It’s a remarkable thing. The world is noticeably shifting into a new shape. Indisputably the middle ground is disappearing. People are being forced by their circumstances to pick one side or the other. The tactics are becoming uglier and more damaging. Everyone wants to know where this is going and what is the end point.
I’ll add another question. What will Donald Trump achieve? This I think is the lynchpin for the Right’s desperate effort to stop the Progressives from repealing the Bill of Rights. Although many on the Right say that a revolt against the Left is inevitable I am skeptical. Even a gasoline soaked room needs a spark to explode and up till now the Left has kept the matches under lock and key. Donald Trump is the match. He has withstood all of their supposedly irresistible forces and is still standing. The questions that remains are what will he achieve and what will come after him?
If he breaks the Left’s stranglehold on the levers of power in the judiciary and executive branches and renders the gatekeepers in the Media and Social Media docile then he will have levelled the playing field sufficiently to allow the right to break free from the shackles we are currently in. And if he can select a successor who has even a tenth of his skills at sparring with the Left then we have a chance of keeping the momentum we have to finally get the upper hand against these terrible people.
The Dissident Right (or whatever you call them) says it’s a foregone conclusion that the process will continue irrespective of whether Trump succeeds or not. I wish I had their confidence (or seeming confidence). They say that the Left’s unmasking will drive everyone in the middle either left or right. They say the normies will be red pilled and it will be game on. Until recently I was very skeptical of this. But two recent occurrences have given me reason to reconsider.
The first is the definite shift to the right of a formerly mainstream journalist. Tucker Carlson was never on the Left. He has always been a conservative but of late he has sounded a lot like someone on the dissident side. Granted he isn’t as extreme as self-described dissident writers out there but he is daring to say that the Democrats and Republicans are gaming the system against the middle class. He’s skirting the edge of actual revolt. That is an exciting situation coming from someone in the mainstream.
The second occurrence happened today. American Greatness is a very mainstream right outlet. There are some angrier voices there and some calmer but I wouldn’t call any of them dissident right. Today I saw a post that quoted the Z-Man. The Z-Man is a very polished voice on the Dissident Right but no one would claim he is in the mainstream. He himself often talks about the river that separates the dissidents from the normies. I think he says it is narrow but it is deep and the only way to cross it is by consciously swimming. So, never the twain shall meet. When the mainstream begins quoting the Dissident Right there seems to be a step change happening.
So all that said, I’m waiting for one more step. I’m waiting for the true moderates to cross the line. When the mainstream women start deserting the GOP establishment and get red-pilled I’ll know it’s done. I’ll know we’ve passed the point of no return.
Once the new AG is sworn in I hope he does exactly what Tucker is talking about. Go after companies and the non-profits who goad them into firing people over speech and put a stop to it. Finally someone in the mainstream media talking straight about this stuff. It’s about time.
It seems everyone on our side of the fence was impressed with Tucker Carlson’s video monologue on what’s gone wrong in America. But in Julie Kelly’s post she finds the reaction of NeverTrump folks like David French and Ben Shapiro to be decidedly negative.
Well, I’m not surprised. Tucker must be doing something really right to have the friends he does and the enemies also. Let’s hope he can help President Trump get his message out and start reversing some of the damage that Carlson has highlighted.
I was listening to the Z-Man’s Friday morning podcast this morning. It’s on the Ancient Greeks and since that is something that I’m more than somewhat steeped in it was quite a lot of fun to listen to. Lots of good comparisons between Ancient Athens and the United States. What was topical was at minute 56 of the podcast he mentions that broadcast that Tucker Carlson did recently. I linked to it a couple of days ago and said it sounded like Tucker was running for President. What the Z-Man said was that it sounded like Carlson was reading aloud some of the dissident right posts that he and the other writers have been putting out for six or more years.
What this reminds me of is Vox Day’s constant refrain that “the Alt-Right is inevitable.” Well, I don’t know if the Alt-Right or the Dissident Right’s agenda is inevitable but what seems to inevitable is that a very good chunk of the American Nation is waking up to the fact that they’ve been putting their faith in men who really couldn’t care less if they lived or died. In fact, it appears they’d prefer it if we just up and died as quickly as possible. Call it the shifting Overton window or the red-pilling of the normies or whatever you like but if a Cloud Dweller like Tucker Carlson is coming around to the nitty gritty of where we’re headed then it won’t be long before even the most brain-dead denizen of Squaresville, USA will be waking up to the realization that Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney do not mean them well.
What I’m curious about is what will be the next big step change. In the same way as Blue States practice civil disobedience such as Sanctuary Cities, will Red States start protecting their citizens against national policies that they object to? For instance, if companies like Master Card and Google continue de-platforming conservatives could state attorneys general begin legal proceedings against these companies to force them to relent? Maybe they’ll prosecute the local universities that indoctrinate kids and strip them of their legal rights.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s next. But it does appear that dissident ideas are getting mainstreamed at least to some extent. Reading about the Baltimore lawyer who is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center and attempting to have their tax-free status revoked for using illegal tactics to get him fired from the Baltimore City government sounds like maybe a first step to addressing the radical de-platforming. Hearing this week that Master Card may be joining forces with the crowd-funding companies to deny access to e-commerce to conservatives sounds like some kind of Maoist or Stalinist internal exile tactic. At lest in the gulag they fed you once in a while. In our cashless society, denial of access to a credit card is tantamount to being an exile from modern life.
And this all points to the paradox of how I feel about the current situation. A few years ago, I didn’t know just how bad it really was but I was almost in depression because I couldn’t understand why we kept losing when we seemed to have the upper hand. Now I realize just how bad it is and that most of our “leaders” aren’t really trying to help us and yet I’m actually strangely optimistic. I feel like knowing the problem makes it possible for me to take some actions and improve how I live my life.
Will the unrest on the right reach critical mass? It’s hard to say but I’m interested to see what Tucker Carlson ends up doing in the next year or two. He’s a popular journalist and could do a lot to persuade people. Stay tuned.
This is fifteen minutes long and a lot of it is familiar but it’s extremely well done. He must be running for President in 2024. This reads like a campaign platform. It makes sense and it will make you hate our so-called leaders even more. He even calls out Romney by name as the face of the uncaring mercenary.
Fox News has finally decided not to reflexively fold as soon as the Left bullies some advertisers into dropping a conservative opinion show. Tucker Carlson has of late been outspoken on immigration and other right-wing priorities and consequently has been the focus of all the usual suspects (Moveon.org, Media Matters, Sleeping Giants, etc.) hounding weak-kneed corporations to drop Right-Wing broadcasters.
Fox put out a statement saying they won’t cave. Sounds good. Let’s see if they stay the course or beg for mercy.
Publius Decius Mus (aka Michael Anton) seems to always be a go-to guy for every important argument. And birthright citizenship is no exception. Listen to Tucker Carlson question him on the history of the 14th Amendment and why it has been used to justify giving the children of illegal immigrants automatic citizenship.
Very useful information to have when you want to answer some idiot like Paul Ryan.
Sharyl Attkisson was an investigative reporter for CBS. But during the Obama administration she realized that CBS wouldn’t allow anything negative about Obama to be published. She resigned and became an independent journalist (an honest reporter!). This interview was very interesting. In it she discusses the MSM’s abandonment of objectivity with respect to Trump. Afterwards she opines that Trump has shown himself immune to the media’s weapons.
Tucker Carlson was part of the conservative establishment press when the Iraq War broke out. He has since reconsidered the wisdom of that war. Here is discussed his recent quarrels with Max Boot and Lt. Col. Ralph Peters.