Wednesday, November 30, 2022

                                       November 30, 2022


MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey


The Oncoming Second American Civil War:

Donald Trump and the Failure of Conservatism


Much of the talk recently among the “conservative chattering class” has been about how the “movement” must somehow “move on” from Donald Trump (without overly alienating his base) and take a serious look at alternatives, most notably Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, with lesser—and far less distinguished—papabile such as the incredibly ambitious Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, and even the discredited buffoon Chris Christie of New Jersey, in tow.

Building up to President Trump’s announcement of another run for the White House on November 15, and then with a crescendo effect afterwards, Republican politicos, consultants, congressmen, and the Murdoch media (through its voices the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, with less strident flurries on Fox News) echoed the same mantra: “Trump is not the man for the GOP in 2024!” And it was up to the “party” (read=elites) to select someone more—how should we say it?—more smooth and agreeable, less confrontational, less likely to “shoot-from-the-hip,” and more apt to bring over those brainless soccer moms, while reducing the unrelenting attacks spewed forth by the legacy media. In other words, what the Republican Party needed was a nicer, quieter, better groomed and mannered figure who could essentially get us back to more halcyon times. Essentially, the GOP needed to go back to its now traditional role of perfunctory opposition to the Leftist tsunami, while, in effect, only slightly impeding the Left’s inevitable advances in and capture of all our social, cultural and political institutions.

Examples of this pusillanimous political posture within the GOP abound plentifully, most recently in the vote on the absurdly-called Respect for Marriage Act to enshrine same sex marriage nationally requiring the federal government to recognize a marriage between two people if the marriage is valid in the state where it was performed and guaranteeing that such a marriage is given full faith and credit, regardless of the couple’s sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin. Leading up to the US Supreme Court’s outrageous and unprecedented Obergefell decision in 2015, the Republican Party supposedly opposed such an aberrant constitutional view. Indeed, various GOP elected leaders pledged that they would strongly support the traditional moral view of their constituents, the overwhelming opinion of a majority of Americans. Thirty states had already adopted constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman, including my home state, North Carolina, in 2012, where the vote was 61% to 39%.

But since Obergefell, not hardly a peep. Mostly just acceptance.

And indeed, in the recent vote, twelve Republican senators crossed over and insured easy passage, with such unprincipled chameleons like Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) defending staunchly his vote by declaring ingenuously that the act “maintains the status quo with respect to same-sex marriage that was set forth by the Supreme Court….”

Same sex marriage is just one such issue; there are countless others where “conservative” opposition has proven to be little more than a paper tiger, engaged in shadow boxing, while ceding the way clear for an advancing, all-encompassing radicalism.

Public education? It has been taken over, literally, by the radically “woke” left, as have most colleges and universities. And the reaction of conservatives? Complain and grouse about, talk and write about the insanity which has captured academia and our children. And the solution? In addition to remaining motionless as if blinded by headlights, maybe just throw more money at the problem! Here in North Carolina where the General Assembly is dominated by Republicans, just name a few more political/financial cronies to the board of governors for the university system who will…do nothing!

Where are the fearless Republicans to at last arise and state the obvious: that our public education system has failed miserably, and that the schools (physical plants) need to be sold off to consortia of parents and private organizations, with the appropriate tax monies going directly to the parents who must have complete school choice? Such a program would, certainly, require time to implement, but can anyone think of a better way to stanch the destruction of public education?

Where are the conservative/Republican voices advocating radical reform? Again, mostly silence.

Illegal immigration? Republicans promise to do something, perhaps even impeaching Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, for his utterly disastrous “open door” approach and his de facto support for porous American borders. But does anyone think that Kevin McCarthy and congressional Republicans will actually go through with that threat? After all, this is the same party that desperately attempted to find a compromise with the radical Dems over “dreamer” citizenship. Does anyone seriously believe “conservatives” will, once in power, actually begin to expel illegal aliens now situated here in the US? Oh, yes, Governors DeSantis and Gregg Abbott have staged a few highly publicized transferals of a few illegals to places like Martha’s Vineyard, which were, of course, experiments in symbolism. But where is the firm promise to remove those several millions who have come in since Donald Trump left office?

The silence is deafening.

The list of conservative promises, followed then by conservative collapse and full acceptance of those very positions once so strongly denounced is appalling.

What more evidence do we need to confirm the verdict, rendered nearly 150 years ago, by great Southern writer Robert Lewis Dabney on the “conservative” party:

“This is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is to-day one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity, and will be succeeded by some third revolution, to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.

“American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it he salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious, for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always—when about to enter a protest—very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its ‘bark is worse than its bite,’ and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent rĂ´le of resistance.

“The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it ‘in wind,’ and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy from having nothing to whip….”

Which brings me back to Donald Trump and 2024.

I have a friend who is fairly-well acquainted with GOP politics. Although he supported Trump in 2016, like some establishment Republicans he is dead set against another Trump campaign. When I questioned him, he responded with the usual complaints:

“Trump is a walking time-bomb.” “He shoots from the hip and says crazy things.”  “His mannerisms and language will not attract ‘independents’ and suburban voters.”

Then, the clencher from my friend: “Trump’s endorsed candidates lost big in 2022, and he will carry the GOP down to defeat in 2024.” Yet, as Bloomberg admitted on November 15, 2022: “The record of Trump’s endorsed candidates who were on the ballot last Tuesday was 236-38, with eight races still being decided….” Not a bad record at all for a walking time-bomb!

And most recently, of course, the meal with Ye and controversial activist Nick Fuentes, which the news media, including the so-called conservative media, was quick to pounce on. Here was the “smoking gun” (to paraphrase the leftover Bushite Karl Rove) that would “sink” Trump. Yet few proceeded to unpack the facts of case, that as even NBC News admitted, Trump had been in a way set up and did not realize that Ye was bringing along Fuentes, about whom Trump had no real knowledge. As reporter March Caputo wrote:

Trump was walking into what may have been a trap in Mar-a-Lago’s gilded halls…. Trump has since said he didn’t know Fuentes or his background when they dined together, a claim Fuentes confirmed in an interview…. One longtime Trump adviser, who didn’t want to go on the record criticizing his preferred candidate, said it was clear that Fuentes’ presence was part of a headline-grabbing setup. ‘The master troll got trolled’….”

Without hesitation GOP elites, from Mitch McConnell and the loathsome Mitt Romney to Mike Pence, jumped up and down and denounced Trump, either by name or implicitly.

My friend did the same, as if this was some sort of kiss of death. Yet, I reminded my friend that the very same types of situations abounded in the Republican primaries and general election in 2016. Who does not recall the infamous “Access Hollywood” story with Billy Bush (October 7, 2016), which was supposed to sink the Trump candidacy? Or, how about the Donald asserting that “thousands of Muslims celebrated 9/11” on roof-tops across the Hudson River in New Jersey back in 2001. Reports finally made public in December 2015 confirmed Trump’s position: “Just a couple of blocks away from that Jersey City apartment the F.B.I. raided yesterday…there is another apartment building, one…was swarming with suspects — suspects who…were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the Trade Center.”

Oh, yes, and the epithets and nicknames that Trump applied to his GOP opponents—remember “little Marco,” “lying Ted,” “sleepy Jeb”—each of those was supposed to be a self-inflicted dagger wound which should have or would have ended Trump’s momentum.

Then there were the condescending neoconservative plutocrats at National Review and the DC think tanks, the ex-Bushite Never Trumpers, the pitiful epigones of Bill Kristol, George Will, Max Boot, and others. Remember them? They have never gone away. A few of the less principled ones, for example a Nikki Haley—once staunchly anti-Trump, then cozying up to him and cooing into his ear, and now once again steadfastly standing up against his “vitriol,” are back at their workbenches devising plans how to stop him.

Now these termites come out once again, employing the same tactics and same invective, in which the legacy Leftist media is more than eager to join in and cheer on.

The latest “golden boy” to appear on the scene is Governor Ron DeSantis, and already the campaign war drums are beating on his behalf. My friend Dr. Brion McClanahan of the Abbeville Institute rightly cautions (November 28, 2022) against jumping on a DiSantis bandwagon. As he writes:

DeSantis would be something entirely different, and when National Review starts making the case, you need to be worried. You see, when people like Jack Geraghty think a President Ron is a good idea, that can only mean one thing. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. DeSantis is a great governor, arguably the best in the United States at the moment. But Geraghty likes him because he would be more like George W. Bush than Donald Trump….”

As I told my friend there are some worrying aspects to DeSantis which need to be aired.

Consider Geraghty’s headline (his article appeared in The Washington Post): “DeSantis would pave the way for a post-Trump GOP return to normal.” Are we allowed to question his definition of “normal”? Is it not a return to the old, defecated, totally bankrupt policies and philosophy that have only confirmed Robert L. Dabney’s acute understanding of American “conservatism” nearly 150 years ago?

Geraghty praises DeSantis as a “non-threatening” politician, who would make “moderates” and independents feel better, “not fearing that he’d burn the country down in a fit of rage because he thinks someone wasn’t being fair to him.

But that was Trump’s original point, and one I emphasized strongly in a previous essay I authored back on November 4, “Will Donald Trump Bring on the End of History?”

We do not need at all a “return to normal,” that is, a return to the no-longer-viable political culture that existed before Trump…a system that has become truly noxious and poisonous for any devotee of older American traditions, a system now which only enables and advances a thorough and feculent Leftist agenda in every aspect of our lives.

Whether he realized it or not (and there is substantial evidence that he did not), in 2016 Donald Trump ran to not just overhaul our morally decrepit and virally dangerous system, but to replace it, essentially returning to the wells of our past, discarding the farce which is modern “liberal democracy,” and actually returning power and authority to a citizenry that has been progressively castrated at the behest of the Behemoth conglomerate of big government/big corporations/big tech dictatorship, itself part of a massive globalist reset.

That he failed in many aspects—terrible appointments and horrible advisors, a belief that somehow he had to placate the GOP establishment, a lack of political acumen—yet nevertheless he scared the bejesus out of the elites, out of the Deep State, out of the dominant progressivist controllers over things like education, immigration, and an asinine globalist foreign policy. That was—and is—something that a Ron DeSantis is not most likely to do, nor for that matter, any of the pygmy-brained wannabees such as Haley or Christie.

The final verdict may be out on DeSantis, but we know that a Trump presidency in 2024 would bring our enemies out into the streets even more frenetically and violently than ever before. And that event would result in the complete disappearance of their veils obscuring their obscene hatred for what the late Sam Francis called “middle Americans,” AKA MAGA Americans.

As I wrote on November 4, bringing all the various issues to a perhaps violent head finally may be, tragically, the best (and only) way to undo the infectious and fatal dross which has converted the American nation into a veritable cesspool of ungodly evil and moral turpitude, both at home and in its dealings abroad. It could force American citizens to finally do something, take a stand, arm themselves, protect their communities against wanton rioting and violence and decay. Communities, perhaps states, would be forced to act. And in the process perhaps Americans would discover an older America, with its older Constitution, its ingrained and protected rights and duties derived from God, its defense of the liberties guaranteed to us by the Framers.

I employed the case of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, previously. Certainly, no one wishes for full-fledged civil war. But Spaniards learned eighty-five years ago that some things—religious Faith, heritage and tradition, rights guaranteed to us by natural and Divine law—are more precious than Jack Geraghty’s deceptively attractive but fatal “return to normal.”

So, I repeat: bring it on, sooner when there still may be a chance to succeed, not later.

Friday, November 4, 2022

                                                November 4, 2022


MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey


Will Donald Trump Bring on the End of History?


It now seems probable that former President Donald Trump will announce his candidacy for president of the United States in 2024, perhaps as soon as after the 2022 elections are completed.

Back in 2016 I was a staunch Trump supporter. And I would still support “the Donald” if he ran again in 2024, but for different reasons.

Let me explain.

I fully acknowledge that Trump is not the calm, studious, dignified statesman which many Americans have tended to associate traditionally with the nation’s highest office. He comes across at times like a bully, a man lacking certain social graces and gravitas, which are seen to be a prerequisite for the position. I have a couple of friends for whom that brash, bull-in-a-china shop quality really grates and disqualifies a candidate. As one friend expressed it: “He’s a Yankee ruffian!”

But even more off putting, perhaps the greatest failing of Trump (for me, at least) was his disastrous appointments in his administration of persons who acted almost directly contrary to the general emphasis that he seemed to stress during his 2016 campaign.

There was sabotage from within and, although apparent in some of his domestic policies, it was perhaps most glaring in his foreign policy initiatives. His vaunted Make America Great Again campaign, his opposition to foreign American adventurism, and his desire for better relations (and an understanding) with Russia were undercut by a range of advisors, from Mike Pompeo, General “Mad Dog” Mattis, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, and others, as well as many permanent Deep State professionals, sinecured into the government bureaucracy (especially at the State Department and DOJ). His appointments were, in some very significant instances, disastrous and ended by nearly destroying the prominent MAGA promises of his campaign.

Whether due to the influence of a Jared Kushner, or of the Republican National Committee, or of the Mitch McConnell-types in GOP congressional leadership—or of all of these—Trump’s “come home America” platform and resistance to an evangelical American global overreach, were dashed soon after taking office by his miscues on Syria and acceptance of the John McCain/Neoconservative globalist template.

Yet, as others have noticed, his usual first instincts, his intuitions, not borne or influenced by the corruption of the established and congressional GOP or the so-called “conservative” think-tanks inside the DC beltline, were generally correct and perceived by many newly-awakened voters, those “MAGA” folks so long ignored and despised by condescending Hilary Clinton-types and the legacy media.

Some friends have suggested that Governor Ron DiSantis of Florida would be a much more palatable candidate. For them DiSantis might be a kind of “Donald Trump without the extra and undesirable personal baggage,” someone who could enunciate and enact the same programs, certainly domestically, that Trump has advanced, but with less viral and frenzied hostility from the legacy media and an increasingly radical Democratic Party—a political organization which makes old-school Stalinism seem conservative in comparison.

I disagree, and for a number of reasons.

Each morning I read the literally hundreds of news articles and opinion pieces, from varying perspectives, which show up on MSN Edge. Increasingly I have noticed a tsunami of items which not only hysterically denounce MAGA folks and anyone fearless enough to express any sympathy (much less support) for President Donald Trump, but demand their total “canceling,” exclusion from the franchise, even imprisonment or physical execution.

Academics (and their brain-dead students), broadcasters, and writers at such publications as The Atlantic, Salon, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times lead these virtual “MAGA search-and-kill death squads,” but a huge number of political leaders, and not just Democrats, echo these raging attacks.

The unleashed, unbridled hatred for Trump and his supporters is there for anyone to see and digest. It is visceral, violent, and very real. Those anti-Trump folks possess and are possessed by a demonic desire to destroy and liquidate their opponents. There is a palpable fierceness about them and their expressed rage, whether in the words of politicians like a Rep. Jamie Raskin, or written and spoken in the words of dozens of “journalists” employed and handsomely paid by MSNBC, CNN, or by The Washington Post.

There is also an unmistakable condescension directed at the mass of the “great unwashed,” the MAGA folks, whose role in “our democracy” is to keep quiet meekly and just keep working as virtual slaves of a super-elite of political leaders, corporate executives, tech bosses (with their fascinating algorithms which inevitably exclude any opinions which differ from the official line): an increasingly global Deep State.

What Donald Trump did in 2016 was double-fold—he awakened millions to the fact that we were not masters of our own destinies, that we were under the heel of the Deep State elites; and he also unleashed a frenzied and, in fact, satanic reaction from those who understood the significance of his victory, even if Trump actually did not. He had roused millions, and they were hearing things which no politician had hitherto actually discussed with them in any degree of seriousness or truthfulness for decades.

And that was dangerous—dangerous to their worldview, dangerous to their control over what ridiculously is called “our democracy,” and most egregiously, to their continued authority and power. It had to be stopped, it had to be squelched. 

Thus, came the transparently bogus charges of “Russian collusion”—Russiagate, which continues to fester in the fevered minds of Leftist lunatics—then, the impeachments (how many now? Who’s counting?)—the questions about the 2020 election (just raising legitimate questions gets you labeled an “election denier” and an “enemy of democracy,” and thus a candidate for exclusion and canceling)—and most recently, the completely ideological and political “January 6 Commission,” created with one purpose in mind: to, if at all possible, prevent Trump from running in 2024, and at least discredit him enough with loads of Pelosi-Cheney fecal matter so that “respectable” folks will shy away from him—I mean there are always those don’t-rock-boat, Establishment-approved papabile like the ambitious, unprincipled Nikki Haley or Mike Pompeo waiting in the wings, who might well get the endorsement of various NeverTrumpers and GOP party bosses.

And that is precisely why Trump should be the GOP candidate in 2024. For his re-appearance on the ballot could indeed make the riots and mayhem of the “summer of rage” in 2020 seem like a Sunday school party. Above all, Trump would likely produce an utter raging madness from the Leftist insaniacs, and not only would heads explode at MSNBC and CNN, but frothing-at-the-mouth, wild-eyed academics would lead their lemming-like students out into the streets. Dozens of American cities would go up in flames, again, but this time with a ferocity and abandon which would hopefully force Americans to make some very serious choices.

Back in August 2019 and February 2019 I wrote pieces, published at the Abbeville Institute and elsewhere, advocating the peaceful (if possible) separation of the United States into regions (maybe even subdivisions) of divergent views. It was my belief then that not just radically different and extreme political opinions, but also basic cultural, historical, and, yes, intractable religious and moral divergencies made the survival of the United States as one harmoniously compact country not only impossible, but inadvisable and impractical. The best and potentially most peaceful means to resolve differences which I argued then were irreconcilable, was separation, a kind of re-imagined secession.

Since then, I have altered my view somewhat. While separation might be potentially a peaceful way to address the unbridgeable divisions in our society, too many impracticalities and unresolvable difficulties present themselves, and asteroid-like events continue to destroy whatever comity that once existed between the increasing polarities afflicting the American nation.

Indeed, would any federal government, no matter under which party’s tutelage, countenance a break-up of the American union? Would Republicans, so enamored with the language, imagery and heritage of the Lincolnian revolution against the Framers’ original vision of America, if in power, enable a disaggregation of their creation and its history which they continue to glorify and canonize?

They would not.

And of course, America’s official authoritarian party, the Democrats, would never go along.

So barring a mass conversion of those arguably insane fanatics who currently control our government bureaucracy, our educational system, our media, our entertainment, and much of what remains of our culture—and who work feverishly like demons not only to separate us from our millennial inheritance, but to destroy it and us—the best alternative for us might actually be a real conflagration in our cities and streets, a real state of anarchy and civil war, through which with the grace of God we might emerge victorious.

Nationally, Trump again in the White House might well cause a major upheaval in Washington. I can visualize the possibility of members of Congress immediately demanding his removal; perhaps massive demonstrations organized by the Left would occur in Washington and other cities. Very likely violence would break out on a scale unequaled in American history. Possibly certain armed forces generals would refuse to take orders, while others did.

Most of our larger cities are governed by Leftist insaniacs. The total breakdown in law and order, riots by crazed Leftist minions, would force the mayors of those “blue” cities to decide. Certainly, depending on how widespread and grave the anarchy was and how lackadaisical the government response was, locally-organized citizens’ militia could be organized to protect homes and businesses. In “red” states there would perhaps be more of a willingness to use the National Guard.

There are interesting parallels with what occurred in Spain during the first few months of 1936 leading up to the Rising of July 18-19. Throughout the 1930s and with rapacity during the first six months of that year, Communists, Socialists, Trotskyites and Anarchists ravaged the entire country, burning churches and convents, raping, assassinating, and executing thousands of citizens considered “too conservative” or right wing. Finally, after the assassination of prominent conservative leader Jose Calvo Sotelo, order disappeared. Portions of the army, local police and militia forces, middle classes, and the significant Catholic Carlist traditionalist movement had had enough.

Despite Leftist and Marxist criticism, the rising back then by conservatives and traditionalists, and their willingness to fight for what they held dear, saved Spain from control by the Soviets and from a fate more vicious and terrible than the Gulag.

No country—no nation—can withstand for any length of time disorder, chaos and internal violence on such a scale. Either order must triumph, or the country, the society, must disintegrate. We have seen that far too often in history.

This is my reasoning for desiring a Trump victory in 2024. For he would undoubtedly provoke and release even more the frenzied, fanatical demons, those vile militants of a counter-reality who bid well to extinguish all which we hold to be good, wholesome, and true—to rupture our connections and linkage to our past and to history and to memory—and to replace them with Evil Incarnate. And just perhaps a previously somnolent populace would be forced to take action.

This could give us perhaps the one and only real opportunity we might have to reverse the abject descent into the Inferno which we now experience. It might well be our last opportunity to beat back what poet William Butler Yeats called (in “The Second Coming,” 1919) the “Spiritus Mundi,” perhaps the Antichrist itself, “a shape with lion body and the head of a man, gaze blank and pitiless as the sun.”

Far too many American conservatives, in the face of such evil, have yet to realize the depth of our predicament. As English Catholic author Hilaire Belloc described it 110 years ago:

“We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us: we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.”  (This and That and the Other, 1912, p.282)

I say bring it on, and sooner is probably better than later, for each succeeding month, each passing year, yields more power to Evil and less to the defenders of our civilization.

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