Skip to main content

Trumpism & the eclipse of Constitutional conservatism

Today, the shuttering of the Constitutional limited-government conservative movement was completed. It only remains to be seen if this is a passing fad or a lasting change.

The Republican party has officially switched from crony-capitalist, neo-con war mongering to European far-right style agrarian, isolationist, nativist, protectionist populism, à la Trump.

The Trump phenomenon has at least one positive outcome. All the unprincipled impostors and charlatans on the right have revealed themselves. This is a good thing. This is cathartic.

THE BLACKLIST

Politicians who have endorsed Trump include :

Chris Christie
Sarah Palin
Ben Carson
Mike Huckabee
Bobby Jindal
Jeff Sessions
Rick Scott
Jan Brewer
Rick Perry

Aside from these, here are the other prominent Trump apologists, sympathizers and endorsers in the media & politics :

Michael Savage
Ann Coulter
Sean Hannity
Bill O’Reilly
Laura Ingraham
Fox News
The Drudge Report
Breitbart
Rush Limbaugh
Jerry Falwell Jr.
Robert Jeffress
Gateway Pundit
Herman Cain
Phyllis Schlafly
Newt Gingrich
Bill Krystal.

From one perspective, they may be considered traitors -- folks for whom the will to power has quite literally trumped principle. From another perspective, they have always been true to form and a different body of principles and conservatives have been quick to turn a blind eye in the effort to gain political advantages.

THE FAITHFUL

Through it all three media personalities have faithfully stood for the Constitutional conservative principles of liberty & justice :

Mark Levin
Glenn Beck
Matt Walsh

Aside from them, here is the list of the original #NeverTrump conservatives, who have stayed the course.

Ben Sasse
David Boaz
Erick Erickson
David McIntosh
Michael Medved
Edwin Meese III
Russell Moore
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Dana Loesch
Ben Shapiro

Popular posts from this blog

Migrating from MS SQL Server to MongoDB

The following contains notes from various attempts at migrating 2.5GB of MS SQL Server data to MongoDB, on an 8 GB, quad-core, 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise machine.
[TERMINATED] http://mssql2mongo.codeplex.com/ : Simple to use. Exponential slowdown observed in migration. For a total of the 50 million records spanning two tables, the following migration times were observed: 1 second for the first 100,000 records,  30 minutes for 1,000,000, 20 hours for 16 million (after which I terminated the process).[DID NOT WORK] http://rubydoc.info/gems/mongify/ : A ruby-based approach. Use Ruby 1.9.3 (tiny_tds dependency causes problems with Ruby 2.0). Install DevKit before installing the mongify gem. Also, use 'sqlserver' as the adapter in the .config file. Then, before running 'mongify check <config-file>', install the gems activerecord-sqlserver-adapter and tiny_tds. At this stage, it fails. 'mongify translation <config-file>' fails as well.[MODIFIED/WORKED!!]…

The moral filth of neo-liberal and neo-conservative statism

or, progressive socialism is not the greater evil.
Introduction
After years of trying to make sense of how the world works, economically and politically, and how, according to some, it ought to work, I have increasingly come to the realization that the libertarian political-philosophical persuasion is the only one consistent with justice. A just society must necessarily be a free society. Specifically, one that is founded on libertarian principles -- private property, NAP, non-initiation of violence, easement & homesteading rights, etc. In fact, the “justness” (righteousness) of a society will increase in concert with and to the degree to which a society moves from totalitarian statism to democratic statism (of the neo-conservative or neo-liberal varieties) to minarchism to anarchism.
After spending a few zealous but misguided and ignorantly happy years occupied with mainstream GOP politics, including loyally and foolishly supporting the Bush-Cheney-Rove regime, despite serious mo…

Diversity in politics

There are so many strains of thought and ideology in secular democracies around the world, exemplified, perhaps best, in contemporary American political life. Some of these strains of thought are compatible with others and may even be subsets of others. Many of them are violently opposed to others. In the American context, we see, at least, the following :  environmentalismcultural progressivismeconomic socialismprogressive-lite Keynesian welfare + neocon warfare hawks = the establishment / moderates / centristscivil libertarianismnon-interventionismsocial conservatismConstitutional conservatismfree-market libertarianismpopulism, protectionism & nativism, anti-progressivism, anti-establishment
A neat left-right divide no longer makes sense. Most people find themselves on a spectrum between very different political philosophies and emphases.
The two major political parties represent uneasy marriages that exist because for historical reasons or current tactical alliances. The fragil…