The populist Right has always been antiwar.
Stretching back to the days of Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaigns, the populist Right has been consistently antiwar and anti-globalist. Foreign policy has always been a top tier issue for us. It is one of the hallmarks of the populist Right that once set us apart from the conservative Right.
I voted against George W. Bush twice. I remember opposing the Iraq War. I refused to vote for John McCain because he was a neocon. I backed Ron Paul twice in 2008 and 2012. I opposed the interventions in Syria and Libya. I backed Trump in 2016. I got angry and broke with Trump over his Syria strikes and refused to vote for him in 2020 because he had failed to deliver on his campaign promises. Throughout it all, I have approached foreign policy from a populist, nationalist, small-r republican, isolationist, anti-globalist perspective which is a tradition that stretches back to William Jennings Bryan.
In my youth, I associated neocons and support for disastrous foreign wars with the Republican Party. I remember Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert ridiculing George W. Bush on The Daily Show. I remember when progressives claimed to be antiwar and there was something to this because most people who were on the Left were against the Iraq War. This seemed to fade, however, under Obama. The antiwar movement has completely disappeared on the Left under Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders, AOC and The Squad are fully on board with spending $60 billion dollars to support a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine.
Tucker Carlson called attention to this shift last night on his show. All the people on the progressive Left or the “populist Left” who claim to be antiwar seem to have vanished. Jon Stewart, for example, isn’t focusing on the threat of a nuclear with Russia or the war in Ukraine boiling over into World War III. He is making videos about “the problem with the gender binary” and “the problem with White people.”
Where is Bernie Sanders?
Where is Kyle Kulinski?
Where is AOC and The Squad on a nuclear war with Russia?
Every single Democrat in Congress has voted unanimously in support of funding this endless war in Ukraine for “as long as it takes” which poses a far greater threat to both our security and prosperity than anything that ever happened in Syria or Yemen or Iraq. The Bernie wing of the Democratic Party has quietly merged with Liz Cheney, David Frum and the Russiagaters in support of this.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rand Paul have done far more in Congress to avert this impending disaster than, say, Jon Stewart or Bernie Sanders. There are principled progressives who are antiwar like Tulsi Gabbard or Jimmy Dore who have loudly opposed this Biden administration’s push to war with Russia, but they are completely isolated on the Left and have all but drifted over into our camp now.
Jon Stewart has gotten the memo. Being on the Left these days is now much more about supporting “gender-affirming care” or hating White people and Russia than opposing endless war in distant parts of the world. Once again, it is no surprise that we are opposed to this war with Russia, especially with the neocons largely gone from the Republican Party. The surprise is how much these people have influenced the Left and how quiet they have become on war and how much their brand has changed.
Note: Tulsi called attention to this in her announcement that she was leaving the Democratic Party. Being on the Left is now more about woke politics on race and trannies than opposing nuclear armageddon.