If the American Dream was flat-lining, the Trump administration may be acting as a defibrillator. Against furious opposition from within and without, President Trump is taking a step in line with the Republicans who made the GOP America’s Party.
“I think there’s been an awful lot of advice,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) “this president doesn’t seem to be taking it.” After Trump approved the tariffs, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences.”
Is it any wonder that a partisan who reveres Atlas Shrugged as gospel would fear sacrilege against free trade? By contrast, our first president kept Cato, a Tragedy and a Bible close to heart. Egoism versus virtue, greed against God.
Establishment Republicans present a cheap simulacrum of their former glory and are America’s Party no more, they are Wall Street’s party, wittingly or otherwise. The GOP is largely disconnected from the hearts and minds of Middle America, a consequence of a Republican establishment that has enshrined free trade—pro aris et focis be damned—as the singular sacred cow of our republic. Even as the president prepares to perform a long overdue tauroctony and although Americans are not thoroughly ignorant of economics, Republicans don’t get it.
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