According to our friends on the Dissident Right the answer is nothing. Fate has marked our nation with the kiss of death. We are already circling the drain and any moment the slightest hiccough will push us out of the death spiral and right into the maw of the Maelström. I have to confess, every day it gets harder and harder to believe we aren’t in the situation they describe. But for the sake of argument (and to fill out my daily allotment of blather) let’s speculate on how we could escape this death trap we find ourselves in.
And what is the greatest threat to our way of life? I would say illegal immigration. It combines an economic destabilization with the loss of national identity. Inherent with the actual flow of illegal aliens is the cultural indoctrination that tells young people that it’s wrong to favor the real citizens of this country over the gate crashers. This encourages the kind of lunacy you see in California where illegal aliens are provided all the same benefits as citizens and in some cases even greater advantage. The state has even gone to the lengths of openly defying federal law by providing protection to illegal aliens from ICE agents.
Reversing the status quo would involve enforcing sanctions against employers who allow illegal aliens to get a paycheck. It would mean deporting millions of illegals and putting in place barriers (a Wall) to keep them from returning. And it would mean prosecuting those who break the law to protect illegal aliens. This is a huge undertaking. It would cost billions of dollars and would lead to violence and maybe deaths in the areas of the country heavily occupied by illegals. But it would be very possible and the benefits would be immense. The reductions in crime, government expenditures and chaos would more than compensate society for the disruptions and conflict that would be necessary.
The second most useful initiative and for me the most ethically justified is the cessation of reverse discrimination. This includes the end of affirmative action for any and all quota-based classes of people. This would put an end to the federal, state and local mandated interference in people’s lives. It would mean that the words that Martin Luther King Jr. said about a man being judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin would now be in alignment with government actions. No one would be suspected of incompetence because of quota based gerrymandering. The best person would be hired for the job or given the spot in school because in most places talent is what counts. In the few instances where that is not the case mediocrity is its own punishment. But at least it will be a voluntary and free decision to be mediocre. And I don’t have a problem with that, nor should the government.
And the final thing that would restore some measure of legitimacy to the concept of this being the United States is for the Supreme Court to strike down all the many State and Federal rulings that have weakened, and in some cases, nullified the Bill of Rights. The first and second amendments are under constant attack by public and private enemies and for the most part the courts have been the worst offenders. An active originalist Supreme Court could go an awful long way in restoring our rights and punishing corporations and even State governments that have been bullying and bankrupting individuals who attempt to exercise the very clearly stated rights that as Americans we supposedly enjoy.
So, these are the three initiatives that could bring America back to a semblance of the freedom and cohesion that it once enjoyed. Could these things be done? I would say definitely. Will they? In my opinion, only if President Trump gets a mandate from the American public in the mid-terms and then wins re-election with enough coat-tails to enact legislation comfortably in the House and Senate. If he cannot legislate real change then it will never happen. Then at that point I’ll have to agree with the Dissident Right and start building my cabin in the forest. Time will tell.