Mainstream conservatives in the United States have a problem.
With the rising polarization in the country, the conspiracy nuts and outright racist elements of the new alternative right (or alt-right) movement are forcing these more conventional believers to respond. For this new extremist element is risking polluting the waters of their tamer if not overly appealing doctrine.
The rise of the internet echo chamber which includes Conservative talk radio, FOX News and thinly veiled racist websites like Breibart have only fed the new appetite for extremism which is now flirting with increasingly dangerous ideas.
Old school conservatism along the style of a Barry Goldwater was more rooted in fiscal policies which included guaranteeing state rights and reducing the influence of the federal government, but with the passage of time more radical thinking had begun to enter into the ideology. The left also has its problems, but I more concerned about the right since moving further along on the current path can mean adopting more fascist type thinking. Besides, the United States has a much larger aversion towards leftist ideologies as witnessed by the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950's, the longstanding Cold War and its policies towards Cuba.
Today's Democratic Party is hardly even progressive given its penchant for focusing on opening up global markets and helping Wall Street and the big banks to operate regulation free; hence the backlash from today's millenials who have a different set of priorities.
In fact it is probably the lack of a true progressive movement that has left the American blue collar worker high and dry.
I saw a video recently on YouTube where a woman in a Michael’s store was becoming belligerent because she was asked to purchase a bag for one dollar due to her item being too large for a conventional store bag. She was being served by two African American women. Suddenly out of the blue she goes into a tirade and states very vocally about not having to put up with this in Trump’s America. The presumption was that she was not being treated fairly as a white citizen. The two women do their best to calm her down and yet she continues on for about 10 minutes at high volume.
Clearly the nuts have been emboldened.
It will be interesting to see what these more mainstream conservatives react to this potential polluting of their political gene pool. The Tea Party looks tame compared to the alt-right loonies.
I think now of people like John McCain, Conodoleeza Rice, Colin Powell or even strategist and former Bush speech writer David Frum who are not often accused of fanning the flames of extremist thinking. Will they help smother them instead?