The terms liberals and conservative have changed in meaning a number of times. Calvin Coolidge was a conservative Republican back in the 1920s. Franklin Roosevelt was a liberal. Hubert Humphrey was a liberal as was George McGovern. Along the way there have been a number of conservatives in Congress. Barry Goldwater was considered a conservative but never had much in the way of conservative initiatives. Ronald Reagan was the ultimate rhetorical conservative. He did do a little in the area of deregulation but that is about it. Politicians today primarily try to pass legislation that lobbyists write. Liberal and conservative are not meaningful in terms of things that get done or agenda that is attempted. Images of being conservative or liberal attract votes. Once in office the politician is free to operate in keeping with his own self interest.
So far the Democratic primary is filled with meaningless mush. The liberal base loves it. In the Republican race, only Trump has adopted one conservative position. He wants start closing government agencies. If Trump is successful in getting that done, it will be the first conservative step by a Republican president since before the Great Depression. I won’t be standing on one leg waiting for it to happen.
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