I agree with him that the Iraq War was a bad idea. I agree with him that Obamacare needs to be fixed. I agree with him that America needs to take priority. I agree that jobs need to be brought back to the country.
However none of his policies or what he’s done as president has been doing any of this. If it’s putting America first, then why are we still in Afghanistan? Why increase our military budget by another $50 billion? Why are we picking fights with North Korea? Where’s our Obamacare replacement? Where’s our tax cuts for the middle class?
So far it seems all Trump has done is antagonize people while solving nothing. He’s picking fights with China and North Korea. He’s picking fights with everyone, threatening to withdraw from NATO, from NAFTA. And withdrawing from the Paris agreement. He’s banning travel from random middle eastern countries. Why? What’s the point of these things? Its not protecting America and he’s spending money for a stupid wall and military when it *should* be going to Medicaid, Medicare, Education, and other domestic priorities. Instead, he’s *cutting* Medicaid, warmongering and cutting taxes for the rich. He’s tweeting about NFL players trying to divide the country more while Puerto Rico and Florida go without power. “America first” my ass.
Disclaimer: I consider myself a conservative, but NOT the American type of conservative i.e Republicans who are conservative in name only. I am a Canadian conservative. I find Republicans absolutely repulsive though since they pretend to be conservative when in reality they are just batshit crazy and lack common sense. They also think that you are a RINO (Republican in name only) if you don’t support Trump (who isn’t a conservative and flip flops on his issues minute by minute and wasn’t Repub until 2015) and/or assume you a liberal if you don’t like Trump (hint: MANY people don’t like Trump not just liberals).
Here’s some of the stupid things they say:
“why don’t we ban alcohol/smoking/cars too because they kill more people a year than guns”
“Gun control doesn’t work. Chicago has the highest murder rates and its LIBERAL. so it doesn’t work”
“Poor people don’t deserve to live and are feeding off the system”
“illegal immigrants are voting by the millions. Dead people are voting by the millions!”
“Obama created ISIS, Obama is a muslim threatening to destroy our country”
“Trump has the guts to nuke North Korea. Obama was a whiny apologist Kenyan muslim who made America look weak. MAGA!”
“after all the TERRIBLE Obama years, finally Trump is making America great again and our jobs are coming back!”
“Hillary killed four Americans in Benghazi she is a blood thirsty murderer”
“Now we have a President (Trump) that respects our troops! and a true Christian!”
“(in response to seeing Trump’s polls): Fake polls, you guys said Hillary would win too how’d that work out for ya?”
“You fake news outlets and whiny libtards are just butthurt about Hillary losing the election! go cry in your corner snowflakes!”
“Trump is going to make sure our country is on the right track again and stop bowing down to the global elite (George Soros, Rothchilds etc)”
“The Democrats are taking advantage of black people and illegal immigrants! they are destroying our country! that’s why Trump is great!”
“If you dont like Trump then get the hell out of our country!”
[insert crazy conspiracy theory about Hillary/Obama here]
To be sure, I hear these kind of comments fairly often. These are not conservative comments. They are comments made by IDIOTS acting like 5 year olds who are not educated or ignorant to some degree. They are comments made by paranoid conspiracy theorists. These are the modern Republicans today. Very sad.
Nope, he would be considered a centrist today in the mold of Bill Clinton.
Let’s debunk a lot of reasons why JFK is ironically loved by conservatives these days. Now some things were true. He was against affirmative action and signed an executive order not to discriminate. Let’s get that out of the way. Now here’s some other talking points I would love to refute.
-JFK was against abortion
Not true… but I can’t say he was for it either. He didn’t have an official statement on this subject.
-JFK loved to lower taxes
Taxes on the highest earners were 91% throughout the 1950s. Take any modern day Democrat today, heck even Bernie Sanders might be on board with lowering those taxes. That was a ridiculously high rate. These days we cannot say that JFK would approve of lowering the already low 35% on the highest earners, even more.
-JFK supported gun rights
The NRA wasn’t a political lobby until the mid 1970s, and the whole reason they became a political lobby was because they were against the Gun Control Act of 1968 – Wikipedia which was ironically passed so that Americans wouldn’t be able to assassinated a president like JFK so easily. Furthermore, the first modern mass shooting happened at the University of Texas 3 years after JFK died. If JFK was in today’s age with all the mass shootings happening all the time, there’s no doubt that he would have been a gun control supporter.
-JFK was tough on communism
Most people were. Who supported the Soviets back then? Certainly not the Democrats back then nor the Republicans back then. Who authorized the Korean War and sent troops to Korea to push back the communists back to China? That’s right, a Democrat!! (Harry Truman).
Today, the Democrats are against Russia and continue to be against communism. I’m not sure where the stance of ‘Democrats are communists or sympathize with communists’ angle comes from, but I’m pretty sure Obama and Clinton and every Democrat today decries Mao and Stalin just like every Republican. This is a made up angle made to create a false partisan division and turn Republicans and Democrats against each other. The Democrats promote *democratic socialism* which is entirely different from communism.
Also, JFK was more likely to withdraw troops from Vietnam than increase them. He told NBC in Sept 1963 “it’s their war, it’s their responsibility to win it or lose it” doesn’t sound like a guy who was the ‘military hawk’ conservatives think he is.
-JFK was against relying on public welfare
This is just totally false. Do people not know that JFK was pushing for universal healthcare before his death?? LBJ passed the Medicare and Medicaid act after JFK’s death as a way of fulfilling (well not fully) JFK’s vision.
“We are behind every country, pretty nearly, in the matter of medical care for our citizens”
JFK was motivated to make the ‘healthcare’ speech at Madison Square Garden in 1962 after his father had a stroke was paralyzed; JFK was obviously able to pay for his medical bills but he was appalled that the average American would have gone bankrupt. We have the same problem to this day.
So no, JFK was not a conservative though a lot of Republicans today would like to think so.