No, Federal Funding for Disaster Relief Is Not Antithetical to Conservatism

For the vast majority of the country, Hurricane Harvey, though a tragedy, also served as a reminder that political divisiveness is superficial. The outpouring of support from Americans even in areas far from the path of the storm demonstrated that rugged individualism is still a central animating tenet of civic life.  Love of one’s own life and liberty demands respect of the same capacity in another. This attitude promotes a sense of duty, to help…

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The Hollowing Out of the Conservative Mind

The 2016 election was something of an existential crisis for many across the partisan spectrum, but perhaps not quite as literally for any group as conservatives. Donald Trump’s ascendancy ripped the veil off right-wing ideology and revealed that many of the principles to which conservatives had clung so staunchly in their political advocacy—limited government, free markets—were apparently adopted by many of their brethren simply because they stood in opposition to progressive ideas. Those who balked…

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The Faux Narrative of Ideology Killing the AHCA

National politics has become built on consensus, so much so that the possibility that the opposition party, or even dissenting subfactions within a party, are treated as intransigents acting purely from a desire to be spiteful and obstructionist. Dissenters are never allowed to be genuine actors who stand on principle. The result of this is a political dialogue that juxtaposes intransigent ideology qua functional practicality. Practicality is connected to attempts to “do good” for the…

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The Fall of the House of Lincoln

Unification is a foolish political goal. Divisiveness is inherent within the human race, which is comprised of beings of individual conscience. For governments to ignore these divisions is a sure step towards despotism, as it glosses over the qualities which make the individual, rendering them unimportant. Such a view of humanity cannot help but create abuse, contention and strife. Federalist 10 is often quoted in defense of the push for consensus in politics, a warning…

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The Freedom Caucus Changed Nothing But Still Won A Huge Victory

There is nothing easy about being an ideologue. The rhetorical slings and arrows of a political faction on offense are always aimed towards the ideologue. Impugning epithets like “intransigent” and “extremist” fly thick and fast in the midst of the internecine fray. Should the party’s fortifications collapse and the last bastion of defense fall, it is always the ideologue who is named at saboteur; it is far easier to blame the abstract idealism of the…

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The Budget Blueprint is A Populist Nightmare, Not a Conservative Dream

If the 2018 budget blueprint recently released by President Trump through the Office of Management and Budget is, as right-wing commentators are claiming, the new apogee of conservative fiscal policy, then the movement is well and truly dead. Yes, the proposed budget—which only contains proposed reforms for discretionary funding and then gives no substantive detail as to how it would achieve its lofty ends— “slims” government by capping spending levels at $.151 billion, slightly below…

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The new moral majority

Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election to the presidency was aided by the efforts of a political action group organized by evangelist Jerry Falwell. Known as the Moral Majority, the PAC advocated fundamentalist Christian views as a basis for political policy. The moral majority, however, soon took on a life of its own and became a kind of right-wing populist codicil. To cite the moral majority, as Ronald Reagan and other folk heroes of the religious right…

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