I was kind of appalled by the number of conservatives that bought the talking point that Trump’s deal with the Democrats was the work of an artful master, just trying to get his agenda going. The theory was, that Trump wasn’t getting what he wanted from the “do-nothing” GOP, so he played hardball and made a kissy-kissy-smoochey deal with “Chuck and Nancy.”
All weekend long people praised Trump’s decisiveness and mocked the Republicans in Congress for what I considered to be a political blunder, but now I am suspect of a different scheme at play.
First of all, the argument that Trump has made a deal with the Democrats to expose the Republican Party doesn’t make sense. The Republican Party’s actions over the past decade, and especially during the Obama administration, have already exposed its leadership and direction. So, Trump doesn’t need to expose the Republicans; they are exposed.
Second, it is a lie that Trump needed Chuck and Nancy to “get things done” — i.e. “what he campaigned on.” His campaign never said that he would make a deal with the Democrats to spend the people’s money without limits to get his agenda done. That fact was only implied by his past dealings with government monies and the fact that he never discussed cutting spending per se, only that he would make better deals. Besides that, the GOP leadership never saw a debt ceiling they didn’t want to blow a hole through.
Third — and perhaps this is a side note, but it must be pointed out — to explain Trump’s reasoning for everything he does as non-ideological is misstating ideology. The Democrats are ideologues, because they believe in policies to help the fiscal and or social standing of the American people, but have been proven by history to only worsen the plight of the people they claim they are trying to help. The Republican leadership, and many of so-called “moderates,” have bought into that ideology in order to curry favor with the Democrats and run away from the yoke of responsibility that comes with being righteous.
The thing that is most often misstated is that conservatism is an ideology. And when pundits imply that conservatism is just some ideology that Trump doesn’t follow, it calls into question the legitimacy and effectiveness of conservative policy, to something like a belief system that could be debunked. So when a conservative calls conservatism an “ideology” it exposes their own lack of understanding in what is the only course.
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The fourth reason why the Trump-Schumer-Pelosi deal was a mistake is that the pure anger Republican voters feel toward GOP leadership is real. But there has been a change since last year in just who is suffering from this betrayal. It used to be that the people engaged in national politics were engaged because they personally knew what the dangers of Obama’s policies were, and since the GOP was basically rubber-stamping them, it was left to the people to raise holy hell to stop it all.
But for about a year now, that role has been switched — from the people to Trump himself. There is a reason for this switch; many believed Trump was going to do what they needed him to do for them, for their futures, for the good of the country, for MAGA. But the obligation cannot be switched from the people to Trump, for the very real reason that he is not a conservative — only an ideologue.
Unlimited spending has been rebuked throughout the years and recently with the policies of the Obama administration. And we know from history that conservatism is the only path that will recapture and extend the greatness of America.
Since conservatives are not in , Trump didn’t wager much in taking their heat and, in the end, with many conservative pundits playing defense for him and proliferating the narrative that Trump is up against an intransigent GOP that the people dislike anyway, the deal with Democrats seemed like a rebuke of the GOP, heightening and then feeding off the anger from the people. In truth, it only gave the Republican establishment and leaders what they wanted — without those pesky conservatives mucking up the deal. Tying Harvey funds to it was a disgusting clincher.
Key to all this discussion is that the Democrat and Republican leadership are flip sides to the same coin.So, the scheme I see playing out with the deal with Chuck and Nancy is that Trump is giving cover to the GOP leadership to get not only what he and they all want, it is what the Democrats especially want as well — letting the GOP leadership get away with Democrat policy. Because that is what Trump has enabled party leadership to do by going Democrat.
Trump’s pundit enablers have dutifully turned it into a “Don’t blame Trump, blame the GOP” talking point, the Dems got what they want, which is a foothold in the Trump agenda. The Republican leaders got what they want, which is Democrat policy. And Trump took his voters for a ride.
Meanwhile, “We the people” are back to square one.
The fact remains that Trump cannot make America great again by following the Democrat or Republican leadership’s goals. None of this is easy, but the people need to reestablish their own stake, see the unholy alliances for what they are, and resist the urge to defend the indefensible.
Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, a blue-collar wife and mom, a political writer, humorist, and conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.
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