When you belong to the smallest of fringe groups, capitalistic orphans, it would seem unwise to split the group but we are going to do it today. Fellow orphan Kevin D. Williamson has an article at NRO, Trump isn’t A Nazi. He’s A Failure. Kevin says:
Which is to say, on the core issues of economic growth, trade, and immigration, President Trump is a failure by his own criteria. [Emphasis added.]
We wish that capitalistic orphans were a bigger group and that economic growth was a core political issue. Economic growth is obviously not a core issue for Democrats. All the major Democrat candidates for president in 2020 want to ban it or restrict it. Most of those favoring restriction want substantial restriction on fracking. Foolish is a really kind word to describe such policies.
Why does Kevin think The Donald is a failure? He says:
In 2016, Trump promised Americans sustained 3-percent economic growth, but the economy has not met that standard. He promised a shrinking trade deficit, but the trade deficit has grown. He promised to build a wall along the southern border and to make Mexico pay for it, which he has not done.
Fair enough, 2.86 is not three. Of course, us capitalistic orphans don’t care about the trade deficit but The Donald campaigned on it. We agree with Kevin that
A more intelligent approach for Democrats (and for us lonely few anti-Trump conservatives) would be to concede that the president’s positions on issues such as illegal immigration and trade speak to concerns that are genuine and legitimate while pointing out that his actions have been in the main ineffective or genuinely destructive. [Emphasis added]
Kevin agrees with us that hoping for a more intelligent approach from the Democrats is futile at this time. Republican alternatives are equally bad. Where we part company is on the bold item, in the main, that we are willing to support The Donald because he has done things to support economic growth (and some foolish things like trade wars) and restricting illegal immigration. As Kevin well knows, changing the course of the federal government is incredibly difficult. The Donald is far from perfect but he is currently the best on offer. We think he is worth supporting in 2020.