Apparently my comments were too long to be posted in place – so here they are:
“Teflon-Don” I gather you mean President Trump. Why are you using pejorative leftist monikers for the President?
“Reagan fans remember when he asked the Soviets to tear down the Berlin Wall. Trump groupies swoon when the Donald tells them he will a build a wall.” ?!?
You can’t distinguish between a wall to keep people IN from a wall to keep people OUT? Do you also advocate open borders because “all walls are bad”? What are you reading, Mother Jones? (Serious people in serious discourse generally don’t refer to a President’s supporters as “fans”. Why so flippant?)
“She explains that “Conservatives are typically proponents of negative liberty: the freedom from constraints and impediments”
Why are you citing a lefty who doesn’t know her a$z from her elbow? Her contention is patently false: There is a clear distinction between “freedom” and “liberty”. Freedom means “the freedom from constraints and impediments” . Liberty means freedom with constraints, “not just a lack of barriers, but also the conditions that allow people to live their lives fully” – amazing!
LIBERTY has always been the mantra of conservatives, not “Freedom”. (A term which has now been utterly corrupted.)
A soldier “ON LIBERTY” is still a soldier – he’s not “Free” – he still has to follow the military code of conduct. Likewise, we are A NATION OF LAWS and RIGHTS – not of “Freedom”, and no constitutional conservative ever advocated for the “freedom from constraints and impediments” without conditions – that’s utter nonsense. All you have to do is read the Constitution and the BoR. One oh-so-clear example that any school-child would have known 50 years ago:
“Amendment I: Congress shall make no law… or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…”
Note the CONDITION – THE CONSTRAINT: “PEACEABLY” – “a condition that allows people to live their lives fully”…
The lefty creep has put up a strawman, and you’re using it.
“Ryan’s approach to freedom leads ultimately to statism.”
?!? How do reasonable constraints on freedom, essentially the social contract, lead to “statism” in a constitutional republic with a system of checks and balances? Are you an anarchist? What are you smoking?
“David Brooks at the New York Times, a typical conservative specimen”
No. He’s a typical NYT token paleo-conservative RINO, who by no means represents today’s Tea Party/Anti-Federalist leaning conservatives, or Reaganites. Nor is he a “specimen” – he’s a columnist.
“a misshapen defect that somehow made it through the Reaganite, GOP assembly line.”
Entirely Wrong. Reagan Republicanism has long been dead in the mainstream GOP – it was murdered by Bush I, buried by Bush II and decomposed by people like Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell – all of whom were/are interested mainly in appeasing Democrats and the Left, due to the permanent inferiority complex suffered by almost all contemporary Republicans on the national level, a malady which they suffer from because of their obsession with the media and their own political careers. In that respect, President Trump is more of Reaganite than almost anyone else in today’s GOP. Do you seriously believe that the Bushes, Dole, McCain and Romney were “Reaganites”?! They were against Reagan – they viewed him as outsider who would lead the GOP to ruin because of his “extreme views”! (The same way that same group and their acolytes view Trump.) That’s verifiable HISTORY. Do your homework.
“The proper defense for political and economic freedom rests ultimately in ethics”
Wrong again. It rests on our Declaration and our Constitution, not on any external, academic or philosophical concept. We are not a nation of Philosopy and philosphers, we are a nation of Law and of hard working citizens who try to abide by our laws and maintain our rights. Leave Ayn Rand, etc out of it.
“Too bad it is in the wrong direction.”
Wrong once more: After the devastation inflicted by BHObama, any move towards patriotism and nationalism, as exemplified by President Trump’s message, is a move the THE RIGHT DIRECTION, which is why he has the overwhelming support of Reagan Republicans and the Tea Party/Anti-Federalist conservatives, whom you are conflating with Paleo-Conservatives, Neo-Cons and RINOs – ultimately the “Never Trumpers”. Bad mistake.
It has been widely reported that the party of Reagan has become the party of Trump, and that this represents a major political shift. Some say a momentous quake in the zeitgeist, or a major political realignment. Is it, really?
Recently, Teflon-Don called upon “both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth.” Earlier this year, he promised that “…we’re going to have insurance for everybody…” and that “…there was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it… that’s not going to happen with us.”
Trump is not an advocate for the free market, or limited government, or individual rights. He promotes economic nationalism. He wants to clamp down on immigration. He refuses to cut social security and medicare. Reagan fans remember when he asked the Soviets to tear down the Berlin Wall. Trump groupies swoon when the Donald tells them…
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