INDIANAPOLIS — At the very least, it’s time to stop calling them conservatives.
The texts and other documentation the investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives into what led to the Jan.6 insurrection has uncovered show President Donald Trump, his aides, his advocates and his apologists are many things.
Rightwing and authoritarian?
That remains to be determined, hence the need to investigate.
But one thing that is clear is that they aren’t conservatives.
A conservative, as the term always has been understood, is committed to a set of values. Conservatives believe in traditions. They defend the institutions and bulwarks of self-government as if they were their own children. They distrust concentrated power, particularly when it is in the hands of a single person, which is why they are so committed to the idea of…