Old Left Bernie or New Left Pete: Bring It On

We all know who Bernie Sanders is: an unreconstructed Jewish lefty from Brooklyn. Think he’s crazy to still believe all that stuff after a century of lefty horrors with over 100 million dead? Don’t. Most people stick with the faith of their fathers.

Case in point, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg, red-diaper baby extraordinaire. His father, Joseph Buttigieg from Malta, was the guy that translated into English the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, he of the “march through the institutions,” and Mayor Pete helped the create the book’s index for Dad.

I know. You’d think we buried Marxism with the Cold War. But the truth is that it appeals to the educated Gentry because it promises a life of meaning and power for intellectuals and politicians.

And the Cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School, from Horkheimer to Gramsci to Marcuse, really goes one better for intellectuals and scribblers. For it invites them to switch from the boring job of planning tractor production to the exciting job of creating new religions that hype all kinds of millenarian panics, from the horror of toxic masculinity to the True Prophecy of runaway global warming.

When you are directing the economy there is a clear verdict on your brilliant ideas: are people better off than before? But when you are creating religions out of whole cloth there is no downside. Our people are the good guys and everyone else is heretics and witches. Never mind if our people are suffering and miserable: On to the Millennium!

Of course, if you are a Commoner you might not see the searing truth of all this. You might think that you are just the punching bag for a bunch of spoiled Gentry rich kids that need to Get A Job. And you might think that Donald Trump is just the guy to teach those Gentry rich kids a lesson.

But sooner or later we Commoners have to tell the SJW wokerati to take their murderous ideas and put ‘em where the sun don’t shine. If we don’t do it with Trump, then we’ll have to do it later, and I dare say there will be a butcher’s bill to pay.

But there is hope. Here’s a woman that looks like a POC academic that has #WalkedAway (H/T: RedState). She just couldn’t take the left-wing canceling in her online knitting circle -- seriously -- and one day she ended up outside a Trump rally in New Hampshire

As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice. I was not harassed or intimidated, and I was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average, everyday people. They were veterans, schoolteachers, and small business owners who had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally. They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a Democrat. The reaction: “Good for you! Welcome!”

And then when she got inside, people were dancing to the music! Really, you must read the whole thing.

The assumption of almost everyone on the Old Right, the dissident right, and the #NeverTrump right is that John Judis and Ruy Teixeira were right in The Emerging Democratic Majority, that all the minorities and immigrants were a lost cause, and bound to vote Democratic forever, because identity politics.

But what if Trump is right, that a significant fraction of the liberal Gentry’s Clients are ready to become Commoners, to #WalkAway from their ethnic enclaves and become 100 percent Americans?

And what if the more adventurous among them take their heart in their hands and dare to show up at a Trump rally and find out that the folks are real friendly and ordinary folks just like them?

Put it this way: before we all hunker down in the trenches of Civil War II and sally forth on the next Big Push, let’s see if Trump can in fact convert some minorities from Clients into Commoners. If he succeeds and gets a 55-45 majority of the popular vote it will be Katy bar the door. All the experts will have to go back to their drawing boards, or at least their cutesy fair-trade coffee houses.

Back in the day, in his Making of the President books, Theodore H. White spent half the book parsing the Democratic vote into Italians and Irish and Catholics and Jews and even Germans. Today, for some reason, we don’t divvy up the white ethnic vote anymore; we just talk about the deplorable white working-class vote. I wonder why.

I say that the natural tribe of the Commoner -- the average American who just wants to obey the law, go to work, and follow the rules -- is the nation. Suppose I am right?

And suppose we teach Bernie and Pete a lesson.

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

We all know who Bernie Sanders is: an unreconstructed Jewish lefty from Brooklyn. Think he’s crazy to still believe all that stuff after a century of lefty horrors with over 100 million dead? Don’t. Most people stick with the faith of their fathers.

Case in point, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg, red-diaper baby extraordinaire. His father, Joseph Buttigieg from Malta, was the guy that translated into English the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, he of the “march through the institutions,” and Mayor Pete helped the create the book’s index for Dad.

I know. You’d think we buried Marxism with the Cold War. But the truth is that it appeals to the educated Gentry because it promises a life of meaning and power for intellectuals and politicians.

And the Cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School, from Horkheimer to Gramsci to Marcuse, really goes one better for intellectuals and scribblers. For it invites them to switch from the boring job of planning tractor production to the exciting job of creating new religions that hype all kinds of millenarian panics, from the horror of toxic masculinity to the True Prophecy of runaway global warming.

When you are directing the economy there is a clear verdict on your brilliant ideas: are people better off than before? But when you are creating religions out of whole cloth there is no downside. Our people are the good guys and everyone else is heretics and witches. Never mind if our people are suffering and miserable: On to the Millennium!

Of course, if you are a Commoner you might not see the searing truth of all this. You might think that you are just the punching bag for a bunch of spoiled Gentry rich kids that need to Get A Job. And you might think that Donald Trump is just the guy to teach those Gentry rich kids a lesson.

But sooner or later we Commoners have to tell the SJW wokerati to take their murderous ideas and put ‘em where the sun don’t shine. If we don’t do it with Trump, then we’ll have to do it later, and I dare say there will be a butcher’s bill to pay.

But there is hope. Here’s a woman that looks like a POC academic that has #WalkedAway (H/T: RedState). She just couldn’t take the left-wing canceling in her online knitting circle -- seriously -- and one day she ended up outside a Trump rally in New Hampshire

As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice. I was not harassed or intimidated, and I was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average, everyday people. They were veterans, schoolteachers, and small business owners who had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally. They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a Democrat. The reaction: “Good for you! Welcome!”

And then when she got inside, people were dancing to the music! Really, you must read the whole thing.

The assumption of almost everyone on the Old Right, the dissident right, and the #NeverTrump right is that John Judis and Ruy Teixeira were right in The Emerging Democratic Majority, that all the minorities and immigrants were a lost cause, and bound to vote Democratic forever, because identity politics.

But what if Trump is right, that a significant fraction of the liberal Gentry’s Clients are ready to become Commoners, to #WalkAway from their ethnic enclaves and become 100 percent Americans?

And what if the more adventurous among them take their heart in their hands and dare to show up at a Trump rally and find out that the folks are real friendly and ordinary folks just like them?

Put it this way: before we all hunker down in the trenches of Civil War II and sally forth on the next Big Push, let’s see if Trump can in fact convert some minorities from Clients into Commoners. If he succeeds and gets a 55-45 majority of the popular vote it will be Katy bar the door. All the experts will have to go back to their drawing boards, or at least their cutesy fair-trade coffee houses.

Back in the day, in his Making of the President books, Theodore H. White spent half the book parsing the Democratic vote into Italians and Irish and Catholics and Jews and even Germans. Today, for some reason, we don’t divvy up the white ethnic vote anymore; we just talk about the deplorable white working-class vote. I wonder why.

I say that the natural tribe of the Commoner -- the average American who just wants to obey the law, go to work, and follow the rules -- is the nation. Suppose I am right?

And suppose we teach Bernie and Pete a lesson.

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