With the rise of Trump, conservatives have become the arch nemesis of progressives as they continue to annihilate decades of hard won progress such as Obamacare, environmental regulations and sanctuary cities. But it wasn’t always this way. Before Trump, conservatives were mean, but mostly harmless.
Proven conservatives like Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan and John Boehner would often say scary things about cutting taxes, repealing Obamacare and “securing the border” (a dog whistle for racism against Hispanics), but after getting elected they would never follow through on their promises. These conservatives would convince the extreme right that they were addressing their concerns, when in reality they were cow-towing to the Democrats and letting progressives win time and time again. These conservatives recognized that conservatism and capitalism were flawed and in need of reformation. They didn’t simply give the far right what they wanted. Instead they sought “bipartisan compromises”, which allowed America to continue on its progressive trajectory while giving their conservative base a sense of hopeless apathy.
Since the election of Donald Trump however, things have changed. When Trump says he wants to implement fascist tax cuts and racist border controls, he actually means it. Only a month after entering the Oval Office, and Trump has already ticked off many of his promises, and is doing untold damage to American progressivism. Millions of undocumented families face deportation; gun violence activists are being ignored in favor of right wing extremists who advocate teaching children how to shoot; and the mainstream media is being persecuted for reporting facts that the president doesn’t like. We are truly living in a fascist nightmare, and it’s all because Trump has transformed the conservative movement in America from something harmless into something truly abhorrent and dangerous.
We need to take the conservative movement back to the days of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and John McCain, in order to restore sanity to American politics and force backward conservatives to shut up and accept progressivism once and for all.