The Coming Conservative Crackup? | The Daily Caller
Does the rise of Donald Trump signal the end of conservatism as we know it? It’s premature to write the obituary, but one has to wonder if the patient isn’t terminally ill.
Generally speaking, the modern conservative movement in America has represented three wings, loosely defined as a) classical liberals/libertarians/fiscal conservatives, b) social conservatives, and c) national security/foreign policy/defense hawks.
Philosophically speaking, at least two of the three wings (fiscal and social conservatives) have every reason to oppose Trump, and the third wing (national defense hawks) should probably favor Marco Rubio or Lindsey Graham.
Matt Lewis is, and always has been, a reliable hack for the GOP establishment and its donor class, as is the rag for which he writes – the Daily Caller, established and funded by Tucker Carlson and Dick Cheny – both establishment to the core.
So it’s no wonder that he so badly, and so wonkishly, misunderstands the beating heart of conservatism: Conservatives love America. They believe America is exceptional. They believe in the American Dream. They are patriots. That want America to be great.
It doesn’t matter whether they are socons or lib-fisc-cons or hawk-cons, they love their country enough to support keeping it strong, defending it against all enemies both foreign and domestic, and especially against those who would remake it into some foreign utopian image inmical to our history, traditions, and framing documents.
Rubio and Bush, who wish to destroy our already tattered borders for personal and party gain, cannot be said to love America any more than can Barack Obama, who also wants to fundamentally transform it for similar reasons.
The establishment GOP, whose only interest is appeasing its donor class by doing the bidding of globalist crony capitalists, no matter what damage that does to America and the American citizenry, is likewise no lover of country.
Nor are those who support the enemies of those who love our country by word and deed.
But I suspect that in the circles in which Lewis moves, love of America, patriotism, and the overwhelming desire to restore greatness to a once-great nation is viewed as chumpian jingoism for bitter-clinging flyover boobs and bubbas, certainly not anything on which to base a political campaign. Or anything that would garner respect or admiration in the effete drawing rooms where Matt sips his simpleberry martinis (straight up, gently stirred, and kissed lightly by the bartender before serving) while sneering at the whole repulsive patriot pack.
He doesn’t get Trump because he doesn’t get anybody who simply loves their country and wants to see it doing better than it has these past many years under the Oligarchy for which he labors so diligently.
I doubt he ever will, either.