The GOP and con­ser­vatism

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “Trump jeop­ar­dizes a cen­tury of con­ser­va­tive pol­i­tics,” Dec. 27 Ge­orge F. Will col­umn.

Nor­mally I re­spect Ge­orge F. Will’s com­men­tary, but his lat­est rant against Don­ald Trump is based on the flawed premise that the Repub­li­can Party rep­re­sents con­ser­va­tive val­ues.

The re­cently passed fed­eral spend­ing bud­get is a case in point. When con­sid­er­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of deficit spend­ing, fail­ure to rein in out-of-con­trol so­cial pro­grams, con­tin­ued fund­ing of Pres­i­dent Obama’s out­ra­geous im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies, etc., one would never know that the ma­jor­ity in both cham­bers of Congress ei­ther call them­selves con­ser­va­tives or oth­er­wise get la­beled as such. In many ways there’s be­come very lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween many of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als and their lib­eral Demo­cratic coun­ter­parts. Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Cory “Go with the Flow” Gard­ner is a good ex­am­ple.

SoWill can blame Trump all he wants for jeop­ar­diz­ing con­ser­vatism, but in re­al­ity the Repub­li­can Party beat him to it a long time ago, which, in­ci­den­tally, is why out­sider can­di­dates like Trump are do­ing so well to­day.

Dou­glas Fleecs, Gree­ley

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