Jack Kerwick received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture. Contact him at email@example.com or friend him on facebook. You can also follow him on twitter.
What the 19th century can teach 21st century conservatives.
Now that the Iowa caucuses are completed, I offer some thoughts.
That Donald Trump is no conservative is a proposition of which this conservative needs no convincing.
As for the specifics of their remarks, more will be said at a future time. The virtue of this symposium is that it has the potential to generate a conversation over the nature of conservatism.
One can only hope that the Trump phenomenon will bring into the sunlight several fictions, most, but not all, of which GOP boosters have been promoting for years.
Some thoughts: First, Donald Trump was the decisive victor. Only those who either despise Trump or who have some other dog in this race can think otherwise.
While appearing on Alan Colmes radio show some months ago, former presidential candidate Ron Paul expressed his belief that Trump is almost the opposite of a libertarian candidate.
The so-called Islamic State may somehow be responsible for the latest attacks in France. But it is grossly misleading, if not outright dishonest, to depict this massacre as the work of some lone organization.
Reagan eliminated not a single government program, much less an agency. Instead, he strengthened those agencieslike the Departments of Energy and Educationthat he originally pledged to abolish, and he even strengthened the profoundly intrusive Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Reagan created the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As Murray Rothbard writes, The Gipper deregulated nothing, abolished nothing.
Those of Donald Trumps conservative critics who accuse him of promoting a faux conservatism would be well served to look in the mirror.
A few weeks back, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson found himself deluged with mass hysteria when he dared to claim that Islam and the American political tradition were incompatible.
By a substantial margin, Donald Trump remains the GOPs presidential frontrunner. Still, because Carly Fiorina improved her standing in two recent polls, the usual suspects among the self-appointed guardians of GOP orthodoxy are busy building her up in their quest to topple Trump at all costs.
Catholic Churches in the greater Philadelphia area where I live are eagerly preparing for Pope Francis visit to Philly.
Whos really the bigot?
During every presidential election cycle, both Democratic and Republican talking heads trot out the same tired conventionalities that they predictably use to promote their preferred candidates and undermine those whom they dislike.
Since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, Republican politicians and their apologists on Fox News and in some quarters of conservative talk radio have been laboring tirelessly to discredit him. No effort, no tactic has been spared.
On the morning of August 26, Vester Lee Flanagan, a former employee of WBDJ, shot and murdered WBDJ TVs Alison Parker and Adam Ward on live television. He shot a third person, Vicki Gardner, who Parker was interviewing. Fortunately, the latter will survive.
Donald Trump hasnt the most conservative of track records. His opponents in the GOP presidential field and in segments of the so-called conservative media have sought to discredit Trump on this score.
Suffice it to say, that while Trump may not be a conservative, John Kasich most definitely is not.
As I argued a few weeks ago, there are reasons for doubting Donald Trumps conservative bona fides. But those of his critics at Fox News and in some quarters of conservative talk radio who level this charge against him are disingenuous, for neither are their candidates of choice conservative.
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