I rarely disagree with Jared Taylor.
I’ve seen all these arguments though about Bernie Sanders. I don’t find them persuasive. I think Jared is making a mistake by reading Bernie’s platform and taking every statement he has made and every position he has taken on the issues at face value.
This was the key mistake we made with Donald Trump. We took everything that Donald Trump said at face value. He had a great immigration plan on paper. In the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump’s rivals were all puppets of the donor class. He was going to get rid of the carried interest loophole in the tax code because “the hedge fund guys were making a killing.” He was going to build a 30 foot concrete border wall and create a Deportation Force. He was going to have a nationwide stop-and-frisk policy. He was going to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, etc.
The truth is that there has been more continuity than change between the Obama and Trump presidencies on most issues. The annual influx of legal immigrants and illegal aliens hasn’t changed at all. Donald Trump now says he wants to pass an amnesty for the DREAMers. He has raised the caps on guest worker programs. He has built three new miles of the George W. Bush era border fence. To put this in perspective, the Obama administration built more of that fence than Donald Trump. Barack Obama deported more illegal aliens than Donald Trump. Congressional gridlock and federal courts have defined the last twenty years of immigration policy through the George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump administrations.
Immigration has become a lightning rod in American politics. It has become to nationalists what abortion has become to evangelical Christians. It is a hyper partisan issue that determines voting preferences. The GOP knows how nationalists and evangelical Christians feel about immigration and abortion and has tailored its rhetoric to exploit those populist grievances and harvest votes from backlash politics. The 47th annual March for Life recently took place in Washington, DC and abortion is still legal even though Republican presidents have appointed 15 of the last 19 Supreme Court justices. Every year there are slightly fewer abortions and it has almost nothing to do with state legislation. Similarly, illegal immigration waxes and wanes depending on instability in Latin America and economic conditions in the United States. The same amount of legal immigrants come in every year and nothing ever changes.
What would Bernie mean for us? I don’t believe it would be what he says a Bernie Sanders presidency would mean for us. Bernie’s agenda will similarly by stymied by partisan resistance by the Deep State, Congress and the federal courts. The best case scenario for President Bernie Sanders is that he accomplishes one major policy victory like Barack Obama with health care or Donald Trump with his tax cuts before overcoming the hurdle of the filibuster in the Senate grinds his agenda to a halt. Bernie will spend his political capital on health care, students loans or taxing the rich and the rest of his presidency will be defined by backlash politics.
As for declaring war on White Nationalism, it began after Charlottesville when Congress unanimously condemned White Nationalism and Donald Trump signed the bill. It is true that Bernie Sanders said he would declare war on White Nationalism after the El Paso shooting. National Review also declared war on White Nationalism on behalf of conservatism. The war actually began six months ago and we have been covering the mass arrests. The head of the FBI recently said that it is already treating White Nationalists as a domestic terrorism threat on the same level as ISIS. The state crackdown on White Nationalism is already underway and both Republicans and Democrats unanimously support it.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders agree on waging war against White Nationalism. Neither Trump or Sanders will cut immigration levels. Neither Trump or Sanders will reverse America’s changing racial demographics. Neither Trump or Sanders will halt America’s cultural decline or put an end to abortion. The meaningful differences between Trump and Sanders are on issues like Iran, Israel, taxes, health care, military spending and student loan debt.
Bernie Sanders will be far less pro-Israel and pro-Wall Street than Donald Trump. He will be less willing to start a war with Iran. He will support tax increases and imposing new regulations of Corporate America. He will support some kind of government takeover of health care. He will support canceling student loan debt. He will support cutting the Pentagon’s budget. While it seems counterintuitive, Bernie’s socialist economic policies will likely crash the stock market and chill the U.S. economy, which will likely do more to slow immigration than anything Trump has done or proposed. Immigration rose under George W. Bush and Donald Trump.
Having said all of this, none of it is a reason to support Bernie Sanders. We shouldn’t be under any illusions that Bernie Sanders is “pro-White.” Indeed, that is the strongest argument for electing Bernie Sanders as president. Unlike Donald Trump, no one will feel the need to shill for Bernie Sanders or to make 4D Chess excuses to rationalize his policies. No one will pretend that having the Democrats in office is somehow in the interest of White Nationalists. No one will perceive Bernie Sanders as being their secret friend. No one will grow complacent under President Bernie Sanders. Unlike Barack Obama who wasn’t nearly this bad, Donald Trump and the GOP can condemn White Nationalism, preside over the total destruction of online free speech and our right to free assembly and launch a state crackdown on White Nationalism and deliver on none of his immigration promises and people will still vote for him and make excuses for him.
Bernie Sanders won’t get any credit from the Right for anything he does. He voted against the Iraq War which was the most devastating foreign policy decision of our lifetimes. He voted against NAFTA, CAFTA and PNTR with China. He seems to despise the billionaire oligarchs like Sheldon Adelson who bought Trump and have corrupted our political system. He wants to raise the minimum wage for the working class and abolish student loan debt. He wants the government to provide health care for everyone. No matter what Bernie Sanders does as president though he will be blamed for everything and the Right will rant and rave about his communist dystopia. Barack Obama was the worst president in history for negotiating the Iran Deal.
I’m just not buying the “lesser of two evils” argument anymore. I think having mainstream conservatism and Trump in power is the greater evil. It has suffocated and enervated the Dissident Right for the last three years and all for the sake of getting literally the exact same number of legal immigrants and illegal aliens who came in under Obama’s second term. I am tired of voting on the basis of immigration in every election when the GOP is plainly lying to us about intentions on immigration. If the GOP was actually going to cut immigration, there would be a plausible argument for voting on the basis of immigration but it is not even doing that anymore. Jared Kushner immigration plan calls for INCREASING legal immigration for employers.
Do we want to help White people? What is more likely to help young White people? Ending the burden of student loan debt OR four more years of Donald Trump’s inept immigration policies? It is not even close. We bought a lemon in 2016.