Trump's GOP: a Group Of Progressives
Last night, we officially got our first look at presidential nominee Donald Trump. If you were looking for a candidate who espoused the values of fair trade, economic protectionism, anti-war but pro-intervention, pro-single payer, you may have thought to wait until the Democrats hosted their convention. The Republican Party of 2016 is the full sublimation of the GOP from the Governing Opposition Party to the Good Old Progressivism party. This doesn't mean the future of conservatism is dead. This should be viewed as an opportunity to showcase progressive policy failures by remaining athwart history yelling stop.
Donald Trump claims his unpredictability is great for foreign policy. This may be true in a movie like Independence Day, where our enemies are aliens from a distant planet who are far smarter than us. But in the real world, interactions abroad have consequences at home. The best foreign policy is one of trade and friendship. If you trade with someone, there is little incentive to blow them up. You lose your investment. It's the reason why we blow up countries upon whom we have imposed sanctions. Trump wants unpredictability, but doesn't understand the trade implications.
Scratch that. He doesn't care about the trade implications. If he did, he wouldn't be clamoring for a fair trade policy, bringing back manufacturing, and blowing up ISIS and taking the oil. Conflict in the Middle East leads to the same kind of unpredictability that Trump espouses. This is then passed onto the consumers in the form of higher oil prices and a culture of fear. This fear is the fuel that drives demagogues and fanatics; Trump nibbles off the unpredictable danger of ISIS as they latch onto his persona like a lamprey.
Why does Trump act this way? It may be be genuinely feels that these are the right policies. It may be that they drive conversation, and thus give him more power. In truth, it's because he's a progressive. He believes that he knows the way to prosperity and peace because he is that damn good. He knows he knows better than you, evidenced by the fact he said "I" 78 times in his speech last night and freedom only a few.
But the reason Trump has done so well is because a culture of media and a government of gridlock make progressives desirable. When watching a political figure from afar during a time of disaffection from the state, easy solutions sound great. It's like an infomercial; the product you get rarely operates like you had hoped but you believed in the moment you paid shipping and handling that you were going to love that Slapchop. Like a Slapchop, you didn't realize how difficult to would be to clean up after because you were so focused on getting your mis-en-plas ready for tonight's meal that you forgot to prep your food for the entire next week.
We want our problems fixed, and we want someone to fix them. Trump offers an antidote to this problem that is derived from the oil of snakes. It's appealing to many who are sick of broken promises from politicians. It's also destined to failure. The solutions to our ills are not able to be fixed by a man who uses the word I as much as he does hand gestures. It begins with the people understand that government is often part of the problem. Any promise Trump makes is a promise of more government.