Michael Anton (aka Publius Decius Mus) performs a fisking of Bret Stephens’ paean to untrammeled immigration. It goes without saying Bret doesn’t come off very well. Can you imagine Stephens used to be considered conservative? It’s a long article and I doubt Bret even deserves the honor of this much attention but Mr. Anton does cover the bases very thoroughly. I would say this article is preaching to the choir but if you are interested in just how crazy the house conservatives at the New York Times have become check out Anton’s dissection of exhibit A.
Chris Buskirk interviewed Michael Anton ( link ) about his tenure in the Trump Administration. There are a number of interesting things in the interview. But toward the end they talk a bit about Anton’s opinion of Donald Trump. As opposed to the usual disillusionment we typically hear from former administration members Anton is extremely positive about his former boss. Here are the more important ones I gleaned from the audio interview.
“He was just right about the issues that mattered right now and that’s why I supported him.”
“I knew him reasonably well … wasn’t having dinner with him … was a staff guy … but was around him a lot over the course of fifteen, sixteen months.”
“Liked him enormously, respected him enormously … there is a patriotic core to him that burns very hot.”
“He’s in it for the right reason, is doing it for the right reason … he didn’t have to do any of this.”
“He’s governing as President almost purely out of love for this country.”
Both Buskirk and Anton were educated at Claremont-McKenna College and were pupils of Harry Jaffa who was associated with the Claremont Institute. I have found the people associated with the Claremont Institute to be extremely aware of what is currently at stake in our political situation and perceptive about the actual value of the various players on the political landscape.
Long time readers of this web site know I am a big fan of Michael Anton or as he was known when he authored the Flight 93 Election, “Publius Decius Mus.” He, Angelo Codevilla and other members of the Claremont Institute have thrown their support behind the Trump presidency and its attempt to save the country from the globalist cabal of democrats and establishment republicans who want to turn it into their private fiefdom. Anton went to work for the Trump administration and now is re-entering private life. And he is leaving on very good terms with the President and his administration despite what the press contends. I found this article interesting.
The good folks at American Greatness have gone temporarily insane and published an article by an anonymous troll calling himself “photog.” Said troll claims to run a website called Orion’s Cold Fire and for his theme chose “Defining the Space Between Never-Trump and the Alt-Right.” The article is overheated and borderline psychotic but I’ll leave it to you to judge the merits of the argument, such as it is.
Excuse me. I have the inexplicable desire to shoot off some fireworks in the yard. Life is good.
Since my readers don’t always stop by every day I figured I’d paste this poll on each post for a while to see what folks call themselves. This is the post the poll came from Who Are We?
… And that got me thinking. Who are the people who read my blog? I thought it might be fun to see what the cross-section looked like. If you feel like saying what you believe in, feel free to leave a comment and/or pick a label from the poll below. I think it might be interesting.
Publius Decius Mus (author of the anonymous and influential article “The Flight 93 Election” has been revealed to be Michael Anton. And he has taken a job as the White House’s, Communications Director of the National Security Council. Anton immediately found himself attacked by the usual suspects, leftists and never-Trumpers. He’s all kinds of bad things. He’s a Nazi (of course), a fascist, a reactionary. He’s too smart to just be a deplorable. He must be an evil genius. Anton was part of the George W Bush administration and a card-carrying neo-con. But he saw the mistakes that were made and recognized the overreach and delusion that defined the Bush view. He saw that Conservatism Inc. (his term for the pundits) was not interested in the issues that faced the everyday people. They were uninterested in either rampant illegal immigration that depressed their wages, rampant globalism that exported their jobs or unchallenged cultural Marxism that demeaned their beliefs and proselytized their children.
The Flight 93 Election article was clear and I think convincing. It provided the logical reason for even a high-powered intellect to embrace the Trump presidential bid as the only hope of avoiding a fundamental and probably irreversible degradation to the American way of life. I remember agreeing with the article completely and finding comfort in knowing that someone clearly intelligent and literate had expressed in the public square what I also believed was at stake in the 2016 election.
So why am I writing this post? Because once again, the Trump administration has done something good. They have plucked a former W insider who was part of the Iraq War catastrophe and because he believes in what the Trump White House wants to get done, they’re using him. Smart.
People keep telling me how crazy Trump is, how dumb he is. Well if he is then he sure knows how to hide it. Admittedly when he goes off script he sounds like Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners talking to the members of the Racoon Lodge about how he is going to put one over on their wives. But every time he makes a move it turns out to be the right one. One theory I’ve been trying out is that Melania is the puppet-mistress pulling The Donald’s strings. Well, if this is so then lucky him. But more likely, he has learned how to size up advisers. And he’s surrounded himself with people who know what they are doing. If that is true, then hiring Anton is just another good example of Trump recognizing good people. I’ve read some of Anton’s non-political writings and he is witty and clear.
Well, all this sounds just like a puff piece. Where’s the dramatic tension? I’ll tell you where. I’m disgruntled. Trump and his people knew Decius was a Bush guy but reading his articles must have convinced them that he should be part of the team. I consider myself a great intellectual too. And I’ve written dozens of posts on Trump that put him in a good light (well I do poke some gentle fun at you, schmoopy). So where’s my cushy Washington job with a view of Pennsylvania Avenue? Come on Donald, you know where to reach me. Send the helicopter and let’s do a meeting. As your science and technology adviser I can streamline all these boondoggle programs and actually get something useful done. With my help, you can make nerds great again. But this is a short-term offer. On January 9th 2025 this offer will be null and void (well, unless you’re listening too Mike Pence, errr, sir). So, hurry up schmoopy.