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January 21, 2016

“When the tide goes out we get to see who is naked.”


Why so many are so vexed by Donald Trump. His campaign is forcing a debate about what it means to be a conservative.
This is bad for the technocrats and the libertarians. Both camps operate from the assumption that culture is meaningless and can be plowed under in the quest for power, material goods or economic efficiency. It’s also a handy way of steering clear of the social justice warriors. There’s an old gag in in finance that goes, “when the tide goes out we get to see who is naked.” That is generally understood to mean that in a down cycle you get to see who is well capitalized and who was operating on credit. We’re seeing something similar in the political sphere. We’re suddenly finding out who is and who is not on the Right. The libertarians are swimming back to their island and the technocrats are waddling back over to the Left.The Naked and the Right | The Z Blog

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 21, 2016 4:04 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Trump is simply another Obama. Both merely a symptom of a bad disease. Following the Law and the Constitution might be a good start down our road to recovery.

Posted by: Patrick Van Nuland [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 21, 2016 9:00 PM

Trump has suggested tariffs on imported goods are on his agenda. There is nothing conservative about that. The Republican party better wake up or we're going to have our own McGovern electoral disaster.

Posted by: Jason [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 21, 2016 10:01 PM

Well Jason, if you look back into history, that is how the government funded itself until the politicians get greedy.

Tariffs are an excellent way of coercing another to see the error of their ways. The term in diplo circles is sectoral reciprocity.

One mirrors the laws and regulations of the Country that is being 'difficult' in negotiations, right down to the very last comma.

Immigration? Do the same with Mexico. Mirror their immigration laws to the tightest degree. That cannot be racist for the Brown people of that sovereign state cannot be racist. No Liberal bozo would ever claim they were so.

Perhaps these other countries should stop taking us for granted and deal with the USA a bit differently.

Establishment politicians are mentally unable to do this in any manner.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2016 3:52 AM

Everyday in a politicians life is aimed at putting himself in a better position of power and wealth, if he can't gain personally for any given act then he will choose no.

He doesn't care about anyone else but himself and he will lie, cheat, and steal to prove it.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2016 11:21 AM

Charlatan, possibly, but Trump is challenging identity politics on all sides and is the first candidate since George Washington that isn't getting votes simply because of a label next to his name on the ballot.

Reflecting on AD's piece on Joe Rogan, I have yet to meet someone who doesn't think he is smarter than everyone else, has the whole world under a jeweler's loupe and anyone who doesn't support his candidate is an idiot.

Donald Trump is the middle finger to that nonsense.

I donate to Cruz' campaign monthly and would like to see him win. But I have to admit that I am wholly uninspired by Cruz and that simply installing a true conservative behind the wheel of a failed nation doesn't give me a rise in my Levis.

It has been said recently that Trump appeals to those that think things are so bad that they'd rather have an arsonist than a fireman.

In the end I'll vote for whoever wins the nomination. But for now I'm grateful for what Trump has brought to the primaries. He has knocked the lid off polite conversation, kicked over the establishment nest and sent the rats scurrying, stamped out Jeb! and told Political Correctness to go F itself.

Posted by: Clinton [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2016 6:58 PM

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