Monday, May 30, 2011

I'm a Calvin Coolidge Conservative

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, presided over what was, in my opinion, the last true conservative government this nation has seen.

His was a government of reduced spending, reduced regulations, and lower taxes - all the things modern conservatives cheer.  But his government was also one of high tariffs, protectionism and isolationist policies - things modern "free trade" conservatives decry.

But... when did conservatism become incompatible with 'America first'?

When did protecting American businesses, (who pay a fair living wage), from unfair competition with foreign businesses, (who utilize cheap overseas labor), become anathema to conservatives?

If America doesn't wake up and protect its own - who will?

And if America loses the manufacturing battle (as it will without either protection -or- some form of legalized slavery) what will we do when the inevitable invasion comes. Ask yourself this: If the rest of the world declares war on America tomorrow, will we have the manufacturing capacity to defend ourselves?

That should be the focus of American conservatism - not global trade markets.

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