As President Trump increases military intervention in Syria, one has to wonder what happened to the Donald Trump we were introduced to on the campaign trail. Campaign Donald Trump argued that military intervention would be unconstitutional unless approved by Congress and would also be a financial drain on America. Did the deep state brainwash him? Did they swap the real Donald Trump for an actor? Or, as many loyal supporters put it: is this just more 3D chess? In reality, all of these explanations detract from the evidence that is laying in plain sight. Overall, in the last six months President Trump has strayed from his America First agenda.
During Donald Trump’s first year, he had many accomplishments that maintained an “America First” mentality. He cut many bureaucratic regulations and red tape. He nominated conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He helped pass massive tax reform. After that, it seems the Make America Great Again agenda has fallen off the tracks. Promises like funding and building the wall, repealing Obamacare, cutting spending, and avoiding unnecessary global conflict, have all been thwarted or left aside. Simultaneously, while preaching about how he would “Drain the Swamp,” Trump has multiple nominations under his belt that are head scratchers among the liberty movement. This is especially true with his recent appointment for National Security Advisor in John Bolton. More recently, Trump’s decisions have forced the question: have we simply elected a President who is a rebranded version of the Bushes and Clintons before him?
It is undeniable that John Bolton has questionable ideologies when it comes to America’s foreign policy. His participation in the non-governmental think-tank “The Project for a New American Century (PNAC)” has many wondering what lays ahead in the years to come. As many are aware of, PNAC is responsible for the white paper “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” which promoted the theory that for America to maintain its superpower status militarily, financially, and politically, there needed to be some sort of “cataclysmic event, like a ‘New Pearl Harbor.'” After this event, we would have major theater wars to maintain a power threshold throughout the world that would last for the next 100 years. John Bolton was a director for PNAC and many of the people that pledged allegiance to this think-tank were part of the George W. Bush administration, like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. Sure enough, America got its “New Pearl Harbor” on September 11th, 2001. “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” was published in September of 2000.
General Wesley Clark revealed that ten days after 9/11, he discovered that there was a plan to invade 7 countries in 5 years Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. This plan is in direct accordance with PNAC’s aforementioned objectives. As President Trump bolsters America’s military, he has also struck Syria twice, without Congressional approval. The most recent strike is the most egregious as it directly threatened Assad’s ally Russia on the basis of chemical attacks that have yet to be tied directly to the Syrian regime. Russia warned in 2017 that the United States was arming Syrian rebels, also known as Al-Qaeda, with chemical weapons to stage a false-flag attack against the Syrian government. Unfortunately, the evidence clearly shows that Trump has gone against his own campaign promises with intervention in Syria. Trump’s decision to maintain America’s interventionist foreign policy proves that he is allied with the neoconservative agenda.
Many Americans know America simply cannot afford to be the world’s police force. We are straddled with over 21 trillion in debt and are still trying to rebuild after the disastrous economic recession in 2008. Ultimately, the Republican party, and Trump’s core political base, are divided on two fronts. One side is loyal to originalist constitutional theory, and the other are loyal to neo-conservatism. Neoconservatives believe that America must be a force for good in the world, while also focusing on a strong domestic agenda based on fiscal responsibility. The more conservative liberty leaning group argues that satisfying both requirements is simply not possible. Conservatarians argue that when conflated with the utility of false-flag attacks, the neoconservative agenda is outright dangerous and fascist in nature. It threatens the notion of maintaining a limited government. In fact, many conservatives argue that neo-conservatism is more in line with its leftist counterparts, progressivism and socialism.
It is undeniable that Trump’s core campaign message to “Make America Great Again” solely focused on the concerns of those who believe in originalist constitutional theory. Overall, it promoted the idea that we have more serious concerns at home that require our attention, and we simply cannot continue on the current path that focuses on global intervention. After Trump’s decision to strike Syria, many Trump supporters are jumping ship. They feel their core concerns have been consistently ignored in the last 6 months, so much so that they feel there is no hope for the Trump administration. The decision to delay funding of the wall, the low national guard troop count to protect the border (2-4000, compared to Bush’s 6000), the inability to repeal Obamacare, the inability to cut spending, and now, the inability to thwart the military industrial complex’s stranglehold on American foreign policy, has all but insured Trump’s defeat in 2020.
The neoconservative “Republicans” that used election fraud in 2012 to thwart the Ron Paul campaign are the same Republicans who cheered Bush at Trump’s inauguration, and are the same Republicans who are shouting down any former Trump supporter’s concerns about his inability to keep core campaign promises. As the party continues to maintain the division that has been consistent since Bush left office, the core tenets of conservatism will continually be ignored and America will continue on its current path of decline. Just like the cult-like aura that surrounded Barack Obama, some of Trump’s supporters will continue their devotion to him, no matter the outcome of his decisions. Through and through, neoconservatives are blinded by the light.
 Kristol, William, Robert Kagan, John Bolton, Devon Cross, Bruce Jackson, and Thomas Donnelly. “Rebuilding America’s Defenses.” Information Clearing House. Accessed April 16, 2018. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf.
 “Were 1998 Memos a Blueprint for War?” ABC News. Accessed April 17, 2018. http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=128491&page=1.