Whenever Trump has a bad week, I can count on the condemnations from the usual suspects. I can count on denunciations and the disavowals from people who have little to no idea how the system works. These comments are extra loud this week, as Trump has had, by my reckoning, one of the worst weeks of his presidency. What follows is not a defense of the man, but rather a different lens for us as Southern Nationalists to view him. He is not our friend, but nor is he an enemy. Irrespective of policy successes or policy failures.
Strong posturing in the face of a pending shutdown, wherein the president demanded 5 billion dollars in exchange for his support of a funding bill quickly melted away into a full-on retreat. A Yankee has not reversed field and fled so quickly in December since the Battle of Fredericksburg. Insult was added to injury when, a few days later, the neoliberal elites of Congress taunted Trump and his supporters by offering 10 billion dollars, twice the amount asked, for “development” in Latin America. Not quite as bad as giving Israel, a walled nation state, the exact amount of money our wall is estimated to cost, but the intent was obvious. “We will spend the money how we please, not on your projects, Blormpf.”
The Q-anon crowd will likely say that such investments are cheaper than having train after train of illegals come here, and while they’re mathematically correct, they are hopelessly misguided that this would stop any of the invasions. Rather, it represents a bizzaro world XYZ affair: billions in tribute, not a penny for national defense. Besides which, giving mice cookies leads to requests for glasses of milk. A country that hands out billions after claiming it lacks those billions to defend itself is not serious in the eyes of the invaders. It is soft and flabby. It is ripe for the taking.
In a similar vein, Trump agreed to support the FIRST STEP Act, a criminal justice “reform” package, which lightens sentences and makes it easier for criminals to re-enter the work force. We hear sob stories about how the justice system sends men to prison for a decade over simple possession and that this is rank, racially motivated injustice. The main problem with this analysis is that when prosecutors offer plea deals, which they do in 95%+ of all cases which hit their desks, they will typically offer more time than prescribed for lesser offenses. Tyrone didn’t get 10 years for possessing a joint. He plead guilty to possessing the joint, while he was committing other crimes. The central idea here is the same as the ostensible purpose of the FIRST STEP Act: if Tyrone is only guilty of possessing a joint, he will find it easier to reintegrate into society and avoid a recidivist future. Except that more often than not, recidivism is indeed his future.
The neoliberals pushed this trash bill not out of any love for the burgeoning prison population of the United States. They did not push it out of any desire to do good nor to reform. Releasing criminals will have one of two outcomes. In a best-case scenario, the newly paroled will not return to a life of crime and will get jobs and become productive Americans. Seems like the Christian thing to do, right? To give them that chance? Except that the motivation is not charity. Such a pool of labor has no bargaining posture with an employer. Trump has cracked down on immigration, both legal and illegal, which has constricted the efforts of our neoliberal overlords to replace American labor with foreign. Wages are rising for the first time in four decades. Freed prisoners who do wish to be good boys and girls would take what they could get from an employer, and that number is assuredly less than an American without a criminal record would earn.
The alternative, of course, is that the felons return to their former lives and terrorize working and middle class communities with a crime wave. Whether it is option A or option B, the bill is getting dropped on the people the neoliberals view as the Great Satan: the populist throngs who supported Trump in 2016. Make no mistake, this is retribution masked as clemency.
Maybe I’m wrong, but typically, when a bill passes with 87 votes in the Senate, it is a summertime dumpster fire. Or a designated street in Mumbai. Given who commits crime in the United States, the disavowers view this as a racial betrayal. The MAGApedes view it as part of the plan to create that coalition Steve Bannon once talked about. One that would pry 30% of the black vote from the Democrats and make them lose for a generation. Big if true, but bloody unlikely. To say nothing of the fact that far more lasting gains could be realized by appealing to the millions of disaffected white people who do not vote rather than attempting to chisel a handful of votes from core Democrat groups.
I am somewhere in the middle, and it links back to the bit about the wall funding. Trump could have signaled a veto of FIRST STEP. Or he could have pulled out that Art of the Deal stuff that we heard so much about and have seen so little of outside of the realm of international trade (credit where it’s due, the man has delivered on that and in spades). I’ll support your bill, but you have to give me something in return. There wasn’t any of that, though. Likely Jared or one of the other globalists spun the same yarn that their forebears told to Reagan about amnesty. It will win you support amongst minorities! You’ll be doing your party a grand service!
This then, is the central failure of Trump. It isn’t that he’s dumb or that he’s a cuck. He is just absolutely ignorant about how the government works and cannot be bothered to rectify this shortcoming. He knows how to leverage people. One does not rise to his station in life without being able to do so. But a tweet, hilarious though the reactions may be, does not amount to leverage. That tactic worked to great success in the campaign because it provided him free press coverage. But the press does not pass legislation. Congress does.
The defense against this charge, from his die hard partisans, is that the establishment and the deep state stand opposed to his agenda. This is undoubtedly the case. But, his inability or unwillingness (both?) to alter his tactics make their task easier. It does not help that the people he surrounds himself with are on their side rather than his. Questionable judgment of character seems to be something which has afflicted Trump for most of his life in the public eye, as evidenced most recently by songbird Michael Cohen, his former attorney turned darling of the left-wing media.
Where I distance myself from the Alt-Right criticisms of the man is that I limit myself to reason. I stay away from emotional critiques. The people who disavow…and then reverse…and then disavow again are riding waves of emotion. When Trump does good, it’s personal. When Trump does bad, it’s personal. The people who do this are behaving like the liberals they claim to hate so much. By all means, we should be taking him to task over issues of policy. But memes of him with a large nose or garment rending Facebook posts about how we would have been better off with Clinton or ¡Jeb! serve no purpose. Little more than histrionics from people who understand the machinations of the Leviathan no better than president. And, most likely he’s got them beat by a fair margin. If the president had the kind of absolute power that his critics seem to think he wields, he would find his agenda much less easily thwarted. He certainly is not doing enough to counteract the opposition, but make no mistake, we are better off with Trump.
Just this week, it was announced that all US forces will be withdrawn from Syria, a country which was the subject of at least two condemnations from the emotives in the sperg tier, possibly more. I lost count and interest, to be honest. Had Trump been defeated, we would be at least a year into a Clinton or ¡Jeb! led reconstruction of Syria at the cost of thousands of Southern lives and trillions of American dollars.
Going into a purity spiral and allowing perfect to be the enemy of good is a self-defeating behavior best left to the libertarians. Trump serves our interests because regardless of what he does, the liberals are driven mad by his actions. No, I’m not saying that owning the libs is sufficient to mark Trump as successful. Rather, Trump derangement syndrome decreases the social cohesion of Lincoln’s Empire and increases the chances of a free and independent Dixie. They hate us, and Trump is forcing them out into the open about it.
I know his political shortcomings might feel like a betrayal, given our staunch support of him in 2016, but the honest truth is that if Trump were anything better than pretty good (and he’s a piece south of that mark), he might actually fix the damn thing right when it was on the cusp of breaking. As a Southern Nationalist who cannot stand the idea of accelerationism, I’ll settle somewhere in the range of fair to middling and let the glue that holds the country, for it is not a nation, together continue to weaken until such time as we or our heirs can finally realize the dream Edmund Ruffin and the other fire-eaters gave their life for those many decades ago. Freedom.
By the grace of God, my blood has been Southern since the 1620s. Virginia. Kentucky. Georgia.