Self-styled TrueLiberals like to say that conservatives are stupid.
Are they right?
The two American Cincinnatus
Ain't nothing wrong with being a populist. Who wants appointed elitists to rule over us? Individualists tend to be conservative. Every conservative with a shred of individualist instincts should be a devout populist. Otherwise, they're just fools, voting against their own best interests and personal autonomy.Self-styled True
ScotsmenConservatives™ like to say you can't be 'conservative' and oppose the established order, so if you are against globalism, selling out the middle class and forever war then you are a populist, not a conservative (and populism is bad, for some reason)
Are they right? Hint: to answer this will answer your other question
Agreed, but part of being a politician is learning how to walk the line while not pissing off people in the base on matters of principle. Notice I said people in the base, because it’s not a monolith. Individuals with individual principles, given individually derived priorities, make up his base.@GodFearinGunTotin @jamil I have reconsidered that Trump is a politician. I also believe he is doing what @jamil is always asking, being more calculating in his comments expecting his base to remain solid while not inflaming his enemies, but alas his base cannot let him walk the line…
Trump isn't an elitist?Again referring to populism, there are elites, and their supporters and there are populists. Supporting elites is portrayed as the reasonable choice, and supporting populists is for fascist nationalists, or some other nefarious group behind populists. Populists can be as manipulated as the elite supporters are. That happens either way. Butnif you support elitists consider how little they care about you and how much they want to order society to work for them at your expense.
I think the first time around he rode a wave of populism. He stumbled upon illegal immigration and China and the right’s disdain for them and rode that horse to the White House. This time around, he doesn’t appear to be that so much. I can’t figure him out yet. He attacks what should have been his biggest accomplishment and pimps what should have been something he should be distancing himself from. Last time he attacked everyone else from the right and made all of the other republicans seem like they were all leftists. This time, not so much. He seems to be fighting much of what should be in his base while trying to attract moderates who hate the very ground he walks on.If he is, he’s not a populist.
This is misinformed. Behind a paywall and couldn’t read it all but I believe this explains what I have posted here several times.He stumbled upon illegal immigration and China and the right’s disdain for them and rode that horse to the White House.
His 2016 campaign was pretty listless until the stumbled upon “build the wall”, “Chyyna”, oh and the forgot as soon as he was elected: “lock her up”.This is misinformed. Behind a paywall and couldn’t read it all but I believe this explains what I have posted here several times.
The president has been consistent on trade for decades, unlike on other issues, both in tone and substance. Longtime acquaintances say his philosophy came out of his experience in the cutthroat world of New York real estate and the rise of Japan as a global economic power.www.wsj.com