I never expected Trump to be a conservative.  I voted for him expecting to get a liberal Republican.  I was fine with that, because the alternative was Hillary Clinton, and she scares the shit out of me.  She is a woman who has spent the past forty years making every decision with a singular goal: achieving the Presidency.  Every crooked deal, every time she protected Bill, every dollar that flowed through the slush fund known as the Clinton Foundation was all in service of increasing her power and influence.  That said, I’m very happy with many of Trump’s decisions.  He’s turned out to be a lot more conservative than I, or basically anyone, expected.

Whether that is due to a change of heart over the years, a secret conservatism, a frustration with progressive politics as seen in New York City, or simply a philosophy of “dance with the one that brung ya” almost doesn’t matter.  What matters are the results, and as a conservative they have been very good over the past year.  However, I suspect that a lot of what drives Trump is not conservatism, but an underlying philosophy of nutting up and taking responsibility for your life and your decisions.  That’s why he’s made it clear he’s willing to deal on DACA and the dreamers.  A lot of his decisions have been conservative by default, but I suspect that they’re driven by a desire to force Congress to do its job and take a position on policy.  He’ll be happy to grand some sort of amnesty to dreamers, but only if Congress authorizes it.  He’ll carry out enforcement of regulations only if they are voted into law.  Politicians who want progressive or libertarian policies don’t have the guts to admit it, and Trump is calling them out.

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