Thursday, January 28, 2016

Is there no one who will stand and fight for conservative principles?

Laura Hollis lays out the case for why so many support Trump as the Republican nominee in an article entitled Courage vs Bravado at today. After going through the nearly inexhaustible list of the failings of Republicans who call themselves conservative, Hollis makes the point that if Trump will do what he says he will do, people are willing to settle for bravado, even if what the really want is true courage. Hollis:
In the absence of true courage, voters will settle for bravado. At this point, Trump is the political equivalent of a mercenary. Voters don't care what he calls himself -- much less what others call him. If (and it's a big "if") Trump is willing to go to Washington and actually do what voters want him to do, then they think he's the man for the job.
"If." The fact is, I don't trust him. There seems to be no principle on which to guide him in rough waters. He just reacts. True, his reactions are those of millions of people, but this is just populism. What we need is a principled conservative, who will stand and fight for his beliefs. Is it really too much to ask?

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