It is hard to accept that the Democrats, “the Evil Party,” after campaigning for the past two years as “post-American,” if not “anti-American,” were rewarded by voters with a new majority in the House of Representatives. Perhaps endlessly gullible White Americans fell for the old-fashioned “bread-and-butter” economic and social issues, believing that they were electing moderates who were going to fund schools and parks instead of radicals who will end up voting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer to abolish ICE and impeach Trump? Or did demographic changes in these swing districts reach tipping points in the past two years – the importation of a new electorate which a leaked memo from one of Hillary Clinton’s directors revealed is “a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success”? Or, worst of all, are White Americans so self-hating and ethno-masochistic that they do not care if they are literally replaced – if their past is erased and their future is aborted? It is probably some combination of all three. There was hardly the “Blue Wave” which the Democrats have been trumpeting for the past two years, although that is small given the gridlock (goodbye, border wall) and grandstanding (hello, impeachment circus) to come.
It is not as if the Republican-controlled Congress did much to earn reelection, anyway. After all, what did they do for two years? They passed a temporary tax cut and failed spectacularly to repeal/replace “ObamaCare.” This lack of legislative achievements is mainly the result of Pres. Donald Trump's naiveté and the Republicans’ duplicity. Several times, for instance, Trump played Charlie Brown to the Republicans’ Lucy, with funding for the border wall as the football. Republicans shoveled money to every conceivable special interest and pressure group (especially the military-industrial complex) yet obstinately refused to fund a border wall. So Trump should be criticized for getting fooled so many times and coming away with nothing on his signature issue. He wasted crucial time on Rep. Paul Ryan’s unpopular and irrelevant “fiscal-conservative” agenda. The “Stupid Party” continues to find new ways to lose.
On other issues, such as broader immigration reform, there was never much hope of legislative progress anyway, given the cohort of Republican “cuckservatives” in the Senate (most of whom are now either retired or dead), as well as the Democrats’ electoral dependence on legal and illegal mass-immigration. Now there is certainly no hope of legislative progress, as Democrats in the House will not support any bill which does not include unconditional amnesty for the entire illegal population of the U.S.A. (recently revised upward from 11.3 million to 22.8 million).
Nevertheless, Trump can continue to accomplish a good deal unilaterally. He can keep renegotiating stupid American “free-trade” deals (which effectively subsidize foreign imports while penalizing domestic exports) to protect industries and communities from displacement. He can keep enforcing the laws at the border (which until now were more honored in the breach than in the observance) to deter the crime, poverty, and disease of illegal immigration. Unfortunately, Trump’s foreign-policy/national-security team is horrendous, made up of bloodthirsty neocons who think that the biggest mistake in the Iraq War was withdrawing too soon. Indeed, Trump in particular and the Republican Party in general is bankrolled by the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a hardcore Zionist who cares more about where the U.S.A. puts its embassy in his home country than the political, cultural, social, and economic crises in his host country. “Regime change” in Syria and Iran, while certainly desired by Trump’s neocons, may be off the table at the moment, but all it would take is another false-flag attack (like the “gassings” in August 2013, April 2017, and April 2018), to prompt another kneejerk retaliation and potentially ignite a wider war.
Trump’s prospective executive order on “birthright citizenship” is a good example of what he could still do with a Democrat-controlled House. Birthright citizenship is, contrary to all the sputtering journalists and pundits, not in the Constitution: it is a highly interpretive reading of the Fourteenth Amendment pieced together by a series of disparate Supreme-Court rulings, some as late as 1983. Birthright citizenship has not only led to huddled masses of Mexicans sneaking across the border to have babies which they can use as “anchors” for the “chain migration” of the rest of their family (hence the term “anchor baby”), but also to “birth tourism” by wealthy Russians, Chinese, and Saudi Arabians, who visit the country as tourists in order to have babies whom automatically inherit all the perks of American citizenship. For what it is worth, even the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment had nothing like birthright citizenship in mind. In short, birthright citizenship is an unlawful and harmful policy – and thus, fittingly, not once put to a vote, but rather ruled into “law” by judges. “We’re the only place, just about, that’s stupid enough to do it,” remarked Trump. If Trump issues such an executive order, it will immediately prompt lawsuits by pro-immigration activists like the ACLU, and although lower-court judges will eagerly strike it down, the Supreme Court (recently fortified by conventionally conservative “originalists” like Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh) should uphold it, just as it earlier upheld Trump’s objectively legal “travel ban.” Trump is now in a position where he can do what the Democrats have been doing for decades and use the judiciary as a backstop for policies that cannot get through the legislature.
The Republicans not only gained seats in the Senate, but also replaced Republican cuckservatives who were disloyal to their party and their country (such as Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker) with loyal Republicans. The only bad news in the Senate is that the cuckservative Willard “Mitt” Romney won in Utah. (Ironically, Romney, who relocated from Massachusetts to Utah in order to run among his Mormon co-religionists, won by employing the sort of “identity politics” for which he criticizes Trump.) Even with Romney’s virtue-signaling and tone-policing, however, a more cooperative Senate means that Trump should be able to get a stronger Cabinet confirmed. Forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who was not only the sole Cabinet member doing his job, but also one of the first Republicans to campaign with Trump back in 2015) because he perhaps erred in letting the “Russian-collusion” investigation get out of control, however, is not a good start.
The Democrats in the House may vote to impeach Trump, and while that will go nowhere in the Senate, just as the investigation of non-existent “Russian meddling” distracted and handicapped Trump, so an impeachment circus could further detract from his effectiveness. His “tweeting” would be endless, acrimonious, and useless.
A political realignment is underway. Starting with Barack Obama, the Democrats have been pursuing their “coalition-of-the-ascendant” strategy, which is, simply put, to abandon white voters (particularly ruralite white men), who are demographically “descending,” in favor of a majority-minority coalition (including suburbanite white women, however), who are demographically “ascending.” The Republicans, on the other hand, have wasted a lot of time with an outdated Reaganite strategy, pontificating about deregulation, privatization, and constitutionalism, which has little relevance to contemporary issues and fails to appeal to the prime Middle-American demographic which the Democrats have abandoned. Trump, however, has revolutionized the Republican Party, and is remaking it to be, in a word, more “nationalist” – that is, more “nativist,” “protectionist,” “isolationist,” and so on, all of which are healthy expressions of “patriotism.” Republican “inreach” to its white base is far more effective than “outreach” to non-white fringes, because making small gains in the share of the white vote is worth more than gaining much larger shares of the non-white vote. This is the so-called “Sailer Strategy,” named after VDare and Taki’s Steve Sailer, which columnist Ross Douthat recently referenced in the New York Times. The retirement of 45 Republican cuckservatives (in other words, the forfeiture of 45 incumbency advantages) was crucial to the Democrats’ midterm success, yet it may prove to be one step backward and two steps forward, as the party realigns to secure its future.
Nothing of value was lost, for instance, in the unexpected defeat of Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma. “America’s immigration problem is not with immigrants, but with Americans,” Russell recently declared in a speech applauded by The Oklahoman as “a reasonable approach to immigration.” According to Russell, the Founding Fathers always envisioned open borders for their country (proof of this is a poem on a plaque that was fixed to a stairway landing at the Statue of Liberty in 1903), and besides, without immigrants (who are clearly superior to stupid, lazy Americans), there would be no economic growth. Russell added that anyone who disagreed with him was probably “sitting on the couch eating his cheese puffs…pecking out hatred and vitriol.” A retired U.S. Army Lt. Col., Russell authored We Got Him!, a memoir trumpeting the capture of Saddam Hussein (who never posed a threat to, or stood much of a chance against, the U.S.A.) as “a triumph of military strategy” which “opened the door for the most recent and essential victory in the War on Terror.” The defeat of such feckless cuckservatives (who would never fund a border wall and end birthright citizenship, or disentangle and deescalate foreign conflicts) will make Republicans in the Congress stronger. As Commissar Ninotchka quipped of Stalin’s reign of terror, “The last mass-trials were a great success! There are going to be fewer but better Russians.”
Trump must continue to push – and be pushed, if necessary – toward the white-inreach strategy, because the alternative is national dispossession as the U.S.A. becomes a majority-minority country. The corporate media will continue to cry that such a strategy is “white nationalism,” but it is merely a reaction to the Democrats’ own strategy of non-white, if not anti-white, identity politics. Indeed, in an op-ed about the Georgia gubernatorial race titled “We Can Replace Them,” The New York Times’ columnist Michelle Goldberg states that while “America is tearing itself apart as an embittered white conservative minority clings to power, terrified at being swamped by a new multiracial polyglot majority,” voters can “show them they’re being replaced” by electing the black female candidate, Stacey Abrams. (Although the Democrats lost that election, legal efforts to reverse the result are already underway there, as well as in Florida.) A seemingly stupid, but actually quite sinister symbol of these left-wing identity politics is the “reimagining” of Norman Rockwell’s art, in which so-called artists replace his working-to-middle-class white characters with new non-whites. It is not enough, apparently, for modern-day art to reflect modern day diversity; old art which does not reflect the non-existent diversity of its time and place must be “retconned,” too. (If there is a better illustration of “presentism,” I have not seen it.)
While anyone white and right-wing who is concerned about mass-immigration’s threats to political unity, cultural identity, economic stability, and national security must carefully guard his or her language for fear of harassment, leftists like Goldberg may publicly vent their deepest, darkest hatreds and fears without any fear of personal or professional consequences. For instance, an “anti-fascist” mob recently showed up at the house of Tucker Carlson (a FOX-News host who has committed the civic heresy of questioning whether diversity really is “our greatest strength”) to chant and riot, nearly beating down his door in the process. No arrests have been made, even though one of the rioters mentioned a pipe bomb, while left-wing pundits like Vox’s Matthew Yglesias and Think Progress’ Adam Peck are in such a privileged position that they actually applauded the mob. No neo-Nazi mobs are going to show up at Goldberg’s house performing anti-Semitic chants and beating down her door, but if one did, it would be swiftly crushed by the police and unanimously condemned by the media.
Yet even in the face of this racial/civilizational revolution and war of state against nation, incompetent, cowardly, or corrupt cuckservatives (who at this point are too contemptible to be named) continue to wring their hands and furrow their brows about “tribalism” among white right-wingers. To them I say simply that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
James Rutledge Roesch lives in Florida. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, as well as the author of From Founding Fathers to Fire-Eaters: The Constitutional Doctrine of States' Rights in the Old South.