I’ve been trying to discover why there has been so much controversy regarding Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Republican nomination of President. Although some would have you believe that the controversy settles around his personality, a personality issue wouldn’t cause this level of opposition that amounts to millions of dollars of Anti-Trump ads. In my life, I’ve never seen opposition within a party against its own candidate as we are seeing in the Republican Party. And suddenly, protestors are disrupting Trump rallies–so why would they do that? What do they seek politically (what do they want to get for themselves)? And the morning news is painting Trump as a racist based on his slow response to people who expected him to more quickly denounce a KKK supporter, which he eventually did denounce. I’m a person who looks for the real nuts and bolts so what is the issue that brings establishment opposition to Donald Trump?
When I mentioned Donald Trump and political power earlier, I listed a link to another site that suggested that Trump is a populist (The Economic Populist, “A Strategic Case for Donald Trump,” by Dan Phillips (link is listed again below). Another site that I visited said that populism has historical roots that go back to Andrew Jackson, the president that shut down the Second Bank of the United States. But the most pertinent controversy is probably nationalism vs. post-nationalism (which was also mentioned in the aforementioned article). U.S. citizens have rights under the U.S. Constitution, where the U.S. government has limited powers in the context of the U.S. being a nation. But citizens have no enforceable rights under international law and a post-national system doesn’t protect natural rights because there’s no consequences for harming natural rights in a post-national system. If the public realized that their Constitutional rights might be endangered by post-nationalism, it might lead to the build-up of a wave of support from U.S. citizens for protecting national politics. And that could help Donald Trump to win the Presidency. Donald Trump’s support for controlling national borders and having protective tariffs to defend American jobs is a nationalist approach which rubs post-nationalists the wrong way. All the other candidates are post-nationalists.
What all of this tension illuminates is that America has conflicts between multiple political ideologies. We’ve had three different political ideologies that have operated over American history. These different ideologies have been coming to the rally floor at Trump rallies because he’s the only candidate that’s offering any kind of alternative. These groups go to Trump rallies in order to compete for political advantages. And each group wants something different and each according to a different set of cultural values and a different context of political and economic partnership. So are you a person that has confidence in classical liberalism, modern liberalism or neoliberalism? Do you understand American political history well enough to imagine a new political ideology if these three others have failed America already? Read Political Catsup with Economy Fries to find out where your political convictions are best placed. See what the consequences are for the operation of each ideology. Discover where you want to make your political stand.
Also here’s a great and rational article using information to explain trade agreements on Thad Beversdorf’s site, First Rebuttal: A Search for Truth Among the Madness, www.firstrebuttal.com “Let Mee Show You Why Trump is Right on Trade Agreements”