iSteve commenter Hail writes:
… some White Christians who say things like that are just waiting for a foreign group to defect to. They think there must be a foreign group out there that will somehow save us. It’s something like a political cargo cult.
The most common cargo-cult for today’s White Christian is certainly Zionism (aggressive Jewish nationalism). There are occasional cases of defections to Islam for similar reasons; others choose to defect to Mestizodom (see Jeb Bush).
But East Asia (maybe China specifically, or maybe not) could well, before mid-century, prove more popular than any competitor– except Zionism which has burrowed in deep, indeed (Godfree Roberts, an occasional Unz columnist, is one of the defectors-to-China).
Andrew Yang is China / East Asia’s vector into US politics in 2019-2020.
I’m reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy:
Waiting for the Barbarians
BY C. P. CAVAFY
TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY
What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?
The barbarians are due here today.
Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?
Because the barbarians are coming today.
What’s the point of senators making laws now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.
… Why don’t our distinguished orators turn up as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?
Because the barbarians are coming today
and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.
Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home lost in thought?
Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven’t come.
And some of our men just in from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.
Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.
In general, people find it exhausting to imagine the day to day politics of their country stretching on into the far future. This explains much of the appeal of apocalyptic thinking, whether the Rapture or Climate Change. They are a kind of solution.