RIP, Movement Conservatism

Among his other accomplishments, Donald Trump, without ever intending to, has fractured conservatism – something that was long overdue.

The American conservative movement has come quite a distance since the middle of the last century, from a small coterie viewed with contempt by the larger culture to the front ranks of a juggernaut that set back the plans of this country’s left-wing collectivists to a degree that its founders would not have considered possible. (Recall William F. Buckley’s statement that the role of conservatism was to “stand athwart history, yelling “stop.”  Incredible as it may seem, “history” did stop.) Today, in large part due to its own success, it is on its way back to coterie status.

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  • simus1

    The extreme left didn’t get to replace DemocRat crazy Debbie with their muslim (so far) but they are well positioned to use a successful Trump reign as reason enough to pull out all the stops against the Clinton crowd when opportunity knocks.

    • Brett_McS

      The new head of the DNC is just as crazy as Ellison; he just doesn’t have quite as much baggage in tow.

      The Democrats have to get rid of their Green Left wing else they are doneski.

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  • Oracle9

    Coterie status? Wishful thinking by the left, in denial of an awakened sleeping giant, believing that the world is still clamoring for a communist utopia.

  • FactsWillOut

    “The mass conservatism represented by the Tea Parties and the Trump supporters is welcome – even necessary — but it also has serious flaws: lack of experience, ignorance, extremism, and the defensiveness that these qualities arouse.”

    The author is that very type that he purports to condemn, ie an establishment hack.

    • simus1

      It is becoming increasingly clear why the ex-Emperor Barry/ Hitlery crowd were so intent on destroying the GOP’s Tea Party faction by using the IRS, etc. to intimidate – they were trying to protect their bought and paid for RINO sellouts.