Condescend Much?



The National Review still doesn’t get it:

Trump’s Appeal to the Radical Middle Is a Wake-Up Call to Conservatives

Conservatives must find a way to make common cause with Andrew Jackson’s nationalist heirs.

Okay. So far, so good.

Donald Trump clinched the GOP nomination by exploiting vulnerabilities few were aware existed. When the 2016 race began, almost no one seemed to have understood that a plurality of the Republican party had a fundamentally different set of policy preferences from those of doctrinaire conservatism. Trump saw this opening and took full advantage.

No one? Don’t you mean “no one among the conservative elitists and GOP establishment”? Because there are a lot of us who understood that the GOPe was not looking out for our interests. That’s what the Tea Party and Sarah Palin were all about. That’s why Eric Cantor isn’t in Congress anymore.

Trump’s positions follow the contours not of movement conservatism but of American folk nationalism, often known as Jacksonianism. As Walter Russell Mead, my boss over at The American Interest, has noted, Jacksonians characteristically emphasize anti-elitism and egalitarianism while drawing a sharp distinction between members of the folk group and those outside it. In domestic policy, this translates to tough-on-crime stances and stubborn adherence to traditional views on social issues (and, historically, opposition to civil rights), and to advocacy of government assistance for “deserving” members of the folk group. Looking abroad, they are uninterested in Wilsonian nation-building projects or promoting global order, but if they feel the nation is threatened, they are willing to fight back by whatever means are necessary. Sound familiar yet?

Jacksonians don’t fit easily into either the liberal or the conservative camp; they are the “radical middle.” They also don’t comport with regional stereotypes. Jacksonians are not synonymous with southerners or rednecks: Trump has performed best in northeastern states and prospered in cities. And while Trump is supported by racists (especially by the ugly little band of Twitter trolls known as the alt-right), Jacksonians cannot be dismissed as such en masse. In the past, Jacksonians have been found at the heart of the Confederacy, but they also formed the core of the Union Army, and later the one that defeated Hitler. Their motivations and history are too complex — and they comprise too wide a swath of the American public — to be rightly considered atavistic or a sectional rump.

When Jacksonians take up politics, they do so with a vengeance, and Jacksonian uprisings have overturned the American political order more than once. But Jacksonians tend to be quiet politically when things are going well. Much of the time, it’s easy for elites to misread them as supporters of other movements, forget them, or take them for granted.


Meanwhile, structural shifts in the economy, from globalization to automation, have been breaking down traditional sources of blue-collar and clerical employment, even as 50 years of mass immigration — a large chunk of it not sanctioned by law — have altered the nature of the American folk group. The latter has weakened social cohesion, and the former not only grates on Jacksonians’ sense of economic security but undermines their very identity as industrial workers and providers. Meanwhile, the perception that the world abroad was threatening and thankless grew even as confidence in the efficacy of conservative foreign and military policy waned. The conditions for a Jacksonian revolt were ripe.

There’s a lot of good stuff here. I sense the dawning of enlightenment.

While conservatives are more than within their rights to write off Trump, they would be neither wise nor justified to write off the Jacksonians. They may be disgusted with Trump’s antics, and they may find some Jacksonian positions inchoate, wrongheaded, or unfulfillable. But after the dust from this election settles, it will be urgently necessary to once again fuse patriotic, idealistic, and inclusive conservatism with Jacksonian nationalism.

Damn. Missed it by *that* much. Close but no cigar. Thanks for playing and be sure to come again.

“But after the dust from this election settles, it will be urgently necessary to once again fuse patriotic, idealistic, and inclusive conservatism with Jacksonian nationalism.”

After? How about before? If conservatives don’t support the Jacksonians (i.e. Trump) now there won’t be a party left to unite.

Here’s the condensed version of the article:

You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know… morons.

Seriously, imagine the reaction if this article was referring to “people of color” instead of white trash. The author’s attitude reminds me of white progressives from the Victorian era talking about the White Man’s Burden.

“Those knuckleheads are like big children. They mean well, but they need our guidance and supervision.”

Fucking fucksticks.

Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child

Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain

Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”

Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

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121 Responses to Condescend Much?

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I picked a bad year to quit drinking.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Seriously – shit like this makes me want to get hammered and start ranting until I pass out.

      • dm says:

        I’m right there with you…just read about Ryan saying he would have no problem suing the president if he/she acted outside their authority….really…really??? Apparently, he has had no issue with Obama who constantly does most everything OUTSIDE HIS FUCKIN’ AUTHORITY…where did I put that bottle opener, dammit.

        • Dora says:

          I’m furious. Can’t stand the man! Don’t worry about any lawsuit though. The 1990 Immigration Act gives the president complete discretion in stopping the immigration of any class of people he chooses.

          It must go back further than that. I recall Jimmy Carter banning the Iranians from entering during the end of the 70s.

          I hope Ryan is defeated badly in his election.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          I just bite mine off,
          I m that MAD!!! 😡

        • Venus says:

          Good thing the wall was approved in 2006 –just never built.
          And good thing the POTUS has authority to stop anyone coming into this country he views as a threat to national security –just ask Jimmy Carter re: Iran. Even Iranians legally here on student visas and enrolled in school had to leave..

          • blowme0bama says:

            Exactly. I believe the actual quotes from Ryan included recognition of the immigration authority. It really was more signaling for his globalist donors than anything of substance. But yeah, he needs to be separated from his office with that effing attitude.

          • Lulu says:

            All of his “virtue signaling” on behalf of terrorists sounds rather desperate. Have they threatened to kill his dog or cut off his money? I remember once when I was a kid someone acted like that when my father was firing them. Fake virtue and denial, etc and a lot of wind-bagging. For some reason I was there where he worked when it was going on. He said to the guy “Eh, save it for your mother.” That is how I feel about Paul Ryan.

          • CiscoKid says:

            Carter used Presidential authority under the McCarran-Walter Nationality Act of 1952.

        • CiscoKid says:

          Agree! What the F’k has Ryan been doing all these years?
          Apparently sitting with his thumb up his ass.
          I’ll pour the first drink.

      • Lulu says:

        Why would they even address such backward, white trash who can’t read. Why would they care now? It isn’t an apology (not that I read it because I don’t give a hoot what they think) nor even a rethinking. I though we were all supposed to die. Is their tiny readership shrinking even more? Are their sneering homely writers not being invited on speaking tours? I think they are getting shunned as they should be. Now they are trying to weasel it and get back to where they were and they can’t. Shunning is so much fun and takes no effort. Learn it NR.

      • Island Girl says:

        Just do it…….then do it again for Friday night full moon start of summer Fathers Day wacko weekend. What could go wrong

  2. Dora says:

  3. 49erDweet says:

    To be fair, when your mommy and daddy and teachers and professors and just everybody always tell you how “smart” you are, you eventually believe them.

    • blowme0bama says:

      LOL…true. These journalists could be quite humbled by trying to actually, you know, earn a living doing something other than sniffing each others’ collective ass.

      That sort of reality has a way of humbling the overinflated ego.

  4. Dora says:

  5. Mt.Laurel says:

    The radical middle? They really have lost it and I am sure this is now part of common core. Its ok to use radical for the majority of real citizens but not actual terrorists? Heaven forbid the pragmatic realists that understand most people are not far left nor far right of center exist. And worse that centrists might have the temerity to approach each issue based on the relevant facts, ethics and personal values not just tow the party line. Such true representatives of mainstream must not be allowed to have opinions. Let alone vote.. The3y might let it out that all the artificial divides that are being constructed are not just fake but meant to keep people from asking about all those people hiding behind the curtain. :cloud_tornado:

  6. Dora says:

  7. helenk3 says:

    The PC world

  8. taw46 says:

  9. SHV says:

    “Students at Wayne State University no longer have to take a single math course to graduate”
    Math., English, punctuality, deportment, etc., etc. are part of the White Patriarchy’s use of the education system to marginalize POC.

  10. Myiq2xu™ says:

  11. Myiq2xu™ says:


    Some Delegates Plotting “Dump Trump” Coup

    Eh, as I’ve said, I’m not particularly against it (I consider this possibly the last eelection that will ever matter in America, and I’m wililng to support anything that can increase the odds of winning it), but I really doubt the #NeverTrump and Establishment types have any kind of balls to do this.

    They’re talkers, complainers, whiners, and passive-aggressive bitches. That’s why they were rejected in the first place.

  12. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I could stand out in front of my house around 7:15 pm and try to get a pic of me flipping off AF1 as it comes in low and slow to Castle. The landing approach comes right over the middle of Merced. That’s why I grew up having B-52’s disrupting classes. (They take off over Winton.)

    I could do that. Or I could watch Jeopardy. And who knows, the Giants/TBB game might run over 3 hours and I might be busy watching that.

    I doubt that Obama could see me flipping him off anyway, even if he was looking out the window.

  13. Dora says:

  14. taw46 says:

    “Ryan instructs Republicans to follow their “conscience” on Trump: In his interview for “Meet the Press” that will air on Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan essentially gave every Republican license to follow their conscience in whether or not to support Donald Trump.”

  15. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • CiscoKid says:

      What needs to be done will be done.
      No turning the other cheek. No, not anymore.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        The media will spin it so that the Trump supporters attacked defenseless protestors.

        • 49erDweet says:

          You forgot “evil” and “innocent”.

        • DeniseVB says:

          The media would like nothing more than a bloodbath on Trump’s watch so they can point and say, “his mean words made them do that!”.

          • driguana says:

            All the bikers I know are actually pretty darn smart and a lot of them are vets. They will do something very tactical to, first of all, avoid confrontation but certainly not back down if they are confronted. And all kind of cameras and phones will be rolling. It would be very interesting, for example, to see them surround the protesters so they are in between those they are attacking and the bikers. The paid-for protesters would have no where to go after they assault people except through the bikers. And, of course, Phoenix is Sheriff Joe country so that will add to the interest.Power to the people!!! Populism on the rise…

    • Anthony says:

      Yup. Glad to see this is FINALLY happening

  16. DeniseVB says:

    This is the guy primarying Paul Ryan. 😀

  17. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I got to be rude to a D2D salesman. He knocked once and ignored him because I didn’t know it was and I was watching the Giants game. Then he knocked again.

    I opened the door and glowered at him and his 20-something sidekick. He looked like a 40-ish surfer dude. He went into his schpiel about solar panels and I interrupted him and said “I’m watching the game!” and slammed the door in their faces. They were stunned.

    I feel a lot better now.

  18. Dora says:

  19. Myiq2xu™ says:

  20. Venus says:

    This was posted on Scott Adams’s blog (“Where is Trump’s Third Act), by a commenter named Stick. I don’t necessarily agree with all his points and conclusions, but I thought it was a solid enough analysis that was deserving of being shared.

    Trump has dominated this week.

    1. Orlando proved him right and Hillary and Obama wrong. Half of America agrees with a ban on Muslim immigration.

    2. Trump’s Speech forced Obama to take center stage to defend himself. Obama was incoherent, pissy and adrift. There were no white cops to blame. It is noticeable that Obama cannot bring himself to tell his fellow Muslims to quit bitterly clinging to their religion and guns.

    3. Hillary has been shoved to the back shelf after agreeing with with Trump’s ‘Radical Islam’ as the problem. Obviously, she doesn’t know what to do when the 3:00AM phone rings – again. She hides and hopes the
    media will create a story to get her off the hook. (Ben Rhodes is probably cooking up another YouTubeVideo to make this go away). CBS is ready to report.

    4. Orlando presents the problem of what happens when registered Dems go Hog Wild on registered Dems. Mateen, a registered Muslim Dem shot 100 registered Gay Hispanic Dems in a Swing State the Dems must take to prevent Trump from the WH. That is three key Token groups of the DNC, Hispanic, Muslim, and the sainted Gays. Which one will the DNC embrace? Which one will they discard? No, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too, in Florida this November. Choices are required.

    5. Who to blame? Manhattan Media has been going full throttle trying to blame guns, Republicans, Christians, Trump, Whites in general, and America. So far they have failed (see 50% favorable for banning Muslim immigration) . Denial, deflection and projection are not working because too many people are paying too close of attention for it to work.

    6. Mexican Fascists have decided to practice Non-Violence. Trump’s Dallas rally saw a solid turnout of Mexican
    Supremacists waving Mexican Flags, but surprisingly, there was no violence. The non-violence may have been due to the fact of armed Trump supporters openly carrying weapons and guarding the venue. The second amendment in service to the first – How Constitutional and Law and Orderly.

  21. Jadzia says:

    t is clear at this point that the socialists WANT to be voted out in the next election. This baloney is close to the opposite of why I came here.

    • DandyTIger says:

      When you allow immigration/migration in the numbers they do, and on top of that the demographics of population growth, there is less and less assimilation. France will be a majority muslim country with all the trappings of culture, religion, and language that comes with that. If they want to keep some of their culture and language or at least let it evolve in a more slow and natural way, they may want to have some controls over immigration.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Being open and have people come and go, and really have no claim to a particular culture or language or really state, is cool too. Whatever people want. Just so they understand the policies they have and what the consequences may be.

      • Jadzia says:

        Popular opinion is against the migration; the question is how bad things are going to get before we can get rid of these folks in the next election.

      • Jadzia says:

        Moreover, none of the individual countries in the EU really have control over their immigration policy anymore. It’s set by the bureaucrats in Brussels and once you’re in one country, you can go anywhere you want. In that sense, we’re similar to the US–Texas can’t set its own immigration policy because that policy is set at the national level. Same thing here, only substitute “supranational” for “national.”

        • blowme0bama says:

          So it doesn’t really matter what the French do at their next election since a federal bureaucracy is largely immune from local resentment.

      • Jadzia says:

        Also, if by “they” you mean France generally, I would like to point out that the French people are not the same thing as the French government any more than the American people are the same thing as the Obama administration. Folks seem to understand the difference between the two when it comes to the USA, but when it comes to France (and other European countries for that matter), not so much.

    • Ann says:

      You know, you’d have thought France would have learned from Algiers. It wasn’t all that long ago. Heck, most of Hubby’s relatives went to France, not the US when things went down and the revolt happened, and most of his aunts and uncles are still alive. (His parents and brother came to the US to join his father’s brother who had gotten out of Tunisia a few years before.)

      That is a lot of French citizens that recall being run out of an Arab country, and the way it all went down. The stories those people can tell…

  22. DandyTIger says:

    The new Shakers

    Identity politics with their victim hierarchy means the power rests with where you are on the hierarchy. Or with those that control the hierarchy itself. The will to power means people will move themselves up the hierarchy either by changing it so they’re higher, invent new groups to be in that raises their status, or changing their very identity in order to move up the hierarchy.

    It seems like it becomes musical chairs. They battle each other over a smaller share. The trans movement shows how absurd and pitiful this can get. Funnily women are always required to make room for each new group. If you’re a white male, you better be gay or identify as a woman. Or invent some new group to identify with.

    I don’t think it will end well.

  23. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Oakland has been firmly under Democrat control for decades.

  24. Dora says:

    She’s vanished? Why am I not surprised?

    Orlando Shooter’s Wife Wanted on Suspicion of Aiding Massacre Has ‘Vanished’ According to Family

  25. Dora says:

  26. CiscoKid says:

    “Authorities have raided dozens of homes and arrested 12 suspects in a major antiterrorism investigation that required immediate action”.
    That’s all I read on a moving scroll labeled breaking news on a local tv station.
    No mention of who are authorities, local, State or Fed?
    Going back to bed.
    I’m sure that later not one suspect will be a muslim
    Right wing Republican Trump supporters and NRA will be the spin.

  27. Dora says:

    The mayor doesn’t like these flags.

    West Hollywood plastered with rainbow #ShootBack signs

  28. DeniseVB says:

    Morning smile🙂

  29. helenk3 says:

    Gingrich “lets create a new version of house un american activiities committee.? Yeah that worked so well under Joe McCarthy

    • DeniseVB says:

      I have a feeling McCarthy was way ahead of his time. The “protesters” at Trump rallies are the most unamerican thugs of this generation anyhow.

    • Dora says:

      Just a little clarification. The founder and head of the House Un-American Activities Committee was Rep. Martin Dies. Joe McCarthy never even served in the house. I can’t help it; I’m a history buff. Besides, Sen. McCarthy gets too much blame for things he didn’t do.

  30. taw46 says:

    • elliesmom says:

      I have two British friends who are debating this on Facebook. One is an academic from Cambridge, and she’s for staying. For her it’s all about economics. She’s afraid the UK will be hurt badly in the import/export arena. The other is a buyer for a major department store. For her, it’s all about the politics. Her last comment was, “We’ve allowed Germany to decimate Europe twice already.” Neither one has any idea of which way the vote will go, but I find it interesting the one whose job depends more on economics says get the hell out now.

  31. votermom says:

  32. lyn says:

    It was a Democratic Oregon poll.
    “Kitzhaber’s 23 percent favorability rating was even below that of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who won support from 25 percent of respondents. However, that gap is within the poll’s margin of error, plus or minus 3.5 percent.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m not sure how Obama keeps over a 50% favorabilty in the polls? Probably with an assist from media who blames everything wrong with the country on white Republicans too?

      • Venus says:

        Same common core math that has employment at 5% and Trump behind Hillary.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        You have to look at how the questions are worded. BO is in the low 20’sor lower on polls that ask thing such as: Are you disappointed in BO?

        Also, poll masters highlight numbers they want. If a poll asks five questions and four of them do not show the desired results for X, then only the responses to the single question that does meet with the desired results is used in calculations.

        Lies. Dammed lies, And statistics.

  33. DeniseVB says:

    Pray for our country.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      This happened when he was seven, He is now 11 and if he did it at this age they would likely put him in jail. Because kids doing kid stuff is bad if it offends the wrong people. They made an example out of a small child doing something completely normal.

      But if you have the right connections and get to have a TV show no one watches and brag about sexually abusing a younger sibling in print and have dad that talks about how he likes to watch you sex scenes -well that just fine folks.

  34. Venus says:

    Good morning TCHers!
    Remember the gloating from the MSM and #NeverTrumps when Trump lost IA — a state he was never supposed to have a chance in –he literally started off the race double digits behind Cruz, Jeb! and Marco — yet only lost by a few points?
    Or how about after the Heidi Cruz retweet or the loss in WI? “No one is getting to 1237”
    This is the same type of hysteria now based on b.s. polls showing him 6 points behind for an election that is taking place in November.
    Never mind he was double digits behind before and is closing the gap.
    It’s going to be a long slough to November and there will be plenty of anxiety along the way as everyone in the establishment is against Trump and us peons. But the good news is: the establishment has been DEAD WRONG about Trump the entire way. There is no indication that they’re all of a sudden right now.

  35. DeniseVB says:

    Tomi ! Smash! Boom! This brought tears to my eyes. She’s that wonderful❤

  36. foxyladi14 says:


  37. helenk3 says:

    Editor’s note: Members of the anti-gay
    Westboro Baptist Church are in a protest standoff with
    counter-protesters outside the funeral of a Orlando Pulse nightclub
    shooting victim. The counter-protesters, which far outnumber the
    anti-gay protesters, are blocking the way to a cathedral. It is unclear
    if the anti-gay protesters are going to continue protesting at other
    Orlando funerals today or in the coming days. – Andrew

    End of note

    these sick bastards take the name of the lord in vain. they do more harm in the name of God than any one

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