Have Republicans moved too far to the right? | The Tylt

Have Republicans moved too far to the right?

Anti-Trump Republicans have found themselves in trouble across the country, and some worry Trumpism is pushing the party too far to the right. Rep. Mark Sanford was defeated in South Carolina, Sen. Dean Heller is facing a tough re-election and alleged child molester Roy Moore beat an establishment politician to become Alabama's Republican nominee (before losing to Doug Jones). Many feel traditional conservatism is dead and Trump killed it. Are Republicans moving in the wrong direction? ➡️➡️➡️

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Have Republicans moved too far to the right?
A festive crown for the winner
#ComeBackToCenter
#TheRightIsAlright
Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Have Republicans moved too far to the right?
#ComeBackToCenter
#TheRightIsAlright

Republicans who have dared to speak out against Trump have found themselves in hot water across the country.

The Access Hollywood tape is an extreme example of a broader trend playing out in Republican primaries across the country. On Tuesday, the biggest surprise loss was the most vocal critic in the Freedom Caucus: Rep. Mark Sanford. It’s now clear that any Republican whose loyalty to Trump is in doubt is on the ropes. And those who’ve stuck by him through everything, particularly through the tape saga, are reaping the rewards.
#ComeBackToCenter

Since Trump was elected, many moderate conservatives have undergone somewhat of an identity crisis. Beyond his temperament and brash style, many feel Trump has replaced traditional conservatism with a far-right, tribal ideology.

Traditional conservatives argue Trump is not a conservative at all. As Jane Coaston argues in MTV News, Trump borrowed "from the language of liberals" with his populist rhetoric on issues like trade and infrastructure. Coaston argues that Trump's beliefs about government are at odds with traditional conservative values about economics that were the backbone of the Republican Party before Trump.

Conservatives' belief in the power of business — and the ineptitude of government — has held firm through thick and thin. Even during the Great Depression, Coolidge's GOP successor, President Herbert Hoover, asserted that any attempt by the federal government to help millions of out-of-work Americans or failing businesses would be not only ineffectual but actively harmful to the moral character of the nation.
They believed that the way to make the American economy move again was to let businesses take the lead — and to force government to fall in line.

The election of Trump, and subsequent punishment of anti-Trump Republicans, proves that Republican voters are not motivated by traditional conservative values, but by a charismatic candidate and far-right views. Trump's brand of conservative is so far from recognizable, that some have given it its own term—Trumpism—which Coaston argues has replaced traditional conservatism. 

If Republicans want to have a future beyond Trump, they must come back to the center.

#TheRightIsAlright

But others argue conservatism is so much more than any single person or party, it is a way of life, and Trump has embraced it wholeheartedly. Radio talk show host Mike Levin believes it is the liberal media who are pushing the theory that conservatives are moving too far right in order to cause further division amongst the Republican Party.

"There seem to be efforts to redefine conservatism and conservative institutions by, among others, conservatives, who— It’s very strange. It just is. It’s very strange, at least, to me... Not by the lib media. The lib media wants it that way. They want conservatism dead, but conservatism can never be dead."

Levin goes as far as to argue leftist ideologies are weaker than traditional conservatism because they require "government to impose a will," while conservatism is a way of life.

“As I said, it’s a way of life. Progressivism, Marxism, nationalism, populism, they’re not ways of life; they’re ideologies that require government to impose a will, somebody else’s will, on you. That’s not conservatism.”

Despite what the media says, the right is doing alright. 

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Have Republicans moved too far to the right?
A festive crown for the winner
#ComeBackToCenter
#TheRightIsAlright