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When an article gets this much attention from Rush Limbaugh, you can bet it’s worth the read.
A lengthy piece recently published by the Claremont Institute, a prominent conservative think-tank, had such a profound effect on the radio host that he told listeners he would have read the entire thing if it didn’t print out to ten pages. Instead, Rush highlighted the most important parts and went over them point-by-point on his Tuesday radio show.
The article, by nom de nom ‘Publius Decius’ Mus, is entitled “The Flight 93 Election,” and it’s a stunning indictment of the absolute failure of the movement known as “conservatism” at fighting the left, and eloquently outlines the reason this country needs someone like Donald Trump to give it a fighting chance.
Considering the article a “shaming of the conservative intellectuals that comprise the Never Trump movement,” Rush said, “It is shot between the eyes of conservative intellectuals who say that Trump is beneath them. They can’t stomach Trump. They can’t possibly vote for Trump. It would be distastefully, personally unacceptable and so forth. And the reason this piece appeals to me is because it validates so many of the instincts that I have had over the years, in recent months particularly, and that I’ve shared with you about what is happening to the conservative movement and how conservatism’s being defined, and who seeks to define it and what it means going forward…”
Rush continues, “The piece is so good. It is just a home run, every paragraph … I’m telling you, folks, it is really good. It’s one of these pieces that you’ll read it and wish you had written it. In my case, I read it, and I was silently jumping for joy because it contains so much of what I said. But it’s said so well here and so pointedly and the gloves off. As I say, it’s a shaming of conservative intellectuals by an anonymous conservative intellectual …”
To get a taste, check out a key point the author makes about immigration from the Third World:
Third and most important, the ceaseless importation of Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in liberty means that the electorate grows more left, more Democratic, less Republican, less republican, and less traditionally American with every cycle. As does, of course, the U.S. population, which only serves to reinforce the two other causes outlined above. This is the core reason why the Left, the Democrats, and the bipartisan junta (categories distinct but very much overlapping) think they are on the cusp of a permanent victory that will forever obviate the need to pretend to respect democratic and constitutional niceties. Because they are.
It’s also why they treat open borders as the “absolute value,” the one “principle” that—when their “principles” collide—they prioritize above all the others. If that fact is insufficiently clear, consider this. Trump is the most liberal Republican nominee since Thomas Dewey. He departs from conservative orthodoxy in so many ways that National Review still hasn’t stopped counting. But let’s stick to just the core issues animating his campaign. On trade, globalization, and war, Trump is to the left (conventionally understood) not only of his own party, but of his Democratic opponent. And yet the Left and the junta are at one with the house-broken conservatives in their determination—desperation—not merely to defeat Trump but to destroy him. What gives?
Oh, right—there’s that other issue. The sacredness of mass immigration is the mystic chord that unites America’s ruling and intellectual classes. Their reasons vary somewhat. The Left and the Democrats seek ringers to form a permanent electoral majority. They, or many of them, also believe the academic-intellectual lie that America’s inherently racist and evil nature can be expiated only through ever greater “diversity.” The junta of course craves cheaper and more docile labor. It also seeks to legitimize, and deflect unwanted attention from, its wealth and power by pretending that its open borders stance is a form of noblesse oblige. The Republicans and the “conservatives”? Both of course desperately want absolution from the charge of “racism.” For the latter, this at least makes some sense. No Washington General can take the court—much less cash his check—with that epithet dancing over his head like some Satanic Spirit. But for the former, this priestly grace comes at the direct expense of their worldly interests. Do they honestly believe that the right enterprise zone or charter school policy will arouse 50.01% of our newer voters to finally reveal their “natural conservatism” at the ballot box? It hasn’t happened anywhere yet and shows no signs that it ever will. But that doesn’t stop the Republican refrain: more, more, more! No matter how many elections they lose, how many districts tip forever blue, how rarely (if ever) their immigrant vote cracks 40%, the answer is always the same. Just like Angela Merkel after yet another rape, shooting, bombing, or machete attack. More, more, more!
This is insane. This is the mark of a party, a society, a country, a people, a civilization that wants to die. Trump, alone among candidates for high office in this or in the last seven (at least) cycles, has stood up to say: I want to live. I want my party to live. I want my country to live. I want my people to live. I want to end the insanity.
Yes, Trump is worse than imperfect. So what? We can lament until we choke the lack of a great statesman to address the fundamental issues of our time—or, more importantly, to connect them. Since Pat Buchanan’s three failures, occasionally a candidate arose who saw one piece: Dick Gephardt on trade, Ron Paul on war, Tom Tancredo on immigration. Yet, among recent political figures—great statesmen, dangerous demagogues, and mewling gnats alike—only Trump-the-alleged-buffoon not merely saw all three and their essential connectivity, but was able to win on them. The alleged buffoon is thus more prudent—more practically wise—than all of our wise-and-good who so bitterly oppose him. This should embarrass them. That their failures instead embolden them is only further proof of their foolishness and hubris.
At this end of his commentary on the piece (which is well worth the read in addition to the article he’s commenting on), Rush summed it up perfectly:
“A conservative intellectual at Claremont saying Trump, in the last seven election cycles, is the only candidate ever to stand up to oppose what is bringing about the dissolution and destruction — this is not a stick of dynamite. This is 10 or 12 sticks of dynamite. We’re getting close to nuclear explosions here, when this piece is read by the people he’s aiming it at.”
“So that’s the nuclear bomb that’s been tossed into the clubhouse of conservative intellectualism.” Rush continued, “The alleged buffoon, Donald Trump, is more prudent, more practically wise, than all of our wise and good intellectuals who so bitterly oppose him. And that should embarrass them. That their failures instead make them feel even more smug and arrogant is only further proof of their foolishness and hubris.”
Do yourself a favor and read both the article and Rush’s commentary, then read them again. This is the sort of intellectual discourse that will challenge convention, stretch the mind, and equip us all for the battles to come.
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