Why the U.S. Security Establishment Can’t Stand Trump by Steve Cortes

Real Clear Politics has an excellent article that lays out how and why the Security Agencies have attempted to prevent President Trump from wresting control of the United States from their control.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/01/25/why_the_us_security_establishment_cant_stand_trump.html

He lays out the steps methodically and clearly.  Reading just how treasonous these swamp dwellers are I fervently hope that President Trump succeeds in sends all of the ringleaders to prison for several decades.  They truly are despicable.

25JAN2020 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Espresso Populism by Niccolo Soldo

Soldo has a second installment on Italy’s revolt against globalism.  https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/24/espresso-populism/  In the article he states that tomorrow, 26JAN2020 the reliably left wing Italian province of Emilia-Romagna is voting and currently the polls are deadlocked with a good chance that the right wing populist Lega party led by Matteo Salvini will win.  Soldo compares that to the Republicans capturing the California legislature, governorship, and both their senators and house representatives all at once.  Since that is a known impossibility I hope Soldo has higher hopes for the Italian election in question.

But tomorrow is not a long time to wait so if you’re interested in this story as the next domino after Trump and Boris Johnson, then stay tuned and test his theory tomorrow.

Here is an Example of Confusion About What Conservatism Is

In his essay titled, “Can Conservatism Be Conserved?” Spencer Klavan questions whether a new “conservative coalition” made up of actual conservatives together with various non-conservatives who have been alienated or even attacked by the “Woke” progressives can form a coherent movement.  But then he concedes that most of these “new conservatives” would reject the title.  Klavan explains,

“An inescapably important reason for this is that many members of the new conservative coalition (especially those who don’t identify as conservative) reject the label because they hold views, and practice ways of life, which the historic conservatism of only a generation ago deemed deeply distasteful, even unconscionable.  Weinstein and Boghossian are atheists. Murray, Doyle, and Straka are openly gay. White is transgendered, and Birchill and Bindel are lifelong feminists.”

Apparently, the only thing all these people have in common is they don’t want to be de-platformed by the “Woke” hall monitors.  Maybe that means they believe in free speech.  But maybe they only want it if it suits their speech.  After all, feminists and the various alphabet people seem plenty willing to call anything they don’t like hate speech and get these people de-platformed or worse.

At its core I think this outreach to non-conservatives is just the latest example of liberals trying to act as gatekeepers and redefine conservatism into something acceptable to their friends on the Left.  It’s kind of like the ecumenism that was supposed to let people of different faiths coexist but ends up by turning Christian Churches into cultural centers devoid of any connection at all to Christ because it might be offensive to the non-Christians.

In my opinion it is a mirage to think that embracing these various leftists as some kind of a partnership will do any good at all.  On the contrary, all it will involve is attempts to disavow any actual conservatives who won’t paper over their rejection of the various dysfunctional and dangerous lifestyles or worldviews that these so-called conservative allies espouse.  A similar thing was done to the paleocons by the neocons a few decades ago.  That was how we ended up in the mess we are in now.  Trump was able to, single-handedly, drag those deplorables back into the fold.  The last thing we want to do is give “new conservatives” another bite at the apple.

So, in answer to the title of Mr. Klavan’s article, yes conservatism can be conserved but not by accepting non-conservative ideas and the people who live by them.  Let the progressives, the liberals, the moral relativists, the feminists and the alphabet people battle with their even crazier “woke” brethren (or whatever gender bent category they prefer) on their own.  We have nothing in common with them and nothing to gain by engaging with them.  I would much prefer to engage with the fringe groups to the right of us and see if we can find some common ground with them.  Their ideas are more extreme than ours but they at least do not reject the values that we embrace.  In many cases I think they have let pessimism radicalize their thinking and pushed them to conclude that only radical solutions to our problems exist.  I think the last few years have shown that progress can be made if the right people get involved.  If actual conservatives have a part in running the country better outcomes are possible.

Roger Scruton – RIP – A Conservative Giant

Scruton had the honesty and common sense to jump off the radical bandwagon in the 1960s after seeing the Parisian students pretend to be proletariat warriors.  And he paid the price.  He was shunned by the academy.

I like this next quote.

The real reason people are conservatives is that they are attached to the things that they love, and want to preserve them from abuse and decay,” Scruton wrote in 2015. “They are attached to their family, their friends, their religion, and their immediate environment.

https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/18/dearest-roger-rest-in-peace/

The above article contains this quote which also seems full of common sense and honest feeling.

My final episode to recall was at and after Roger’s well-attended and insightful lecture at the Legatum Institute in London, in May 2018, discussing “The Character of Loyalty.”

He reminded us that loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities, and nations together. In defining loyalty, Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which is a vow, such as a marriage vow or family ties and national loyalty, which is a contractual commitment. The motivation for loyalty may be practical where the commitment is rational and deliberate or sentimental where the commitment may remain despite a cost or disadvantage.

“Above all,” he concluded, “loyalty is a commitment to one’s duty which may include family, friendship, career, religion or country.” These were the things that mattered most to him: first principles.

RIP

13JAN2020 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Gelato Populism

Niccolo Soldo’s article “Gelato Populism:
The Rise of Matteo Salvini” gives a good overview of Italian politics and the rise of the nationalist movement in Italy.

https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/12/gelato-populism-the-rise-of-matteo-salvini/

 

 

Another, Other Step in the Right Direction on Voter Fraud

Five states have 19 counties (probably urban centers) that have more voters registered than they have adult residents, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  The federal government is going to litigate this.  Sounds like a good idea.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/01/07/five_states_face_federal_lawsuit_over_inaccurate_voter_registrations__142089.html

 

 

Claremont’s American Mind Magazine Has a Well Written Article on Tribalism

I enjoyed the section where she looked at the cognitive dissonance and panic when an academic tried to point out the equivalence between the transgender and trans-racial delusions.  Only difference; one is dogma, the other is heresy.

The Tribal Morality of Identity Politics

 

 

Another Step in the Right Direction on Voter Fraud

First Ohio, now Georgia.  That’s 98,000 fewer fake votes that can be manufactured when the Democrats are looking to steal an election.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-georgia/federal-judge-denies-bid-to-restore-98000-voters-in-u-s-state-of-georgia-idUSKBN1YW04G

Let them scream and shout about voting rights all they want.  In an age when the government and even corporations know your blood pressure GPS location, not knowing whether a voter is alive or dead, or living in another state is a fiction that no longer needs to be allowed.  Tammany Hall needs to be shut down.