Radically Fundamental

Tabloid reporter Jake Tapper called it one the most radical inaugural speeches in American history. Whether it was so much to prompt him to make Aliyah as a result is not known. Though within context of the pablum of modern politics, the incoming president’s remarks yesterday were radical indeed. But just what it is that made them so radical is the most radical element of all.

Trump’s speech was quite brief, and jarringly devoid of his predecessor’s customary self-reverence. We replaced me so frequently that one almost got the sense of listening to a Hellenic citizen commander rather than another His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal, Al Hadji, Doctor, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.

My impressions of various passages are below.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

The Western political right is comprised of vast and varied interest groups, all focused on their own discrete issues. Constitutional conservatives, ethno and civic nationalists, reactionaries, and liberty advocates are broad examples. If it is possible to capture any overlap among these factions it is probably done in the statement above. Because no matter their specific perspective, Trump is describing the right’s fundamental critique: the Western decoupling of state from nation. When critics rail against the establishment this is their complaint, whether conscious of it or not.

However rare in practice, the state exists to advance the interests and welfare of the nation, not the other way around. Members of the state apparatus have confused this relationship throughout history, and been frequently replaced as a result. America’s process of peaceful replacement has not been history’s norm. But that is what occurred yesterday, and Trump’s first words were its acknowledgement.

As an aside, precedent suggests (insistently) that Trump’s expansive sense of nation won’t offer a sustainable foundation. Though what he misses in conception of nation he understands fully in conception of state. He tapped into the innate and eternal dissatisfaction with leaders pursuing ends indifferent or inimical to their people. No one elevates another to piss down his back. This election was no more complicated than that. Trump reiterated the point from the outset, and didn’t stop there.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

Again the state exists to serve the nation. Whether Trump actually believes in the paradigm I don’t know. But I do know he’s the only politician in years to so conspicuously acknowledge it.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Trump proceeds to offshore the same theme. The state not only exists to serve the nation, but one nation specifically. America is not a global ATM, a corporate market segment, or a flophouse for foreigners. It is actually a people’s home. A home they have meticulously constructed from blood, sweat, and inspiration for themselves and their posterity.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

But what about free markets and indigenous peoples? Doesn’t he even care? No. Foreigners have their own governments and representation. Our President is hired to work for us. And economic abstractions will never repay any man’s allegiance.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

Even Russians? What if a nation doesn’t allow transgendered BLTs to masturbate in its church pews? Is Trump actually saying they shouldn’t be bombed?

It’s interesting how a prominent American mindset (highly concentrated in a certain quadrant) evolved to view deviations from its exquisite moral boundaries as intolerable events, even when they occur beyond its own geographical boundaries. Killing the offenders being generally seen as less of an ethical transgression. Thus first by force, then by legislative acts and the fiat of courts (bearing the threat of additional force), the vast constitutionally-intended latitude of 50 sovereign states was whittled down to the freedom to choose designs on license plates. Everything else to be standardized according to the sensibilities of a liberal Boston suburbanite.

Foreign policy has traced the same arc. America has come to view itself as Earth’s Acela Corridor and other countries as Mississippi. How can they do what’s so wrong when we’re plainly telling them what’s right? Though there are some real strategic advantages in focusing less on the presumed moral infirmities of distant others and more on making sure your grandchildren don’t grow up in San Pedro Sula. But at least being America’s Mississippi does have advantages for foreigners: they’re all Americans and can all move to New York.

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

Well, that’s a bit of contradiction with his prior point on foreign restraint. Though give me a single instance of misery and foolishness resulting from a grandiose rhetorical flourish.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

Any example at all. I’ll just be right here waiting.

Though just how Trump plans to utterly eliminate a significant component of a billion plus geographically dispersed practitioners is beyond my reckoning. A more manageable and philosophically consistent approach would be to simply deny them entry to America and let the rest ululate to the heavens in their sand hovels. But if nothing else Trump is to be given credit for explicitly articulating the JQ: the jihadi question. And that’s more than most politicians could manage.

The third act of his speech was a homage to the colorblind national unity that is most visibly on display in conversations on Black Twitter. This was where Trump was most conventional. We can all wish the bitter friction of disparate tribes would abate, just as men on a doomed airplane would wish for release from gravity’s grasp. They are completely understandable yearnings. And completely frivolous as matters of transportation or public policy. With only some 10,000 years as evidence, we can make a preliminary conclusion that diversity equals conflict and no amount of well-crafted wordsmanship will change that.

Though it will probably take a longer epoch than man’s present time on Earth for something so obvious to settle into the liberal psyche. Which brings me back to Jake Tapper’s thoughts on the inaugural address: one of the most radical in history.

That common reaction strikes me as what was actually most radical. That breath is taken away by a President pledging to prioritize his own country and its people over others who are not. A statement which would be considered bland boilerplate by a society of even tenuous mental health is the stuff of shirt-rending to charlatans and the psychotic.

So I enjoyed the inaugural address. In much the same manner of quiet appreciation as for a man who tells you his Toyota is a car and not a troop of orangutans. Stating the obvious is pleasantly radical when custom has come to demand otherwise. Let’s hope there are many more radically fundamental acts to follow.

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21 thoughts on “Radically Fundamental

  1. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

    Any example at all. I’ll just be right here waiting.”

    The word to focus on is created not born. Biologically it is true that all men are created equal

      • John C. Calhoun in 1848:

        If we trace it back, we shall find the proposition differently expressed in the Declaration of Independence. That asserts that “all men are created equal.” The form of expression, though less dangerous, is not less erroneous. All men are not created. According to the Bible, only two, a man and a woman, ever were, and of these one was pronounced subordinate to the other. All others have come into the world by being born, and in no sense, as I have shown, either free or equal.

        But this form of expression being less striking and popular, has given way to the present, and under the authority of a document put forth on so great an occasion, and leading to such important consequences, has spread far and wide, and fixed itself deeply in the public mind. It was inserted in our Declaration of Independence without any necessity. It made no necessary part of our justification in separating from the parent country, and declaring ourselves independent.

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  3. “America has come to view itself as Earth’s Acela Corridor and other countries as Mississippi.”…. That’s fucking excellent!

  4. I was hoping Trump would say “Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo,” like he did in one of his campaign speeches.

    Americanism is a great term. It’s like a re-branding of Steve Sailer’s “citizenism”: an implicitly white American patriotism theoretically open to anyone. And who could possibly be against that? The anti-Americanists?

    I’m sure Steve Bannon or Steven Miller (lotsa Steves involved) came up with that one. Bannon said he wants to build a nationalist/populist working class coalition that will rule for the next 50 years. He thinks he can get 60% of the white vote and 40% of the black and Hispanic vote.

    Back in reality Trump won about 60% of whites, 30% of Hispanics and Asians, and 10% of blacks. But it’s not far-fetched to think that Trump or future Americanist presidential candidates could bump it up to 65% among whites, 35% among Asians and Hispanics, and 15% among blacks. That would be enough to rule for a long time.

    Trump’s Americanism trumps anti-Americanism ™

  5. The fight has just begun. The press is against you. People of color are against you. Women are against you. The protests are in the millions and will only grow bigger. We are going to contact our congress persons and make sure Trump is neatralized

    Richard Spencer got beat down. Racists will be thwarted. The alt right will be destroyed. We are the rebel alliance. You guys are the evil empire in Star Wars. You will lose

    • Tiny, are you actually as dumb as your comment history suggests? Or do you just get paid based on numbers?

      Improve the quality of your remarks or watch the 12 seconds you devote to crafting them go to waste in the ether.

      • I think he is sarcastically trolling the left. Nobody could be that stupid.

        “Neatralizing” gave it away. Trump is already neat, indeed cool.

    • Well, you can always get what you want right now and go live in lands recently “liberated” from the White man – South Africa, Zaire & Zimbabwe come to mind.

      Why aren’t you living there in your victorious alliance? In fact, why is it that every time you win a land from us you immediately want to leave it and come and live under our “racist oppression”?

      Diny Tick. methinks you are really an anti-Black racist. Not one of you wants to go live in a Black ruled land, do you?

      • No, they don’t. Witness what nearly every black person does when they acquire sufficient means – they move to a white neighborhood, as far away from other blacks as possible.

    • Star Wars is fiction. Not even good fiction.

      Some coward sucker punched Spencer and ran away like a little girl, and now we’re supposed to tremble? Is that the best you’ve got?

      • The guy was identified. Have you seen the pictures? In one he is on his back with a dog bowl on his chest and a woman crapping into it. Apparently he was then going to eat it.

    • Tiny Dick, 6% of the public trust the press, people of color have no power nor do women or is that not obvious to you yet? You smooth brained fuck! What has whining (protesting) changed? You gonna write some letters? Will they be as compelling as the tedious drivel I’m now rebuking? To beat someone down one must actually knock them down, of course, you being a cowardly beta boy you would not know the first thing about squaring up with a man in the street and exchanging blows. Falling down in the fetal position when someone shouts USA! is not exactly thwarting, destroying, or winning anything you ugly cuckling.

  6. “Africa in general and Uganda in particular”
    Pure brilliance. How many years have we been told that revoking passports for returning ISIS fighters is radical
    But waging a 15 year war of futility in a country that doesn’t even have a military is reasonable.
    It’s rare to see the acknowledgement that it’s more important (and ever so easy) to prevent ISIS from coming here, than to eliminate every last member. Remember, they don’t have ICBMs.
    Every single problem has been caused by immigration–mostly legal.

    • Yes, it’s a stupid problem to have. As porter often says, we don’t have to live this way. I personally could not care less what those people do to each other as long as they do it over there. Not our problem.

  7. Please permit me to post and anecdote.

    Trump’s speech must be resonating with people in western Washington. I stopped at Mrs. Beesley’s Burgers http://bit.ly/2iUYEJi yesterday in the Triggerwagon with “Trump, Do the White Thing” signboards. I enjoyed my lunch in the pleasant company of other patrons in the dining room and left coffee to go. Outside I was confronted by a couple of self-righteous tough guys and their women. I asked the women why they were hanging around with cucks who were too cowardly to stand up for their people. The women implored me to leave and go back to the woods. I told them I had changed my mind and was going to be sticking around for a while longer. As I re-entered the diner I was pleased by the warm reception and encouragement I received from the staff and patrons. Apparently my detractors also noticed this because I could soon hear them at the walk-up window demanding a refund for their to-go order because they no longer felt safe eating food prepared for them by a staff was sympathetic to me. The manager refused to refund their money and the anti-Whites demanded to speak with the owner. To my delight, the manager informed them that she would be happy to call the owners but it would take them 30 minutes to drive to the restaurant because they lived far out in the woods.

    I would have loved to see the looks on those anti-White faces when they registered those words.

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