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Donald Trump’s “Racism”

January 14, 2018

President Trump’s derogatory remark about Haiti and other countries (in front of members of the opposition) has caused a wave of criticism that the President of the United States is “racist.” He is not. But, opposition to immigration of non-European nationals is a key aspect of Trump’s politics.

To find why, we must go back in time to London, England in the late 1960s. Indian Sikh’s were visible on British transit as bus drivers and Council Housing that had served the white British working class was roiled by the admission of non-white immigrants from the Dominions.

A Conservative member of Parliament, Enoch Powell, took a stand against immigration that attracted the support of British workers who had never supported Conservative politicians, but felt threatened by the influx of immigrants. When the Conservative Party won the 1970 general election, Powell’s supporters claimed that Powell’s stance on immigration guaranteed the Conservative victory.

Donald Trump is our Enoch Powell.

Trump, like Powell, however, is a terribly flawed politician and its anyone’s guess if he remembers or even heard about Enoch Powell.

Powell was a student of the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, and preferred Europeans, the stronger, educated, race that gave England security and supremacy for centuries. Trump, seems to know something about Nietzsche, possibly learned at the military academy he attended. That explains why “Strong” is a “god word” for President Trump. People who are “Strong,” like Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, are the stuff that nations are made from.

Unlike Enoch Powell, President Trump is quite ignorant of most things that are important for an American President. But he may have watched cable news reports about the political instability of the European Union, Brexit, and the resistance to immigration of Muslim refugees by Eastern European members of the EU.

Like Enoch Powell, Donald Trump understands that voters resent illegal immigrants because they dip into welfare programs and, yes, their color. Trump tapped support in key states from white, non-college educated, Americans who had voted for Democrats since the Great Depression and World War II. They are blue-collar workers whose jobs were impacted by free trade agreements, and whose schools from kindergarten to grade 12 were warehouses that stored them until they could no longer be kept legally from leaving school.

These Trump voters were themselves children of immigrants–white European “ethnics”– who still go to Catholic Mass or Protestant services on Sunday, and send their children to Catholic or parochial schools when they can afford them.  Beginning in the 1960s, they found themselves abandoned by the Democrat Party, Protestant Pastors, Catholic priest and nuns, who championed civil rights of African Americans and began to make Social Justice their political religion. Welfare programs were directed to the support of racial minorities, “Affirmative Discrimination” in higher education discriminated against Americans of European stock and “Diversity” was adopted as a “standard” in higher education and public policy.

That was the origin of a new force in American politics, “Reagan Democrats.”

Trump’s appeal to these traditional working class Democrats was enough to win key states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016. For some, especially Evangelicals, Donald Trump affirmed the Christian character of America and saw that confronting a rising Islam was something we needed. That is reflected in the President’s decision to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Notice that Trump’s policy restricting immigration, challenged by jurists in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was directed at Muslim countries. Trump’s base and Trump himself don’t really care about “the Dreamers,” but they damn well want to restrict Muslim immigration.

All the talk about a Wall, DACA, poor African countries and illegal immigration actually hides the real reason that Donald Trump was elected President.  He was the one person who appealed to a section of the voting public who affirmed the right of America to stay Christian, European in origin and “traditional” as opposed to “revolutionary.”  For Trump, the name of “revolution” in America is Barack Obama.

 

 

The Murdochs do It Again

January 14, 2018

Fox News founder, Rupert Murdoch and his sons, fired Roger Ailes, Bill Shine, Bill O’Reilly, Bob Beckel, Jeffrey Lord, and Eric Bolling. Now they’ve done it again. James Rosen, Fox News chief Washington correspondent, is out.

Marie Harf, formerly with Secretary of State John Kerry, Jessica Tarlov, a former Democrat strategist, Eboni WilliamsSteve Hilton and several others are adding a Left of center “Look” at Fox News.

Who’s next to go?

Here’s link to Fox News on-air personalities. Some vocal conservative voices ought to watch out!

Facebook Topics for 2018

January 8, 2018

The New Year began with a winter storm that brought snow and record breaking cold weather to the East Coast, a serious attack on the Trump Presidency in a book by Michael Wolff, the collapse of Steve Bannon’s political ambitions, and a Golden Globe Awards ceremony that revealed a political religion masquerading as Hollywood produced entertainment. On top of that the Washington Times published a story about Breezewood, an anomaly in a key transportation link feeding into the Pennsylvania turnpike.

This year, I’ll focus on our collapsing transportation infrastructure, the burden of our system of Entitlements, domination of higher education by the Left, Steve Bannon’s conservative Leninism, the coming destruction of the GOP and the instability of American democracy in our era of Celebrity Culture..

Taking Back Higher Education

January 1, 2018

During the 18th century, a revolutionary ideology developed in France and was carried to other countries in Western Europe by Napoleon Bonaparte. Alexis de Tocqueville called it esprit revolutionaire and traditional society struggled to resist its implications when their intellectuals adopted French ideas. This condition exists today in American in the form of domination of American colleges and universities by Leftist intellectuals.

Dr. Peter Wood and I gave a presentation on this problem on December 5 that you may access at this link.  At the conclusion of my talk, about 17:49 into this presentation, I accuse wealthy American families by name for neglecting higher education

Instead of focusing on elective politics and public policy, they should take the long term view and follow the example of Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford, or Jerry Fallwell (Liberty University) and Pat Robertson (Regent University) and especially John Sperling (Phoenix). If they begin today, in twenty-five years they will have well established institutions that can grow a leadership elite to replace the declining number of conservative scholars in higher education.

One of the reasons these wealthy Americans do little in this area is due to their ignorance of what and how a university can be founded and managed. There are serious regulatory issues to face including state authorization regulations, accreditation issues and U.S. Department of Education regulations. President Trump blundered into this area of commerce with “Trump University” and was fined $25 million dollars for aggressive marketing of Trump programs.

The second big obstacle is the hiring of scholars not tainted by esprit revolutionaire and modern variants that we associate with Progressive ideology. Let’s assume that you wanted to create a place where future conservative scholars could be educated and earn advanced degrees in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Unfortunately, few good conservative scholars remain whom you would want to hire. Dr. Wood observed that when he was Provost of a college in Manhattan he looked for European scholars who were more likely to have avoided the American disease of Liberalism.

Nevertheless there are scholars to consider for appointment to a new university:

Philosophy (F. Eugene Heath; John Lachs)

History (Mark G. Malvasi; Carey M. Roberts; Larry E. Schweikart)

Classics (David D. Mulroy; E. Christian Kopff)

Art History (Arthur Pontynen)

Political Science (Linda C. Raeder; Jason C. Ross; Clarence F. Sills, Jr.; Scott Secrest)

Literature (Mitchell Kalpakgian; John A. Arnold)

For about $1.5 million a year, a new University can retain conservative scholars to teach courses in disciplines such as those listed above. If wealthy conservatives wanted to follow the example of John Sperling, they could establish a “campus” in a commercial office building and offer graduate programs to educate future scholars to replace the ones lost during the past half century when scholarship was ignored by conservatives.

There are difficult decisions to make such as where to domicile such a university (For God’s sake, don’t establish a university where there are no students). the regional accreditation agency that will accredit new graduate degree programs with a “mix” of online and classroom courses. But all these issues can be sorted out and resolved for under five million dollars a year with an endowment of between $50 and $100 million, if you can find an experienced administrator who has mastered the regulatory system, new technologies, instructional design issues, and is grounded in serious scholarship. Donald Trump should not be your guide.

 

 

Reading List for 2018

December 31, 2017

Students of Eric Voegelin, a political philosopher who participated in the recovery of classical political philosophy, publish an annual list of books to read. Here is a link to their most recent recommendations.

Delenda est Carthago

December 17, 2017

Those of us fortunate to have taken a course in the history of ancient Rome will remember Cato the Elder who would end every speech with the words, “Carthage must be destroyed.” When, finally, the Romans destroyed Carthage, they sowed the ground with salt so that nothing would grow there ever again.

It’s clear to me that to say we conservatives “lost’ higher education is an understatement. We ceased educating our own leadership when we did not replace the W. W. II generation of conservative scholars.

Today we need new accredited universities that can educate our own leaders, not merely the general public.

This is an argument that I’ve stated as far back as the 2009 PhillySoc meeting in Indianapolis and in all the PR put out by Yorktown University beginning in 2000.

We have some great programs at two or three universities: the Foreign Policy Research Institute at Penn, the Claremont Institute at Claremont, and the politics department at Catholic University. But, our position in the Academy has been seriously weakened since “the old days.”

Back then, if you wanted to enter teaching, you looked for a Ph.D. program with three conservative faculty. Today, you’re lucky if you can find one conservative professor in a History or Political Science Department.

This is a condition that can be remedied over the next twenty-five to fifty years–but not before. Those great estates with hundreds of millions of dollars accumulated by the Richardson Merrill family, Shelby Cullom Davis, the Coors and the Mercer families and the Koch brothers could turn the tide by starting their own research universities. Instead, when “conservative” education is mentioned, they seem satisfied to recite the names of Hillsdale College, or Grove City.

If you’re concerned about this indolence, you may find this presentation that was webcast from the studios of the Family Research Council on December 5 interesting.

Peter Wood and I gave presentations on “Anti-Americanism” in American higher education. After viewing our presentations, you may agree that Delenda est Carthago should be our attitude toward the domination of higher education by the Left.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Smith Sings “God Bless America”

December 12, 2017

Kate Smith sings God Bless America while America listens.