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Thread by @GenAugustoP: "Not to pick on this crazy person, but I think her answer to what she believes her conservative "principles" are is instructive. /1 ™ […]" #TruCons

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Not to pick on this crazy person, but I think her answer to what she believes her conservative "principles" are is instructive. /1
#TruCons™ ALWAYS confuse their preferences with principle. Things they'd like to see, listed as meaningless buzzwords that act as tribal shibboleths. "Free trade!" "Muh Constitution!" "Balanced budget!" (I don't even know what "Ally friendly foreign policy" even means)
"Free trade" in practice, doesn't actually mean anything. Fewer direct trade barriers, but tons of other government distortions isn't "free trade." Is that a principle? Would you die for lack of tariffs in an international trade agreement that allows for other distortions? /3
The "muh Free Trade!" line is a preferred end-goal. It isn't a "principle." Neither is "Constitution!" Would you have fought and died for Prohibition to be maintained? The 18 yo Franchise? Clearly the 4th amendment isn't a principle, because they fucking LOVE TSA and NSA. /4
"A balanced budget!" If that were your fight-or-die line in the sand, why aren't you pushing for an end to entitlements? Why not higher, flatter taxes to pay off the debt? You'd *like* a balanced budget, but don't actually care all that much, and support pols who laugh at it. /5
Listing vague preferences that act like recitations of faith in a cult, rather than anything tangible and specific isn't being principled. Pretending your tribal signalling are immutable principles is frankly a sign of an immature, shallow mind. /6
And claiming that failure to strictly adhere to something that's so vague and undeveloped is somehow immoral, is the very thing you bitch about Leftists doing. "You're not wrong, you're evil!" /7
Principles are the things you'd fight and die for, that don't necessarily benefit you. If it's a list of "shit I like" that also happens to benefit you, it's called preference and your demand that your preferences be met, or you'll hold your breath isn't a courageous stand. /f
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