Larry Arnhardt posted his latest claim that Trump is exactly like Hitler, and was so aghast at the Claremont Review of Books, that he also called out Charles Kesler for saying things that were just too kind about Trump, in his opinion.
Arnhart then had to suffer numerous amounts of ridicule from the common sense crowd who pretty much said he was a slave to his ideology to make such a comparison just like…the Nazis. We found some jocularity in that.
Arnhart also invented conclusions of an article by Hedley Wright at VDARE by saying that author is contending for an ethic racial nation. He then stated that the Trump is a racist because he would stop temporarily the immigration of certain peoples. If we did not know better we’d say that Arnhart is one of the #RepublicansforHillary. Arnhart is so wrong on the manner of America, it behooves us to point out the obvious:
US Constitution art. 1, section 8 Congress has the power “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the forgoing powers.”
And then there’s this: The US Code 8 USC §1182: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Arnhardt purports to speak for West Coast Straussians about what West Coast means, and then generally, about what Leo Strauss would have done, and who he would have supported. More Soothsaying afoot here, but again, no sooth.
It is preposterous to think one can KNOW what a deceased person for over 40 years would have chosen politically.
If there is one thing scrambled in the Trump phenomenon, it is the fact that he has in a way, unmasked certain conservative for really being a sort of leftist elitist. We are sad to see this in several respects. Hysteria breeds contempt from those who still know what it means when one employs the word “self-evident.” And no the word does not mean “obvious.” But it is obvious that in terms of Trump, to suggest he is “just like” X is to devalue the intellect (in irresponsible ways) that we have respected for years.
Update: I should have linked this post, as the primary posting on the Trump is Hitler claims.
With the demise of the Journal of American Greatness, we have its resurrection in the American Greatness blog. We regret on a certain level it is not an anonymous blog, for there is a value to posts not connected to specific people. It forces us to deal with the argument made in print.
However, that there are actual authors linked to the articles in a public, and manly manor, we are appreciative of the display and the thoughtfulness of the effort.
Every citizen of these states should read the “Declaration of Independence from the Conservative Movement.” Of many thoughtful lines is one like this one:
Today, movement conservatism offers the American people not a choice, but an echo of the Left. Because of this, American Greatness is not an alternative to movement conservatism; it is a refounding of a distinctly American conservatism based upon the self-evident principle of human equality and the rights that flow from it. Just government exists to protect and promote these rights and is therefore necessarily limited, constitutional, and republican in its form.
The notion of “conservatism” (a useless word if there ever was one) has decayed in the pursuit of factional politics:
We hold that America—much like movement conservatism—has lost her way. The nation has succumbed to division and faction, infected by the insidious and foreign virus of identity politics which has robbed Americans of our true identity as one people. We’re undermined further by an ever-growing centralized administrative state, which robs us daily of the opportunity to participate in governing our own lives as free and equal citizens under the rule of law.
Government has grown remote, unresponsive, and increasingly unaccountable. While many movement conservatives acknowledge these problems, they have failed to persuade a majority of American voters. What’s more, movement conservatives remain stubbornly unpersuaded by voters’ plain rejection of their solutions. To their credit, the American people have, through common sense and hard experience, rejected the lie that their opinions about their interests and the laws that govern their lives are irrelevant. Likewise, most rank and file conservatives are unimpressed by the half-measures offered by a conservative movement that is more about conserving itself than conserving the people’s sovereignty.
The authors at AG tackle the messy problem with the word conservative, and ask the appropriate question of what it is we are trying to conserve. The authors list trade, and immigration of course, as well as the deeper currents noted through Harry V. Jaffa as the Conditions of Freedom.
While we might quibble a bit wit the notion of assimilation as stated in the AG blog, it’s concern for the fate of the Republic is indeed something that should be considered–in its effectiveness, just who is not assimilated, etc. The conditions of freedom demand an assimilation but on principles that perpetuate the Republic’s longevity. Among those are the notion of enlightened consent.
We applaud the Greatness blog. Welcome Back!
The magical exoneration of Hillary Clinton by the FBI Director is just one more in a long line of fixes in a rigged game. And make no mistake, this was a fixed game in Clinton’s favor. What is astonishing is that the rigging was so open. Clinton verifiably lied several times about the use of the email, then lied about others using email, then lied about classified emails, then lied about the nature of the investigation. Obama said she would not be charged in an interview. Then, Bill Clinton boarded the AG’s plane, and then Comey came out and cleared her name. However, one revealing comment deserves note:
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
So, to be clear, others will be charged for doing similar things, but not Hillary Clinton. That’s corruption; that’s a fixed game in favor of the strong and powerful. Let’s be also clear, Clinton was fired as counsel during Watergate because she lied, but not the least was her arguments to deny others their Constitutional rights. Ironical isn’t it?
To Clinton’s credit, she understands Machiavelli better than the Republicans who want to lose cheerfully. And the last few days have moved at break-neck speed: “for injuries done all together, so that, being tasted less, they offend less…” [p. 38]. Clinton understands one thing, to end the drip, it needed to happen now despite the appearance of something akin to the Black Sox Scandal.
Let’s keep in mind that while Comey did criticize Clinton, he never actually looked for the real scandal: Clinton used the Foundation to fleece the public, take money from foreign governments, all at taxpayer expense, in order to secure her own political fortunes, and the monetary fortunes of her family. Much of this money came from third world states, and states with connections to terror.
Even Chris Cilizza’s response is tepid, though he thinks it is bad for Clinton. But in all of that, he means her campaign not the Republic. This is a sad day when we are more concerned with her campaign than, say, the health and stability of the United States.
These are extremely perilous times. We just celebrated our Independence, and the news was littered with what passes for smart journalism deriding this nation. One, in the LA Times, called the flag a “rag.” How nice, and how revealing.
It may not seem like the two events go together, but they do. A Republic, once the affections for it become weakened, lead to the distant end of a Republic. In this way, the #NeverTrump crowd are no better than the left. In fact, they are the useful idiots of the left. These are your new “Unpatriotic Conservatives” who essentially side with the left in order to effect a personal distaste for Trump, as if Hillary is better. But they spill more negative ink on Trump, and essentially ignore the crook in the race: Hillary. To think what they might accomplish if they kept their eye on the ball?
But the demise of the rule of law, and the support of those who would thwart the rule of law, go hand in hand. The tolerance for those who would, end the regime and hence, the rights of others, is nothing that we should stand for as a people. What Comey did today was hand the Clintons, and the Republic, a defeat, and it’s a defeat that could, we hope, play into the hands of Trump, who will be center stage tonight in my former hometown, Raleigh, NC.
Trump is justifiably on the offense here. What we need now is a defense Greatness that is based on the Laws of Nature, the rights of ALL, and the rule of law, absent a mobile aristocratic elite.