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The country is fast descending into a Dantean hell.

The Circles of Hell into which we’ve been signed, sealed and delivered are mass migration, diversity, multiculturalism, and zealous, institutionalized anti-whiteness, with its attendant de-civilization and inversion of long-held societal morals and mores.

The guiding ghost of Virgil is nowhere to be found. To ostensibly shepherd us out of hell, however, assorted serpents have slithered forth.

Beware! All the more so when they speak to you from bastions of the establishment—Newsweek is one—as J. D. Vance does in, “True ‘Compassion’ Requires Secure Borders and Stopping Illegal Immigration.

His is the typically conciliatory, “conservative” argument we’ve come to expect from the gilded elite, regarding America’s promiscuous immigration policy, under Republicans and Democrats alike.

Vance is the best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, which is a culturally compliant—namely unflattering—account of poor, white America.

Provided your thesis allows for a cozy convergence over agreeable storylines—you are well-positioned to peddle a national bestseller to the approving left, libertarian, neoconservative and pseudo-conservative smart-set.

Yes, Vance is a sellout. Not that they were asked for their take, but the archetypical folks depicted in Hillbilly Elegy contend, justifiably, that “Vance [is] not an authentic hillbilly or an example of the working class.”

Cassie Chambers Armstrong’s Aunt Ruth, for example.

Aunt Ruth didn’t think much of Vance’s endeavor. Her niece is an Appalachian and author of a redeeming tale, Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains.

Hillbilly Elegy’s portrayal of Appalachia,” explains Chambers, “is designed to elevate Vance above the community from which he came … it seeks to tell his story in a way that aligns with a simplistic rags-to-riches narrative. Think critically about how that narrative influences the way we are taught to think about poverty, progress, and identity.”

Chambers is perceptively correct. It’s cringe worthy—Uriah Heep slimy—but Vance all but advertises that the Indian-American Brahmin he wed has helped “rid him of his hillbilly ways.” To that end, he tells of a mild exchange with his wife: “Don’t make excuses for weakness. I didn’t get here by making excuses for failure,” he “hollers” at her.

These unremarkable, muted words Vance had with wife Usha Chilukuri he frames, self-servingly, as “the baggage of his tumultuous upbringing.” Wow!

Self-deprecation over nothing much at all amounts to very clever self-aggrandizement. Vance’s casuistry resembles a kind of Argument From Fake Modesty.

Indeed, in smug self-aggrandizement, Vance slimes his hillbilly relatives, even naming names. Credits and kudos go to the Chilukuris, wife Usha’s relatives, for “[teaching] him what a functional family looked like.”

From family unit to family unification policy: When discussing immigration, J. D. Vance is just as nimble. He utters the code words at the door of the Establishment, left and right, and in he goes. Sesame has opened.

What are some of the “Open Sesame” magical phrases that get one into polite company, conservative and progressive?

ORDER IT NOW

First comes the “moral” preening component: “All’s I’m saying, y’all, comes out of the goodness of my hillbilly heart.” Vance opposes the rot of America’s immigration reality simply out of the kindness of his heart: He is at pains to emphasize how he hates that “human traffickers take advantage of the desperate poor of Central America.”

After all, Vance is open, law-abiding, and properly diverse. (Vance’s marriage alone proves his PC credential; although adopting the Right Kind of Baby before running for office is highly recommended.)

Yet another part of the Vance celebrity seeking vaudeville is the incessant mention of his “working-class background.”

This reflex finds Vance at once eagerly pressing flesh “at roundtable[s]” with CEOs and “communications conglomerates,” during “masters of the universe” events, all the while moaning a lot about his disdain for them.

He mingles with millionaires under “duress” because he’s so very authentic.

A member of the gilded, conservative elite by any other name, our hoedown Hillbilly also loves to name-drop. Non-stop: While Vance forgot to brag directly in the Newsweek piece about having married an Indian-American lady, who “rid him of his hillbilly ways“; he brings her up surreptitiously when he touts his connections among conservative cognoscenti:

“… my friend (and my wife’s former boss) Brett Kavanaugh [of the] Supreme Court..”

For Vance’s second “Open-Sesame” password into polite company, allow me to excerpt from this writer’s “The Immigration Scene.” Written in 2006, it proves that not much has changed. Why vote? GOP can RIP:

Everyone (and his dog) currently concurs that we have no problem with legal immigration, only with the illegal variety. It’s now mandatory to pair an objection to the invasion of the American Southwest with an embrace of all forms of legal immigration.

So you’re clear: Vance opposes illegal immigration alone, even though its effects on the country are as pernicious as the legal and annual importation of over 1 million immigrants from India, China and the Third World.

All this misplaced compassion—day in and day out, on Fox News, too—is, frankly, nauseating. The job of American policy makers and the auxiliary punditry is not to flaunt their virtue to The World currently on its way to America, but to stick strictly to their mandate—and send them the hell home.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s currently on Parler, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn, but has been banned by Facebook and throttled by Twitter.

 
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  1. Unlike Vance I’ve kept my good hillbilly ways and got rid of the bad ones. It’s not an all or nothing proposition.

  2. Rational says:

    ALL IMMIGRATION IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

    Thanks, Mam. This retard thinks people support legal immigration? He is retarded. The website below has been up since 2005. 3rd world banned immigration thousands of years ago!

    immigration-is-cancer.blogspot.com

    Also, America is full. It is the 3rd most populous nation on earth and the only country in the world in the top 5 most populous nations to allow immigration.

    World Rank Country Population Immigration per year.
    1. China Pop: 1.4 Billion. Immig/yr: NEGATIVE 280K
    2. India Pop: 1.3 Billion. Immig/yr: NEGATIVE 520K
    3. USA Pop: 331 Million. Immig/yr: 3 Million++.
    4. Indonesia Pop: 270 Million. Immig/yr: NEGATIVE 120K
    5. Pakistan Pop: 250 Million. Immig/yr: NEGATIVE 260 K

    Conclusion: USA is the world’s most corrupt criminal nation on earth, FAR more corrupt than the 3rd world countries above.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Thanks: goldgettin
  3. No says:

    I’m glad someone else feels as I did about Vance after reading that book. I couldn’t quite put a finger on it at the time and I decided it wasn’t important enough to warrant careful inspection but he came off as the usual hillbilly kid who goes to college and throws his family under the bus. I didn’t understand the fuss about that book at the time but I guess it should have been obvious…crab bucketing — in this case in a book — is your ticket out of the hills. Just a less obvious book version of Deliverance yet again.

  4. Kerry says:

    “After all, Vance is open, law-abiding, and properly diverse. (Vance’s marriage alone proves his PC credential; although adopting the Right Kind of Baby before running for office is highly recommended.)” Now that made me laugh out loud. So, true – having the right kind of adopted baby is a must have, the darker the better. Gotta get that “Get outta Racism Free” card.

    I’ve seen pictures of this Vance, he doesn’t look like a good ol’ boy, but rather, to quote the GamerGate edgelords of 2015, “A good ol’ soy boy.”

  5. Realist says:

    All this misplaced compassion—day in and day out, on Fox News, too—is, frankly, nauseating.

    Great points made in this article.

    BTW: J.D. Vance is one of Tucker Carlson’s biggest heroes.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  6. botazefa says:

    Ilana, it is true that Vance is a grifter who channeled his inner 13 year old girl to write a banal memoir that blames his family for his success. I did read his book and it was exhausting in its transparency, which you well detailed here.

    However, I didn’t find anything objectionable in his Newsweek piece. He correctly identified the source of demand for illegal immigration at the feet of sociopathic elite actors. Though it goes unmentioned by him, the dynamics of demand for legal immigration is the same as for illegal immigration. He makes no effort to say otherwise. He may be an ally.

    I’ve been saying for years that this country runs on marginalized labor. We replaced slavery with immigration. An improvement? There is little functional difference between slaves and illegal immigrants or H1Bs, when viewed from the perspective of the deceitful oligarchic plutocracy that employs them. They reap the profit while we absorb the externalities.

    • Agree: animalogic
  7. @No

    See also, “Hillbilly Elegy: Movie vs. Book” by
    Margot Metroland (The Unz Review, November 30, 2020).

  8. Radek says:

    Wow! But wait a minute Illana. Are you not an economic immigrant yourself, from South Africa which is now, and has always been a third world country? I have done some scrutiny of her curious blog which is full of whines, rants and unalloyed hatred towards people of non European origin. According to Illana, her spouse, whom she reveals with some pride to be an electrical engineer, came on a guest worker visa to this country. I did not know American economy is in desperate need for electrical engineers? Most heavy engineering jobs have long since been exported to China. Reading between the lines in Illana’s own blog, I have no doubt Illana and her spouse took advantage of America’s chaotic immigration system which sure needs reforming. Is Illana a hypocrite? She sure is. Is she an American? Heck, no, not on my watch. Kick her out.

    • Agree: BuelahMan
    • Troll: botazefa
  9. @Realist

    Realist, I was about to bring up Tucker’s infatuation with JD Vance, but you beat me to it. I’d never heard of Vance until Tucker had him on his show, and relentlessly promoted “Hillbilly Elegy,” turning this boring, too long memoir into a best seller, later made into a Netflix movie. I doubt if Tucker read the whole thing.

    First off, Vance was not raised in the Kentucky hill country, though I was left with that impression. He was born and raised in Ohio, and occasionally visited his Kentucky kinfolk as a child. As I am generally (though not always) a fan of Tucker, I took the bait and bought Vance’s self-promoting memoir, wasting $20 in the process.

    Ilana, as usual, wrote a very perceptive essay. But I wonder why she didn’t mention Carlson’s pivotal role in Vance’s success? Tucker’s the best opinion journalist on cable new today, but he’s not always right. I’d much rather see Tucker stop the Vance worship, and interview Ms. Mercer instead.

    • Agree: Reactionary Utopian
    • Thanks: Realist
    • Replies: @Juvenalis
    , @KenH
  10. BuelahMan says:

    I am amazed at how many people admit to buying that book. Much less reading the damned thing.

  11. I like you Mrs Mercer and read all of your articles because you have some really interesting observations, however I would suggest effusively that we have far larger worries than potential descriptive mis-steps that Mr Vance may or may not have made, at some point..

    Generally, he is on-point, and a champion of the average American, particularly ‘founding ancestry’ Americans, who are almost without champions, but have plenty of recent arrivals lining up to tell us how despicable we are. How we should feel bad..umm.. real bad. I disagree with his use of the term Hillbilly, which would not be used against a racial or ethnic group that would rise up in unified protest of any such perjorative term.

    I otherwise like Vance, and everything that I have heard from him directly. If any one of us were to be judged about some verbal attempt to flatter a spouse or girlfriend, or their families, as a permanent defining focus of our belief system, we would all go down with the same sort of sinking ship.

    I have not read Vance’s book, but I personally know more than a little about the population that he is part of, as am I. The nature of the Appalachians cannot really be described without knowing who these people are and where they came from.

    At the battle of Kings Mountain, where multiple ancestors of my mothers family fought as volunteer militia combatants, British Major Patrick Ferguson was overwhelmed by an unpaid “swarm of backwoodsmen”. These are the Scots-Irish “Overmountain men”, who consisted of English, Irish and lowland Scots, who either came from or through Northern Ireland, unlike the New England and Tidewater American colonists.

    Major Ferguson (ill advisedly) had sent a threat letter to the ”Overmountain” Scots-Irish settlements that he would – “march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay waste the country with fire and sword.” The Scots-Irish had not attacked the British forces, as long as they were left alone. It was not until they were threatened with an attack of their settlements that they pre-emptively wiped out Major Ferguson’s forces.

    The Scots-Irish (Overmountain men) had no issued weapons/ammo, supply train or formal equipment. They defeated an organized military force entrenched on top of a mountain fortress, who had been supplied by the British, and who had been warned they were coming days ahead of the coming battle. The ‘Overmountain’ Scots-Irish killed or captured the entire force that had threatened to destroy their homes – almost 1,000 British aligned forces.

    The same Scots-Irish combatants largely prevent the collapse of Richmond and Petersburg for four entire years during the Civil War, although it is only 100 miles from D.C., and the north had a population of 22 million, plus immigrants, to draw combatants from, while the entire South had only 5 million.

    The same character traits that made the Scots-Irish so valuable in conflict –
    self-organizing within their own community, not requiring a central govt to function, willing to fight, but not willing to attack unless provoked – make them very culturally disoriented and conflicted once conquered and occupied after the Civil War.

    During and after the Civil War, you see policy designed to promote the deliberate cultural destruction of these people – well over 95% of whom owned not a single slave – because it was rightly noted to be the nucleus of a battle-tested combatant population that prevented the overthrow of the Confederate forces for so long, against impossible odds.

    The society and its people did not jump, they were pushed.

  12. @Bardon Kaldian

    https://carolana.com/SC/Revolution/Known_Patriots_at_Kings_Mountain.pdf

    Page 46 – Washington County Rifleman

    We have some common cause going too far back to betray.
    The eagerness to snipe at him seems due to some goal as opposed to an organically occurring topic.

  13. Juvenalis says:
    @follyofwar

    Did Tucker Carlson really play a “pivotal role in Vance’s success”? Vance was unknown to the world until «Tucker had him on his show, and relentlessly promoted “Hillbilly Elegy,” turning this boring, too long memoir into a best seller, later made into a Netflix movie»? Admittedly I’ve not been a close follower of the details of the personal career track of J.D. Vance (nor Tucker Carlson for that matter—much less how they intersect).

    I recall ’twas mainstream liberal press infatuated with J.D. Vance amid rise of Donald Trump—cosmopolitan liberals stunned by Trump denying Hillary HER TURN in what was supposed to be slam dunk Democrat landslide—whole media afflicted with Kaelism. New Yorker film critic Upper East Side resident Pauline Kael famously said after Nixon’s 1972 landslide win “How can he have won? Nobody I know voted for him. Where they are I don’t know?”2016 even wor$e—but thi$ time grifter$ ready to offer answer$ (for a price).

    Vance told liberal elites the answers they wanted to hear about Trump phenomenon and his appeal to “the forgotten (white) man and woman of America”: bunch of backward bigoted racist drugged-up hillbillies who are entirely to blame for their own plight—unlike the smart, successful, sanctimonious Ivy League-credentialed Mr. Vance who made all the right decisions so he could get out and lecture people on both sides of the cultural divide with an air of insufferable moral superiority.

    Manipulate and shame city-slickers on the coasts into pitying poor ‘hillbilly’ JD while condescending to losers stuck in Appalachia since they lack JD’s Ivy League intellect, work ethic, “personal responsibility”.

    Consummate grifter James Donald Bowman dba J.D. Vance attended ‘Public Ivy’ college for undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. Perhaps at Yale Law School, Vance figured out he could convince pampered children of privilege he was a true poor hillbilly who attended a lowly ‘state school’ (“oh you mean like community college?”)—even as he took that Yale JD to become a corporate lawyer in Silicon Valley and venture capitalist who co-founded several venture capital firms together with billionaire founders/CEOs of Paypal, AOL, Netscape, Google. Nice club Vance belongs to—wonder what JD’s net worth is…

    And yet, in his intro to “Hillbilly Elegy”, Vance has the gall to write “I do not identify with WASPs…I identify with millions of working-class white Americans of Scots-Irish descent who have no college degree. To understand me, you must understand I am a Scots-Irish hillbilly at heart.”

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
  14. Hoob says:

    Thank you, good review. Some day people must be forced to deal with legal immigration being far far worse than illegal immigration.

  15. Trinity says:

    I heard that John Denver had never actually been to West Virginia. Have to check on that one. Loved that song, “Country Roads” back in the day.

    My personal ancestry is flat land hillbilly aka South JawJuh redneck who migrated to Baltimore.

    Cue: “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver which has been a tradition during the seventh inning stretch in Baltimore since the mid 1970s. Lots of hillbillies and rednecks from the South migrated to Charm City back in the day. It WAS a good place to live at one time. Oh well, yet another town ruined by Blacks.

    See if that boy who wrote that book can sit down and eat a mess of collard greens or turnip greens and neck bones. Oh btw, hillbillies eat different than rednecks. That there is redneck food that Blacks adopted and called their own, “Soul Food.” Redneck food = good. Hillbilly food = not so good.

    • Replies: @Jake
  16. @Juvenalis

    That is pretty much the way I remember it. Vance’s book was the pick of The Atlantic to explain support for Trump in flyover land in 2016. They had a widely read story which TL/DR was Trump voters = a bunch of ignorant hillbillies, hicks, rednecks, crackers. This here post + comments is the first place I have seen a Tucker Carlson contribution. The audience for this message seems to have a miniscule overlap with Tucker’s audience but that is good data anyway.

    If Vance had gone to an engineering school he might have gotten an earlier exposure to the size of the immigration phenomenon. The last time I took an engineering class it was majority foreign, most Indian, Arab, and a small eastern Euro presence. It was a large majority.

    No Negroes or Mexicans though.

  17. Trinity says:

    The Trump family and even Tucker Carlson are probably SNOBS who wouldn’t give the average New Yawker the time of day much less some Appalachian hillbilly.

    I remember when the Trumpster had one of his last rallies in Dalton, Georgia and paraded out his Jew loving daughter to the audience. Now, Dalton, Georgia is up in the mountains above Atlanta and the difference between Northern Ga., and Southern, Georgia is like night and day. Except for the Atlanta and Augusta metro, a lot of Northern Georgia, especially in the mountains is White with the exception of all the Mexicans working at the NUMEROUS poultry plants in the northern part of the state. Lots of Yankee and Florida transplants in the Northern part of the state as well.

    Anyhow, back to that dolt, Ivanka. The Trumpster introduced the Dalton, Georgia audience to his spoiled little daughter, Ivanka. And Ivanka purred, “hello, Georgia.” Man, the condensation, oops, I mean condescending tone and talking down was dripping off her lips. The daughter of a billionaire New Yawker bidness man talking down to bumpkins down South. Lest we forget, weren’t Jizzlane Maxwell and Ivanka party buddies? Never mind that the audience in Dalton might have been sprinkled with ex-Yankees fleeing the states that they helped ruin or just snowbirds who were tired of cold winters or those old grey and depressing Northeastern or Upper Midwestern cities full of “diversities.”

    This guy who wrote this book probably dreams of being included with the likes of Ivanka and maybe even Jizzlane Maxwell. He probably would snub an honest to goodness redneck or hillbilly in real life except if he could pose with one of them for a photo op, hey look everyone, I am just like you type of thingie. Anyhow, rednecks and hillbillies are not regulated to the South, my gawd, have you met the average Ohioan, Indianian, or Upstate New Yawker.

    • Replies: @Reactionary Utopian
  18. Jake says:
    @No

    Ilana has nailed another one.

    JD Vance is immensely better than any Neocon, but compared to actual ‘Old Right’ thinkers and their authentic heirs, he is a self-serving sell out.

    • Agree: ILANA Mercer
  19. Jake says:
    @Trinity

    The song was started by Bill Danoff and his wife Taffy Nivert, who later were half of the singing group Starland Vocal Band.. The idea came while driving in MD near the WV border to a family reunion of hers. They were planning to finish the song and sell it to Johnny Cash, but Denver heard what they had and wanted it and helped them complete it.

    • Thanks: Trinity
    • Replies: @Trinity
  20. Trinity says:
    @Jake

    I am not a big fan of John Denver but I have always loved that song. Glad Denver sang it instead of Johnny Cash, that was his signature song IMO, and I can’t think of anyone else doing a better version.

    Hmm, maybe the King and Queen of remakes, Elvis and Linda Rondstadt? Those two could take some other artist’s song and make it their own, same with Tina Turner, although Turner is not about to do a remake of “Country Roads.”

    RIP to Elvis and John Denver. Cue: Kentucky Rain by Elvis.

    We outta here, peeeeaaaaaaaacccccceee.

  21. @Trial by Wombat

    Is he really insignificant? WRONG.

    “On The Backs Of Poor Whites?” was briefly featured on another prominent site, to approving reader commentary—then it vanished. This has never happened on that site before.

    Pulled? As the column indicates, Soy Boy Vance has some powerful friends. Nothing else would muscle those particular brave publishers.

    Con Ick. (Conservatism Inc.) likely wants to run Vance as a political candidate. This likely means Con Ick. has no time for Appalachian Aunt Ruth’s bitter feelings about his kind of elites.

    • Replies: @Trial by Wombat
  22. Patricus says:

    Thanks for exposing the Hillbilly Ellegy drivel. I didn’t read the book but watched the movie. It struck me that these downtrodden hillbillies all had microwaves, dishwashers, expresso machines, stone counters and 42 inch cabinets in the kitchen. There were a few jalopies but most drove late model cars. Downtrodden people—not. Sorry the young man feels inferior to east coast pansies. He’s a fat sissy.

  23. KenH says:
    @follyofwar

    Realist, I was about to bring up Tucker’s infatuation with JD Vance,

    Tucker is good about holding almost everyone’s feet to the fire, even those he agrees with, except JD Vance and Candace Owens. He just bats his eyelashes when either of those two are on as guests.

    If JD Vance came out for transgender rights I doubt Tucker would subject him to the blistering cross examination that gave to Asa Hutchinson.

    • Agree: ILANA Mercer, Shel100
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @follyofwar
  24. @No

    I’m glad someone else feels as I did about Vance after reading that book. I couldn’t quite put a finger on it at the time …

    Yeah, I’d been thinking that I ought to get around to reading Hillbilly Elegy — after all, Vance was on Tucker’s show all the time, right? But then when I heard that Netflix had movie-ized it, I figured it must be crap, or they wouldn’t have touched it. My gratitude to those who read a lot of this stuff and then report on it, so I don’t have to.

    • Replies: @Jake
  25. @Radek

    You might want to learn to spell her name correctly before kicking her out, doofus.

  26. @Trinity

    … my gawd, have you met the average Ohioan, Indianian, or Upstate New Yawker.

    Please. The people of Indiana are “Hoosiers.” And no, we don’t have any idea where the hell that name came from, either. The attempts at explanation I’ve run into lack plausibility.

    No substantial disagreement from here, though. Carry on.

  27. J.D. Vance

    is the Jews’

    pet White aborigine

    from Appalachia.

  28. @ILANA Mercer

    Is he really insignificant? WRONG.

    I did not mean to imply that Vance as a potential Senate candidate was (as you put it) insignificant, I was inferring that given the long march of disaster that Chamber of Commerce creatures like Portman (OH) or Hutchinson (AR) have presided over without any such complaints, the notion that Vance’s populism would be construed as some scary boogeyman, to be warned away at all costs, is fully preposterous.

    Lets be direct – the attempted furor generation about Vance likely has little to do with his book / movie etc.., but to a large extent is probably mostly about attempting to dissuade him OUT OF the 2022 OH Senate race, along with alienating his potential lower-income, white voter base.

    The fairly desperate, if not woeful, opposition research on him appears to consist of- 1] his wife is South Asian 2] he has criticized some whites whose behavior worsened their situations.

    This Opposition research is extremely weak in my view, especially in view of the alternative to his candidacy, and the diminutive, meager size of the general white electorate in OH who are going to be swayed in any way because he happens to love an Indian woman.

    Of the declared Repub Senate race candidates – Josh Mandel, Bernie Moreno, Jane Timken, etc.. Mandel would almost certainly be considered the Republican mainstream candidate – definitely not Mr Vance – Mandel had reportedly raised over 37 million dollars as of 2014 and has held other state Republican offices – https://ballotpedia.org/Josh_Mandel

    My personal suspicion would be that the wide ranging maneuvers against the actual populist Vance are quite likely a Con Inc. deck-clearing operation for Mandel, in my view.

    “On The Backs Of Poor Whites?” was briefly featured on another prominent site, to approving reader commentary—then it vanished. This has never happened on that site before.
    Pulled? As the column indicates, Soy Boy Vance has some powerful friends. Nothing else would muscle those particular brave publishers.

    I see indicators of what appears to be this same titled article on at least seven other sites, per Google, one of which has the initials A.G., (I dont know this sites policy about mentioning another web site) which terminates in a dead link, so I am assuming that may be what you are referring to.

    I have had almost all of my comments at that site ghosted/never approved, so while I do sympathize with you for whatever editing or discretion that they exercised, to my own experiences as a mere commentator, I gave up that site entirely due to the failure to accept almost all of my posts. It is all the more unpleasant because I do genuinely enjoy everything written by Pedro Gonzalez, who is the Conservative journalist I most closely align with.

    Con Ick. (Conservatism Inc.) likely wants to run Vance as a political candidate. This likely means Con Ick. has no time for Appalachian Aunt Ruth’s bitter feelings about his kind of elites.

    I think Con Inc / “Sacred Two Party system Inc” is absolutely going to fight to the last PAC dollar to keep Vance out of any Federal Office, which makes it all the more distressing to me that I cannot vote in an Ohio election for his candidacy. If I have as much as a roof over my head, I will however donate to his campaign at the point that he declares for the Senate.

    Mandel vs Vance is not even a contest, and that may be the most likely scenario. Anyone whipped up to hoist Mandel into the Senate, enjoy Portman 2.0. I have never encountered anyone who gets 37 million without any expectations in return, but maybe thats a rare anomaly on my part..?

    As popularized in the South – I was born on a Thursday, but it was not last Thursday.

  29. @Radek

    The principal sponsor of our family, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, had entered the US on an O-1 visa.

    Unlike the H-1B visa, the 0-1 visa doesn’t replace Americans; it adds to them. For it is granted to those with “extraordinary ability in the fields of science, education, business or athletics.”

    The O-1 necessitates “a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who has risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.”

    Whatever the faults of the Old Boy (humor alert)–my husband’s engineering skill-set is unique, as his work history in this country attests.

  30. Realist says:
    @KenH

    Tucker is good about holding almost everyone’s feet to the fire, even those he agrees with, except JD Vance and Candace Owens.

    Another is Victor Davis Hanson.

    • Agree: ILANA Mercer
  31. @KenH

    I don’t understand why so many have an unfavorable opinion of Candace Owens. She is a very brave and articulate black woman speaking out against BLM, the George Floyd “cult,” the tranny movement, the democrat plantation, Al Sharpton, etc, etc. When hearings were held by fat Jewish idiot Gerald Nadler’s House committee examining “white nationalism and hate crimes,” it took Candace Owens to come forward to speak for them. She didn’t back down, and really made Nadler and the other democrats on that committee look like the clowns they are.

    As for Asa Hutchinson, he deserved the tongue lashing he got from Tucker. What made him look even more pathetic is that the state legislature quickly overrode his veto. Tucker gave the same cross examination to GOP rising star Gov. Kristi Noem when she backed down on her pledge to sign the “no boys in girl’s sports” bill.

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  32. Jake says:
    @Reactionary Utopian

    Especially after reading this article and the comments here, the book is worth a read. Check it out at the library rather than buy it

  33. KenH says:
    @follyofwar

    I really don’t have a problem with Candace Owens but it just seems to me that Tucker turns to her more than anyone for commentary on a range of issues so people can’t call him racist. Tucker gives us scorching monologues to open his show then more often than not turns it over to Candace Owens to put it all in perspective for Tucker’s no doubt 85-90% white audience.

    I much prefer Candace Owens to Jason Nichols who was the black nationalist (my opinion) professor who Tucker occasionally had on to tell us that black people are always innocent of any wrongdoing.

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