By Hunter Wallace
Predictably, “the brains of the Right” are already howling with outrage over Trump’s economic agenda which at this point – no firm details have been released yet, although the tax plan should be out soon – seems to include raising taxes on the wealthy, raising tariffs on China and Mexico, and disavowing cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Without the albatross of libertarian economics holding him down, Trump will be able to campaign across the Northern states and force the Democratic nominee to campaign exclusively on the popularity of the Left’s social agenda.
If Trump wins the Republican nomination, the 2016 presidential election could become an up-or-down vote on open borders and social liberalism. For all the talk about how Trump’s tough rhetoric could “alienate Hispanics,” the flip side of that which is never discussed is how libertarian economics is the wedge issue used by the Democrats to alienate Whites, especially those outside the South, from the Republican Party.
Mitt Romney couldn’t get 70 percent of the White vote – and lost the 2012 election – because he was cozy with Wall Street, wanted to cut taxes on the rich, reminded millions of Whites of their boss, and dismissed millions of more White voters as “takers.” He campaigned in places like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio on “free trade” and “optimism.” He wanted to cut granny’s Social Security check.
For the the first time in my lifetime, it could be different. Trump could succeed in pinning Democrats to the mat on the popularity of open borders with White voters.