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.