This is the first installment of a series of articles comparing Chris McDaniel and Roger Wicker on the important issues facing the country.
One fight we can be sure of as Mississippi 2018 advances is the struggle to seize the “America First” mantle. The Wicker camp is sure to muddy the waters on this issue because they have no right to advocate it. A quick look at the candidate’s respective records will answer any questions in the minds of primary voters.
On the Big Three Issues – Trade, Immigration, and Foreign Policy – one must either support an America First policy or a policy promoting the cause of the “global community.” You can’t do both.
Wicker and his campaign have, for more than a year, positioned themselves close to President Trump, to grab the America First, economic nationalist message for themselves, because they know it’s a popular, winning issue. But Wicker has never advocated an America First agenda with those issues in his entire 24-year congressional career.
Wicker is a globalist. His record shows consistent support for global free trade deals (which are actually government-managed trade), continued US membership in the WTO, more foreign wars and engagements, and a continued influx of foreign workers to compete with Americans. These facts are undeniable. One need only to look at his voting record over a quarter of a century to see all the evidence of a globalist agenda.
To strengthen his credentials, he will certainly stand on his call for a larger Navy and his plan to increase the size of the fleet but he has never advocated for it before he found himself in a contested primary. Perhaps the Navy needs a boost and an upgrade but not an expansion in order to maintain a global presence.
True conservatism, which Chris McDaniel has always advocated, is America First. That is the essence of McDaniel’s philosophy. One cannot be a globalist AND a conservative any more than one could be a Christian AND a heathen.
McDaniel’s ideology is more in tune with what is called “paleo-conservatism,” which means the “Old Right,” the ideological birthright of Coolidge, Taft, Goldwater, Buchanan, and Trump. The spirit of paleo-conservatism is America First on trade, immigration, and foreign policy.
Wicker is a “neo-conservative,” or a member of the “New Right,” putting him in league with the Bushes, McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard. The essence of neo-conservatism is globalism – free trade, open borders, and foreign adventurism.
Politically, Wicker is in trouble, and he’s known that for some time. That’s why he was so quick to wrap his arms around President Trump beginning early last year, even though he did not endorse Trump during the 2016 primaries and was not completely supportive of him as NRSC chair. Now he’s trying to act as though the world began anew as soon as McDaniel announced his candidacy for Senate.
Judging by this, Wicker is probably not one you would want in a foxhole during a fierce firefight. He’s a political “fair-weather friend” if there ever was one. His current advocacy of an “America First” agenda is as hollow and disingenuous as Thad Cochran trying to claim he is a conservative.
As I’ve pointed out previously, McDaniel is much closer to Donald Trump than Roger Wicker is. He has always advocated stronger border security, stricter immigration laws, better trade deals, and a more prudent foreign policy with less involvement in the affairs of other nations.
With the McDaniel-Wicker contest, the contrast cannot be clearer. Either you support McDaniel and America First or Wicker and Globalism. You must choose wisely.