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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Trump’s Budget Creates A Government Culture That Threatens Rights

Budget drafts are hardly written in indelible ink. By the time they pass from the executive through the legislature and return to the president’s desk, provisions have been added and funding has been stripped in accordance with various political agendas to such a degree that the final product bears little resemblance to the draft. Rather, budget drafts are far more useful if viewed as ideological tracts. Major spending programs and the rationales given for their…

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Tax Day and Buy American Conveniently Coincide to Highlight Executive Overreach

This year’s Tax Day was marked by a wave of populist furor directed against President Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. Meanwhile, retailers celebrate the anticipation of tax returns with a barrage of sales, marked to coincide with the anticipated cash with which consumers will be flushed. The disparity in these reactions is truly heinous. The former is protesting a political choice, perhaps a poor one from a messaging and transparency standpoint, to buck…

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Current Political Culture Undercuts Separation of Powers

The nascent Trump presidency is a veritable labyrinth comprised of twisting scandals and the pitfalls of internecine quarrels. Yet, the true crisis of modern government is missing from the gossip-driven scandalmongering that has become the exclusive domain of the daily news cycle. This is the clear lack of understanding from many members of the media and high-ranking members of the Republican leadership that the legislative and executive branches are separate and, most importantly, coequal branches…

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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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