Vast Right, Alt-Right, Dead Right?

I was sitting at the bar at Morton’s in West Palm Beach when I saw them reporting Hillary Clinton’s “alt-right” speech. I knew, from the faces of the CNN operatives with bylines and the chyron on the bottom of the screen, that this was serious, and that Hillary was finally putting away her racist fascist opponent.

But is this really a good idea, making Trump the Racist a headline issue? Isn’t the time-tested way of race politics that you paint Donald Trump as a racist with surrogates talking about his racism and local TV commercials dragging African Americans behind pickup trucks? The beauty of time-tested race politics is that it is very hard to push back against it.

Instead, we have candidate Hillary accusing Trump of being a racist directly. I’m no expert but it seems to me that the direct attack licenses Trump to do what he has already done, and say that the Democrats see racism everywhere they look. Hey, maybe there are even racists under the bed, just like with Commies in the bad old days of evil McCarthyism.

If I were Trump I’d add a new verse to that old campfire favorite, “Old MacClinton Had a Farm:”

With a racist here, and a racist there,
Here a race, there a race, everywhere a racist,
Old MacClinton had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O

If the Democrats have played the race card before Labor Day I wonder what the internal polls look like at the Clinton campaign.

Over at National Review my man Kevin Williamson is saying: I told you so: that’s what you get for nominating Trump. But I think he is missing the point. Trump or no Trump, the old days, when Republicans and conservatives cringed before accusations of racism, are over.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the old gentlemanly conservatism on the right that I have known and loved all my life is dead. So when Williamson writes that “undoing the damage that Trump has done to the Republican party and the conservative movement will take years” he is caught in the undertow. The old Republican Party is gone, gone because it cringed on race. Maybe the whole Fifth Party System is gone. There is nothing to hang on for, nothing to hope for in the old Republican Party. As I wrote back in June, it’s time to Cut the Cringe.

Cut the Cringe is what the alt-right is about. It is about ending the cultural cringe into which liberals have bullied white non-liberal Americans over the last half century. I have felt and written in my tentative way that after Obama, the First Black President, “I’m Done” on race. Less tentative chaps like Vox Day have said, with respect to the social justice warriors and their eternal outrage, We Don’t Care.

Obviously, as I wrote last week, the immediate future is going to be messy; it’s not going to be over by bedtime. Nobody is going to be reissuing that haunting WWII song “When the Lights Go On Again, All Over the World” any time soon.

The whole liberal race schtick has been brilliant, if atavistic. I thought that human sacrifice had gone out when the Son of God died for our sins 2,000 years ago so that nobody else, ever again, need be sacrificed to propitiate the gods. But liberals have been cunningly sacrificing Live White Males to the identity gods for the last half century, and the Republican Party has failed to stop it.

But do you notice how liberal white males were and are exempt from the racial Hunger Games? No need for any liberal from the Districts to become a tribute to be sacrificed on reality TV to the race gods of the Capitol. Well of course: media superstar Caesar Flickerman wouldn’t like it.

Yes, it was brilliant. Scholars will be busy for centuries arguing about how and why liberal race politics worked so well for so long. But one day a politician will play the race card and her opponent will trump her. I wonder if that day is now.

It’s getting a bit old. Every time Hillary gets in a jam she gins up a right-wing conspiracy. In 1998 with the blue-dress scandal it was the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Now we have the Clinton Foundation scandal and Hillary Clinton has discovered an alt-right conspiracy.

“Everybody” has been worried about the Right ever since Adolf Hitler showed us that National Socialism is a much more powerful idea than Intellectual Socialism. So “everybody” wants to sink the Right is by abolishing Nation.

Maybe they will get their wish. After eight years of Hope and Change the white working class is angry and African Americans are angry. Everyone is fit to be tied.

But I suppose that is just what George Soros wants.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

I was sitting at the bar at Morton’s in West Palm Beach when I saw them reporting Hillary Clinton’s “alt-right” speech. I knew, from the faces of the CNN operatives with bylines and the chyron on the bottom of the screen, that this was serious, and that Hillary was finally putting away her racist fascist opponent.

But is this really a good idea, making Trump the Racist a headline issue? Isn’t the time-tested way of race politics that you paint Donald Trump as a racist with surrogates talking about his racism and local TV commercials dragging African Americans behind pickup trucks? The beauty of time-tested race politics is that it is very hard to push back against it.

Instead, we have candidate Hillary accusing Trump of being a racist directly. I’m no expert but it seems to me that the direct attack licenses Trump to do what he has already done, and say that the Democrats see racism everywhere they look. Hey, maybe there are even racists under the bed, just like with Commies in the bad old days of evil McCarthyism.

If I were Trump I’d add a new verse to that old campfire favorite, “Old MacClinton Had a Farm:”

With a racist here, and a racist there,
Here a race, there a race, everywhere a racist,
Old MacClinton had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O

If the Democrats have played the race card before Labor Day I wonder what the internal polls look like at the Clinton campaign.

Over at National Review my man Kevin Williamson is saying: I told you so: that’s what you get for nominating Trump. But I think he is missing the point. Trump or no Trump, the old days, when Republicans and conservatives cringed before accusations of racism, are over.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the old gentlemanly conservatism on the right that I have known and loved all my life is dead. So when Williamson writes that “undoing the damage that Trump has done to the Republican party and the conservative movement will take years” he is caught in the undertow. The old Republican Party is gone, gone because it cringed on race. Maybe the whole Fifth Party System is gone. There is nothing to hang on for, nothing to hope for in the old Republican Party. As I wrote back in June, it’s time to Cut the Cringe.

Cut the Cringe is what the alt-right is about. It is about ending the cultural cringe into which liberals have bullied white non-liberal Americans over the last half century. I have felt and written in my tentative way that after Obama, the First Black President, “I’m Done” on race. Less tentative chaps like Vox Day have said, with respect to the social justice warriors and their eternal outrage, We Don’t Care.

Obviously, as I wrote last week, the immediate future is going to be messy; it’s not going to be over by bedtime. Nobody is going to be reissuing that haunting WWII song “When the Lights Go On Again, All Over the World” any time soon.

The whole liberal race schtick has been brilliant, if atavistic. I thought that human sacrifice had gone out when the Son of God died for our sins 2,000 years ago so that nobody else, ever again, need be sacrificed to propitiate the gods. But liberals have been cunningly sacrificing Live White Males to the identity gods for the last half century, and the Republican Party has failed to stop it.

But do you notice how liberal white males were and are exempt from the racial Hunger Games? No need for any liberal from the Districts to become a tribute to be sacrificed on reality TV to the race gods of the Capitol. Well of course: media superstar Caesar Flickerman wouldn’t like it.

Yes, it was brilliant. Scholars will be busy for centuries arguing about how and why liberal race politics worked so well for so long. But one day a politician will play the race card and her opponent will trump her. I wonder if that day is now.

It’s getting a bit old. Every time Hillary gets in a jam she gins up a right-wing conspiracy. In 1998 with the blue-dress scandal it was the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Now we have the Clinton Foundation scandal and Hillary Clinton has discovered an alt-right conspiracy.

“Everybody” has been worried about the Right ever since Adolf Hitler showed us that National Socialism is a much more powerful idea than Intellectual Socialism. So “everybody” wants to sink the Right is by abolishing Nation.

Maybe they will get their wish. After eight years of Hope and Change the white working class is angry and African Americans are angry. Everyone is fit to be tied.

But I suppose that is just what George Soros wants.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.