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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John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People

Note: This is the first installment of post-election reflections by John McDonough. His next several posts will include takeaways on what Donald Trump’s election means for the United States going forward.

 

After several weeks to digest, Donald Trump’s election still has America in a state of shock. A man who has shown no trace of self-control, and with an apparent lack of general knowledge of what the Executive does or stands for has led his so-called “deplorables” to the Oval Office. 

It seems this election must be a gross mistake. If Hillary Clinton had just taken a different approach in her campaign, or if her PACs had just shifted their messaging, then this never would have happened. On the other hand, if you supported Trump, then his election may seem like hitting the lottery. He had no discernible shot at the presidency, but somehow just pulled it out of thin air. Continue reading “John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People”

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