via Real Clear Politics:
Trump’s Authentic Republicanism
F.H. Buckley | June 2, 2016
A stray comment by Donald Trump is being taken as his campaign’s lodestone, the key to all his beliefs. Asked what the Republican Party would become under him, he told Bloomberg Businessweek, “You’re going to have a worker’s party. A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.”
If anything more had been needed to stoke the GOP establishment’s ire, that was it: a confession that he wanted the party to attend to the needs of ordinary Americans. How socialist! How fascist! How Democratic! You can easily imagine what Paul Ryan’s hero, Ayn Rand, would have said about this. Equally bad, for libertarians, was the suggestion that, in a Trump administration, Americans should matter more than non-Americans. Of all the nasty words in the libertarian lexicon, none is dirtier than nationalism. But if Randists and libertarians have problems with American First economic policies, so much the worse for them. They don’t get Trump, and more importantly they don’t get free market conservatism. Had they looked about, they’d have realized that the countries that beat us on measures of economic freedom are all ones that more closely resemble Trump’s vision for America than anything the Republican establishment offers.
Trump’s Republican Party is not so much a new party, however, as a restoration of the GOP’s original principles. At its founding, nothing was more central to the party’s vision than economic mobility, as exemplified by Lincoln’s rise from hardscrabble poverty and a single year of schooling.
That’s something the Republican establishment has forgotten. (Read More)
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