Roy Moore Is Not a Loss for Trump

Much has been made of the Republican Primary for an Alabama special election which took place this past Tuesday night between Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore. The reason is the amount of attention it received from higher ups in the GOP, President Trump and Mitch McConnell in particular.

The election is being held to fill the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions as he left to take on the duties of Attorney General. Both McConnell and Trump had backed Luther Strange in the primary, with the latter holding a rally in Alabama last Friday to stump for Strange. Vice President Mike Pence also held a rally for Strange in the days leading up to Tuesday.

The voters had different ideas however, and expressed them by handing Moore the victory. It wasn’t even close. This has caused a bit of a stir in the political punditry business, as your standard politial bloviator can not conceive of a situation in which a local candidate losing with the explicit support of the President, Vice President and Senate Majority Leader as anything other than a disaster.

As usual, the conventional political analysis is wrong.

By all accounts, Luther Strange was the candidate with the GOP Establishment seal of approval, while Roy Moore was the candidate which espoused a more ‘traditionalist’ mindset, which is a large element of the Make America Great Again mindset in totality. The voters preferred the latter.

The intervention of Trump undoubtedly clouds things, and there is no doubt the fact that he backed a losing horse here is a bit of a negative. But it is more than dwarfed by the big picture, which is that Trumpism is larger than Trump the man. The media has gone to great lengths to describe how ‘crazy’ Moore is, pointing out endlessly that he was kicked from the Alabama bench twice, once for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from public display, and the other time for refusing to abide by the gay marriage law of 2015. He also famously waived a gun around on stage during a speech in show of his support for the Second Amendment.

To the standard political bloviator, these things are highly problematic. To Trump voters, however, this is the exact sort of fight that DC politicians, even supposedly conservative politicians, have failed to show for a long time. For decades, traditional minded voters have watched as politician after politician promised to uphold their values, and then subsequently went on to surrender all of those values, right down to the sanctity of the girls’ bathroom.

It is the reason Trump himself won, despite being ‘unpresidential.’ To this day, this charge is leveled against him as evidence of his failure as a President. However, the fact that he is not another Bush, Obama or Clinton is his exact appeal, as ‘presidential’ has come to mean the slow but sure destruction of American heritage and values in each and every respect. May Trump continue to be ‘unpresidential.’

Similarly, someone like Moore is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the staid ‘conservatives’ like McConnell which have polluted the DC air for too long. Indeed, it was probably the association with McConnell that sunk Strange.

In the wake of Strange’s defeat, many pundits are just now asking questions about an upheaval on the right, as though 2016 didn’t happen. Their wonderment at the result suggests they are still unaware of the realignment that has taken place over the last 18 months. Politics is no longer Republicans versus Democrats vying for which side of the Uniparty coin will be face up. It is about the establishment Republicans, Democrats, their special interests and mainstream media, which collectively making up the Uniparty, against those who want to MAGA.

In Alabama, the MAGA candidate won, and in doing so defied Trump himself. This, combined with Tennessee senator Bob Corker, Uniparty denizen announcing that he would not stand for re-election in 2018, represented a YUGE night for MAGA politics. As I wrote before, it is indicative of a Trumpism which is politically viable without Trump himself leading the charge. This is the theme for the 2018 terms.

Donald Trump, Culture Warrior: The Charlottesville and NFL Theatres

Back in 1835, Alexis De Tocqueville had this to say as part of his observations on the American press:

The spirit of the journalist in America consists in a crude, unvarnished, and unsubtle attack on the passions of his readers; he leaves principles aside to seize hold of men whom he pursues into their private lives exposing their weaknesses and defects.

Such an abuse of the powers of thought has to be deplored.

In modern America, the journalist, intellectual and celebrity classes have by and large expended great effort in conveying its distaste for American heritage and values. This was made clear to average folks in moments like Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes earlier this year, when she warned that without the boundless diversity of Hollywood, all we would have to watch were the clearly inferior ‘football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.’

Our supposed intellectual betters construct this anti-American heritage argument by first declaring America to be the world’s greatest evil, owing to her racism, bigotry and colonialism, as if she invented these things. They then follow this up by advocating for the US to be rebuilt from the ground up along the lines of equalism, diversity and multiculturalism above all else, in order to rectify these sins.

It is basic Cultural Marxism, but it garners a wide appeal because its ultimate aims are noble sounding. Its failing lies in the fact that its method for achieving these aims is highly flawed. Consider Herbert Marcuse, whose views helped form the intellectual foundation for Cultural Marxism, and his idea of what ‘tolerance’ means.

the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. In other words, today tolerance appears again as what it was in its origins, at the beginning of the modern period–a partisan goal, a subversive liberating notion and practice. Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression.

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Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as of word.

This Orwellian definition of ‘tolerance’ relies on the premise that all humans are exactly the same and thus the only explanation for differences in outcomes and quality of life must be discrimination or oppression. To fix this, the culture must be mandated to replace the dominant force with the less dominant force in order to balance the scales. In practice this means tamping down anything white, male, Christian, and heterosexual , as it has undue ‘privilege.’

Over the last month and a half, President Trump has involved himself in a couple of high profile incidents which highlight these cultural battles nicely. Read more