The most glaring thing I have noticed when "conservatives" start to talk about "conservative values" is how quickly some of them immediately lurch into lying to try to back up their virtue signaling. Erick does this a lot. In this particular article, he tosses out a couple of real doozies.
President Trump has done far more to corrupt and pervert conservatism than President Bush did. Huh? pervert and corrupt conservatism?
Conservatism, in purely political terms, is the belief that the federal government must be severely restricted as to size, scope and power, with most authority left to the states. If confused by this, consult the 10th Amendment.
Not a single thing Trump has done has been contrary to this purely political philosophy. He has worked to decrease the size and scope and power of the federal government. He has upheld his oath to protect and defend the Constitution. He has handed legislative matters off to Congress, even knowing that Congress would probably choke and do nothing.
However, we DO see perversion and corruption of conservatism, over and over again, as people try to redefine it in terms of their own biases, and graft all sorts of personal, religious or other "values" onto what is, at heart, simply a blueprint for how to govern the nation according to its formal rule of law.
Trump has simply treated conservatism as it should be treated-----as that blueprint, according to the concepts idealized and codified by the Founders. And this seems to deeply offend those determined to reshape that POLITICAL philosophy into something in line with their personal belief system about how people should act.
In the pursuit of laying claim to the Higher Moral Ground of Erickson-defined "Conservatism" we see a wholly immoral lie put forth, in an effort to draw a big fat line between the Moralists and some Other invented by Erick to try to make his position seem more virtuous. That is, the lie that We have conservatives who used to say character counts now saying Trump's a stud for cheating on his wives with porn stars. Not just one lie, but a linked series of lies, all of them vicious and all of them unprincipled and all of them, hypocritically, claiming to be about the lack of principles of that Invented Other.
Character DOES count. But so does Christian belief in redemption and salvation, which seem so irrelevant to so many self-proclaimed Christians. Character DOES count, and has shown itself over and over again in our history as men who have done bad things have looked back on their lives and said "I don't want to be that man any more" and changed. Character DOES count, and is shown by resolutely doing the right thing even while under constant, vile, vicious personal attacks by the Left and those enabling the Left while posturing as Conservatives. Character DOES count, and in the case of President Trump we see it in his determination to govern according to the Constitution.