What does Trump’s Presidency Portend for the Future of Conservatism in America?
President Trump really upset the status quo in D.C. If court challenges go his way, he will continue to do so for another 4 years, but even if not, his presidency has had a profound impact on America. First, the restoration of constitutionalism in the courts, where the words of the Constitution actually bind the branches of government rather than serving as so much putty to be molded for current, avant-garde agendas. Second, a serious (though not yet remotely successful) pushback against an unelected and unaccountable administrative state, with the hope of restoring policy-making power to the elected legislative branch (and, ultimately, to the people). Third, a restoration of a foreign policy that pursues America’s interests in the world rather than, as had increasingly become the case, some nebulous (or even nefarious) globalism. Those are advances that every constitutional conservative should welcome, and should continue to work to advance.
One negative, though, and that is the disinclination of Trump to tackle the ever-expanding federal budget. The deficit itself is obscene, but the accumulated debt is now taking on proportions so large as to likely enslave future generations of Americans. Particularly when one realizes that much of spending by the federal government is not even constitutional–the spending power is limited to things for the “common defense and general welfare”—this is one area of focus to which conservatives need to re-dedicate themselves.
Online Event: What does Trump’s Presidency Portend for the Future of Conservatism in America?
Monday, November 16
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM MT
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/CentennialInstituteCCU
About Dr. John Eastman:
John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University. Eastman, a scholar of constitutional law and particularly religious freedom, earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. He also holds a PhD in government from Claremont University and a BA, cum laude, in politics and economics from the University of Dallas.
He has served as dean of the Chapman University School of Law and also as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.