There are three legs to the stool of conservatism: Fiscal, social, and national security.
The Republican party has, for most part, maintained those three legs, to varying degrees.
While the President-elect’s fiscal policies are breaking down into what amounts to increased debt and very liberal nanny state nightmares, we can hope the remaining legs of the stool are intact.
Christians rushed to support Trump because he was going to represent them, support them, and protect their freedoms.
Donald Trump is “fine” with same-sex marriage and doesn’t think the Supreme Court needs to revisit the matter, the president-elect said Sunday, diverting from the Republican Party’s official position on the matter.
In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” aired Sunday, Trump said the issue has “been settled,” adding that he personally feels about gay marriage is irrelevant.
“It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court,” Trump said.
“It’s done. … These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled, and I’m fine with that.”
Trump has called himself a friend of the LGBTQ community.
He had Peter Thiel, the openly gay co-founder of PayPal speak at the GOP convention, in order to stand before the cheering crowds and deem the culture wars dead. He called the fight to keep men out of the bathrooms and locker rooms of women a non-issue.
While it’s great to open up the tent to everyone, based on smaller government and the ideals of free market conservatism that serve everyone’s best interests, this new Trumpism seems to be killing off another leg of conservatism.
Passed during the summer, the platform strongly supports “traditional marriage” and condemned the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage. It’s also a position that strikes contrast between himself and his vice president, Mike Pence.
“Five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” the platform reads.
“We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions.”
And yet, President-elect Trump has turned against that core part of conservatism.
Are we still expecting him to choose conservative Supreme Court Justices?