By Hunter Wallace
Robert Tracinski has written one of the dumbest articles yet on Donald Trump’s supporters:
“But Trump’s defenders have launched a wider campaign against the conservative punditry—a war on the brains of the right.”
Where do I even begin to respond to this?
1.) There has been a Counter-Establishment to the National Review based online “conservative punditry” for twenty years now: Pat Buchanan, Sam Francis, Revilo Oliver, Jared Taylor, Peter Brimelow, Joe Sobran, Steve Sailer, and most recently, John Derbyshire, Ann Coulter, and Mark Steyn.
2.) Among all the conservative pundits, Pat Buchanan was right on all the great issues of our time: immigration, trade, political correctness, and foreign policy. Cuckservatism, Inc.’s platform was invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world. The legacy of the brainless right is chaos in the Middle East and North Africa, over 11 million illegal aliens in the United States, a crippling national debt, total dependence on China and Japan to finance that national debt and for vital manufactured goods, a devastated middle class, and a total collapse of confidence in all mainstream national institutions.
3.) Even though Trump has said little about his foreign policy, what he has said is far better than anything coming out of Cuckservatism, Inc. which in the name of “optimism” believed in building “democracies” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Libya, etc.
These geniuses unleashed a bigger foreign policy disaster than Vietnam. Trump opposed the disastrous Iraq War which is more than can be said of any of his cuckservative critics. What’s more, Trump has already indicated that he is indifferent to NATO expansion, subsidizing Japan and South Korea’s defense, subsidizing the defense of Germany and the European welfare states, and that his primary focus will be stopping the Mexican invasion.
4.) Lumpenproletariat types watch ESPN. They don’t read National Review or The Federalist or The American Conservative much less do they follow American politics to the extent that they would stage a #NRORevolt on Twitter.
5.) It is the Left, not the Right, which believes in big universal ideas about human nature. The self anointed “brains of the Right” are classical liberals. As classical liberals, they are neither rightwing or “conservative” in any true sense of the word.
6.) By definition, a “conservative” is a realist who dismisses the fanciful idea that human beings are basically good and primarily motivated by “ideas, reason, and evidence.” Instead, a conservative is a skeptic who rejects “ideologies” and their abstract utopias and believes that all of those things – ideas, reason, and evidence – are subordinated to baser motives like self interest, passions, lust for power, etc.