Donald Trump will be BIG government conservative, Republicans fear: GOP ... trends now
Donald Trump's ambitious proposals for sweeping federal actions if he wins a second term have left some wondering if the era of the small-government conservative has ended.
In campaign videos and social media posts, Trump has laid out what he calls Agenda47, his dramatic vison for a federal government more active in matters usually left to the states.
He proposes building 10 'freedom cities' featuring flying cars on federal land, as well as a free national 'American Academy' that bans 'wokeness or jihadism,' funded by punitive levies on private universities.
Trump also talks of crackdowns on everything from MSNBC to hospitals and teachers, with proposals for national bans on transgender medical procedures for youth and a federal license for teachers who 'who embrace patriotic values'.
Donald Trump's ambitious proposals for sweeping federal actions if he wins a second term have left some wondering if the era of the small-government conservative has ended
Trump is hardly the only figure in the modern GOP to embrace government intervention as the answer, as evidenced by the wave of recent red-state restrictions on abortion, transgender medical procedures, and school curriculums.
But generally, US conservatives have pushed to limit the federal government, preferring to leave decisions in the hands of local and state elected leaders whenever feasible.
The difference today appears to be 'culture war' issues, which are so frequently framed by both sides as desperate zero-sum struggles in which the opposing world view cannot be tolerated.
Some conservatives argue that Trump's proposed approach is the only proper response to a liberal agenda that, in their view, will otherwise be imposed upon them.
Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation conservative think tank, told the Journal that conservative policy has to 'account for the reality of the damage that has been imposed by the culture war.'
Here are some of the elements of Trump's Agenda47, his plan if he should return to the White House as the country's 47th president:Freedom Cities with flying cars
In a video posted to Truth Social, the ex-president explained that he'd take a tiny percentage of federally owned land and hold a contest for the best ideas, to then build as many as 10 'freedom cities' from scratch.
In those cities there would be 'towering monuments to our true American heroes' and 'vertical take-off and landing vehicles.'
'Just as the United States led the automotive revolution in the last century, I want to ensure that America, not China, leads this revolution in air mobility,' Trump said.
Additionally, the cities would be filled with children, with Trump suggesting the federal government during his second term would give out 'baby bonuses' to increase procreation.
The Trump plan for a 'quantum leap in the American standard of living' pulls from his roots as a real estate developer, his career before becoming a reality TV star and a politician.
Trump proposes building 10 'freedom cities' featuring flying cars on federal land (stock image)
He's previously pitched futuristic ideas such as a missile shield and championed the creation of Space Force during his time in the White House.
'Past generations of Americans pursued big dreams and daring projects that once seemed absolutely impossible. They pushed across an unsettled continent and built new cities in the wild frontier. They transformed American life with the interstate highway system - magnificent it was. And they launched a vast network of satellites into orbit, all around the earth,' Trump said in the video.
'But today, our country has lost its boldness,' he said. 'Under my leadership, we will get it back in a very big way.'
'Our objective will be a quantum leap in the American standard of living,' he said. 'That's what will happen.'
Trump then talked about the vastness of the