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For the Future

December 29, 2016
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Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.

-Plan 9 From Outer Space

A post at Ace of Spades brought up something I’ve been thinking about for a while. In a sense, I’m not that worried about President Donald Trump. We’ve had bad presidents before. One is leaving in 22 days. I am worried about the fact that conservatism, especially of moral direction, is as much in the woods as it was during the Carter administration before social conservatives joined the Reagan coalition. They became Republicans by default, but what that means now is less clear.

Conservatism, by its very name, is accused of being stuck in the past. I prefer to think of it as following a sort of natural law. The best example is capitalism, where people buy things because they need and want them and work because they need purchasing power. In the case of something like gay marriage, marriage has evolved, but sexuality hasn’t. Modern society is the force categorizing people, then opening up pathways as if they need government permission to be different.

The new flavor of conservatism is the alt-right. Their principles are as well defined as the tea party and their tactics are a version of the liberals we’ve despised for decades. The post above mentions that the alt-right seems to long for a day in the past where both sides were civil. I guess they don’t know about the reason for the first change to the Electoral College.

Donald Trump’s election was a throwback, where he plans to “save” the jobs of factory workers who make things that will become unprofitable to make. He also plans to eschew the Cold War for the Barbary Wars. He appealed to the older voters who lost their coal jobs to Obama. The bad news is that while young people voted Democrat, those new voters the alt-right said were going to go for Trump actually went to Clinton.

Of course, Democrats constantly say that young people and Mexicans are going to eliminate the Republican Party. I happen to think the Democrats will eliminate themselves. The GOP can help destroy themselves if they run on a platform of turning America’s clock back.

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