On Thanksgiving Day I made a point of looking past politics, but today I'm going to embrace them.
I must do this because the Trumpening leaves me know choice.
Long-time readers know Trump wasn't my ideal candidate, but I felt (and now feel even more strongly) that his unique talents made him the man for this moment in history.
Since his election, we have been given an embarrassing riches of victories, but the most important is that he has brought a level of clarity to our politics that has been lacking for many years.
In no particular order, these are the things we have learned during the post-election season thanks to President-Elect Donald J. Trump:
- Conservatism, Inc. is a racket. I used to think that National Review, The Weekly Standard and other Establishment Conservative publications were independent, thought-driven magazines. Thanks to the Trumpening, we all know they are nothing more than tax-sheltered gigs for the controlled opposition - tame token righties willing to bend the knee (with varying levels of enthusiasm, to be sure) to the liberal behemoth. I've beaten these guys up plenty of times, but I doubt I will ever get tired of it. Suffice to say that it came as a rude awakening to learn that writers I once respected (Jonah Goldberg, Kevin Williamson) have revealed that they will vote in lockstep with NBC News - and use the exact same logic to explain it.
- The ongoing college campus madness is being driven by administrators, not students. This is comforting on so many levels. It means that once removed from the toxic environment, even the most rabid cry-bullies have a chance at a decent life. The fact that "feminist studies" departments are actually paying students to protest (illegally, of course) gives the game away. The most zealous SJW are in fact nothing more than confused hirelings, doing what they think will please their new authority figures. With Trump now running the show, that carnival of crazy can come to an end.
- It is better to be feared than loved and the world is terrified of Trump. Has there ever been a more stark demonstration of this truth? Barack Obama was so loved by the "global community" that they handed him a Nobel Prize just for getting elected. We all know how that worked out. Trump may or may not be the next Hitler (let's just say I'm highly doubtful) but it is worth recalling that the real Hitler did fairly well in foreign policy. (So did Mussolini.) International relations are about projecting strength and the US still has tremendous reserves of it. Trump seems like he might actually do something and now everyone wants to make a deal. Marvelous.
- The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise and it hates the working classes. When I was growing up, there was a sense that the Democrats were the party of labor and the Republicans were the party of capital. Democrats seemed interested in working conditions, fair (not free) trade and ensuring that American workers weren't overwhelmed by foreign immigrants. None of that is true. They've also thrown away any claim to popular support by openly rigging their primary in favor of a rich kleptocratic family. Good to know.
- Liberalism has zero principles. This dovetails with my previous point, but is worth breaking out on its own. This whole recount business (and attempts to subvert the Electoral College) pretty much prove that liberals favor whatever gives them an advantage but only so long as they get that advantage. To paraphrase the old saw about British diplomacy, "liberals have no permanent principles, only permanent interests." This how they could dump feminism and support likely rapist Bill Clinton but then pay the "woman card" for his enabling wife. Trump was castigated for not promising to unconditionally accept the election results, but now Hillary is doing just that.
- Liberalism isn't a mental illness, but it attracts people who are mentally ill. There is a certain attraction to being part of a moment that hails itself as the solution to every problem. Actual conservatism doesn't offer that - it's kind of a muddle and many of its policies are sold as the least-worst-option out there. Not so with liberalism. Everything they urge will bring heaven on earth. Because of this, anyone who opposes them can be abused, beaten and even killed - and it's an wholly moral act! After all, the person deserved it because they were racist. Harming racists is a moral duty to liberals, which is why they spend so much time labeling people racists and then hounding them. If you are a deeply unhappy and frustrated individual who has made a mess of your personal life, conservatism has nothing to offer you. Liberalism, on the other hand, allows you to project everything wrong with your life on someone else.
That's all I have for now. I'm sure there will be more winning in the future.