There’s been a lot of people throwing around the term “conservatism” and I don’t think people know what it truly means. Let me try to describe the landscape and show you where Donald Trump lies.
To begin with, conservatism is really simple to explain. It is the political philosophy that our Founding Fathers have, that gave us the constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and all sorts of other things. Conservatism is thus really Americanism boiled down to its essence. There are conservatives in Europe, but they share almost nothing with our philosophy.
For better or for worse, this definition of conservatism means that it really can’t change. Just like the Ancient Greek and Ancient Latin languages are set in stone, the things our Founding Fathers believed in and supported are set in stone. This is why you can’t take Christianity out of conservatism, or why abortion will never be a protected right under conservatism.
Let’s look at some of the other political philosophies associated with the right. But before we do, let me air out some grievances I have with this “right” vs. “left” nonsense. Reagan said it best: We are not right or left, but up or down. Up towards liberty, or down to captivity. That’s the real question that we have to answer: Do we want more freedom or less? Now, different political philosophies have different ideas about “freedom”, “liberties” and “rights”, but really, at the end of the day, you have to wonder whether you are more or less free.
The “right” vs. “left” are really a broad categorization of these political philosophies. The right has gravitated towards the Republican Party, while the left has gravitated towards the Democratic Party. The philosophies on the right tend to emphasize individual liberty and limited government, while the philosophies on the left emphasize collective liberty and unlimited government. If I were forced to name the single issue that divides the left from the right in America, that would be the definition I would use.
On the right, in addition to conservatism (which I believe is not a majority but perhaps a plurality), you have the following ideas:
- Hawkism (AKA Neo-Conservatism)
I did not add “populism” because that is the political philosophy of whatever is popular at the time among those who don’t spend a lot of time thinking about this kind of thing. I believe populism as of 2016 is nationalism, protectionism, and libertarianism, while conservatism, hawkism, and establishmentism are out of favor. This can and will change, and perhaps some of the philosophies on the left will become popular some day.
Nationalism is associated with a lot of bad things, but here in America it means the idea that there should be nations at all. It is directly opposed to Globalism, which believes we should have one world government where all are together. Nationalists like their national identity, their language, border, culture, and customs. They hang on to these things out of a sense of tradition and even duty. For instance, Christians might feel compelled to defend Christianity because if they don’t no one else will. The policies nationalists want are to secure and entrenth our culture in government, ensure that foreign cultures and languages do not dilute ours, and to maintain strong, secure borders. Nationalists also want to treat other nations as peers and be treated as a peer. Nationalists oppose world governments.
Hawkism, sometimes called Neo-Conservativism, is the idea that we should fight lots of wars all the time, and be aggressive on the world scene. These are the people we accuse of wanting to be the world police. Hawkists justify their belligerence with ideas about bringing our American Culture to faraway lands or just taking threats seriously and nipping them in the bud before they become a problem. Hawkists like to talk about how we could have prevented the Soviet Union or Communist China or even World War II had we simply asserted ourselves with military might. Hawkists want a strong military and feel that they should be stationed all over the world, ready to fight anyone and everyone.
Hawkists are out of favor because Americans do not perceive a real threat at this time. Oh, how it was different on 9/11/2001!
Establishmentists are the educated aristocrats who occupy government. They understand the importance of conservatism and the other philosophies but feel it is most important to win and maintain election victories. They are willing to do almost anything to get elected and to stay elected. They fear change. They simply want to maintain the status quo, since we seem to be doing ok and we could do a lot worse. They fear Trump, because Trump is an unknown quantity they can’t influence or control. I should note that although the establishment on the right is now out of favor, there are times when the American people turn to them for guidance, particularly when there is social disorder or trouble. Unfortunately, the Establishmentists lately seem to be working for the other side, and have been just as useful at changing the social order of things as the liberals.
Protectionists are people who feel strongly that we need government to step in and protect our economy. They want trade barriers, they want tariffs, and they want to make sure everything is Made in the USA.These tend to be working-class folk but there are some educated people among them. Unfortunately, it is sad to say, that the protectionists have gotten little more than lip-service from the other parts of the right. They are simply not as powerful as they think. Far too many people like free trade and want more of it.
The Libertarians are the last element of the right, and among these I include the “ancappers”, or Anarcho-Capitalists. These people believe government has very little or no role except in setting the most basic rules to ensure free markets. Libertarians find enemies among the protectionists, the establishment, the hawks, the nationalists, and the conservatives, each disagreeing with various parts of their platform. If it weren’t for the fact that the libertarians were so good at explaining and defending free markets, they might not be around on the right at all.
I can’t claim I know the left a well as I know the right, but let me make an attempt. On the left, we have the following factions:
- The Unions
- The Aristocrats
- The Elitists
- The Globalists
- The Communists
- The Minorities
- The Deplorables
Notice that I don’t use philosophies to describe them? That’s because the left works on identity politics, and there is no clear vision for any of these groups other than to maintain their identity and their purity.
The Unions are all the hard-working folk who happen to belong to a union but still vote Democrat. It’s sad to say, but they have been taught and they believe that without unions, we’d be no better than slaves. Their union bosses control them with fear and violence, which they don’t seem to mind. Lately, a lot of union members have broken the spell and unions are on the way out. The only place where unions are thriving are among the relatively few places where they don’t abuse their power and also in the halls of government (where they do abuse their power.) The unions have bled one industry after another dry, and they have lost their jobs for it.
The Aristocrats are those people who try to live the most virtuous way possible (but haven’t really spent a lot of time pondering what is truly good and virtuous.) These people are vegans (vegetarians aren’t extreme enough.) They apologize for racism and slavery (of other people, because their ancestors are too pure.) They point out all the flaws in society and wonder why everyone hates them. Then they scream and shout at every perceived injustice and refuse to debate or engage in reasonable discussion because they know they are right. The only crime they can’t see is their own.
I don’t have much to say about these people. The scariest people are those who do evil thinking it is good. What more can be said?
The Elitists are Hillary Clinton and her allies. They are aristocrats among aristocrats, the demi-gods the aristocrats worship. Not only do they have money and power, but they have Hollywood and primetime media to ensure that their image is never desecrated. As has been exposed through Wikileaks, their elitism is their downfall. People know that they are the emperor without any clothes, and now we enjoy pointing it out daily.
The Globalists want a one-world government to rule them all. They have concocted a number of schemes to see it happen, and if it weren’t for the people on the right in America, America could’ve been that one-world government. I don’t need to say much about these people. George Soros is the face of this group for me.
The Communists are those who want to see communism or socialism brought into practice. The communists want to see America fall so that we can rebuild it on communism. The socialists want to put communism into practice right now. If it weren’t for the fact that they never learned how to get along, they might actually be more effective. There are a lot of socialists on the right, but that is not their primary motivation. They just happen to hear the socialists and like what they hear, so they try to put it into practice without questioning the source. I believe Obama is a member of this group.
The Minorities are all those who think they are defined by their sex, sexual orientation, or their skin color or heritage. They believe people like me wake up each morning with a new idea of how we can exploit them. Unfortunately, they are under a spell, which thankfully a very large minorities have broken. Their hatred of the White Man captivates them and makes them prisoner to their masters, who abuse them and use them for their own purposes. If the minorities could see what their leaders really thought of them, they would never vote democrat again. Think of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and their followers and you see who I mean.
I include among the minorities the poor. In a way, poverty has become a skin color in America. You can wear your poverty the same way a black person can boast they are black.
The Deplorables include all those who want to commit gross crimes but find it impossible in our ultra-puritan country. These include pedophiles and worse. I lump drug abusers in here as well because they are ultimately controlled by their passions like the other deplorables. The democrats enable these people and encourage them, but really, they, like many other groups, are simply prisoners in a game they don’t see yet. The truth is these people need help, and government can and probably should step in to provide that help, but the democrats have made it so that we believe that we all have a right to harm ourselves and others, which is a contradiction if there ever was one.
It should be clear why the democrats have lost power in America. Simply put, they built their side up on identity politics, and now there aren’t enough people who identify with them. They’ve alienated so many people that now their voters are willing to try an ideology or two. And once people start thinking about politics, why, they might just vote republican.