Getting Beyond Nostalgia for Reagan or for the New Deal

Cranach | 4/17/2018 | Staff
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The Republican agenda has long been shaped by its nostalgia for Ronald Reagan. The Democratic agenda has long been shaped by its nostalgia for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal. Donald Trump has shaken up the Republicans with some new approaches. But the Democrats are still championing 1940s-style big government programs.

So says Jonah Goldberg, an anti-Trump conservative, who nevertheless gives the president credit for bring a “desperately needed new rhetoric and a new approach” to the Republican party. Democrats, though, remain stuck in an even more remote past. Goldberg shows how the solutions being proposed by Democratic leaders are just New Deal, Great Society recyclings. The Democrats are even calling their new platform the “Better Deal.”

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Goldberg makes an excellent point, but I think the Democrats may have a Trump-like paradigm shifting moment of their own. And I see some post-Reagan and post-FDR factors in both parties.

Donald Trump did indeed overthrow the Republican establishment with its Reagan-era conservatism, though it retains its hold in Congress and the state party infrastructures....
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