives. Homosexuals that believe in America traditional values, don’t ask don’t tell in the military. There are even homosexuals who are anti-gay marriage. I would be one of those conservatives. I believe in peoples right to see it as a sin. I believe in the right for homosexual to form secular unions and even religious unions within a willing religious institution. I believe that the large part of the gay marriage movement was to destroy our countries moral Christian values. So don’t write off homosexuals. It took years of suffering and self-hatred the kind I’d say almost no heterosexual could understand. Until God gave me a revelation. The only ones who condemned homosexuality was men. Jesus didn’t when he was on earth even though it was huge within that era. Then we come to 1 Corinthians chapter 10 where we’re told all things are permissible to us, but not all things are beneficial to us. As well as to be mindful of the mind of your neighbor. If they say you shouldn’t eat something that “it’s a sin” then do not eat it in their household. I believe the same.

          Though I do not mind if our beliefs differ, that is simply my faith and how I see the world. I pray the lord bless and keep you.

      • I agree with you.Trump and Cruz are the only ones capable of saving the country.The other contenders are all wimps and RINOs. Trump and Cruz are both tough people and capable of unifying people not dividing l like Obama has.You can’t be Mr.Milquetoast these days and theyboth love America not hate it ike Obama.

      • Well, this was my thinking at the get go. Trump certainly is no dummy. In the first debate when the candidates were asked if they would pledge not to go third party Trump was the only one to raise his hand. Personnel I don’t think it was any of their business whether he did or not. A great move though and his point to be treated fairly i.e. let me say what I have to say. I felt that he once again wasn’t really serious and that he would pull out toward the end if he were to stay in and than back a candidate that held his views. I think that person would maybe be Cruz. I actually think he was surprised in the backing that he got and now has second thoughts, that maybe he does need to stay in. That was just how I saw it from the get go. Now however, I think he’s in it to stay. Interestingly, someone sent me an email in reference to an Opra show he was on like 20-25 years ago and he was saying the same thing then. While I think he is a little rash on some of the things he says, he is right on a lot of things. For me as a retired veteran there is nothing more important than our sovereignty. How can we retain it with open borders? It’s been a joke from both parties. Nothing else really matters does it if we can’t maintain it. So for me above any issue it is the illegal immigration and border security that is most important to me. Senator McCain has been a total joke on it and as a veteran and more importantly a former POW no one should understand it more. His Governor has more balls than he. Bush on 9/11 should have called out the National Guard to at least secure our southern border and if need be, the northern one as well. I think it would certainly have made a difference not only on the illegal issue but drugs as well. It is appalling to me as well as the drugs coming across and yet we are more worried about what Mexico is doing about it than what we are. Who are all the users and where are all these drugs going in the US is really the question. Let’s not forget too, Senator Cruz is really the only one that I know who has gone to Congress and is doing what the people sent him there for. In closing, Trump holds NO TIES TO THE SPECIAL INTEREST, well at least I haven’t seen anything yet to say otherwise. Why exactly do we send people to Washington? Are we not the people who send them there? Wasn’t it a Democrat (Clinton) that said he was going to do away with them? We continue to ask Almighty God to bless our country. More importantly, we need his help more than ever. We need to get on our knees and ask for his intervention for there is nothing that a manly government can do to change the climate on morality as well. We also need to become active in expressing our position with the Supreme Court. Enough said.

    • Many converts are more conservative than many that have sat in the pews for years.

      Thomas Sowell is another good example. What Trump believed 10 / 20 years ago is probably not relevant to his beliefs today.

      I wish Trump were a bit more in the constitutional in the James Madison mode, but if he can wake the Lords & Ladies on the Hill up & show them they work for the people my vote will be well spent.

    • Your statement that “However I completely agree with him on his immigration and Trade policy which are not anti-Reagan ” is completely untrue as to Reagan’s trade policy. Reagan was a free trader who strongly supported free trade agreements and fast track authority (TPA) for the president. That is a fact, not an opinion. Trump, on the other hand, is a protectionist who wants to raise tariffs, which would be an economic disaster. Tariffs are nothing but taxes on consumers and businesses alike. Trump is a faux conservative. True Reagan Conservatives are not in favor of tax increases whether in the form of income taxes or tariffs. Ted Cruz is the true Reagan Conservative (like Reagan, Cruz is also a free trader) in this race and all Reagan Conservatives should be supporting him and not the faux conservative Trump.

      • TARIFFS ARE PUNISHMENT FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES SENDING THE JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES THEN EXPECTS AMERICAN TO BUY THE PRODUCTS. THOSE WHO PRODUCE IN USA WILL HAVE FULL ACCESS TO THE USA BUYER, THOSE WHO DO NOT (EVIL CORPS) WILL HAVE A HARD TIME MAKING ANYTHING OFF THE USA CITIZEN WHICH IS EXCELLENT AND THE BEST PLAN EVER. WHY ARE THE AMERICAN CORPS MAKING OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEIR CITIZENS RICH? AND EXPECT TO SELL IN THE USA? NO MORE FOREIGN PRODUCED GOODS, WE ARE BASICALLY GIVING ALL OUR TECH AWAY, WILL IMPLODING OUR DOLLAR, THANKS TO BIG BUSINESS. THIS HAS TO END NOW. KICK THE USA CORPS OUT WHO DO THIS. LET THEM SELL TO THE 3RD WORLD THEY ARE BASED IN, NOT IN THE USA.
        IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS, THEN YOU SHOULD BE DEPORTED. IF THE JOBS WERE HERE, AMERICANS COULD AFFORD THE PRODUCTS PRODUCED BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE MORE MONEY AND OUR DOLLAR WOULD PUFF BACK UP TO BEING STRONG. AS ITS STANDS NOW ALIENS SENDING BILLIONS OUT OF THE USA AND RUIN OUT DOLLAR, THEN THE USA CORPS PROVIDES NO JOBS. END THIS NOW.

        • That is just nonsensical garbage! You obviously have zero understanding of economics and are a leftist at heart. Your rant is same type of left-wing drivel that is spouted by Bernie Sanders and the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Why are you even commenting on a conservative web site when you are obviously not a conservative but a socialist at heart who hates business. Why don’t you spend some time reading Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and learn something about free market economics rather than coming on this web site and pretending to be a conservative with your utterly ignorant rant!

          • Free markets would work IF they were truly free. What we have now is not free markets, it is unbalanced markets and we are the ones getting the shaft.

          • I’m not sure how Trumps plan will turn out. I know you increase taxes on what you want less of and decrease taxes/subsidize what you want more of. I think we need a 3 year 0% corporate tax rate to bounce back to an internationally competitive tax rate 5 year 0% tax on manufacturing so we can bring manufacturing jobs back home. Once again to bonce back at an internationally competitive rate. That on top of implementing the fair tax would actually improve the economy (on their own) dramatically. Though we also need to cut subsidies to planned parenthood as well as a lot of other organizations. We need to cut off back dramatically on welfare benefits. First doing exactly what Trump is talking about and kicking off all of the welfare leeches (those who can work for a living and/or who cheat the system) then cutting back welfare programs. We don’t need a nanny state government that’s not what America was ever intended to be. Social Security needs major transformation including needing to be optional. I can make my dollar much more profitable than the feds can, and that’s been proven given our current debt crisis. I’m not saying you’re wrong about free market trading, in fact I think you’re absolutely right, but at the moment we might need an alternative to swing things back into America’s favor. I know Trump has the business mind for this because he’s proven that. If he makes it, depending on the changes we see, we might very well be able to have a Reagan again that will push our country further into a Golden Age. I love the hell out of Ted Cruz, I have been supporting him for years, however he’s not energizing people like Trump is. I think if we have a Trump-Cruz administration for 8 years and then 8 years of Cruz America will be well on its way to becoming the America we know and love.

          • And don’t forget, on the subject of welfare and all the other benefits, nobody is entitled to them unless they have paid into the system for 5 years, minimum. That alone will kill off all benefits to aliens, whether legal or not. In addition to that, if people are from another country, they must demonstrate their allegiance to America, become a sworn American citizen, and demonstrate proficiency in American history, American government, and read, write and speak fluent English.

        • You seem to have a problem with your Caps Lock key. Thanks for revealing the brilliance of Trump supporters.

      • who may i ask wants chinese or mexican junk? not me and not anyone else on here. check yourself, i am a rock solid conservative (unlike poser you). i am an american with ancestors here during the revolution. my great grandfather was the first gov of south carolina and created the s. carolina state flag. i am a daughter of the american revolution with proven lineage and as amercian as they come unlike you and your ancestors. i am also a business owner too, who is trying to make american what it used to be as we all are, what we have now is garbage and no one wants it. lets see if tariffs ruin the usa when all the companies come home and bring the jobs back where they belong, how exactly is that wrong and bad? i do understand economics too.
        business have gotten to rich, they need to lower their standards back to reality. no more 25% quarterly growth year after year, which is impossible unless the product and people suffer (i worked for the fortune 500s for decades, i know how this works everyone suffer from this mentality, its evil). that form of expectation comes from greed and power, its illogical thinking. companies before the 80s did not think like that nor expect those growth numbers and did just fine (without off shore production and immigrant labor) …….. and they were providing better products and better jobs experiences. we need to get back to that. no more excessive growth goals and no more pressure to hit the numbers, just good products and good jobs, everyone wins. if companies want to go offshore, then sell offshore and remove themselves from the usa permanently. we do not need them, other companies will replace the traitors. if they want to operate offshore and sell the products in the usa, then let them not be able to make much from doing so, let on the usa operating companies get rich. let the chinese and mexico junk cost more than the better quality usa produced items. that will end that evil practice. tariffs do not effect the consumers pocketbooks, they effect the profit of those who evilly operate offshore, get your story straight. no merchandise should be cheap, its should be realistically priced and last a lifetime like it used to, americans need to used to paying more and getting quality last a lifetime items made in the usa. according to you, you want the evil system to continue and provide less jobs, crummy products, and imploding dollar etc. your the evil one.

        • These corporations aren’t evil. They are people doing their best in life to have the best life for themselves. The reason they move their companies offshore and then sell them back to America is because that is most profitable due to the punitive taxes America places on them. It’s by decreasing the corporate tax rate and cutting intrusive and burdensome regulations (Not one person could read all the regulations in a life time that’s how burdensome they are). Have corporations done evil things? Sure they have. Backing tyrannical politicians harming our country so they can make more money and hurt their competition. Though it’s that we have a system in place where that’s not stopped, we have politicians in place that allow the corruption. What we need is term limits so politicians can’t be bought so easily. Take care of the corruption at the top and you minimize the damage that corporations will do following their natural instincts.

          • Wayne, I agree completely, it is the high tax rates, among other things, in the U.S. that is causing many U.S. companies to move offshore. I am a Fair Tax supporter as the Fair Tax would result in a huge competitive advantage for the U.S. I am hopeful that when Ted Cruz is elected president that he will come to embrace the Fair Tax as right now he supports a flat tax which, although better than what we have, is inferior to the Fair Tax. Ted is all in favor of abolishing the IRS so that is a good thing.

          • Absolutely, for taxation nothing is more simplified than the fair tax. Nothing is even as “fair” as the fair tax. A with a flat tax you will still have tax evaders. With a fair tax so long as you’re buying things in America (or online) then you’re contributing. This also means the more the American people prosper the more the federal government prospers and vice-versa. To me the fair tax is simply the most common sense approach.

          • THE GOV WILL TAKE THE MONEY AND GIVE IT TO THE LIBS ON WELFARE AND ANCHOR BABIES, WHICH IS 80% OF THE NATIONAL ANNUAL BUDGET. IT DOES NOT HELP GOOD AMERICANS IN ANYWAY. I THINK ELIMINATING PROGRAMS AND TAXATION IS THE ANSWER, LESS GOV IS THE CONSERVATIVE WAY. CORP TAX IS CHARGED TO THOSE WHO ARE GETTING THE RIGHT TO DO BIZ IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY. AS A BIZ OWNER THERE IS BETTER PLACE TO BE AND NO BETTER CUSTOMER BASE. A BIZ OWNER IT NOT THAT MUCH AND BASED PURELY ON HOW PROFITABLE YOU ARE. ITS NO GREAT BURDEN AND IS NOT UNREALISTIC. I JUST QUESTION WHAT THE GOV NEEDS ITS FOR? AFTER ALL WHAT ARE WE GETTING FOR OUR TAX DOLLARS? IT BENEFITS ME ABSOLUTELY NOTHING … ITS DOES BUILD MORE PRISONS FOR ALIEN & CRIMINALS WHO GET A FREE RIDE? MORE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO DROP THEIR ANCHOR BABIES HERE WHO NEED SUPPORT CRIB TO GRAVE? MORE CROOKS USING S.S. DISABILITY FOR A FREE RIDE? MORE WOMEN LOOSELY BREEDING THEN PUTTING THE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE TAX PAYERS? MORE LAZY PEOPLE, MORE FRAUDSTERS, MORE ALIENS, MORE MINORITIES GETTING ALL THE PERKS FROM MY TAX DOLLARS, I GET NOTHING. THE USERS OF THESE PROGRAMS HAVE PAID NOTHING INTO THE SYSTEM AND NEVER WILL. THIS IS WHAT I GET FOR MY TAX PAYMENT. FORCED SLAVERY TO THE SYSTEM SO I CAN SUPPORT THOSE DO NOT DESERVE MY MONEY BUT I AM FORCED. SO I WOULD SAY ELIMINATE TAXATION AND LET THOSE WHO PAY IN GET HELP WHEN THEY NEED IT. SEPARATE THE COUNTRY AND PROVIDE NO MILITARY PROTECTION TO THOSE WHO DO NOT PAY FOR IT. GIVE THEM NOTHING AS THEY HAVE PAID NOTHING.
            THERE SHOULD BE NO TAXATION THE WAY I SEE IT.

          • You are so sick and pathetic that if there are many others who think like you as a country we are doomed. You are a Marxist, just admit it!

          • paying taxes is part of being in the greatest country on earth.
            the corps have to realize they cannot show 25-30% growth every year, which they have been able to do because they lower their tax rates. they have to go back to how it used to be before this sort of thing was going on, showing 5-10% growth as it should be normally. this growth completion is only set up by businesses to please stock/share holders and the board. WE HAVE TO NORMALIZE THIS SORT OF THINKING. COMPANIES SHOULD NOT SHOW TREMENDOUS PROFIT GROWING YEAR AFTER YEAR BUY GOING OFF SHORE AND HIRING 3RD WORLD HELP.
            IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE YOUR UNIFORMED AND BRAINWASHED. ALL THE FORTUNE 500 USED TO DO JUST FINE OPERATING ONLY IN THE USA. THEY WILL DO JUST FINE DOING IT AGAIN BUT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE GROWTH OF 30% YR OVER YR BECAUSE ITS NOT REAL. I WORKED FOR THE FORTUNE 500 FOR MANY YEARS. MANY CO. MADE THEIR GROWTH NUMBERS BY CUTTING JOBS AND MAKING EMPLOYEES DO THE WORK OF 3-5 PEOPLE. THEY RAISED PRICES OR CUT PAYCHECKS OF THEIR TOP PERFORMERS. THEY CONSOLIDATED LOCATIONS. THAT WAS THE 90S. THE ONLY WAY THESE SAME CO. COULD HIT THEIR NUMBERS AFTER THE 90S, WAS TO GO OFF SHORE FOR TO SAVE TAXES AND HIRE IMMIGRANTS TO COME TO THE USA TO DO THE WORK FOR LESS THAN AMERICANS OR DO THE WORK OVERSEAS. THIS IS THE MINDLESS MINDSET OF CORPORATIONS, ITS NOT REALITY. TO HIT NUMBERS THIS WAY IS NOT GROWTH ITS CUTS BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE BOTTOM LINE. SO GO ON BELIEVING YOU KNOW EVERYTHING AND COMPANIES NEED TO LOCATE OFFSHORE SO THEY DO NOT PAY TAXES. YOUR STUPID IF YOU THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT. WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IS REALISTIC TRUE GROWTH BASED ON OPERATING IN THE USA WITH USA CITIZENS AT 4% A YEAR. HECK GTE/P&G/COKE USED TO BE VERY HAPPY WITH THAT IN THE 70S AND BEFORE, THOSE WERE GOOD NUMBERS. CORPORATIONS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO SELL IN THE USA UNLESS THEY MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS IN THE USA AND EMPLOY AMERICANS AND THEY SHOULD BE HAPPY WITH THE VERY PROFITABLE 4% ANNUAL GROWTH. GET BRAIN HELP IF YOU FEEL DIFFERENTLY. TRUMP WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND THIS IS HOW HE WILL DO IT.

          • You call yourself a Conservative and you are in favor of increasing taxes? You are truly a total moron. What rock did you crawl from under?

        • Your ignorance is exceed only by your insults. For the record, my ancestors came to America in 1640. Also, if you knew your history you would know that tariffs were the major cause of the Great Depression. You obviously are not a Reagan Conservative nor any kind of conservative at all. If you don’t want to buy Mexican or Chinese products, fine, it’s a free country. But why in the hell should I have to pay an extra tax to buy those products just because you don’t like them. You are a socialist because you want to control my liberty, that is what socialism is all about.

          We live in a global economy. Adam Smith understood the implications of that over 200 years ago which is why the principles laid out in his book “The Wealth of Nations” are so relevant today and why true conservatives such as Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley and Ted Cruz have embraced those principles, whereas persons whose views are based purely on emotional rants such as all leftists and yourself do not. Pick another web site to spew your leftist views and go join the Bernie Sanders campaign as his views are right up your alley.

          • WE DO NOT LIVE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY, IF WE DID WHEN ONE COUNTRY WAS IN A DEPRESSION ALL COUNTRIES WOULD BE IN A DEPRESSION. WHICH HAS NEVER HAPPENED. SO YOUR STATEMENT IS GROUNDLESS, STUPID, AND A LIE. TED CRUZ WILL NOT MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, PLUS HE GOT HIS WALLETS FILLED BY DONORS WHO OWN HIM NOW. HE IS A CORP. PUPPET FOR BIG BIZ AND LOBBYIST. NO ONE WANTS POLITICAL PUPPETS ANYMORE AND NO ONE WANTS TO MAKE CHINA RICH, EXCEPT YOU AND OTHER DEMOCRATS. NAME CALLING WILL GET YOU NO WHERE, I AM NOT A LEFTIST, I AM IN REALITY…………………… YOUR NOT. GET SOME BRAIN MEDS.

          • You are a total ignoramus and a complete moron. You know nothing at all about economics and don’t know what the hell you are talking about. You are a fraud and I suspect are a Bircher. Ted Cruz will be great for America. It you were truly a Conservative you would understand that. You obviously are not and are in fact an utterly pathetic leftist. Got join the Sanders campaign and his hatred of business and capitalism. That where you belong, with your fellow socialists. And don”t waste everyone’s time with replying on this web site with your insipid, ignorant and baseless remarks!

          • Furthermore, you obviously have never heard of the Great Depression, you ignoramus. Everyone was in fact in a Depression at the same time and that was when the world was not the global economy we live in today. It is hard to believe that someone can be so ignorant as you are.

    • Wayne G.,
      I don’t think anyone could have worded your comment better, and I don’t think anyone can agree with you more than I do.

  8. The people I talk with like Trump because:
    1. He is not beholden to special interest groups who hold the power of the purse over him.
    2. He speaks his mind and ignores “political correctness.”
    3. He does not bow to pressure to apologise for speaking what he perceives as the truth.
    4. He would run the government like a for profit business and get rid of dead wood and useless agencies.
    5. He is strongly pro-American.
    6. He would use the military only in a “fight to win” scenario and would take care of veterans.
    7. He would enforce immigration laws and build a wall.
    8. He speaks from his mind and does not regurgitate words of others from a teleprompter.
    9. When attacked, he fights back and does not bow to public pressure.
    10. People who have worked for and with him think he is a good guy.
    11. He is not a member of the political class who have brought America to the sorry state of affairs when what used to be good is now bad and visa versa. He realizes compromise weakens a nation.
    12. He seems to be a person who actually can get things done instead of just talking about it.

  9. The minute Trump seriously put himself up for president I switched from Walker to him, although the combination of a strong president (Trump) with a savvy strong politician (Walker), seems like a winner to me.

    After all these years of BS, we need a government to bring us back to the constitution.

    These mealy mouthed reporters like this one, trying to undercut Trump in oh so subtle ways make me sick.

    • THE AUTHOR WORKS FOR THE DEVIL AND IF YOU LOOK INTO HIS STAGE NAME YOU WILL SEE HIS FATHER IS THE LUCIFER.

  10. Boy this is a hit Piece if I ever saw one . Bunch of BS smoke screen
    commentary. This is trump in a Nut shell Here is someone that’s sick and tired of BS news stories BS Government . Most thinking people in the US feel the same way and they are MAD very MAD about it so they like having a tuff guy agree with them and say were gonna do something about this. Trump did not get to where he is by being stupid so I will trust that when he gets the presidency he will surround himself with smart people too and we will finally get a Government that works

    • Trump understands the problems the American Middle Class have been afflicted with. Illegal immigration is just one of them.

      Mr. Freddoso, the author of this hit piece, doesn’t understand the problems the Middle Class has.

      Mr. Freddoso grew up as a protected child, in the family of a Notre Dame Professor; a member of the Academic Ruling Class with access to all its perks, which included a nearly free education at Notre Dame where he studied Classical Greek and then went on to get an advanced degree in Journalism from Columbia University, that liberal bastion of education in New York City.

      Mr. Freddoso hasn’t lived in the real world long enough to preach to anybody out here!

      • HE IS A LIBERAL……………… CASE CLOSED. KICK HIM TO THE CURB. THIS IS PART OF THE EVIL GARBAGE, WHY IS THIS ARTICLE HERE? EVIL

    • YES! Not like the Islamic extremist cabinet that our Traitor President has put in that position….. EVERYONE RELATED TO THE OBAMA CORRUPT CABINET HAS TO GO!!! ALL OF THEM………………..

  11. Not only are the establishment republicans or as they have thoroughly proven about themselves, RINOs or republicrats, totally out of touch with good, decent, moral Americans, but so are the talking heads and writing hands , as in this article, who try even harder to misread the obvious. The hard fact is their idea of the two political parties ignores the hard facts that the party of the left is criminal, traitorous, corrupt and based upon Hatred of America. PLUS the “experts” ignore the fact that the other party has sat on their hands, done NOTHING, IGNORED THEIR DUTY, PLAY NICE BY “GO-ALONG AND GET ALONG” which by default supports the very Evil which they are supposed to fight. Trump may or may not be the answer but the rest of them , sure as hell don’t appear to be! Well, maybe Dr. Ben and/or Cruz……maybe. And if they’d pick up Trump’s politically incorrect “trumpet”, they’d skyrocket to the top. Fuggetabout the rest of them, they are proven establishment tools and liars.

    • One slight correction; the (b)Progressive Republican Establishment(/b) is a more accurate term for those previously known as RINOs. :-)

      • Whatever you call them, they are evil…….Not on the same scale of SHEER EVIL as are the Communist/Fascist democrats, nevertheless evil. The cure and the illness is one-in-the-same, i.e. “we-the-people”. That is to say if enough, A HUGE MAJORITY like never in the history of America would vote overwhelmingly for some outsider Republican and both houses with a clear dictate for them to clean out the trash, start reforms and turn America around, something good would happen. Now for the “illness’ part—-> there’s so many sold out, apathetic ,cowards and know-it-alls in that body of “we-the-people” it will probably never happen.

  12. Trump understands the problems the middle class is going through.

    The author of this article does not understand the problems of the Middle Class; one of the biggest of which is illegal immigration and another one of which is the fraud that passes as “free trade” with the Republican leadership which has decimated the jobs available to the American middle class! This is being done by sending our industries to China and laying off thousands of American technical workers and bringing in low paid technical workers from India on H1-B special work visas to replace them as it happened in Disney World last year.

    Mr. Freddoso, the author of this article, was never was subject to these problems!

    He grew up as the child of the Academic Ruling Class: The son of a Professor at Notre Dame University where he also went to college, probably having to pay little or no tuition for his degree in Classical Greek because his father was a Professor there. After that he got a degree in Journalism from Columbia University, that liberal bastion of learning in New York City.

    Now he feels he is qualified to lecture the American Middle Class on who will make the best presidential candidate.

    • Hard to overcome learning the propaganda methods of Bernays and Lippmann found in most journalism education.

        • Wouldn’t surprise me. Progressives like to take over different movements to redirect their focus. We saw this with #Occupy and currently with #BlackLivesMatter. Note how this didn’t occur with TEA Party although they tried with surrogate groups using the TEA Party name.

        • scary, this is clearly a liberal site posing as conservative to mislead those who are easily swindled.

    • You are another pseudo conservative with your views on trade. Free trade is a bedrock principle of Conservatism. It has only made America wealthier as it results in lower costs of production which makes our companies more competitive and it provides consumers with greater choices and liberty, the latter is what Conservatism is all about, liberty. Ronald Reagan understood this and so do conservatives such as Ted Cruz. Protectionism is a poison for any economy and is what brought about the Great Depression. I recommend educating yourself and reading “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith as well as “Mad About Trade” by Dan Griswold rather than making statements such as “the fraud that passes as free trade” that are based on emotion rather than fact.

      • And you sir, are a shill for Crony Capitalism, which is the only type of Capitalism taking place in the USA today. Capitalism has nothing to do with Conservatism. Capitalism is an economic philosophy which is what “The Wealth of Nations” is about.

        • Actually, Capitalism is in fact the economic component of Conservatism because Capitalism is all about liberty, which is what Conservatism is all about. And according to you, then, Ronald Reagan and Ted Cruz are also shills for “Crony Capitalism”. If you are not a Capitalist, then you are a Socialist as there are only two economic systems, period. So I must conclude that you are a shill for Socialism and wonder why you are on this web site.

          • Don’t worry about me being a shill for Socialism. I’m just pointing out the holes in your argument. If you were really for “free trade” you would be arguing to elect people who were for it. You aren’t. Trump is the only one who will talk about it.

            You started your argument out by stating in the 2nd sentence of your 1st post above that “Free Trade is a bedrock principle of Conservatism.”

            Why don’t you explain how Senator Rubio is a Conservative after voting to give President Obama fast track authority on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) so Obama could get 3 of the secret deals he was working on through. This will ensure passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership aka Trans Pacific Trade Act.

            And then you can explain how this is not crony capitalism while you are at it!

            A bunch of other Republicans voted for it too. Explain how they are conservatives.

            And after you have done all that explain how this Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill contributed to “Free Trade.”

          • First, Ted Cruz is in favor of free trade. The only reason he voted against TPA was because McConnell lied to him about the Ex-Im Bank. But he supports in principle the president (all presidents) having trade promotion authority and he wrote an editorial in the Wall St. Journal supporting TPA. Incidentally, Ronald Reagan also had trade promotion authority and used it to negotiate the Jordan FTA. Reagan also supported presidents having TPA or fast track as it was called then. So your statement “If you were really for “free trade” you would be arguing to elect
            people who were for it” is utter nonsense because I am in fact working to support Ted Cruz who has stated numerous times that he is a free trader and has gone on record as supporting TPA in principle.

            Second, you obviously are ignorant of the purpose of TPA. It is so the president can negotiate a free trade agreement without having to initially run every single item by Congress. That is the only way to logically negotiate a FTA as you can’t have 535 individual negotiators. I can understand a reluctance to give Obama trade promotion authority as he is completely untrustworthy and incompetent. The Iran deal has proven that. But TPA will really be more to the benefit on the next president as only the TPP will be voted on during Obama’s term.

            Third, of course trade deals are secret when negotiated, that only makes perfect sense. But, TPA will make trade deals completely open and transparent for 60 days prior to Congress voting to approve them. An argument can be made that perhaps that time period should be 90 days and I would agree with that. But the point is that no trade deal under TPA will be secret when it is voted on. If it is such a bad deal for the U.S., Congress can vote it down.

            Conservatism is all about freedom and liberty. Free trade is an integral part of that freedom and liberty. Ronald Reagan did, and Ted Cruz does understand that. You obviously do not which makes me believe you are an anti-Capitalist and a socialist. Why don’t you support Bernie Sanders? He obviously hates free trade and capitalism as you apparently do.

          • One other point. Tariffs are absolutely the WORST form of Crony Capitalism as they benefit domestic producers at the expense of U.S. consumers. Of course, if one is ignorant of economics, it cannot be expected that one will understand that.

          • How is it free trade if the nations we trade with put tariffs on the goods we trade with them but we don’t put any on the goods we get from them? It isn’t. One doesn’t have to be ignorant of economics to understand this. One has to be ignorant of politics to argue that it is!

            And you still didn’t explain how the deals made by Congress with Obama don’t constitute Crony Capitalism. They would be crony capitalism in any administration. The people we elect know who is buttering their bread.

            You really ought to read John Lukacs’s “A New Republic–A History of the United States in the 20th Century” particularly Chapter 7: “The Elective Monarchy–The Degeneration of Popular Democracy into a Publicity Contest;” and Chapter 9: “Inheritances and Prospects–The Passage of a Democratic Order to a Bureaucratic State.”

            You will find that History is a better guide to what to expect in the future than any of the economic philosophies that have been written.

          • “How is it free trade if the nations we trade with put tariffs on the goods we trade with them but we don’t put any on the goods we get from them?”

            That is exactly the point of FTAs, to reduce other country’s tariffs. This happened, for example, with the Colombia FTA. Prior to Obama’s reluctant signing of that FTA, there were tariffs on U.S. exports to Colombia, but not on Colombia exports to the U.S. The Colombia FTA eliminated Colombian tariffs on U.S. exports to Colombia. FTAs help U.S. exporters and particularly small business exporters of whom I know many. I agree that it is very unfair when other countries have tariffs on our exports when we don’t have tariffs on theirs. But the solution is not to raise tariffs on their goods but to get them to eliminate their tariffs, which is what FTAs do. Tariffs are nothing more than a tax on consumers. If one is a Conservative, one is never in favor of raising taxes.

  13. Is this article a left wing media plant?
    Trump is a true leader. America needs a leader beholden to nobody, now more than ever.
    I say Trump-Cruz 2016!
    They can help make America great again.

    • Trump-Cruz sounds good to me, but think for a moment like Cruz. Cruz knows what he believes. None of us knows what anyone truly believes. Trump is asking for us to put a lot of faith in what he’s saying. His actions in the past put into question what he’s saying in the present. He has excuses for his actions, but what he said recently really puts a question as to how he believes and thinks. His comment about Carly Fiorina, a very decent woman, was something you’d expect from the likes of Bill Clinton or Barack Obama or Even Hillary. That comment is not one you’d ever expect to cross the lips of a conservative and for me this tips from being “on the fence” with trump to being strongly behind Ted Cruz and standing next to Carly and Ben.

      • One thing every Trump opponent should know is that if you mess with the bull you will get the horn. That goes for cows as well as steers.

  14. The only reason why Reprblicans captured U.S. Senate in 2014 was anti-illegal immigration stance. Trump obviously studied it and concluded that his only chance, and Republicans’ only chance for that matter, to capture WH in 2016 is to gain more votes from Whites, because Latinos are going to vote for Drmocrats overwhelmingly again anyway. Since Whites are still the largest voting block today, isn’t it a common sense that you could get higher return on investment from the largest possible audience? Illegal immigration directly challenges our fundamental belief that we are a nation of rule of law, and majority of people are tired of seeing our elected politicians, like Obama, bend backward to protect law-breaking foreigners at the expense of law-binding citizens. Unlike other people, Reagan’s policies aimed to help entire nation as a whole, not any particular segments or interest groups, and that is the true meaning of Reaganism. Anybody who has that in heart is going to be the next president.

  15. I certainly wouldn’t categorize Trump’s followers as “The Island of Misfit Toys”, unless that’s considered a strength. This I agree with: “One could more respectfully say that Trump has given new hope to groups that have been politically uninvolved and excluded from the two-party debate.”

    I have followed Trump closely, wincing at some of the harshness, but liking his basic message a whole lot better than the smooth “politician talk” which we all know we cannot trust! Then I read his 2011 book “TIME TO GET TOUGH: Making America #1 Again” and I’ve jumped over the fence to his side. Strongly recommended book if you want to know (1) what Trump thinks; (2) how informed he is on domestic and foreign issues; (3) his proposed solutions to the many current problems. And remember, this was 2011, and things have gotten WORSE under Obama since then.

    TRUMP in 2016!

  16. What has happened is voters at all economic levels are getting more educated and informed. They can research and verify via the internet what is told to them like no other time in history. In the past, voters had to relie on the media and the candidates themselves for information. In the past voters found out weeks later how their representive voted on an issue. Today we find out within minutes and can respond with our opinion within minutes. At no other time in history has the media and government been challenged as they are today and they are uncomfortable with this new phenomena.

    The media, representives in office and new candidates can no longer lead without their actions being called out publically and they are having a very hard time with this new scrunitity. Write a bias article and you may receive thousands of comments that are not in your favor. Vote on a bill that the American voters have told you they do not agree with then prepare for yourself be voted out of office.

    That is the difference. The information highway has been an equalizer for the American people. We now know that the media we once trusted can be extremely bias. We know longer have to write a letter to the editor and hope our letter will get published. We can sell publish our ideas and opinions within minutes of publication.

    When has comment boards ever had 1 to 6 thousand comments, not including replies about any news article? Many of those posting, post links to other documents that back up their opinion. When has this many people actually engaged in the political campaign process this early in the campaign cycle, 20 million watching the Republican debates, NEVER.

    There are those of us old enough to have experienced that America is better than most countries but it is not the greate country that it use too be. We remember when no country would openly chant “Death to America” or be bold enough to tell us what they were going to do to us on American soil. We remember pre-massive illegal immigration and the H1B visa system, that anyone that wanted to work could find a full time and 2 part time jobs, when employers did not consider it a handicap to train American citizens. We remember when youth could get a parttime job which would help pay for a large portion of their college costs. We remember when Made In The USA meant quality and we were proud of that quality. We now have a generation that have no experience of that America and it needs to change.

    Mr. Trump is gaining support because we want the truth and we want it NOW! We want changes and know we can no longer afford to wait for change to happen.

    TRUMP 2016

    • Edith – As I said in my original posting: we need “the humility to listen to what others have to say.” I shall listen to what all 17 GOP candidates have to say in the next several debates and in any other venue where I can hear them speak, unfiltered by the chattering classes. Then, when the spring primary comes I shall pick one. As the ad used to say: “No wine before its time.”

      • I hear ya although I also use another filter, those supported by the Progressive Republican Establishment and/or Progressive media are immediately at the bottom while those attacked by same are at the top.

      • Neil, your post only referred to Mr. Trump. So you have somewhat made up your mind. If you don’t want the chattering classes why are you posting on this board? If I do not chose A then I chose B or C or D etc. If I attack A then A is removed from my decision. That is the point that I was making. Just because others have made their decision does not give you the right to attack their decision without support of your decision.

  17. Mr. Freddoso could have saved himself 2000 words if he had captioned the Trump picture with the phrase he used later: “personality cult.” Mr. Trump is an entertaining speaker on the surface but, unfortunately, that’s about as deep as he goes. He loves to brag about how much money he has and how that makes him immune from special interest pressures. Stop for a moment and consider this: it also can feed arrogance and with it a delusion that you know best and other opinions don’t matter. Historically down that road lie the grim ghosts of a thousand years of tyrants. Here’s a test of the Trumpism-as-personality cult theory: read the comments posted below and see how many refer to him as rising above politics or standing apart from the political traditions that have served us fairly well for 225 years. For the most part these are people who admire his brashness and are willing to bet our future on his assertion that like a national Daddy, he knows best. I for one have had enough of that these last eight years…an arrogant man unwilling to engage in the political process who ignores laws he doesn’t like and bypasses the people’s elected representatives to enact others he favors. Enough. My vote will go to someone who has the humility to listen to what others have to say and seek a democratic consensus on the way forward whatever the issue.

    • Neil if Mr. Trump not your candidate, fine. My vote will cancel your vote that is how the system works. But at least a Trump supporter is not afraid to state who they support. Who do you support? If you know who you don’t support, then you know who you do. You are actually no better than the bias media. The political traditions you refer too have not been in practice for many years now even pre-Obama.
      I for one would like the Trump detractors to state who and why we should not vote for Mr. Trump rather than how they are personally offended by someone they will not vote for. So Neil please reply to me with why your candidate is the better candidate and why I should change my support. That is the conversation that should be happening.
      TRUMP 2016

      • Excellent point. I prefer Cruz however I don’t oppose Trump. I will oppose the Progressive Republican Establishment candidates like Bush, Christie, Kasich, Graham, and others, especially those supported by the media in the primary.

    • One point, we are a Constitutional Republic not a Democracy. Consensus has become a joke talking point that has been redefined to mean submission to Progressive ideology.

    • Neil,
      Democratic consensus and Politically correct speak far too long, got us to this dismal state of affairs. Your post is sophmoric and nonsensical.

  18. Mr. Freddoso,
    I have a 3rd theory, the Progressive Plantation. In the early 1900s, Southern Progressive Democrat President Wilson brought Jim Crow and Progressive ideology to the nation when he segregated the federal government. At the same time other Marxist ideologies arose like Communism in Russia and China. The actions of these Marxist derivitives led to Progressivism becoming a pejorative in the USA. The Progressives went into hiding mostly in the Democrat party although many hid in the Republican party. They also hid in academia and worked hard to hide/remove the stimatism.

    Move forward and the Reagan coalition that was opposed by the Republican Establishment whose leaders were more Progressive. One of the main reasons the Republican Establishment opposed Reagan was his stance against Communism. Many Progressives used the movement to hide in plain site while controlling the rest of the party and candidates.

    Now we see the Progressive Republican Establishment and their leaders like Boehner and McConnell caving in to demands from their fellow Progressives like President Obama. They are no longer hiding because they believe they have enough power to keep their agenda alive as seen by the election shenanigans with Cochran in the primaries.

    Is it any surprise that the Republican base would oppose Marxist ideology?

    Is it any surprise that the TEA Party would oppose illegal foreign nationals taking jobs from American citizens especially minorities and young adults?

    Is it any surprise that those that composed the Reagan coalition would once again rise up in opposition to spineless politicians?

    • Please keep in mind that the very liberal colleges/universities in the late 50’s and early sixties began letting their professorship instill their opinions about how the left should be raised up for their deeds and thoughts and brainwashed the students. It’s many of those students and children of those students who place progressive, liberal, communist marxism, lack of moral integrity into the workplaces like the mainstream media who defend and support PC while covering for the POTUS on every occasion. Most Leftist Democ(rats) are blind to Christianity and fall into Satan’s workshop.

      • It is close to the top. Like all Marxist derived ideologies, Progressivism had long range goals, one of which was to redefine/remove their history and use the propaganda methods of Bernays and Lippmann. They infiltrated the educational systems of the USA with the intention of subverting it internally while indoctrinating young people into Progressive ideology. They also infiltrated the media and unions which today resemble the lead up to the Russian revolution, claiming to be for the working people while creating the equivalent of plantations. Promising all kinds of incentives while delivering nothing.

  19. “…if Trumpism can capture the GOP…It would mean conservatism will have a whole different face in the 2016 election cycle.”

    That’s the whole idea, and it’s a GOOD thing.

  20. Although I like most of what Trump is saying , It is pretty much just the opposite of what he has been saying most of his public life. Many turn arounds. Abortion – Clintons – Church VERY UNCLEAR even his party He used to be a Democrat. I like someone whos past proves who he is. I just don’t trust that he is telling only the truth. He may be enough of an actor to win. I would like to know how much he REALLY supports the Jewish Nation. He will never be as sincere or as smart as Regan especially what he says about his faith.

    • I hear ya although even Reagan made it clear that the Democrat party left him which I submit was the Democrats coming under more Progressive (Marxist) control which Reagan opposed vehemently.

      • Exactly.
        it is an unsuccessful ploy to compare Trump to Regan. He has not the charm, the character, the humor the, light but sincere way of engaging people. and the insight to give people the comrade feeling as he talked with them. Then when he was tough it was powerful. He was always kind and respectful to his fellow Americans. .

  21. Wayne G: We are divided because of Leftist Liberals. It doesn’t matter whether “The Donald” is the final candidate for POTUS, it is the message that he brings. He’s not out to please everyone, especially anyone in the GOP. His flat out references to issues without politics is as fresh as FeBreze. I know, that if he wins, it will be our last chance to pull our country out of the fire. Obama is a traitor, a communist, a socialist, a criminal who has little or no moral compass and uses PC to divide by race. Electing another Democrat or Obama using Martial Law to stay in office, will ensure the destructive path that the O’Bummer has set us on.

    • I would suggest we are divided because of Progressives and Progressivism (Marxism) that has taken control of the Democrat party and Republican Establishment. This is done intentionally through propaganda against Conservatives, Libertarians, and Liberals.

  22. Fredoso, your analysis (of both Reaganism and what you call “Trumpism”) is way off.
    Wayne G. has hit the main problem with your analysis of Reaganism: he was always against illegal immigration (i.e., he favored enforcing the law), and signed the legislation to build the wall at issue.
    As for the “most recent conservative success,” that would be 2014, where amnesty did play an issue. If you’re still unclear on that, ask Eric Cantor about that? What is it exactly that you think he was “out of touch” with his constituents about?
    As for immigration not being an issue before, you are dead wrong. Several attempts at amnesty were killed in recent years by grass roots revolts. That you somehow missed that does not speak well for your analytical abilities. As for who those Trumpites who are movement conservatives (a minority, I agree) are revolting against, look in the mirror. The Review, etc. and the rest of Conservatism, Inc. are the real targets of our anger. The mere fact that one is not lunching with K Street lobbyists does not make one any less of a part of the very establishment you (rightly) criticize.
    Further, you seem to have missed the importance of the fact that many Trumpites are not conservatives (or even Republicans). Reagan not only appealed to Democrats and independents, he was happy to work with Democrats. You also imagine an ideological purity in Reagan’s presidency that simply did not exist.
    Finally, a word of warning for you and all who fancy themselves the heirs to Reaganism. You simply cannot have a limited government, one in which leaders quaintly quote Bastiat, if one imports Third World poverty. If that sounds melodramatic to you, look at California. It now has the highest rate of poverty per capita in the country. How did you think that came about? you want to blame bad policies? That is partially, but only partially, correct. However, ask yourself who demanded those policies?
    In short, there simply is no winning the votes of voters who are reliant on government programs, as half of immigrants are. People will always vote their interest, and limited government is not in the interest of those receiving some form of welfare. I trust you are well aware of Milton Friedman’s quote about attempting to have both open immigration and a welfare state.

  23. IF it is true that Mexicans come here for jobs , certainly NOT to become Americans, then,, who better to maybe help build up the Mexican economy, than Trump? The best way to keep Mexicans out is to give them a reason to stay home. And, use the fence as a bargaining chip to form a deal with Mexico to help build their own economy.

  24. At least Trump knows how to listen and not be a dictator. And some say he was a liberal. I say if he was a liberal in the past he isn’t now or he would be bought and paid for like all liberals are. He has his own money and is not begging for money like all liberals do when running for office. I have seen him speak with his sons and they all stand behind the NRA. We don’t need anymore lawyers or ‘bought and paid for career politicians’ . I’m glad he decided to not run as a third party. Let’s face it a third party never wins because that’s just the way it is. Dems love the 3rd party dividing us. Even they are not dumb enough to see if we divide they conquer.
    Some say he doesn’t know how the government works…..
    So what do you want him to know… What the rest of them know. How to get bought off. Or how to stick together like a bunch of corrupt criminals that will never fire each other. Come on do you really want another lawyer or career politician in the rats nest that will do anything to protect their cushy six figure jobs. Even if it means selling us out for buck. At least Trump is not that.

  25. “There is no question that Reagan ran for president twice and won on the platform of immigration amnesty.”

    This is a boatload of BS.

    Reagan never campaigned on amnesty. It is a pure invention of the article’s author and one more banal attempt to re-write the history of Reagan.

    It is consistent with the fact this entire article is built on a false premise; that Reaganism has been maintained ever since he left office.. Reaganism was discarded when President George H W Bush broke his promise to not raise taxes.

    In 1980 Reagan ran on an economic plan to increase revenues to the Treasury by LOWERING the top marginal income tax rates. George H W Bush, who was running against Reagan for the GOP nomination, called Reagan’s plan “voodoo economics”, thus displaying his own economic limitations.

    After he became President Bush never responded to complaints from the Democrats in Congress about deficits by pointing out that revenues INCREASED under Reagan after major cuts in the top marginal tax rates. Instead Bush fell back reflexively into the old, discredited model that higher tax rates lead to increased revenue.

    That was the beginning of the end of Reaganism as it was practiced by the government. The only place Reaganism still exists in the hearts and minds of true conservatives, and gets expressed (and ignored) every two years at the ballot box in national elections.

  26. Donald Trump does not believe in a single payer health system. At one time years ago he thought it might be good, he supports buying insurance across state lines, more competition. What I like about him is that he’s seen things from both sides (being from NY) and knows “right from wrong” thus changes or flip-flops, I’m happy he did and is on the side of America, that is what matters.. Perfectly clear on making this country great again.

  27. Trump is for privatization of health care and interstate competition of insurance!!! Just go back to the Fox Debate, or did that not fit with this poorly disquised hit piece.

  28. He is leading in the poles – but he is also leading in the number of people who do no think favorably of him. I think this means that people are starting to see definite things in Trump they do not like. Not the character of someone to be the leader of our country.

  29. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading this articles this misleading articles, and I’m totally mystified by their arguments and their lack of understanding where the Conservative Republican voter base stands. These writers do not have a clue, and I think it is because they spend too much time in the “cocktail circles” of Washington. Reaganism has been dead for a long time. It died with the exodus of Newt Gingrich, and the election of George Bush. When Bush took power from Clinton, the era of Big Government was over as declared by Clinton a few years earlier. However, Bush and the “Conservative” leaders in Congress went on an spending rampage and increased the size of Government. Obama just took the momentum and increased it to a whole new level. Of all the group of Repuclican candidates, the only one with charisma and sensible ideas is Trump. Go Trump 2016!

  30. What a totally incoherent BS piece. My head hurts from reading it.
    If life were this complicated in reality we would all be living in a mental institution.
    I bet anything that this author was paid by the word for this article.

  31. This piece is logically questionable. It seems that issues of factual chronology and other nasty little factual details have been ignored or manipulated in order to fit the writer’s theory. The issue of illegal immigration in 1986 when Reagan supported some form of “amnesty” has no reasonable political comparison to the immigration issues of 2015. That’s like saying there were less people concerned with Islamic terrorism in 1998 than in 2002 in order to make some point.

    The answer is that not much has changed at all in terms of defining the Reagan and Tea Party conservative movements. They are essentially one and the same, and always have been. What is going on with Trump is the result of the conservative’s view of the continual policy betrayal by elected “supposed” conservatives exemplified by the timidity of GOP leadership from Boehner and McConnell. People are sick of the Beltway propaganda machine whose only purpose is to perpetuate the Washington political class.

    IMO the only outlier in the Trump phenomenon is his general avoidance of the modern day third rail “social issues”. There seems to be enough single issue voters out there to sink the ship of just about any candidate willing to take irrevocable positions.

  32. What are all these endless subsets of conservatism? What is Reagan conservative VS a plain old vanilla conservative? I was a conservative before I knew there was a label for it. I had common sense. To me conservatism is loving and taking care of your family, respecting thy neighbor, don’t spend more than you earn save for a rainy day. Always speak the truth and call liars out when they are lying. Be a person of character, cherish and protect the great country we lieve in. How can there be all these diferent degrees to this?
    Donald Trump did not go of spending his miilions promoting global warming, or supporting crazy extreeme causes like many wealthy Democrats. He is a pragmatic business man pretty much walking the center. This is how one succeeds and stays in business. Not a crazed idealog. He is a practiced dicision maker and a proven executive. To me these are the most needed skills in the white house.
    The easiest way to survive there, is just simply do what the donors, your party and your ideology dictate. That’s a no brainer way and is why Obama was able to survive.

  33. Best article of the summer. Reagan coalition has always been a coalition of low information, emotional populist voters and high information ideological voters. The media and candidates have always focused on the ideological. In reality, most voters (not just conservatives) vote for non-ideological reasons.

    Who is my friend and seems friendly and who is the enemy of my enemy?

    The populist voters are ignorant of reality on issues like immigration and trade protection and swallow whatever the alpha male says. This is true of the populist left as well as the right. Obama appealed to the same type of low information populist who was ignorant of reality.

    The ideological candidates, in focusing so much on the issues and ideology, have forgotten (or never knew) that most voters are not ideological.

  34. MY VOTE IS FOR TRUMP!!! AND THE GOP SHOULD STOP TRYING TO STOP THE CHOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DONALD TRUMP!!

  35. “What if the “silent majority” within the GOP has really been more like the John Birch Society this entire time — merely tolerating what we know as Reaganism as a lesser of two available evils?”

    Unfortunately, the Tea Party in many locations has been infiltrated and even taken over by the moronic conspiracy theorists Birchers (JBS members). This is especially true when it comes to trade. Birchers see all trade agreements as part of a conspiracy to bring about a world government. And the latest Bircher nonsense is to oppose the Convention of the States as Mark Levin has pointed out many times. Reaganism is nothing at all like what Birchers believe. While I don’t believe that Trump is a Bircher, I do think many Birchers are supporting him. Thankfully, Buckley kicked the Birchers out of the Conservative movement in the ’60’s. That needs to happen again today.

    Fortunately, there is one candidate who is the true Reaganite in this race and that is Ted Cruz. Like Reagan, Cruz is a national security, economic, social, judicial, fiscal, foreign policy, free market and constitutional conservative. Like Reagan, Cruz fits in all the conservative wings of conservatism today.

    If you are a Reagan Conservative, forget Trump and support Cruz. Trump is the result of the weak GOP leadership in Congress. Cruz is the true Conservative who can and will bring back the Reagan coalition and thereby win the presidency.

  36. I think that you have it right. Trump is a big bother to the Republican Party and to the libertarian cause. His philosophy is not in line with the “silent majority” of voters, who just want to be left alone to pursue their own version of happiness, as declared in the Declaration of Independence. The current trend is to have the government control every aspect of our lives.

    The silent majority of voters know that the government does not exist to take care of the people, only to defend them from foreign and domestic attack and to provide a level “playing field” wherein they can pursue their vision of happiness. Trump is not the person who will accomplish this. There are several candidates on the Republican side who would do a much better job.

  37. THE AUTHOR, DAVID F., HAS LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS AT THIS POINT IN TIME IN OUR HISTORY. WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO IS A SUCCESSFUL CEO AND WHO HAS THE ABILITY SET OBJECTIVES, RECOGNIZE PROBLEMS, ANALYZED EVALUATE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS, SELECT THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION AND THEN SELECT THE BEST PEOPLE TO GET THE JOB DONE. WE NEED A PROBLEM SOLVER TO CORRECT THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEMS WE HAVE AS A NATION, IE: ECONOMIC GROWTH,
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (WHICH IS A CANCER), POLITICALLY CORRECT NON-SENSE, REBUILD OUR MILITARY, RECOGNIZE, HONOR AND CARE FOR OUR VETERANS, PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND CITIZENS FROM ISIS AND OTHER TERRORISTS, REDUCE THE SIZE & COST OF GOVERNMENT AND BRING
    JOBS BACK TO AMERICA. DONALD TRUMP IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO HAS THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE, TRACK RECORD AND CONFIDENCE TO DO THE JOB WE NEED DONE. IF HE DOESN’T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO MANAGE THIS NEEDED TURN-AROUND, I FEAR WE ARE LOST AND WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE AND BECOME ANOTHER FAILED SOCIAL EXPERIMENT.

  38. Trump is another narcissist, just like Obama. Obama thinks he is the smartest guy in the room, while Trump thinks he doesn’t have to know anything because he can just make it up on the day – he is a really good negotiator, you know. Neither of them know what the hell they are doing. Obama is a colossal failure and Trump will be the same. Anybody who believes Trump is the answer just doesn’t bother reading the small print, or even the large print for that matter.

  39. I had my hope put in Republicans – Obama is Democrat ! And he´s evil.
    But if Rep are Trump.. God, please, HELP North America ! Reagan, come back !

  40. WHY? WE JUST WANT TO WIN that’s Why. AND TRUMP’S Idea’s You fear (single payer etc) May Turn to be a Blessing in Disquise Nothing Else Politicians have meddled with has yet worked.
    I’M WILLING TO FOLLOW TRUMP. At the very least, Give Him My Vote.
    IF HE ATTRACTS DEMOCRATS SO WHAT> That’s what Reagan Did.
    THIS article- I didn’t like

  41. this is supposed to be a conservative website, yet they too are bashing trump and focusing on agendas they have instead of the will of the people. we are not interested in that sort of politics. our leaders should be our mouth pieces not their own which had been bought by lobbyist, big business, donors, media, special interests groups, etc. your part of them if your not going full force with trump………… who is the people choice, remember your just to report news and not have any opinions nor manipulative powers, YOUR JOB IS JUST TO PRESENT FACTS THAT IS IT. when did the media become the brains of all the people? that is of course evil and dangerous for all.
    YOUR OPINIONS SHOW YOUR NOT JUST REPORTING BUT MANIPULATING AND BRAINWASHING AND PAID TO PUT AN AGENDA. THEREFORE THAT MAKES YOUR UTTERLY USELESS TO THE REST OF US AND YOU SHALL BE DISCARDED. WE WILL EVENTUALLY FIND A MEDIA SOURCE WHO WILL JUST PUT OUT THE TRUTH, NO SPIN, NO OPINIONS, NO SPONSORS, NO PAID MOUTH PIECES. IT IS LIKELY THIS MEDIA SOURCE WILL BE PAID FOR BY THE LISTENERS AND NOT FREE. IF WE PAY FOR IT, WE GET TO SELECT THE CONTENT AND THE COMMENTATORS AND VET THEM BOTH TO ASSURE TRUTHFULNESS.
    CONSERVATIVE INTEL IS JUST ANOTHER SPIN MACHINE PROMOTING THE CONTINUANCE OF THE SYSTEM, MADE CLEAR BY ARTICLE LIKE THIS THAT LIE AND DENY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR OWN AND LIE AND SPIN TO SUCK INNOCENT INTO ITS VORTEX OF DARKNESS.

  42. THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS A BOUGHT MOUTH PIECE OF THE SYSTEM. THIS IS A BRAINWASH SITE FOR SURE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LIKE TRUMP OR WANT HIM AS THE PEOPLE DO, SO THE SITE IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE AND YOU MUST NOT TRUST WHAT GOES NOT HERE AND DISENGAGE FROM IT NOW. THIS IS A CLEAR SIGN OF WHO IS TRULY WITH THE PEOPLE AND WHO IS NOT. IT IS VERY CLEAR RIGHT NOW SO WE CAN ALL SEE FOX NEWS AND MANY SO CALLED CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATION ARE ABSOLUTE LIARS AND DECEIVERS AND HAVE AN AGENDA THEY SUPPORT BECAUSE SOMEONE IS PAYING THEM TO DO SO, WHICH IS NOT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. TRUMP WILL NOT BE GOOD FOR THE SYSTEM AND THE DONORS, WHO PAY THE LYING MOUTH PIECES. TRUMP WILL BE GOOD FOR THE USA AND THE CITIZENS, BUT NOT GOOD FOR BIG BIZ, LOBBYIST, SPECIAL INTEREST, ELITIST, NWO, ETC THAT IS WHY THESE FILTHY ONES ARE EVILLY LULLING YOU INTO THEIR WAY OF THINKING WITH ARTICLES LIKE THIS TRYING TO CRACK TRUMPS FOUNDATION WITH B.S. YOU CAN SEE THROUGH, THIS IS HOW BRAINWASHING STARTS. THEY KEEP CHIPPING AWAY AS IF THEY ARE TRYING TO INFORM AND HELP. ITS LIES AND AGENDA………… I CAN SEE IT OPEN YOUR EYES. NEXT TELL THEM YOUR NOT FALLING FOR IT WITH EVERY POST. THIS BOARD SHOULD BE FILLED WITH THEM EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY SO THEY DO NOT INFECT THE INNOCENT AND CAUSE THE SIMPLE TO FALL INTO THEIR TRAP. DO IT NOW, STAND UP AND DO NOT BE P.C. TELL THEM THEY ARE DOING EVIL AND YOU SEE IT.

  43. The problem with the GOP is that they slowly drifted away from being an opposition party to the liberals, and became just a slightly less liberal version of the liberals than the liberals themselves.

    I have no reason to vote for that, and will not do so.

    I don’t have to agree with a candidate on everything. I know how unrealistic that is. I’m much more concerned about knowing where they stand, as opposed to them just telling me what I want to hear (as the GOP has done for over the last decade now) and then throwing the voters under the bus once the election is over.

    With Trump, he tells me what his vision is, and doesn’t worry about whether I agree or not. If nothing else, I can respect that a whole lot more than an organization like the GOP who is made up of mostly bought and paid for puppets controlled by the lobbyists. Nothing but liars I say.

  44. The GOP, the RNC, the DNC, Liberals (like Biden), Socialists (like Sanders), Fascists (like Obuma), Stalinists (like Hillary), and this article’s author has it all wrong. Practically nothing they say and do has anything in common with American Citizens or is in the best interest of the American people. Do we agree with everything that Trump says or does, no. But we have run out of faith with the politicians, bureaucrats, and their media puppets that have and are running the USA into the ground. It is definitely time for a change and right now Trump is the closest thing to the answer that American Citizens are looking for.

  45. The TRUMPpet show is so much fun! Donald Trump speaks to all the blue collar folks who dutifully voted Republican since Ronald Reagan ran for the foremost office 39 years ago. The past 5 Republican terms betrayed the blue collar and lower middle class white collar workers with trickle down economics fairy tales and backwards economic and a new generation of college graduates finding reduced lifestyle compared to their parents generation. The reality is these Republican administrations buoyed the wealth and lifestyle and ownership of America for upper classes and one percenters by cutting the taxes of the folks ascending while the middle class stagnated and shoulders Payment of increasing deficits while we shift jobs overseas.

    Now comes golden-haired Donald blaming the lower class Republican base’s loss of wealth onto Spanish speaking invaders who are apparently mostly felons. He speaks pure machismo bluster with no more substantial ideas to address middle class economic losses then the 5 prior Republican administrations. Lots of hype, lots of Santa Claus promises, all based on kick ass bluster without any fixes to the real problems. A FENCE BUILDER. WHOOPIE!! His primary claim to fame is real estate deals where true economic benefit was not achieved but profits could be made through bankruptcy evasion of financial obligations. YOURE FIRED. !! sounds macho and decisive but onlt works on fantasy television sets. Wheeler-dealer candidate. GOOD LUCK.

  46. Trumps’ followers are the Michael Walsh (The Devils pleasure Palace) type of voter not the wishy washee Bush, McCain, Romney wuses of the Republican establishment talking heads I.E. Rove , Krauthmier. Bret Baeir (sic), Kelly etc. and other Fox chattel.

  47. Other than a lengthy diatribe against Trump, I’m not sure of the point of this article. I would prefer a Ted Cruz as the party’s nominee, but the main reason I entertain the idea of Trump as the Republican nominee is due to the total betrayal of conservatives by the Republican party leadership. I want them gone, immediately if not sooner. McConnell and Boehner need to be removed from their party leadership positions and replaced by others who will pay more than lip service to conservative principles at election time. Then the new leaders need to whip their colleagues into line and stop working hand in glove with Democrats in continuing the destruction of America..

  48. I have never heard of David Freddoso but whoever he is, he needs to go back to square 1 and do a little more studying on what makes us “Trump Conservatives”. because he does not have a clue why we support Trump!!! He wants to bring back jobs. He wants to make our military the strongest in the world again. He will save Social Security and with his financial experience I believe he will do it. He will see to it that our vets are taken care of again. And, yes, he stop illegal immigration and, just maybe, he can get the anchor baby thing fixed too! These are just a few of the things that makes me a Trump supporter!

  49. Trump is simple to understand. The RNC failed to oppose Obama and we’re sick of it. Just remember the speech of Cruz which lays it all out. Trump is the natural outcome. Nature abhors a vacuum of leadership. It may be that it is unfair to conflate the other republicans in the field with the RNC leadership, but, it is impossible to confuse Trump with the RNC.

  50. Who said the Reagan Conservatives are different than the Trump conservatives. The Reagan conservatives are sick and tired of the Republican Party A** kissing leadership, you know the ones who have been lying to us since Reagan was president, and have not done one thing they have promised. If we have to vote for Trump to rid the American Government of these Lying, useless self adsorbed A** holes so be it.

  51. Making a pretense of following the libertarian bent of Reagan, while enabling the tyrannical neo- conservatism of GHW Bush (Poppy, as in heroin), is no longer “resonating” among the naive folks who sold out to the Nazi cancer the RINO party metastasized into. The Bush family friends hated us for our freedoms, and by Allah, the Bushes fixed that problem. There are a bunch of traditional “R” gang voters who continue to think their interests can be represented within the party apparatus, and choose Mr. Trump as best serving their interests, Either the party joins them, or dies from the suicide it committed through the facilitation of criminal alien employment.

  52. I can only speak for myself…but if they would like to know: I am tired of being lied to, I am tired of our citizens not being treated as well as illegals are, I am tired of giving money that we don’t have to countries that HATE us, I am tired of seeing television shows that show an unending line of illegals just walking into our country and I am especially sick of hearing them say they are taking the SW USA back. I am SICK of politicians all together – the ones I trust can be counted on one hand. I HATE that we spend money that we don’t have and that our children and grandchildren can never repay, I despise the fact that they put Social Security in place and all the promises and THEN stole over 3trillion from it and now say the system is bankrupt. I am really torqued that our government is fully aware of the condition of our GRID and yet they refuse to spend the money necessary to HARDEN it and protect US because they are too damn busy trying to buy the affection of countries that hate us! I am sick to see what has happened to our beloved country morally, financially, politically and to the core and I am simply an American housewife, a small business owner and someone who just wishes that Washington DC would get

  53. Trump is a big wind bag full of hot air I wonder who he will insult today.
    You can’t trust Trump he flips flops, he flipped flopped on Planned Parenthood and on receiving donations.
    Trump said, he would not ask for donations because he was rich and would
    pay his own way, then later he flipped flopped and ask for donations.
    Trump came out against Kim Davis the lady that went to Jail because she is a Christian. Kim Davis is protected under the First Amendment and was elected by 88% of the people. The judge that put her in jail is an unelected federal dictator.

    Donald Trump on gun control, Quote “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72-hours if a potential gun owner has a record”.
    He wants to ban something because it looks different. How stupid can you get?

    The only one I trust is Mike Huckabee I like his fair tax plan, abolish the IRS and save Social Security and Medicare. The old people paid into the Social Security and Medicare plan all their live, it is not welfare.
    Huck is a good Christian and a man we can trust.

    “I will never apologize for defending America. Our military is NOT a social experiment.
    I will never apologize for rejecting judicial tyranny and protecting life. The Supreme Court is
    NOT the Supreme Being.
    I will never apologize for protecting Social Security and Medicare. The government should NEVER cheat and steal from America’s seniors.
    And I will never apologize for defending the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign AND
    domestic”. Mike Huckabee

  54. After Bush destroyed the US economy, and the Republican Party did nothing to Bush nor Cheney for stealing over $12 billion dollars each from the tax payer, I swore I would never again vot e for ANY Republican.

    But Trump might be strong enough to do what is good for America, instead of supporting foreign interests like the Saudi family (Wahabi).

    MAYBE the Republican Party has a leader in Trump that will grow global economies, instead of destroyng economies in support of special interest groups like the Bush family and Cheney support.

  55. Trump leads all the polls. Including nationwide polls of all voters where he leads the “unfavorable” category with around 60% unfavorable. In every one of these all voter polls, he loses the general by significant margins, even against, “any Democrat”.

    The whole “Reaganism” thing is nothing but a myth. Reagan was the last “successful” Republican president, but in policy, he really wasn’t all that Conservative accept militarily. Reagan, like Trump, was originally a Democrat. Like Trump, he had issues with a few Democratic policies, so he.switched parties. The Tea Party would target Reagan for purging in today’s world. But they like the myth none the less. The best thing about Reagan was that he could deliver a speech like no other. Even if you didn’t agree with everything he said, you had to like and admire him. All the mythical things about Reagan may sound good, but that’s really not the president he actually was. (Reagan is Obama’s most admired modern president.)

    The Tea Party folks like Trump because he speaks his mind, and his hardcore stance on illegals. But what’s really in Trump’s mind? I don’t think he even knows. Odds are Trump in practice, folds on immigration just like Reagan did. Trump is anything but Conservative on spending, even though he talks a good story. But neither was Reagan, who spent so much he actually had to raise taxes. “Reaganomics” never really did work accept for the top 1 or 2 percent. Trickle down never really happens accept for some low wage jobs and what few gains the average guy got were wiped out by inflation. The myth is nice, but the reality doesn’t match it.

    If Trump has a redeeming quality, it’s that he’s he’s not beholding to anyone. But Trump can’t win the general. No way, no how. It would be the biggest defeat in a very long time. Democrats love Trump. With good reason.

    Time for the Republican party to go back to its roots. You can’t govern if you can’t compromise. Making deals and pork builds the country and puts jobs and money in the average man’s pockets. Historically, Republicans got the best end of these deals by compromising a little on some liberal ideology, that at the end of the day, really doesn’t matter. How other people live their lives makes no difference to me as long as they aren’t taking money out of my pocket, but we do have a moral obligation to help the poor and those too incompetent to make it on their own. Bu it needs to be controlled. Still, we shouldn’t be too surprised if they do something stupid with what we give them to help. We lose too much sleep over things that really don’t directly effect our lives. Rebuild the country today. If you travel to other modern countries, we’re looking pretty pitiful these days.We’ve sat on our hands too long.

  56. Trump is exactly the forceful Leader we need right now! I don’t believe anyone else would be able to accomplish what Trump will do. He doesn’t worry about special interests, big money, activist groups, just what’s right and LOOOOONG needed for the average American Citizens. We will get Trump Democrats like we had gotten Reagan Democrats. Reagan was the reason I WOKE UP & left the Democrat-Socialist Party, & they are MUCH worse now. TRUMP! ! !

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