Is Donald Trump a conservative? We make the Burkean case in the affirmative, as Trump seems intent upon "conserving" America as a sovereign nation. Secure borders, fair trade, respect for the incrementalized traditions and "habits" of society. As conservative philosopher Edmund Burke has noted, "a society is better off if it can absorb novelty in small and manageable amounts." If the charges of the GOP Establishment are true to the contrary, why are conservative icons Phyllis Schlafly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity generally supportive of Trump? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton responds to the new Benghazi movie "13 Hours" by saying she's testified for "11 Hours" before a congressional committee. Moral equivalence? Victim? And as Bernie Sanders pulls ahead of Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire, is the Hillary campaign in trouble? Also, we look at the increasingly tense dispute between Trump and Ted Cruz on "natural born" citizenship and "New York Values." As Rudy Giuliani demands an apology, we ask whether or not Cruz has committed an "unforced error" in this case. And we ponder Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's hintings at support for Trump. With music and listener calls.
January 17, 2016