Donald Trump cannot tell you what a conservative is. Trump cannot properly define conservatism in a political context. He cannot explain the philosophical underpinnings of conservatism, the why conservatives believe what they do. This is because, Donald Trump is not, by any measure, a conservative.
He now pretends that he opposed the invasion of Iraq, but the facts and tapes prove otherwise. That is not the point of this article though.
When asked to define conservatism, Trump had this to say:
TRUMP: “Well, I think it’s a person that doesn’t want to take risks. I think that’s a good thing. A person that wants to in terms of government I’m talking about. Person that wants to conserve, a person that wants to in financial sense balance budgets. A person that feels strongly about the military and I feel very strong low about the military. And you have some of these Amy they don’t even want to focus on the military. Our military is falling apart I feel very — I have always felt very strongly about the military. By the way, if you look at vision, the word vision, I was the one that said, take the oil, I’ve been saying that for years, take the oil, let’s take the oil.
There is nothing conservative about invading other countries and looting their oil. This is something that evil regimes do. The philosophy of Trump is one that praises “strong” tyrants like Putin and red China's massacre at Tienanmen Square. The man who has glowing words for Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein.
In short, he believes might makes right. His philosophy of greedy government (not conservative) take, take, take, grab, grab, grab, comes into play again. Donald Trump is not interested in individual rights, those are not as important to him as a large glorious imperial America.
An America where electronics companies are forced to give government a back-door to software to spy on the American people. An America where you had better get off of federal land, contract or no contract, lease or no lease because, by Gawd, Great Big Government said so.
An America where dissent is punished. Again, this is not conservative in the least. The freedom of the press, the freedom of online speech et al, must be surrendered for the greater glory of government. Dissidents and protesters might be threatened with being roughed up and thrown into snow without their coats, before he is in power, but afterwards it will be met with worse punishment.
Donald J Trump in no way espouses conservatism. At best he is a big government Nationalist who is hiding his socialist core tendencies. If this man somehow becomes President, not at all a likely thing, there will be nothing holding back those tendencies. National socialism, although not the kind Hitler pursued as dictator, is exactly the philosophy of Trump.
Nothing good can come of it.