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Donald Trump, Conservatism and Freedom of the Press.

Back when HotAir.com (Salem Media) was something other then a #nevertrump only/”facebookers are real” website, I posed the question to the base in a comment: “What is a Conservative?” There never was a uniform answer, nor really was there much consistency in the responses received, other than a vague notion of “personal responsibility”, “smaller government”, and “fiscal prudence”. Some were Reaganites, others were classic libertarians, some “social conservatives”, and some “progressive” conservatives –  really, small L liberals.

So when people state Trump is not a “conservative”, it follows that the question becomes “by who’s definition?”

Based on his public statements and interviews, and that of his family that I’ve seen and read over the last year, I would characterize him, in my hierarchy, as a “social conservative”.  Many Americans (and more than a few Canadians) are not willing to accept “social conservatism” as being “conservative”.  But what is different about Trump in this respect, is something most conservatives cannot be familiar with – the vast difference in being very, very rich, in contrast to being very poor, or at least truly struggling. Trump understands that difference, and while he may have earned most of it, he knows that he is indeed fortunate to have done so.

While not publicized enough, Trump is very conscious of his privilege acquired through money. He is way more of a philanthropist than has been made public. This is one reason why he’s seen as being on the fence politically. He recognizes that occasionally people do really need a hand up, and it may be a hand-out;  he is known to reward selflessness handsomely. This is Trump’s “social conservatism”, or,if you will, his “conservative liberalism”.

Trying to pigeonhole Trump into the “conservative” camp, when much of America can’t define what it means to be “conservative” and is very much interested in tearing apart the “conservative” Republican party, tossing it on the ash-heap of history, is overtly hypocritical. He is who he is. He is running under the Republican banner because that’s how the US system works. It’s where he fits for the political purpose he is running. Independents don’t stand a chance.

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With regard to his “freedom of the press” twitter comment, his frustration with a biased press is obvious. Everybody on the right, Trump included, understands the First Amendment of the US Constitution and “freedom of the press”. However, the current press environment can hardly be described as “free”, even without state restriction.

The press is not free, when contrary voices, in part because of editorial/publisher decisions and the scourge of monopoly ownership, are suppressed and marginalized. The press is not free, when access to the airways is controlled by money and government fiat. The press is not free when nepotism in politics and media is the norm rather than the exception. Americans may have a free voice, but they do not have a free press.

Trump’s twitter rant is about the integrity of the press, and as a political newcomer, he can be forgiven for believing that integrity and balance should be the standards from which discussion flows. In Trump’s world, integrity is the building block of his business – without it, there is no business. In politics today, integrity has left the building, and he’s wrestling with what can only be described as a vicious “fight with a pig”.

The Next President of the United States.

If you didn’t tune in last night, to fully appreciate the content of Trump’s speech, and of the man, you need to hear three speeches from last night, in order. Tom Barrack, who sets the stage for Trump the man, then Ivanka (what a powerhouse this girl is) who sets the stage for who Trump is as a family man, and who the Trump Organization is as a business, then the slow rolling boil of Trump himself, who pulled no punches whatsoever. All three speeches form a “sales” package. People who have doubts about what Trump can do simply have no experience in the high powered, high energy, high stakes business world. And anyone who doubts that Trump doesn’t mean what he says he will do, would do well not to find themselves in the way of his freight train. Trump’s biggest obstacle as President will be that cannot just as easily fire people in govt as can be done in the private sector, but then, he believes in putting the most competent in control – he’ll let them do their job.

Will he accomplish all he’ll set out to do? No. Will he serve notice to a lot of squishes, both inside and outside the country, that there is a new sheriff in town? Absolutely.

Here they are, in order. Barrack and Ivanka run abt 15 minutes. Trump’s – an hour and 15….

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Twitter’s “Ministry of Truth” suspends another conservative pundit, Robert Stacy McCain

Twitter’s self-aggrandizing SJW SWAT team has been busy lately knocking off conservative Twitter users its SJWs don’t agree with.  Yesterday they suspended Robert Stacy McCain, (#freestacy) a former Washington Times editor, reformed Democrat, and now conservative pundit.  As is its … Continue reading

Quote Of The Year.

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[Can’t see anyone coming up with anything better…!]

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Things I hate about the Internet: Jacob Thomas Brewer, 1981 – 2016 Update: Funeral Details Update2: A memorial note from MKH

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One of the things that I hate about the internet, is that not only do I get to share the successes and riches of the lives of the people I meet online, I must also, a priori, share their deep … Continue reading

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ET – Showing Canadians what the Canadian mainstream media won’t…

Our sole surviving flying AVRO Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, during its historic rendezvous with its sole surviving flying British Counterpart, in Britain this summer. The Canadian Lanc flew 3000+ miles to Britain to join … Continue reading

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Steyn: Celebrate Conformity!

[Ed. note: After reading Mark’s essay, click on the title below and buy a few things from his website. Your purchase will aid Mark in his defense against the lawfare of Michael Mann and the Climate Cabal. This is a … Continue reading