I’m not voting in the 2020 election.
I’ve always been an independent moderate and populist nationalist voter. I have never been a conservative or a Republican. In the 2000 and 2004 elections, I voted for Al Gore and John Kerry out of hatred of George W. Bush. In the 2008 and 2012 elections, I voted for Ron Paul in the primary and the Constitution Party in the general election because I couldn’t stomach John McCain or Mitt Romney. In the 2010 midterms, I voted for the Tea Party Revolution. I didn’t vote in the 2014 midterms.
When Donald Trump came on the scene in 2015, I supported him because I hated mainstream conservatism – the True Cons or the cuckservatives who I ridiculed at the time – and because his campaign seemed to be opening the door to a new kind of populist and nationalist politics. He was endorsed by Jeff Sessions who was the first Republican who I ever voted for in Alabama. In the 2016 election, I voted for Trump and gave him a chance even though I had my doubts about him. I said that I would follow his presidency and write about it as an independent populist and nationalist analyst.
My politics have always been moderate, populist and nationalist. I’m a social conservative and an economic populist. These are the politics of my county in Alabama. I’ve always been strongly antiwar. Basically, I’m a throwback to an extinct species of New Deal-era Southern Democrat. George Wallace and Huey Long are my political heroes. I’m repulsed by the social liberalism of the Left and the economic liberalism of the Right which means that I don’t really fit into either political party. It seems like America becomes more libertarian no matter who wins these elections due to the wealth and power of the donor class. The modernism, cosmopolitanism and antiracism of both parties makes me want to gag.
As for Donald Trump, the disconnect between what I thought I was supporting in 2016 and what we got from the Trump administration is too great for me to vote for him in 2020. He didn’t challenge political correctness. He transformed it into militant wokeness. He said he was self financing his campaign to cut out the big donors. After he won the presidency without them, he sold out to them and spent his political capital on their agenda. He railed against free trade and globalism only to essentially rebrand our existing free trade deals. He railed against immigration and vowed to build the wall only to destroy Jeff Sessions and all immigration hawks in Congress before losing interest in the issue. He vowed to end our foreign wars only to shower power on the generals at the Pentagon and let them have their way.
The issues we are facing today are also different because of Trump. We lost hundreds of our historic monuments which were torn down by violent mobs. Law and order was allowed to collapse in half the country while Trump boasted about criminal justice reform. We lost online free speech. We lost our right to free assembly due to violent mobs. Democratic cities were allowed to essentially become a 21st century version of sundown towns while the Trump Justice Department prosecuted White Nationalists. He multiplied the ranks of our enemies a thousandfold while demoralizing and splintering our own movement. Meanwhile, he delivered a trophy case of victories for Israel and militant Zionists who hit the jackpot with his administration.
Over the last four years, we have seen a reversion to mainstream conservatism except now the difference is that it is openly gay and more stupid, feckless and ineffective than ever before. There is less room, not more, in the GOP for nationalists like Steve King who was drummed out of the party for wondering why Western civilization has become taboo. President George H.W. Bush could at least put down the Rodney King riots. In contrast, America probably hasn’t gone a day without riots since George Floyd died under the “fascist” Donald Trump. What are these people doing for me as a social conservative voter? After replacing Anthony Scalia, Neil Gorsuch read transgenderism into the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
As a social conservative and economic populist, shouldn’t I be excited about this “realignment” that has taken place under Donald Trump? What is the GOP doing for me on either of those fronts though? Offering the Platinum Plan to blacks and the American Dream plan to Hispanics while lecturing me about “identity politics”? Appointing Ric Grenell to own the gay Left by waging a global crusade for homosexuality around the world? We can’t even get a second stimulus check out of the Republican Senate much less anything responsive to virtually any pressing issue of our times like student loan debt that is not of interest to Republican donors. Predictably, we get “conservative judges” (who rule in favor of social liberalism), more tax cuts, deregulation, hikes in military spending and anything Israel wants. Occasionally, the GOP will deliver some fancy of the donor class like criminal justice reform with power.
From my perspective, the GOP runs on social conservatism and economic populism to win electoral majorities, but in power it pivots to social liberalism and economic liberalism. Congress is polarized and the Republican donor class is always served first. Effectively, this means that voters end up getting nothing they want and when election season comes around it is always time to choose “the lesser of two evils.” When oligarchs like Sheldon Adelson can buy the policy agenda, what is the point of elections? Conservative liberalism offers nothing of value to me on any social issue much less any economic issue. Why vote on “social issues” that the GOP only uses to cynically manipulate its voters?
This is my perspective. I’m increasingly convinced that following the news cycle and mainstream politics is just a waste of my time. Assuming the bottom doesn’t fall out of America and we don’t spiral into the abyss after the 2020 election, I plan to spend much more time writing about my other interests in the future. In this respect, I have learned something from the Losters who I have been researching in recent months. They were also completely alienated from American politics and culture, but it gave them the perspective to articulate a new set of values, which is what I plan on doing with my time.
I’m only speaking for myself here. If you want to vote for Trump, then go vote for Trump. If you want to vote for Joe Biden, then vote for Joe Biden. If you want to sit out the election and just tune out of this shitshow, then misery loves company here. Everyone has their own perspective and values and is ultimately responsible for making their own decision about how to participate in the election. The election is not going to be determined by my vote in Alabama or my opinion anyway.
If Trump wins, he wins.
If Trump loses, he loses.
It is not going to change anything that I am doing here.
Either way, I think the result will be incredibly divisive and will ratchet the polarization up to a new level and the next four years will be terrible. I’m resigned to the outcome though.
Note: I have one last podcast to do on the subject in about an hour. That’s it.