Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts

The conservative movement and Republican Party seem to be imploding with infighting over Donald Trump. Less than four months after Donald Trump took office, at least two Republican members of Congress are floating the idea of Trump's impeachment (Source: Breitbart.com).  Others are fantasizing about President Mike Pence. Conservative discussion boards are fraught with infighting, criticism of... Continue Reading →

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American Conservatism Falls into Reactionary Defensiveness

Conservative columnist Charlie Sykes nails the dilemma of modern conservatism, which is abandoning principles in favor of a reflexive, reactionary defense of Donald Trump only because he annoys liberals. Ad hominem attacks have replaced logic, principles, and commitment to eternal values. This "anti-anti-Trumpism" is ultimately a dead end, he writes. "Conservatives will care less about governing... Continue Reading →

‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in... Continue Reading →

Anger and Mourning on the American Right

In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other'... Continue Reading →

Death of Conservatism?

Trump represents "the resurgence of Pat Buchanan-ism (ph). Pat Buchanan has emerged as the prophet and forerunner of a real economic nationalism on the right, and Donald Trump is now its tribune. This is not movement ideology which is all about limited government, the power of free markets and also internationally - globalism. And Donald... Continue Reading →

I Might Be a Conservative in Britain

My conservative friends in America who rant against "liberalism" around the world do not seem well-informed. They don't seem to realize how isolated or narrow American conservatism appears to conservatives in, say, Britain. American conservatism tends to exalt individual autonomy over responsibility for others, complaining bitterly of the tax burden on those making more than... Continue Reading →

Insightful, Principled Conservative Commentary

Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post's Right Turn blog has posted some insightful commentary on the Republican primaries. She tries to adhere to conservative principles rather than simply short-term wins and power-grabs.  She's extremely critical of Donald Trump, whom she calls a charlatan, totalitarian and con man. Republicans should listen to Robert Gates. Trumps keeps... Continue Reading →

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