Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Law and Order Candidate

Donald Trump's theme tonight has been law and order, and almost everything else he has addressed -- immigration, public safety, his indictment of Hillary related to her misuse of classified material, even LGBTQ rights -- has revolved around the law and order theme.

It is striking that Trump didn't address social issues at all other than protection of LGBTQ rights. 

He did say he wants to repeal the Johnson amendment to allow churches to engage in political speech without losing their tax exempt status. But he gave no direct support of any of the social issues they advocate, in particular, the restriction of abortions. 

He said he would appoint to the Supreme Court a person with a judicial philosophy similar to Justice Scalia. Perhaps that was code speak for the abortion issue. But I don't think so. Instead he used the second amendment as an example of where he and Hillary differ as far as the Supreme Court goes. 

In short it looks like this campaign is going to steer clear of a conservative social agenda and push a law and order theme to frame virtually every other issue. That and, of course, the theme of winning. And making America great again. 


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