Having Republicans choose between being the “Party of Lincoln” or the “Party of Reagan” can be like asking a parent to pick a favorite child, unless the topic is strictly economics.
The “new right” and the “free-market conservatives” are at war centered on their economic policy divide, forcing members of the Republican Party to choose a side: common good conservatism or free-market fundamentalists.
Toads like you have supported selling out America to China under the banner of “free trade” for decades. Please keep your sad physiognomy out of my timeline. Thank you. https://t.co/uArGTMdGEz
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) August 4, 2022
While campaigning in 1844, former President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed his support for economic nationalism that pushed against free trade in favor of protecting American jobs and businesses. (RELATED: ANALYSIS: Woke Corporations May Have Finally Met Their Match)
“… I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff,” said Lincoln. “These are my sentiments and political principles.”
Conversely, in 1986 former President Ronald Reagan praised the benefits of free trade and open markets for “human progress.”
“Our trade policy rests firmly on the foundation of free and open markets,” Reagan said. “I recognize … the inescapable conclusion that all