Ask a true conservative today if they are “a Republican” and chances are they will state that they are a conservative first who tends to vote Republican. There’s a distinction there. Conservatism embraces an ideology. There are tenets. One tenet of conservatism is limiting the size and scope of the Federal Government and embracing Federalism, the idea that states should keep the Federal Government in check.
The Republican Party has for some time now abandoned this tenet. Many conservative pundits screaming about the enormous growth of government must have been vacationing overseas for the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency. In regards to the practice of increasing the largess of our government, G.W. cracked the door open, and President Obama and the Democrat Congress kicked it down.The Republican Party has embraced the growth of our Federal government not only regarding size but also regarding power.
Republican leadership in both the House and Senate are just as culpable for the outrageous federal debt and increasing federal power as the Obama Administration is.
Anyone sporting the idea that a Donald Trump administration will embrace conservatism and federalism is hallucinating. Trump has stated that he “has the best words.” Federalism is not one of them.
Issues such as religious freedom, fiscal responsibility, separation of powers and adhering to our Constitution have been summarily abandoned by large swaths of the Republican Party. The acceptance of Donald Trump by the voters, GOP leadership and the RNC chairman, “Reince” Priebus, represents an outright renunciation of conservatism.
Does anyone in their right mind believe that the current iteration of the GOP and especially under a Donald Trump Presidency will reduce the federal debt, federal power and give more power to the states where it belongs?
The resurrection of conservatism will have to be by way of our individual states, gubernatorial races, and state legislatures. If we conservatives cannot have the tenets of our ideology represented on the federal level, we can segue such to our states.
State by State we can once again be ascendant.