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Wrong to quite the Republican Party - Better to Overthrow the Elite

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Submitted by Alan H Blair (United States), Jul 23, 2016 at 03:12

I think you are wrong:

1. Neofascistic - Nothing like the Nazi, Brown shirts, no legs getting broken, no organized physical attacks on opponents (unlike some Hispanics). This is not Trump. It is Obama (and soon Hillary) that increasing attempt to rule by edict (direct result of the Administrative State).

2. Fill-Flopping: The Goals are clear (Stop Illegal Immigration, Produce more jobs). The means are not clear. This is like Nixon's secret plan to end the Vietnam war. Trump lets voters fill in the blanks, rather than many an enemy by providing policy details. Good politics, but bad for policy-wonks. The Democrats will just feed more borrowed money to the status quo organizations. The US decline would continue.

3. Unfair Repression? - No, a small faction lost on a voice vote to the candidate who won the primary vote.

4. The Conservative Movement - It ignored the concerns of the lower middle class for decades. Both Bushes were big government "conservatives," Romney was the author of Obamacare and supported abortion. Limited Government, a moral order have not been Republican policy since Reagan and its foreign policy post 1990 was based searching for news monsters to kill. Trump does not threaten this Conservative movement any more than Bush I, Bush II, or Romney. The threat appears to be based on Trump killing a foreign policy that has not worked since 1990 when the Soviet Union fell, an attempt to avoid the destruction of a common international elite, as well as class snobbery.

5. Character. You may have something here. Trump is still better than the Clintons who make their millions by international influence peddling (basically selling out the US population). Although, I do not think Trump is misogynistic (he likes women) philandering (yes), hyper-litigious (yes), isolationist (not quite, but American First), protectionist (not if you think that Trade since WWII is mainly mercantilism (See: Ralph Gomory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6K7t0Dzqss ).

With the partial exception of Reagan, the elites have been failing the US since the 1970s. Economic growth and TFP has been declining. Firms do not cover the cost of their capital. The costs of school and healthcare are increasingly supportable (cost disease) and provide no improve benefits for these extra costs. This has been know since at least 1980. This is both the democratic elite and the republican elite. Mancur Olsen described this failed elite perfectly in his Rise and Decline of Nations. Trump is a direct disruptive blow at this elite and its many failures, hence I support him.

Alan

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