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Will Conservatives Lobby for Babies or War during the Trump Administration?

When Conservatives lobby for expensive and failing “defense” policies, they waste resources that could be used for conservative causes.

It seems that when conservatives lobby for war with Putin, CNN is ready to spin the story so it looks like Trump’s fault:

Is the president guilty for contradicting the vice-president? I thought it was the other way around.

What is going on here?

If you follow the #NeverTrump writers, you read a lot of doom and gloom about the centrism/liberalism/leftism of the Trump family. There is reason for concern, though the worst case scenarios are preferable to the best we can expect from President Hillary.

Donald Trump knows he can’t win without the Evangelical vote and he has made commitments to them. Choosing Mike Pence to be his running mate goes a long way to assuring us that he will keep those commitments.

But what matters more? Should conservatives lobby for defense policies that Donald Trump won record victories campaigning against? Or should they spend their time, you know, defending conservative causes and making sure Trump keeps his promises?

I agree with Justin Raimondo that Trump’s comments on NATO to interrogator David Sanger were wonderful. His comments on Turkey were also excellent. Raimondo writes,

Exhausted by the pushback, Sanger switches to “current events” – the recent coup attempt in Turkey. Shouldn’t we stick our noses in that mess, too, because Erdogan is jailing people left and right. Trump says no, and in quite a remarkable way:

“I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country. We have tremendous problems when you have policemen being shot in the streets, when you have riots, when you have Ferguson. When you have Baltimore. When you have all of the things that are happening in this country – we have other problems, and I think we have to focus on those problems. When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.”

Who are we to lecture the world when we’re in a mess ourselves? That’s a viewpoint I’ll bet Sanger never expected to hear – and, frankly, neither did I. Trump continues to surprise us with his common sense approach and his willingness to tell the truth, no matter how it grates against the delicate sensibilities of the political class – a class so buried in its own conceit that it has lost touch with the reality most ordinary Americans have no trouble seeing. This is why Trump has come so far, so fast.

Conservatives should work to ensure victories for conservatism in the United States. Leave other nations alone.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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