Donald Trump’s Rises And Conservatism Falters, Falls?


As liberalism and leftism grow leaps and bounds with the help of the   leftist Senator Bernie Sanders of Democratic Party, we cannot say that is   applicable to conservatism of Republican Party in the era of Donald Trump.

The presumptive GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump has never claimed   to be grounded in conservative philosophy. Rather he always showcases his   political pragmatisms and populism   which the conservative Republican   grassroots soaked and imbibed. As Trump wins the primary elections in his   party with populism and semi-conservative outlines :

Is good ol ' American conservatism losing steam and momentum? What is the   future of conservatism with Trump at helm of affairs?

Since the days of Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan,   conservatives have managed to silence moderates in Republican Party while   ideology of rightism has been identified as the gospel of GOP. Any serious   candidate who aspires for GOP presidential nomination must make sure that   his conservative credential is impeccable, credible and unquestionable.

But after two terms of President Obama, it is beginning to appear that   majority of conservative voters have decided to forget or eclipse their   old standing conservative values for a Whitehouse victory. With anything   or anybody for victory, they are willing to trade and bend their values   for the defeat of Obama and Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party. This is   how Trump emerged because the yearning desire for victory has come to   supersede their right-wing leanings.

Sometime it is difficult to distinguish between Donald Trump and Bernie   Sanders.  When the later speaks on trade and foreign policy, he echoed   same values and proposals like Trump.   Senator Sanders standing on trade   is not a surprise because the left has been known for not being wholly   acceptable of free trade.

The left inclination to hinder free trade for protection of working class   jobs have always been their currency of international commerce   negotiation. But that cannot be said of GOP that holds the view that open   and free trade is good for everybody.

Republican Party standing on comparative advantage of nation is   unquestionable for with fewer tariffs and more trade, nations become   richer, closer and their diplomatic relationship solidify and consolidate.   While Democratic Party seems to uphold that trade protectionism and higher   tariffs on foreign goods are tools to build a bulwark against dumping and   safeguarding home jobs from moving to nations where lax environmental   regulations and cheap labor are ubiquitous.

On foreign policy, Trump is not comfortable with old alliances that   America invested heavily with sweat and money like NATO. He rather   questions its benefit at the end of cold war. This makes him sound more   like a left winger than a Republican right-centric that believes in   building and spending money on foreign alliances like NATO.

So what is the future of conservatism?   The answer lies in the future,   only time will tell. But one thing for sure, this is not the best of time   for conservative principles. But it is pre-mature to declare its defeat.   Not yet, as Great Chinua Achebe used to say, “It is still a morning time   in creation.”

*** Emeka   Chiakwelu , Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have   appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other   important journals around the world.

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