Trump’s Strength Is His Conservative Agenda

From “school choice to black outreach to rebuilding the military,” Donald Trump is solidly on the conservative track.

He chose a conservative running mate, and for the supreme court he has named 11 potential SCOTUS nominees, all of whom are as near as damn it to the Justice Scalia mold.

And Trump’s idea of immigration reform is a whole lot different from that of Hillary Clinton’s, which is, basically, to open the migrant floodgates — to pour in from the Middle East and the southern border — and consequences be damned.

In stark contrast, Trump plans to:

• Build a wall along the Southern Border.

• End Catch-And-Release

• Have zero tolerance for criminal aliens.

• Block funding for sanctuary cities

He also plans to “develop a list of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put into place.”

And Trump is particularly speaking also to black fellow Americans:

“I believe that we need a civil-rights agenda for our time,” Trump said at Detroit’s Great Faith Ministries on September 13. “One that ensures the rights to a great education and the right to live in safety and in peace and to have a really, really great job. A good paying job and one that you love going to every morning.”

“Nothing would make me happier and more fulfilled than to use what I have learned in business and in traveling all over the world,” Trump told the predominantly black parishioners, “to bring the wealth and prosperity and opportunity to those who have not had these opportunities before.”

And with regard to defense readiness:

In Philadelphia on September 7, Trump seamlessly welded a military-modernization proposal with a call for smaller federal bureaucracy, a plea to liberate energy production, and an attack on Hillary Clinton’s abuse of state secrets.

“Today, I am here to talk about three crucial words that should be at the center of our foreign policy: Peace Through Strength.” Those three words echo President Reagan’s core philosophy on national security.

“Instead of an apology tour,” Trump promised, “I will proudly promote our system of government and our way of life as the best in the world — just like we did in our campaign against communism during the Cold War.”

“I will ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy ISIS,” Trump said, including “military warfare, but also cyber warfare, financial warfare, and ideological warfare.”

Trump said he will build . . .

• “an active Army of around 540,000,” versus 490,000 today.

• “a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions . . . We have 23 now.”

• “a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines . . . We have 276 ships now.”

•“an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft . . . We have 1,113 now.”

•  “a state-of-the-art missile-defense system.”

And with regard to education, Trump said:

“There is no failed policy more in need of urgent change than our government-run education monopoly,” Trump said September 8 at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, a charter school in that Ohio city’s largely black Woodland Hills neighborhood.

“I want every single inner-city child in America who is today trapped in a failing school to have the freedom, the civil right, to attend the school of their choice. This includes private schools, traditional public schools, magnet schools, and charter schools, which must be included in any definition of school choice.”

Trump elsewhere said, “School choice also means that parents can home-school their children.”

And with regard to the economy:

Trump envisioned an “American economic revival” before the New York Economic Club on September 15.

“If we lower our taxes, remove destructive regulations, unleash the vast treasure of American energy, and negotiate trade deals that put America First, then there is no limit to the number of jobs we can create and the amount of prosperity we can unleash,” Trump declared.

“It’s time to start thinking big once again,” he continued. “That’s why I believe it is time to establish a national goal of reaching 4 percent economic growth.” This would be more than quadruple today’s hemophilic 0.95 percent growth rate.

“It begins with bold new tax reform,” Trump explained. He would . . .

• “greatly simplify the code and reduce the number of brackets from 7 to 3. The 3 new brackets will be 12, 25 and 33.”

• launch a “15 percent business tax rate — down from the current 35 percent rate, a reduction of more than 40 percent. [More precisely, this would be a 57 percent cut.] . . . An explosion of new business and new jobs will be created.”

• “bring back trillions in business wealth parked overseas and tax it at a 10 percent rate,” rather than 35 percent today. This alone could welcome home and put to work some $2.1 trillion, Bloomberg estimates.

• impose “a moratorium on new federal regulations that are not compelled by Congress or public safety.” Moreover, he added, “I will eliminate all needless and job-killing regulations now on the books,” including the private-property-snatching Waters of the U.S. Rule and Obama’s “so-called Clean Power Plan, which the government itself estimates will cost $7.2 billion a year.”

• “lift restrictions on all sources of American energy production.”

Trump’s hostility to unfettered trade is his most troublesome departure from conservatism. But it’s hard to argue with his desire to shield American intellectual property from foreign thieves.

Trump summed up thus:

I am going to lower your taxes; I am going to get rid of massive amounts of unnecessary regulations, on business and in your life; I’m going to unleash American energy; I’m going to repeal and replace Obamacare; I’m going to appoint Justices to the Supreme Court who will follow the Constitution; I’m going to rebuild our depleted military and take care of our vets; I’m going to save your 2nd Amendment; I’m going to stop illegal immigration and drugs coming into our country, and yes, we will build the wall. And Mexico will pay.

And with regard to protecting unborn Americans, Trump said he is committed to . . .

• Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

• Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.

• Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.

• Making the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.

Trump concluded: “Together we can form this vital coalition so that Mike Pence and I can be advocates for the unborn and their mothers every day we are in the White House.”

As much as Glenn Beck, Bill Kristol, George Will, and other center-Right commenters crucify Donald J. Trump as a statist interloper, the Republican nominee has emerged as something completely different: America’s best hope for a conservative/limited-government overhaul since Ronald Reagan rode into the sunset.