Having read the National Review article, I must say that David French is partially correct that the racially conscious, politically correct Left – where the notion that “all lives matter” has become a point of contention – is responsible for the rise of the Alt-Right. Look no further than today’s news that the new anti-White snuff film The Birth of a Nation is getting rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.
I don’t even have to point out how hysterical the reaction from the Left would be if some Hollywood studio ever made a remake of D.W. Griffith’s original The Birth of a Nation which celebrated the actions of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction. For obvious reasons, such a movie would never be made, or if it was in a hypothetical scenario, the unanimous and deafening cry of “racism” and “white supremacy” would be heard from every leftwing newspaper and media outlet in the land.
We’ve reached a point in American history where the cultural mainstream has become so viciously anti-White that Hollywood is now making movies that explicitly celebrate the death of White people, particularly Southerners, as a kind of release or salve for racially aggrieved blacks. Defiling Confederate monuments to appease the aforesaid perpetually aggrieved blacks is also all the rage these days. It’s a big deal when, say, the blacks as a racial group are slighted for failing to be nominated for the Oscars in 2016, even though 12 Years a Slave won best picture in 2014.
The unbridled racially conscious, politically correct Left has become so repulsive to the White working class for a thousand reasons that the Democratic Party is no even longer given a hearing. Even though I agree with Bernie Sanders on a number of issues, I would never consider voting for him.
The intense racial polarization in America which has been fomented by Obama has redounded to the benefit of the Republican Party and the careers of legions of gelded, cuckservative pundits. In 2012, Mitt Romney captured 59 percent of the White vote, but enthusiasm for Romney so low that the overall level of White turnout wasn’t enough to win the presidency. Nationwide, Obama lost the White working class vote to Romney, 62 percent to 36 percent, and by even greater margins in the South, which is the only reason that Romney wasn’t defeated in a landslide.
A basic fact of our emerging politics is that the “Solid South” has gradually reemerged as the base of the Republican Party, but the policies and campaign rhetoric of the GOP still reflects its historical pro-business, Northeastern conservative establishment that is a poor fit for the White working class which was the backbone of the old Democratic Party. Trump’s genius is recognizing that the true tongue of the South (and the Northern working class) is populism which is the only force on earth that could move +30,000 people in Mobile, AL and +15,000 people in Biloxi, MS to turnout for a gilded New York City real estate magnate. Trump carefully honed his message to strike the Spindletop of American politics – the largest constituency that was the most poorly served by the two-party system.
Listen to this whine:
“At the same time, however, a small group of online trolls have indeed gathered under Trump’s banner. Calling themselves the “alt-right,” they’re a motley group of white nationalists and wanna-be fascists. They’ve become adept at flooding Twitter feeds and comments boards, giving the illusion of large-scale online strength. While it’s difficult to determine how many actual American voters belong to the alt-right (versus the number who are busy tweeting from their mom’s basement in Austria), they do exist, and they’ve succeeded in elbowing their way into the national conversation. …
If anyone besides the members of the alt-right is responsible for the latest iteration of whiteness-obsessed fanaticism, is it the conservative movement that is consistently calling for a colorblind politics and culture — echoing Martin Luther King’s call to look to the content of one’s character over the color of one’s skin? Or is it the progressive movement that pushes explicitly race-based organizations such as La Raza or Black Lives Matter while specifically scorning whites, Western civilization, and so-called white privilege?”
What, exactly, has “echoing Martin Luther King’s call to look to the content of one’s character over the color of one’s skin” accomplished? It has given the racially conscious, politically correct Left carte blanche to push against an open door on racial and cultural issues. They can do so in complete confidence that these cuckservative lightweights are too afraid of being called “racist” to put up the slightest opposition.
David French cucked his own family because it is the fashionable thing to do among evangelical Christians. The mainstream Left is right not to expect any real opposition from such quarters. The restive White working class base of the Republican Party, which is desperately yearning for a strong leader to confront the challenges facing the country, no longer wants these pushovers as their champions either.
Rod Dreher nailed the deeper issue this morning:
“Is that a compelling narrative? Is it even a plausible one? Is it more plausible than the narrative that for a generation, the ruling elites — the Clinton Democrats and the Republicans — have presided over the systematic destruction of the working class and its culture for the sake of making very rich people even richer. The Democrats today care more about making it safe for women with penises to change in your high school daughter’s locker room and to empower liberal activists to destroy your small business and your institutions if you object to their cultural agenda. And the Republicans don’t care — they pander to religious conservatives, but the truth is otherwise, as I learned from GOP Congressional sources last fall, who told me there is zero chance that the Republican Congress will do a thing to protect religious institutions in the post-Obergefell legal environment. They are too afraid of being called bigots, and besides, big business is now on the other side. What really matters is that the world stays safe for tax cuts, free trade, and foreign wars.”
Yeah, that’s basically it.
The mainstream cuckservative Right exists solely to further its economic and foreign policy agenda: tax cuts for Kim Kardashian, endless foreign wars for Sheldon Adelson, getting “big government” off the back of the US Chamber of Commerce through deregulation, free-trade deals that send middle and working class jobs overseas but make Wall Street happy, the rich man’s dream of rolling back the New Deal, etc.
This vacuum of leadership and the political conditions surrounding it produced the Alt-Right.