Until the Donald, the GOP was the party of free trade agreements, military adventurism, cutting capital gains taxes, corporate welfare, tax loopholes, trickle-down economics, super pacs, and lobbyist influence in campaigns and government.
Trump has ignored establishment orthodoxy and repudiated establishment priorities.
Trump has been able to take his message condemning military intervention and perpetual war to the people without the need to raise campaign money from the arms manufacturers, munitions lobbyists, warship builders, and the aircraft industry.
Trump has been able to fight trade agreements like NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because he does not need bribes from multinational corporations, Wall Street, and banking lobbyists.
Trump is too rich to be bribed and doesn’t need to steal.
His populist, anti-establishment message is resonating with a growing segment of the American public.
Should Donald Trump be defeated in November, it is more than likely the Republican party will return to being a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business and billionaires. But if he is elected, the Republican party will become a populist party, free of the control of right wing ideology and corporate bank accounts.
For years, middle class, lower income, and poor Republicans have voted against their own economic interests, because their social values have been held hostage to the interests of billionaires and Wall Street. Doctrinaire conservatives extorted support from evangelicals, anti-abortionists, gun nuts, and bigots with their checkbooks.
“You want your conservative social issues advanced? You need to vote for our guy!”
The Donald trumped that political norm.
Trump is appealing to a populist base that is distinguishable from the populist left only on social issues. And Trump is far more attractive to blue collar Democrats and left wing populists than is Hillary Clinton.
Hillary supports trade agreements. Trump does not.
Hillary supports military interventionism. Trump does not.
Hillary supports corporate welfare. Trump does not.
For readers of this blog, animal issues are of paramount importance.
Hillary supports the positions of the Obama administration, and has made her lock-step embrace of Obama’s policies central to her campaign to secure the allegiances of African American voters.
But Obama’s policies regarding animals has been abysmal. Obama has continued the brutal wild horse roundups of the Bush administration. Under Obama the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency acts as a wholly owned subsidiary of the cattle industry and murders millions of wild animals each year that are seen as inconvenient to cattle ranchers.
Armory of the Revolution will be launching a campaign to convince the Democratic nominee to pledge to end wild horse roundups and to abolish Wildlife Services, the Department of Agriculture agency which kills millions of wild animals annually for the cattle industry.
If Bernie is the nominee, I am confident he would take such positions. If Hillary is the nominee I have grave reservations that she will.
Our campaign will urge animal activists to vote Republican if Hillary refuses to take those pro-animal positions.
On balance, if Hillary refuses to end wild horse roundups and abolish Wildlife Services, we would need to judge Trump vs Clinton on what the effect of their stated policies would be. That analysis breaks in favor of Trump. Trump’s position in opposition to trade agreements, which take a devastating toll on both wildlife and animals trapped in the food system, is much more animal friendly than is Hillary’s support of the Obama war on wildlife.
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