Traditional conservatives must incorporate the populistsâ€™ genuine concern for working-class Americans before it is too late
Joe Biden is already positioned to be the most liberal president in America’s history if he were elected, and yet is still moving further to the left after winning the primary.â€¯Yet, the more interesting changesÂ areÂ actually happening within the Republican Party, asÂ conservativeÂ populists are attempting to reshapeÂ the party away fromÂ traditionalÂ corporate-friendlyÂ economicÂ policies.
Traditional economic conservatism has long been grounded in the secular trinity of free markets, less regulation, and lower taxes. Whereas Republicans have historically embraced free trade andÂ legalÂ immigration as a natural expression of these principles, Donald Trump famously upended both these positions on his way to winning the Republican nomination.
In contrast with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who championed a comprehensive immigration compromise, TrumpÂ explicitly called forÂ limitingÂ legal and illegalÂ immigration to drive up wages for lower-skilled American workersÂ andÂ job opportunities for high-tech and other skilled workers…
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