Let's dispel a myth about Donald Trump: "Donald Trump lacks an ideological allegiance or political philosophy. He is only a populist in the negative sense of the word. A demagogue."
Like him or hate him; support him or oppose him; first one has to understand him. This image of Trump that he doesn't have ideological stances or philosophical positions is simply wrong, and misunderstanding him in this way forces his opponents to play right into his hands.
There are other myths about Trump. The myth that he never wanted to be President; that he had no plan or policies to enact; that he doesn't care about his electorate, his base, or the American people and only serves his interests without calculation of the interests of these groups... all of these should be patently false to anyone paying attention at this point.
Many people still believe the story that Donald Trump doesn't have a political ideology worth speaking of. I used to share in this myth, as well as the others above, but I have rethought my position on this.
What is Trump's Political Ideology?
The key to unlocking Trump's ideology came to me on the morning of the Brexit vote. You will remember that Trump was on a plane the evening of the referendum on his way to Scotland. He went to participate in some sort of ribbon-cutting ceremony for a golf course he had recently purchased there.
Donald Trump seemed intent on boring everybody to death with endless reassurances that his company would take seriously the responsibility of owning and managing a golf course with the historical heritage of this one. The media was impatiently waiting to pounce on him to ask about political issues instead.
Donald Trump had mentioned that he thought the British people would probably vote to leave the EU, and that this was most likely a good thing. Obama and Hillary had both taken trips to England to inform any Englishman who would listen to them that they really shouldn't vote to leave. No one in the media acted like leave had a chance to win. Obama said leaving would put England in the "back of the queue" on trade deals.
Because of all this, the press couldn't wait to ask Trump to comment. "does this surprising result validate your populist nationalist agenda?"
Gotcha question, Ireland leave? Trump effortlessly gave integral answer. not just lip-service to democratic principle.
What are we to make of this ideology
Can it be said to be an actual political philosophy?
This ideology combines the best of libertarianism with the most important aspects of the neoconservative view of foreign policy. Wipe Isis off the planet. Recognize enemies, even fight evil. Don't meddle in other's affairs, don't tread on me. All combined. no wonder he appealed to the traditional Republican base so strongly while still winning over centrists and moderates.
Let's defend the view. Freedom principle. Recognizing enemies. Be leader and example to the world. Preserve Western Culture from enemies.
Criticism might sound like this. Might not go far enough. Shouldn't democratic movements know they have the US on their side. could be viewed as heartlessly Amero-centric.
With all the mistakes of the past, I'm willing to give his perspective a try, I can best be described as a neocon who is considering defection.