A few years ago, Donald Trump participated in one of those Comedy Central roasts. He’s a good sport like that. The episode was so-so, and the series had devolved at that point into the degenerate has-been comedians chortling amongst themselves over who’s the most degenerate and has-been of the group. National Review’s campaign against Trump has a similarly tiresome character to it, of the various degenerates and has-beens peddling their same tired shtick.
You can watch the show for yourself, but I can summarize it for you to save you some time and deprive National Review of the much-needed advertising revenue. True conservatism is libertarian ideology. True conservatism is neoconservative foreign policy. True conservatism is wonky and unappealing to working class voters. True conservatism is anti-White and anti-Hitler. Trump is basically Hitler, a point both directly and indirectly alluded to throughout the roast.
I’ll leave it to our readers to discern whether Trump is basically Hitler, and whether that’s a good or bad thing.
There was a silver lining, however. Rising out of the ashes of that electoral defeat came the Tea Party. The media struggled to explain it away as racist, xenophobic, and jingoistic.
The Tea Party was a national populist phenomenon which was hijacked by neo-libertarian and neocon scoundrels like Glenn Beck. The media has essentially been vindicated about the grassroots origins and motives of the Tea Party base, which is now Trump’s base. There was a strong (if implicit and inconsistent) element of identity politics in the original Tea Party phenomenon which Glenn Beck and his cohorts effectively drove out…and into Trump’s warm embrace.
Setup: Why did the Black guy show up for the Tea Party event?
Punchline: The premium speaking fees, of course!
Over the years, there have been endless fractures in the façade of individual freedom, but three policies provided the fuel that lit the tea-party fire: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, and the bank bailouts. Barack Obama supported all three.
So did Donald Trump.
The Tea Party leadership was so hopped up on their libertarian ideology and globalist free trade “principles” that they were downright excited about sacrificing the American auto industry, and its hundreds of thousands of American jobs, on the altar of its beloved “free market.” And you wonder why they stopped listening to you?
Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign.
Illegal immigrant is not a racial category. And is it really scapegoating if the illegals are indeed disproportionately rapists, the Islamic immigrants are indeed disproportionately terrorists, and the H1B visa candidates are indeed driving Americans out of key industries in their own country?
Trump launched his campaign talking about Mexican rapists and has gone on to rant about mass deportation, bans on Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, and building a wall around America. America is an exceptional nation in large part because we’ve aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.
Only a Jew would have the audacity to declare that our founding fathers actually intended to offer American citizenship to literally everyone. You see, in the mind of the people who stapled that contemptible Emma Lazarus poem on the otherwise agreeable Statue of Liberty, the whole point of America is as a refuge for him. You thought you had an identity? A nation? Defined borders? Nope. America is a proposition nation, and the proposition is that recent immigrants are more American than founding and pioneer stock Americans.
L. Brent Bozell III
We conservatives should support the one candidate who walks with us.
Bozell is speaking of Rafael Eduardo “Ted” Cruz, the Canadian-born Cuban-American Ivy League snob husband of a Goldman Sachs executive whose political career was directly financed by Wall Street. Not only is he part of the same criminal class of banksters as his wife, his wife is actually a co-author of a CFR think tank document which lays the roadmap for America’s surrender of sovereignty to Canada and Mexico in pursuit of a North American super-state. We’re supposed to believe that this universally despised Senate troll “walks with us?”
When a con man swindles you, you can sue—as many embittered former Trump associates who thought themselves ill used have done. When you elect a con man, there’s no recourse.
They’re all con men, and Trump may well be a con man, too. Time will tell. But a vote for Trump is a vote for his message. Even if he proves to be a crypto-liberal liar, the Republican base will have sent a loud and clear message that they’ve had it with the neocon war machine and its war on working class citizens.
Trump assures voters that he will use authoritarian power for good, to help those who feel — with good reason — ignored by both parties. But the American experiment in self-government was the work of a generation that risked all to defeat a tyrannical monarch and establish a government of laws, not men. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people is precisely what the Constitution offers, and what is most threatened by “great men” impatient to impose their will on the nation.
You can’t call it democracy when you win and demagoguery when you lose. Nothing Trump has said can be misconstrued in good faith as a demand for a violation of the Constitutional constraints of his office. What you fear is that his charisma, connections, and negotiating skills will empower him to manifest his political will like none of the other candidates could dream. He’ll shred Obama’s executive overreaches on his first day in office and he’s neither suggested nor implied that he would repeat that egregious violation of protocol.
Though, to be quite blunt, I love my nation much more than I love my state or its founding documents. If you scoundrels think some constitutional law faggotry entails that he cannot eject foreign invaders, then I’ll stand with Trump against “the Constitution.”
Conservatives should reject Trump’s hollow, Euro-style identity politics.
Full disclosure: I despised Erickson before I had a reason. He just has scummy party operative written all over him and his boilerplate blog posts. There’s never been one single indication that he is an honest independent thinker in his entire career. By contrast, Glenn Beck’s private thoughts are indeed stupid, but there’s at least solid evidence that there’s private thinking going on with Beck.
In a 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelly, Trump aggressively supported universal health-care, saying, “This is an un-Republican thing for me to say. . . . I’m going to take care of everybody. . . . The government’s gonna pay for it.”
He’s still carrying on about Obamacare. Single payer would actually be superior to the monstrosity of public and private graft which limped out of Congress and was then mercilessly drug into a back alley and beat to death by the Supreme Court and Republican governors. Having been a caregiver for chronically ill loved ones my entire adult life, I have little patience for the “libertarian principles” which leave Americans (veterans and civilians alike) to choke, suffer, and (all too often, including in my case) eventually give up and die.
The Republican base apparently agrees with me. If it weren’t for establishment automatons like Erick Erickson still beating the dead horse, nobody would be talking about health care in this election cycle. It’s right up there with Eminent Domain law as a topic that voters aren’t thinking about.
Steven F. Hayward
The president will need to be bold in challenging the runaway power and reach of his own branch, against the fury of the bureaucracy itself, its client groups, and the media. This boldness is necessary to restore the restraint that a republican executive should have in our constitutional order.
Trump exhibits no awareness of this supreme constitutional task.
Yeah. We’ve had a Constitutional Law professor in office for two terms. It sucked. No thanks.
Forget his former wife’s claim that he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches at his bedside.
Let us, as conservatives, seek guidance from those we admire.
Those we admire? You mean neocon Jews?
In a letter to National Review, Leo Strauss wrote that “a conservative, I take it, is a man who despises vulgarity; but the argument which is concerned exclusively with calculations of success, and is based on blindness to the nobility of the effort, is vulgar.” Isn’t Donald Trump the very epitome of vulgarity?
Yup. He means neocon Jews.
Yuval’s an Israeli citizen who has a thing or two to tell you who you Americans should vote for. His angle, one shared by several others in his kosher coffee klatch, is that Trump has no ideology beyond “great management.” It’s a more arid and affected variant of libertarianism. It’s the assertion that true conservatism is really just libertarianism with an imperial military policy.
In practice, what Levin advocates for is for our taxes to remain high, but for those dollars be spent defending his country rather than investing in our country and its citizens.
As recently as a couple of years ago, Trump favored the liberal use of eminent-domain laws. He said that the ability of the government to wrest private property from citizens served “the greater good.” Is that suddenly a conservative principle?
He’s a real estate developer. And, yes. Eminent domain in economic development and public planning can serve and often does serve conservative ends.
Popularity over principle — is this the new Right?
It’s democracy and grassroots when you’re winning, demagoguery and “popularity” when you’re losing. You don’t like his national populist principles. It doesn’t mean they’re not principles.
Andrew C. McCarthy
Donald Trump does not have a clue about any of this, careening wildly from vows to stay out of the fray (leaving it in Vladimir Putin’s nefarious hands) to promises that the earth will be indiscriminately scorched. The threat against us has metastasized in our eighth year under a president who quite consciously appeases the enemy. But the remedy is not a president oblivious of the enemy.
It’s a matter of trust, not expertise. I fully trust that neocon think tank scoundrels can rattle off all the names and players, in the proper Arabic transliteration and pronunciation, to boot. Your clique has demonstrated with George W. Bush’s administration and in Hillary’s continuation of your neoconservative foreign policy vision, that you categorically cannot be trusted. I don’t care how many fellowships and geography bees you can win.
Trump’s a manager. He’s a world-renowned expert at the task of managing and delegating complex problems. He’ll probably end up getting tricked by your weasels into continuing to slaughter my family and friends in the Middle East for Israel, but there’s at least a chance with Trump for America to pursue a more humble, restrained, and America First foreign policy.
My old boss, Ronald Reagan, once said, “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people.” Reagan fought for economic freedom, for reining in government so the private sector could thrive. That’s economic conservatism. It is not Donald Trump.
In an age where immigrant crime, demographic displacement of the citizenry, and even immigrant terrorism are all real problems, Mr. McIntosh wants to prattle on about corporate taxes and “small government.” There’s a time for big government investment, such as when Reagan broke the Soviet Union with his arms race. We need decisive government action on the immigration problem, not more wonky libertarian rhetoric.
His much-heralded hard line on immigration discards pragmatic reform policies favored by the two most popular conservatives of the last half century, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Building a yuuuuge wall along the southern border hardly qualifies as a “cautiously moderate” approach, nor would uprooting 11 million current residents (and, presumably, millions more of their American-citizen children and spouses) in the greatest forced migration in human history.
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And then there’s the uncomfortable, unavoidable issue of racism. Even those who take Trump at his word—accepting his declaration that he qualifies as the least racist individual in the nation— can imagine the parade of negative ads the Democrats are already preparing for radio stations with mainly black audiences and for Spanish-language television. Even if Trump won a crushing majority of self-described white voters, he could hardly improve on Romney’s landslide victory—59 percent to 39 percent—in that demographic group.
Just watch it happen, faggot.
If Asians and Latinos come to reject Republican candidates as automatically and overwhelmingly as African Americans do, the party will lose all chance of capturing the presidency, and, inevitably, it will face the disappearance of its congressional and gubernatorial majorities as well.
But when White Genocide happens, if the GOP stands in the way of White Genocide, our precious GOP might die along with the White American historic nation. Please! Think of the political party!
Edwin Meese III
When Reagan first ran for governor of California in 1966, his party was deeply divided by past electoral conflicts. To restore unity, he adopted a new political rule, which had been proposed by the party chairman: the Eleventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
Then abide Reagan’s commandment and back off of this anti-Trump campaign.
Trump has made millions off a casino industry that, as social conservatives have rightly argued, not only exploits personal vice but destroys families.
Y’all can put your money where your mouth is by also strongly rejecting Sheldon Adelson’s influence on the election.
Trump’s willingness to ban Muslims, even temporarily, from entering the country simply because of their religious affiliation would make Jefferson spin in his grave.
How many American citizens have to die at the hands of recent immigrants before you reconsider your toxic principles? Thousands? Tens of thousands? Millions? All of them?
(((Michael B. Mukasey)))
This guy’s brimming with concern that curtailing Islamic immigration might rustle the Islamic World’s jimmies. I’m not as hip to what’s supposedly going down on “the Arab street,” but I think their jimmies might already be rustled by America’s decades-long unprovoked campaign against the Islamic world at the behest of our Israel Lobby. I say we lock down immigration, stop carpet bombing their women and children, and see how that plays out.
This Trump situation’s a big misunderstanding, honey. Give me your digits and I’ll give you some solid career advice.
Should his election results match his polls, he would be, unquestionably, the worst thing to happen to the American common culture in my lifetime.
Given jPod’s track record with political predictions and recommendations, his claim that Trump would be the worst thing ever may be the single most compelling endorsement yet!
R. R. Reno
It will only make things worse if we go Trumpster diving.
It is easy to understand why there would be pent-up resentments among Republican voters. But are elections held for the purpose of venting emotions?
I hoped that the one anti-Trumper who’s definitely not a Jew would be a welcome relief from the condescending psychologizing that Jews can’t help but indulge in. The Jew doesn’t debate political differences, he diagnoses the political illness of his opposition. The support for Trump and the anger driving it aren’t irresponsible mental health episodes. They’re fully valid and they send a message which absolutely must be received by this political establishment even if heaven and earth come crashing down on Washington; White Americans still exist and we will be heard.
No national leader ever aroused more fervent emotions than Adolf Hitler did in the 1930s. Watch some old newsreels of German crowds delirious with joy at the sight of him.
And you suppose Hitler wasn’t addressing valid grievances? Had Weimar Republic not committed so many outrages against the German folk, there wouldn’t have been a Hitler.
After the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, we are entering an era when people alive at this moment may live to see a day when American cities are left in radioactive ruins.
Iran is arming itself defensively. There’s no indication that it’s in the grips of a delusional millennial lunacy. Believing that Iran plans to attack America rather than defend its homeland from America is delusional millennial lunacy.
In Pensacola, Trump again drew wild applause when he repeated his promise to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it.
In the National Review’s globalist mind, in the grip of multinational corporate money and influence, a candidate insisting that we will secure our borders has discredited himself by doing so.