John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 3): After Virtue?

This is the final installment of John’s Post-Election Journal.  We hope you enjoyed! Read parts 1 and 2 if you haven’t had the chance.

By the time November 8th came around the public was still largely distraught by both candidates. The two were far from most people’s first choices and neither seemed to deserve the presidency for their own particular reasons.

As I was driving home from voting on election day, I heard this opinion once again from the DJ on a country station. He admitted that listeners may not like Trump and Clinton, but regardless, he urged everyone to still vote because voting is a part of our freedom, and our freedom is what makes us great. Continue reading “John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 3): After Virtue?”

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John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 2): A Tale of Two Factions

As the country processes the rise of Donald Trump to the Executive Office, it would seem to many that this event marks an unparalleled new chapter for the Republican Party. Yet Stephen Mihm insists otherwise in his recent piece in Bloomberg. He observes that the “Old Right,” much resembling the Trump supporters of today, was a vibrant part of the GOP at the beginning of the twentieth century. Their insistence on nationalism, isolationism and anti-immigration was to them essential in making America great. It was not until the start of the Cold War that the Old Right lost prominence as outward-looking conservatives took center stage. But now, for causes I observed in my first article, the Old Right has returned to prominence within the party.

Seeing now that the Republican Party must be shared between traditional conservatives and non-conservatives, I have suggestions for both groups going forward. Continue reading “John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 2): A Tale of Two Factions”

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