National Review is in full (nuclear, perhaps) meltdown over the continued rise of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. In an article titled “It’s Time for an Anti-Trump Manhattan Project,” Charles C.W. Cooke pulls no punches constructing grandiose metaphors, and vollying volumes of verbiage to the dire threat that is Donald Trump to the (con)servative “movement.”
In what must be a mad dash to construct as many WWII analogies as possible (What? Are you competing with Glenn Beck?), Cooke cooks up his own Dolchstoßlegende as to why so many of the GOP’s voters are angry. Per him:
The conservative movement’s failure to counter all of the Obama era’s excesses is not the product of the crucial democratic and structural factors that prevent any one faction from ushering in substantial change, but of a lack of will or desire.
Well, Charles, that’s all fine and dandy, but the GOP has betrayed and continues to betray the interests of White Americans, particularly lower income White Americans, that have handed it (and movement conservatism) victory after victory, and endowment after endowment.
For years, Conservatism, Inc. has duped countless Whites with promises of action on immigration, on education, on their very country itself. But all they (and I mean you, Charles) have ever produced is warmed over paens to the “free market” that are even staler than when they were first written in the 19th centurty. You used our natural anger at the existential direction of our country and redirected it towards mostly-fruitless campaigns on marginal tax rates, enterprise zones, and concerns about budget minutia.
Yes, Donald Trump represents anger. But it’s not an anger that the GOP didn’t cut enough entitlements, or that it failed to stop the ACA or whatever. All of those were mere flashes in the pan of White America’s larger, more existential crisis.
Trump represents the start of a new era in American politics. The era of identity politics. Though just an implicit step towards White identity politics, Trump’s rise does signal the displacement of the deracinated “movement” conservatism that plays kabuki theater with its liberal counterparts every four years.
Charles, by your own admission, you’re “eschatological.” You say it’s not because of fear of being cut off from Reince Priebus’ champagne dinners (I’ll take you at your word there), but what you are feeling is existential. The “right” you and your colleagues represent is being displaced. Sure, it might not happen today or tomorrow, or even ten years from now (after all, those endowments can self-fund), but you’re through. And deep down, you know it.
You say now is the time to “throw everything” at Trump. That “our children wonder why we were so reluctant?” Well, yes our children will ask that, especially if you get your way.
The only important “conservative” cause left this century is conserving our people: America’s historic European majority. After that, everything else pales in comparison. Ironically, your own righetous crusades for “conservatarian” (LOL) social values and go-go-Reaganite international capitalism are doomed by your bizarre refusal to defend your own people first. That is why so many flock to Trump, even if they only know it subconsciously.
In the “conservative” movement, it’s now time for choosing. Will you stand up and preserve a people you profess to stand for? Or will you sit back and continue to make snide remarks about anyone who chooses to act, rather than live in a fantasy world of “muh constitution” or “Dems r real racists“?
It’s times like these that would drive any good denizen of the beltway right to drink:
If I am told one more time that it makes sense to nominate a single-payer-supporting defender of Planned Parenthood because Congress’s repeal-and-defund bill was vetoed by the incumbent, I shall begin to order bourbon in bulk.
Drink up, old boy! The fun is just beginning.