Looking at how hyper-partisan politics became the scourge of American life the ZMan points to the Clintons as the beginning of the revolution that has given us the Obamas and BLM and Antifa. Worth a read.
Looking at how hyper-partisan politics became the scourge of American life the ZMan points to the Clintons as the beginning of the revolution that has given us the Obamas and BLM and Antifa. Worth a read.
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.
In a recent post I stated that back in 2015 the Alt-Right/Dissident Right (or whatever your favorite term is) predicted that the identitarian politics and globalist economic policies of the Left would push the civic nationalists over the edge and radicalize them into their own identitarian group. In that post I called it the Great Awakening.
The term Great Awakening is actually a description for several religious revivals that occurred in British North America and later in the United States between the 1730s and the late 1800s. I am stealing the term to use for a completely different phenomenon.
What I am talking about is the phenomenon of normal apolitical Americans waking up to the fact that the Left has been systematically destroying this country for the last fifty years. And that they’ve been doing it with the tacit approval of most of the Republican hierarchy for most of that time. When I say the Left I am including the progressives that make up the Media, Academia, the various bureaucracies at the state and federal level that lately are being called the Deep State and all the other entrenched organizations that have been pushing a radical agenda that works for the destruction of the family and traditional life in general.
Up until recently, most normal people assumed that the way to resist these progressive institutions was to vote for the Republicans at the state and federal level and support their efforts to preserve traditional values and cultural norms. But the Great Awakening was catalyzed by the spectacle of the 2016 election in which the mask finally dropped and we saw the republicans for what they really were. They were the gate keepers for the Democrats. They ensured that no matter who was elected the progressive agenda would continue unabated. During that election Donald Trump called out all of the republican presidential candidates and exposed them for their weakness and lack of courage. He identified illegal immigration as the weapon being used to destroy America and said he wasn’t afraid to fight against it. And when the Republican voters threw him their support, the Republican Establishment showed their true colors and became the Never Trump movement and declared that they’d rather elect Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump.
But even after voting for Donald Trump many Americans didn’t recognize the fact that they were personally the target of the progressive agenda. Even after eight years of Barack Obama and all the hate and lies that attended his “fundamental transformation of America,” these sleepwalkers assumed that nothing could or should be done to change the trajectory of the culture.
Luckily for us there are two things happening to wake these sleepwalkers up. The first is the President. President Trump makes it a part of his duties to call out the progressive fanatics. His bombastic style is an effective means for exposing the ugliness and stupidity of these people.
The other thing that is waking the sleepwalkers up is the acceleration of the Leftist agenda. We now have immigrant congresswomen from the Middle East openly spouting anti-American and antisemitic sentiments openly. And not being censured by their Democrat leaders.
And we also now have the transgender phenomenon on full display. We have high school girls who’ve worked and trained to become competitive athletes being forced to compete against essentially men. The dispiriting result of such an unfair practice is opening eyes even among communities that normally would have nothing to do with traditional groups. A schism is opening up in the so-called LGBTQ community between lesbians and transgender supporters over the primacy of biological identity.
All these increasingly strident and unappealing spectacles are waking up normal Americans to the reality that the country is being hijacked by a concerted effort to undermine the normal way of life that makes life worth living.
So, what makes me think things are changing? Look at the intersection of the two factors I mentioned above. When AOC’s “Squad” started dumping on America, President Trump told them to go back to their dysfunctional craphole homes and fix them up before they complain about America. And when the Media breathlessly interviewed Republican women expecting them to condemn the President they didn’t. A few years ago, they would have. But defending the Squad is a bridge too far. Most Americans have had enough of strident leftists. And this week when President Trump went after Representative Elijah Cummings for his inaccurate statements about the ICE border station and told him to spend more time improving the conditions in his own Baltimore congressional district most Republicans may have been uncomfortable but they could see the relevance of the comparison.
The worm has turned. The Overton Window has shifted radically and the truth can now finally set you free. President Trump has made it thinkable to call the Leftists on their lies and people are starting to do it. And that neutralizes a big part of the scam that they’ve used on the right for the last fifty years. And that will cause the whole thing to accelerate even more.
And that’s what I call the Great Awakening. We’re waking up and finding out that the Emperor has no clothes and we don’t have to pretend anymore. That doesn’t mean we automatically win. We may find out that we’re outnumbered. The awakening isn’t an end it’s a beginning. We still need to figure out how we get what we want. We’ll have to find out who we can work with and who we can’t. But at least we’re awake.
At the end of the first part of this post I said I’d look a little more closely at the specifics of the Dissident Right’s logic and compare it to my own way of looking at where we are.
First off let’s acknowledge something that we cannot afford to forget. The Dissident Right (or Alt-Right if you prefer) was the only group who both knew what was going wrong in this country and weren’t afraid to say it out loud. They recognized that the Left was in control of all the levers of power and the Establishment Republicans had no intention of changing the results of the Left’s program.
The Dissident Right explained exactly how the schools and colleges proselytized the children and how the Media, the Democrats, Big Business and the Courts twisted every part of society until nothing remains of the normal world of just a few years ago. And as proven, the Establishment Republicans use the anger this generates to get themselves re-elected. But once in office they can be depended on to never actually reverse any of this destruction and instead just talk about how dead set they are against whatever the next outrage is. And when that outrage becomes law they just move along to the next.
And the Dissident Right identified the fact that both Parties and Big Business were determined to use immigration, both legal and illegal, as a means to swamp out the votes of the citizens of the United States as a way to eliminate all resistance to their agenda. It was plain during the 2016 election that none of the Republicans, no matter how “conservative” he was, would say a word against illegal immigration for fear of being called a racist.
And the Dissident Right was the only group that supported Trump. Everyone else either said he was a joke or abhorred him for being a vulgarian.
So, as I said above, ignoring the Dissident Right means ignoring the only group that knew how we were losing the Country to the Left and how we could stop them from doing it. Clearly what they say has to be carefully considered.
But you might say, why not just jump on their band wagon? For me, that is a disturbing choice. The Dissident Right is comprised of people who believe that differences in race and even ethnicity prevent a heterogeneous state like the present United States from living in harmony. They believe that the future will be a fractious hodge-podge of identity groups that, led by the trouble-makers on the Left, will spend all their time pursuing imaginary grievances against the European Americans that they’ve been told are holding them back from being happy.
The Dissident Right points to affirmative action discrimination and the destruction of the family and the LGBTQ lawfare warriors and de-platforming of people on the right and say we are already there and that once we are a majority-minority-nation, things will only get much worse.
Accepting this hypothesis as true is not something I would do unless forced by irrefutable evidence. But having it espoused by people who have been right about things that the majority were wrong about means I have to find reasonable arguments for why the Dissident Right is mistaken in their conclusions.
Instead of going through a bunch of cases and subsets of categories I’ll sum up the problem we’re experiencing by saying that in the 1960s when the economy was very strong the leaders of the Democrat party saw that they no longer had an unbeatable coalition of disaffected voters like they had in the 1930s and 1940s. They decided to follow the Marxist playbook and weaken their enemies by sowing as much division as they could. They espoused abortion as a way to destroy the family and they sponsored all the grievance movements to further fracture the country. They infested the schools and steadily eroded intellectual life until even the sciences were politicized and distracted from their primary functions. And they enshrined massive immigration both legal and illegal.
But even when all this was going on it was still possible for a conservative leader like Ronald Reagan to rally the Right. And when that happened, the country was able to see itself as one people. It was only when we were led by people who believed in the propaganda of the Left that everything has fallen completely apart. Basically, since 1988 (thirty years) we have been living under the rule of the Left and their Globalist Echoes on the Fake Right. Bush Senior, Clinton, Bush Junior and Obama allowed every outrage of the Left to happen to us with either enthusiasm or feigned reluctance.
This track record is why I think that the Dissident Right may be mistaken in the irreversibility of the changes we are experiencing. In just two years President Trump has installed a whole generation of federal judges who will begin the process of reversing the damage done by the rogue judiciary. Without Justice Kennedy it’s possible that the SCOTUS will reverse the decisions that found a constitutional mandate for abortion and gay marriage and affirmative action. Those types of actions would change the world we live in. Once those injustices are addressed people would see the world much differently.
The final thing that I need to address is the Race Realism that the Dissident Right says will prevent the United States from existing in harmony. They claim that both differences in behavior and feelings of separateness will forever keep different races and ethnicities from living peacefully together. My experience with diversity is a product of growing up and living in New York City in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Believe me when I tell you that things were very far from harmonious in the “glorious mosaic” that existed in that era. There was a separate neighborhood every ten to fifteen blocks and mostly the ethnic and racial groups didn’t happily mingle or even interact. There were riots and even several large areas of the city burned down. Crime was rampant and the subways were very dangerous as were the parks and other empty areas. Of course, the Democrats were always stoking the unrest with grievance propaganda. But then I remember what happened when the city finally had had enough and elected a law and order Republican, Rudy Giuliani. It got better! And indeed, the people of all races and ethnicities felt more united and less angry when a sensible government started enforcing the law and holding everyone accountable.
I won’t claim that there aren’t differences between people. In fact, I’ll go one step further and says we’re all different from each other. Every family has a smarter kid and a tougher kid and a kid who doesn’t follow the rules. But if one kid does better in school you can’t hold him back to make the less smart kid feel better about himself. And as every parent knows, the best way to keep the peace in a family is to come up with reasonable rules and make sure that everyone follows them. It’s only when you see someone else getting away with something, you’re not allowed to that trouble begins.
So, this is getting overly long. My way of thinking about this is that if we can elect non-leftists who want to restore normalcy to the country, we can do it. Maybe it won’t happen. But just saying it’s impossible doesn’t appeal to me, at least not yet. President Trump has given me hope that it can be done. Let’s see if he can do it before we throw in the towel.
One of the most troubling aspects of the America we now live in is the racial animosity exhibited almost universally across the whole spectrum of political ideologies. Of course, the Marxists and their descendants, the Progressives, have perfected it into a weapon that they use to inflame hatred against Americans of European Descent or as we used to call them Americans. But the fallout of this multi-generational strategy is that their opponents, especially on the very farthest edges of the Right Wing are learning to use this same tactic in reverse. A whole generation of Alt-Right and Dissident Right ideologues are focusing on racial identity politics and the tactics of racial polarization to the exclusion of almost anything else. In fact, this idea that racial identity will trump all other ways of uniting and dividing people has actually made headway among formerly “color-blind” conservatives. My read on this is that rather than any effective proselytizing by the Dissident Right, the real catalyst for this transformation was the racial animus and partisanship demonstrated by the Obama Administration during the Black Lives Matter and other teachable moments that our “Dear Leader” talked down to us about.
In that sense I somewhat understand the depth of the hatred that has developed along the racial divide. The behavior by the Justice Department in fueling these fake police incidents was outrageous and did enormous harm by throwing fuel on the already hot flashpoints that exist in the crime ridden ghettos where the police are just about all that stands between poor people and the law of the jungle.
But what it has turned into on the Dissident Right is a conviction that civic life and law and order cannot transcend differences between people of different races and ethnicities. The more thoughtful voices in that community do not contend that we are headed for some kind of civil war or balkanization of the United States. They talk more about individual states ignoring laws that they do not agree with and going their own way on these things. In fact, this is not that different from what California and some other places have already done on immigration law with their so-called sanctuary cities.
What this all amounts to is the Dissident Right declaring that the Progressives have outmaneuvered the Right by increasing legal and illegal immigration to the point that they will have a permanent dominance over electoral power and will use it to create a permanent grievance machine to disenfranchise Americans of European Descent by punitive means such as affirmative action and other discriminatory policies.
Are they right?
I prefer to think that they’re not. My read on this is that the situation has been exacerbated by Republican “leaders” who actually seem to buy into the fairness of minority identity politics out of some kind of ancestral guilt or because they see electoral advantage in joining the progressives. The proof of this can be seen in the success of a civic nationalist like Trump who isn’t guilted into kowtowing to illegal immigration out of fear of being called a racist. Once you disarm the Progressives of that weapon you find out that the majority of Americans, even in Blue States, want immigration laws to be obeyed.
I contend if the Right forcefully advocates for full enforcement of immigration laws and the elimination of reverse discrimination policies by the government and other entities, it will go a long way toward lowering tensions between the various groups living in the United States and will allow people to start thinking of each other as neighbors and not potential enemies.
Am I right? I can’t claim I’m sure. I think the next few years will be indicative of whether the Dissident Right is correct or whether there’s still time to fix the mess we’re in. And believe me, I don’t minimize how bad things have become. On the worst days, I shake my head and look at maps to see where I can move to that will allow me to stave off the worst of it for a little longer.
In the second part of this I’ll look a little more closely at the specifics of the Dissident Right’s logic and compare it to my own way of looking at where we are.
It’s not that his trademark sidle-up and grapple technique is exactly groping. It’s too weird to be exactly that. It’s some kind of Vulcan Mind Meld with a side order of Abortive Creepy Uncle Fondle Maneuver. It’s too bizarre to ignore but too confused to easily categorize.
But how in the wide wonderful world we live in can Joe Biden lead the #MeToo party?
At last count there are at least seven separate women, most of them Democratic party operatives, who have declared themselves creeped out by Creepy Uncle Joe. What percentage of women have to defect in order to swamp the USS Joe Biden? It can’t be that many.
But was all this just a feint? Is this supposed to allow the party faithful to be relieved when Joe slinks back into the retirement home and the real heavyweight jumps into the fray? Is that Beto? Is he neutered enough to allow the women to cast a sigh of relief at not having to vote for the shoulder rubber? Or do we need to go all the way to Buttigieg to have a male Democrat that women won’t be nervous around?
Only time will tell. But I have to say, the #MeToo movement is the gift that keeps on giving. Trump tweeted that video of Biden explaining his grabbiness while in the background another Biden is employing the patented shoulder grab and hair sniff. Of course, Plugs Biden really doesn’t have enough hair to sniff but the video is amusing.
And what’s next? Will it be another Democrat senator or maybe the head of another stalking horse like the SPLC? Or are there any news big shots left that haven’t been put on the spot?
What this might mean is that, as advertised by the dissident right, we may already have seen the last straight white male Democratic presidential candidate. That honor may now belong to John Kerry. Of course, a correction may set in if 2020 doesn’t go according to plan and Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg or Cory Booker goes down in a flaming landslide. At that point it may be necessary for the Dems to rethink (or at least postpone) the white replacement strategy. But it’s very interesting to see how the identity politics of the Democrats seems to be running into the fault lines that exist between the various components of the alliance that makes up the Democratic voting bloc.
And all this is happening in the foreground of the Mueller Report dud. With President Trump crowing about his vindication and making veiled comments about counter-investigations and with the economy humming along it has to be worrying a lot of very important people in Washington that they may be about to see Donald Trump re-elected and possibly stuck with a Republican House that won’t be led by Paul Ryan.
Of course, this is all early speculation but I think the interesting thing to see is how the Democrats’ own radicalization of their constituency is shutting off candidates that have the widest appeal among the swing voters that they so desperately want to attract away from Trump. Thank you, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, thank you, Ilhan Omar. You are the gifts that keep on giving. May you never successfully hide your crazy.
Sorry Creepy Uncle Joe. Your turn is over. I hope you enjoyed the ride.