04-20-2017, 01:11 PM
He's centrist on everything only if you have a very strange view of the center. He's staunchly pro-life, anti-gay-marriage, anti-drugs, strongly religious, etc. (basically a complete social conservative). On foreign policy, he's incredibly pro-war, pro-security-state, pro defense-state, incredibly weak on civil liberties, very pro-cop. On the economy, he’s for low taxes, low regulation, strongly against Obamacare….The one position where he is a leftist is on global warming, even though he is fairly quiet on it.
Now, of course, you can argue that all those positions aren’t conservative ones, they are centrist or liberal in nature…that’s the no true conservative fallacy. Maybe you think that real conservatives want to euthanize all gays because they are against God, or that real conservatives are incredibly pro-gay marriage because they are for personal liberty. Or you think real conservatives want no taxes at all instead of low taxes.
That is the strange thing in that conservative/liberal/centrist mean different things to different people. I mean sure, Ron Paul is conservative against military overreach and a large security state. But you know that that is the minority (a growing one) in the conservative movement; many of them call him a libertarian. Bill O’Reilly’s positions on those various issues are seen as conservative by a strong majority (if not the vast majority) of the population. His positions align with those who politically run as conservatives (in the Republican party). To say he is not a conservative and is centrist on just about anything would mean that, what, 5% of the population is conservative?