posted on 14 May 2016
Written by Frank Li
As Donald Trump wraps up his GOP nomination and prepares for the general election, there is no better time than now to truly understand American conservatism for two key reasons:
1. What is American conservatism?
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Conservatism in the United States:
2. President Reagan and American conservatism
President Ronald Reagan will prove, if not already has proven, to be the best American President after WWII, at least!. He also accurately and succinctly defined American conservatism for his time!
Unfortunately, the MIC (Military-Industrial Complex) grew amok on his watch, "partially" for what he felt was a valid reason: the Cold War.
However, the Cold War ended in 1991. Instead of using it as an opportunity to pursue global peace, the MIC continued its expansion for two invalid reasons:
3. Today's American conservatism
Today, most self-proclaimed conservative politicians have two distinctive characteristics:
Supporting the out-of-control MIC goes against two fundamental tenets of conservatism:
In short, most of today's self-proclaimed conservative politicians are disingenuous!
4. Reinforcing Reagan's definition of American conservatism
It's time to reinforce Reagan's definition of American conservatism with the following qualification:
In contrast, Donald Trump is definitively a true Reagan conservative, because he is a de facto Libertarian! Specifically,
For more, read: Who is Donald Trump, Anyway?
In today's America, the word "conservative" not only is overused and misused, but also carries a big negative connotation for hypocrisy! Why is that? Because Reagan's clear and simple definition of American conservatism has been severely distorted!
How could Reagan's definition of American conservatism have been so severely distorted since 1991, when the Cold War ended?
Blame the MIC!
Largely because of that, the GOP has become "a regional party, doomed to lose the White House for years" (The Republican boss leads a wary embrace of Trump)!
The bad news: The MIC is so big and so out-of-control now that it is a huge existential threat to America, second only to socialism/communism! For more, read: Democratic Socialism vs. Democratic Imperialism.
The good news: Donald Trump has shown some promising signs to possibly fix the MIC (e.g. Donald Trump reveals his isolationist foreign-policy instincts). For more, read: Fixing the Military-Industrial Complex!
It's time to restore Reagan's definition of American conservatism with this qualification: "Nobody is truly conservative unless he (or she) is fiscally conservative, which means containing the MIC today!"
It's time to elect Donald Trump, a true Reagan conservative, to the Presidency in order to "make America great again!"
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