How Trump Can Win the GOP’s Great War of Ideas

American conservatives are engaged in a generational struggle for the future. In the political press, with its preference for trivialization over ideas, this fight is portrayed as a mere clash of personalities jockeying for power, with Breitbart News chairman and former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon in one corner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the other.

But this battle is bigger than the posturing between the two men and their aides. Its stakes are higher than who won the Alabama special election. On one side are McConnell & Co.’s tired grab bag of 1980s-era slogans—free trade, supply-side economics and American exceptionalism—that, although good ideas, seem to have lost their sense of urgency. On the other is a vibrant new conservatism that takes on the challenge posed by an ambitious, bellicose China, the moral imperative of a pro-citizen immigration policy and the necessity of trade policies that strengthen the middle class rather than undermine its economic foundations.

Under the McConnell regime, too many Beltway Republicans continue to see the base of their own party as the problem, a resource to be used in even-numbered years to fill campaign coffers and pull levers—a necessary evil, not a participant citizenry. In this context, many Republican incumbents look conservative only in the sense of being cautious and resistant to change . . .

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Chris is publisher and editor of American Greatness and the host of The Chris Buskirk Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute and received a fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk

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30 responses to “How Trump Can Win the GOP’s Great War of Ideas

  • Basically, a load of crap. China is not bellicose; we are. A “pro-citizen immigration policy”???? Eye roll. Is that code for Neanderthal nativism? And American exceptionalism: not only tired, but it never actually existed, except in the mind of some self-decieved provincial weenies.

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      • Check out random mass shootings, we lead there too. Check out income disparity, again, we are #1. Check out life expectancy: #36. We ain’t that good little fella. Get over it. You should travel. The rest of the world think we’re crazy. American exceptionalism ; doesn’t exist; never did.

      • Emotional pleas dont cut it kiddo. People still die waaaaah.

        I presume you were too lazy to figure out who Claude Beck is

      • Guess what, everyone deserves to die. Thats just universal justice kiddo. Deal with it.

      • the Illusion that we are number # in everything, that the founding Documents are as valid today as in 1776, that we have a capitalist system, that corruption is barely here, that our justice system is the fairest in the world, that Americans hold true Christian values.
        your frame of reference of using a plane is way out.

      • America is the IP capital of the world, the rest of the world is rather obsolete, theyre alive because we let them live

      • This argument reminds me of hitchens trying to argue that God is not great because of cancer. Cry. Me. A. River.

        You dont deserve shit but death, and you get a lot more than that. Be grateful you piece of shit.

      • You’re the one at bat buddy, but if you had any greatness you’d have recognized that

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      • In other words you have no argument, you cant even present a single case of you exhibiting greatness ????

      • I have a policy. I only waste four posts on dumb a$$holes and you’re over your limit. So pi$$ off and don’t reply. Conversation over. You have 2 problems: 1 dumb; 2 boring. See ya’

      • You set rules for yourself and you break them… Sounds like the equation of greatness. ????

      • Its my duty to make you look like an idiot in public, this would be more fun in person.

  • grabbing women’s genatalia is an idea that’s only worthy of a pervert and a thug

  • Republicans can’t win ANY “war of ideas” as long as the media is 10-1 Democrat/Leftist.
    The problem is not the quality of the GOP message. The problem is that most people are never exposed to the message the way they are bombarded by leftist messages.

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