About the Alt Right and the “movement.” And About Donald J. Trump.
Putting aside my usual disgust at the typical juvenile jackassery, listening to the content, there are some positives here. I’ve already praised Spencer for the Florida speech and for getting the word out and occupying public spaces. It is good that these events are getting better organized, and that contingency planning occurs (which is a refreshing change from the typical way things have been done in the past).
I didn’t like the praise for certain hypocritical Alt Wrong figures, but that’s not another issue.
Something to note that many on the Right fail to notice – sometimes things that are most out in the open are the most often ignored – is that all the repression, all the leftist thug attacks, all the violence against legal gatherings – this is all happening under the grand law enforcement leadership of Donald J. Trump as President and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Trump apologists would say that Der Touchback must keep his distance so as to maintain his political viability so as to get important things done. Putting aside to what extent Trump still retains political viability, we can ask: what is he doing? Is he building the wall? Is he deporting the dreamers – or is he been floating ideas for DACA amnesty?
There are parallels between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon – and not just because of political scandals and talk of impeachment. Nixon was absolutely hated, absolutely loathed, by the liberal establishment even though his actual polices were quite liberal indeed: affirmative action, busing, environmental protections, détente with the Soviet Union, arms control, opening to Red China. Yes, there was Vietnam, but Nixon inherited that from Johnson and, despite bombings and escalation, Nixon did end the war. So, it cannot be laid at the feet of the war, this raging hatred by the Left. The Left were enraged with Nixon primarily because of what Nixon represented: the Silent Majority (i.e., non-leftist White Americans), the Southern Strategy, law-and-order rhetoric, Nixon’s straight-laced persona, and the button-down Nixon White House crew. Style, not substance – against “Daddy Nixon.” Nixon’s actual policies hurt White inteests.
The same thing can be said about Saint Ronald of Raygun. All show, no substance.
And now Trump. The same old sorry story, over and over again.