Young voters prefer socialism, reject conservatism

A poll of first and second-time voters, age 18 to 26, has found that two-thirds prefer socialism or even communism to capitalism.  A majority believe that America is no better than any other country.  And only 15% favor Republicans.  This may spell doom for Republicans and conservatives in general for the next three decades.  So says pollster Frank Luntz.

I would say that once this cohort gains some life experience, some of their political beliefs will change.  That’s usually the pattern.  It certainly was for those of us in the Sixties generation.  I also suspect we are seeing the fruit of today’s educational system.  The founders believed that a free republic requires an educated citizenry.  Not just any kind of education, but a “liberal” education, the term coming from the Latin word for free citizens.  That is, the classical liberal education that expanded the mind, taught discernment, stressed the lessons of history, and studied the high points of our civilization.

When that kind of education is jettisoned in favor of relativism, revisionism, and leftist political indoctrination, what can we expect?  Why wouldn’t they think that socialism and communism are “more compassionate” than capitalism, if they know nothing about economics, history, or objective reality? [Read more…]

Is the Republican establishment now accepting Trump?

The last Republican debate was a subdued affair, with none of the yelling and low blows of the earlier debates.  This reportedly came at the direction of Republican officials, who told the candidates that they needed to start thinking about the general election and to assure the public that they would all rally behind whoever gets the nomination, which looks like it is going to be Donald Trump.

Before the debate, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chair, said as much to the crowd.

It sounds like the Republican establishment has reconciled itself to a Trump victory.  Will they try to co-opt him?  Or is Trump, for all of his fiery rhetoric, basically the kind of candidate the Republican establishment always wants:  another moderate, big-government Republican with liberal social values and ties to big business?

I mean, talk about a country club Republican.  Donald Trump builds country clubs! [Read more…]

The Republican Party’s botched efforts to stop Trump

The Republican Party is trying to stop Donald Trump from getting its nomination, but every effort so far has self-destructed.  The other candidates are refusing to bow out to consolidate behind one contender.  Public criticism of Trump seems to have started too late.  Donors and political operatives are paralyzed.  So reports the New York Times, with some relish.

Read the excerpt and follow the link.  Then read my thoughts after the jump.

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Supporting the Republican, even if it’s Trump?

In Thursday’s debate, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich all ripped into Donald Trump.  But then, in response to a question, they all agreed that if he gets the Republican nomination, they would support him.

That made me lose respect for all of these candidates.  If their criticisms of Trump are true–that he is a genuinely bad man and would make a terrible president–how could they ever support him?

Since when should loyalty to a political party trump (sorry) loyalty to one’s country?  Or to one’s principles?

I suppose they felt bound by their pledge in the very first debate to support the eventual nominee, which everyone but Trump–who was at the time a very unlikely winner–agreed to!  But still, as it says somewhere in the Lutheran confessions, immoral vows are not binding.

I stand with Ben Sasse on this issue.  (Read his open letter on why he would rather break from the Republican party than support a Trump candidacy.)  What about you? [Read more…]

Romney’s plan to stop Trump

Mitt Romney is emerging as the point man in the Republican party’s effort to stop Donald Trump.  He gave a blistering speech attacking the front runner for his character, his honesty, his policies, his intelligence, and his business prowess.  And he is putting forward a plan to keep Trump from getting the 1,237 he needs to be nominated.  This involves encouraging Republicans to vote for the specific non-Trump candidate who has the best chance of beating him in each state (Kasich in Ohio, Rubio in Florida, etc.).  Instead of  rallying behind a single candidate, the strategy would be to split up the delegates so that no one, including Trump, has a majority.  Then the convention would be deadlocked and could turn to. . . .Who?  Romney?

What do you think of this strategy?

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It could really be Trump vs. Sanders

Donald Trump really could win the Republican nomination.

Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic nomination.

What if either one of them were elected?  If you support neither of these candidates, if they were the nominees, which would you vote for?  Of the two, which one do you think would win?