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One Conservative Explanation for Donald Trump

John Robson’s piece in the National Post today comes closer than a lot of other articles lately about trying to understand how a Donald Trump has arisen in the US.  He comes pretty close to explaining it, but maybe doesn’t go far enough.

It’s funny because when I read John Robson’s piece, I wondered if he listened to the latest Ricochet podcast.

In the episode they interview Charles Murray, who  has been pointing out for a long time that whites have been disintegrating socially for a long time.  He’s very pessimistic about the future; he thinks that fully 1/3 of the American population is beyond reclamation socially and has collapsed because of the prevalence of divorce, children born out of wedlock, the lack of civic-mindedness and respect for rule-of-law, amongst other things.  Unfortunately, I think he is probably right.

Murray also hates Trump for the reason I’m going to start using; conservativism is as much about the importance of character as it is about some set of policies, and Trump is a despicable character.  We’ve discussed this before in this blog, that one cannot champion economic liberty without also championing social conservative values and the rugged character traits those values support; if you remove government from people’s lives, what fills the vacuum?  The growth of government has been a response to the growing infantilization of our culture.  You can’t have a small government, low tax regime if the people are psychologically incapable of caring for themselves, their families and their local communities.  It’s like spitting in the wind, it will never stick.

And how do kids behave when they don’t get their way?  They act up.  They throw temper tantrums.  They start losing jobs and feeling left behind they become abusive and blame others, like, say Mexicans.  They call other kids names like “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted” as does Trump.  Kids like to see that, their leaders acting like a kid, it’s amusing to them.  Because they aren’t serious.  Kids can be quite cruel and psychotic.

You can throw in for good measure the feminization of our culture; Beta-males like Justin Trudeau are paraded around like some ideal kind of “caring” leader, so much so that even “conservative” leaders like Patrick Brown are in a desperate race to demonstrate their EQ and how emotionally linked they are to issues such as climate change , Syrian refugees and gay rights.  So here comes an “Alpha” male, Donald Trump and his aggressive straight-shooter behavior triggers some primal longing in a lot of men to see that kind of leader, John Wayne rebooted and galloping to the rescue from all the panty waists that seem to run the show and insist on safe-rooms on college campuses.

And finally you sit at home and you watch the John Olivers and Jon Stewarts of the world tell you that your views on life?  They’re wrong.  Not just wrong, but sexist, racist and ignorant.  You pick up the paper, watch CNN and they say you’re “angry” and “confused”.  You get pummeled with subliminal and overt messaging that says these ideas and notions that you have when you read about gunmen in San Bernadino and see your jobs being shipped overseas to a “communist” country and hear Hollywood stars berate you from the decks of their yachts about your per capita consumption of energy… you get hit with this over and over and it breeds a real resentment to the status quo.

So Trump is pretty easy to explain, he’s a creation of 50 years of leftist culture left unchecked; a broken family culture, a culture that encourages dependence and immaturity, a dismissal of the need and usefulness of “men” and traditional male character traits and constant barrage of leftist condescension for opposing viewpoints.  Congratulations to all the progressives out there, you reap what you sow.

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A Whiff of Nihilism

anti-establishmentOver the next couple of years we can expect a lot of discussion in the media with respect to what the federal Conservative party needs to do in order to get back into power.  Much like the Republican party in the US, conservative parties in Canada are losing the war of identity politics; women 18-49, new immigrants, aboriginals, Atlantic Canadians, urban professionals all have an almost instinctual aversion to voting conservative.  Most of this irrational but it’s a reality that has to be addressed.

So, it can go two ways (or a combination thereof) – the conservative parties moderate their stances and soften their edges and/or they more effectively and compassionately communicate a conservative vision and try to convince a broader swath of the public to identify as conservative.  The media will push for moderation.  That’s the easy way.  Selling conservatism in a liberal culture is much harder.

The National Post got the ball rolling on Saturday asking a group of conservatives their thoughts on how to “fix” the Conservative party’s fortunes.  One of the persons asked was Doug Ford.  Rob and Doug Ford really conflict us; their political instincts are good, but they never really convince that there’s a heck of a lot of depth of thought behind what they’re standing for.  Yet they do have popularity and it crosses demographic boundaries.

We’re real. We tell it like it is. We’re not the typical politicians. We don’t BS people. When someone’s in trouble and the sharks are circling around the leader, blood in the water, some guys run away, like Jason Kenney seemed to do at the end, and other guys, like the Ford brothers, jump in there, even though we knew it was going to be a tough election.

Now, sounding like you’re Rex and Spot Moondog  and the Ford Brothers tag team jumping into anything, well that isn’t exactly the type of communication skills we’re suggesting the conservative party needs.  But Doug goes on;

Donald Trump is borrowing from us. Rob blazed a new trail for politicians like that. People are tired in North America of the BS-ing politician. You tell it the way it is, you hold back nothing and the vast majority of the conservative-minded people are sharing the same ideas. Politicians are just too scared to say what we say.

We disagree – Donald Trump isn’t borrowing anything from Rob and Doug Ford.  But what is happening is they are singing from the same quasi-nihilist hymn sheet; the establishment is corrupt, past ways of doing things are not working, let’s go in, burn the place down, reduce it to rubble and build it up again – the right way.

Wouldn’t it be a great thing to clear out all the career politicians? You want people who are there to serve the people as opposed to serving their own pocketbooks.

This type of anti-establishment fatwa has spell-binding appeal as evidenced by the popularity of the Ford brothers still and Trump’s long spell on top.  Patrick Brown was elected leader of the Ontario PC’s largely on the same anti-establishment sentiment, conservatives lashing out at their own party leaders for their failure to win the last election.

But it’s short lived and it alienates – it’s built on anger, granted anger at the (liberal) establishment, and anger burns itself out.  You can carry a whiff of nihilism, you can hint that you want to shake the foundations a little, but you can’t make that your whole raison d’etre.

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