Headliner of the week was the anonymous op-ed published in the New York Anti-White Times on Wednesday by—from the byline—”a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.”
From the tone of the thing, the respectful references to tax cuts and “a more robust military” and total lack of reference to immigration, the author is a Never Trumper, a Jeb Bush-Paul Ryan GOP type. He tells us that
Many of the senior officials in [Trump’s] own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
There is an underlying systemic problem here.
A new President, coming into office, has to staff up the White House apparatus and the Cabinet departments. That’s a lot of personnel slots to fill. Where are you going to find all the people?
The problem is more than usually acute for a new President like Trump, who’s an outsider, not a member of the political Establishment.
That’s actually putting it mildly: Trump is the outsiderest outsider since Andrew Jackson. In fact he’s even more of an outsider than Jackson, who’d served in Congress and been defeated in a previous run for President before his 1828 victory. And the federal government and the White House Establishment were far, far smaller in Jackson’s day. Trump, coming in after November 2016, had a colossal staffing problem.
How to solve that problem? My own preferred solution would have been a mass cull of federal office positions, a drastic trimming of the organization chart; if not down to 1828 levels, as close as could be done. Who thinks we need all those Assistant Under Secretaries to the Deputy Undersecretary? Not me.
I realize, however, that that’s over-idealistic. More on that in a segment or two. Trump’s problem on coming to office was that there weren’t enough Trumpists to staff a Trump administration. He had perforce to fall back on holdovers from the next best thing: previous Republican administrations.
So the White House, and the big cabinet Departments, are addled with cucky Jeb Bush / Paul Ryan clones who likemissionary wars and who lie awake at night trembling with fear that Rachel Maddow or Al Sharpton may find a reason to call them racist.
The President himself, bless him, seems to have no great enthusiasm for trying to turn Niger into Denmark, and couldn’t care less if anyone thinks he’s racist.
That’s Trump; that’s Trumpism; trouble is, there aren’t enough Trumpists to staff up the huge, creaking edifice of federal government. So there are Bush-Ryan-Romney types all over, doing their best—as the anonymous New York George Soros Times op-ed writer frankly admitted—to thwart Trump’s program. That would be the program 63 million of us voted for in 2016.
Trump himself isn’t completely blameless. Yes, Trumpists with enough of a résumé to be useful as staffers were thin on the ground in 2016, but Trump none the less ignored some of those who were available. Could he really not have found a slot for Kris Kobach? For Tom Tancredo? For Pat Buchanan?
And the President himself could be more forceful in resisting these siren voices from the George W. Bush era whispering in his ear.
Trump’s instinct is that we need to defend our southern border but we don’t need to defend Lithuania’s border with Belarus, as we are currently committed to do by the NATO charter. Those “senior officials” that Anonymous is writing about hold the contrary opinions, and Trump has gone along with them; so the southern border is wide open and the Lithuania-Belarus border is under the stern protection of the U.S. military.
Why did he go along with this? He didn’t have to. Why didn’t he tell the “senior officials” to go boil their heads?
Part of the answer, possibly all of it, can be found in those disastrous televised White House meetings with congresscritters earlier this year, the one on immigration January 9th and the one on gun control February 28th. As I reported after the earlier of those two cuckfests, “If the President’s performance on-camera was a sample of his negotiating skills, his next book should be titled The Art of the Kneel.”
Allowances should be made, though. At some point in the last few years we—we, the Western world—crossed into new, uncharted political territory. If we haven’t found our bearings yet—if even some of those who led us into this new territory are still not totally oriented—it’s really not surprising.
So should we anticipate a soft coup? Will the Never Trump cucks wrest back control of the GOP?
I don’t think so. They’re a nuisance, but they’re conducting a rearguard action. As I just said, sometime in the past decade or two we passed from an old politics to a new politics. This is one of those irreversible changes; there’s no going back. 木已成舟, as the Chinese say: “The wood has been made into a boat.”
The old politics, the politics we had through the middle and later decades of the twentieth century, was a consensus of sorts. There were of course two factions, with different ideas about what the country’s priorities should be, but there was consensus on the way things should be done: on how congressional business should be conducted, how the media should cover politics, how we dealt privately with colleagues, neighbors, family members whose views were different from ours. There was even a fair consensus on big geopolitical issues up to the end of the Cold War.
Now it’s all changed. Well, not all; these things happen gradually, and this particular thing is not through happening yet.
The old politics is still with us, looking a bit dazed and baffled as the new politics rises. I commented a couple of weeks ago, in reference to the New York State gubernatorial race, how old-politics Democrats like Andrew Cuomo feel the ground moving under their feet as they see new-politics Democrats like lesbian socialist Cynthia Nixon and La Raza socialist Alexandria Whats-her-name steal the headlines.
It’s the same for old-politics Republicans. They’re having trouble getting their bearings in this new political territory. While Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Andrew Cuomo are shaking their heads and frowning at these upstart socialists, Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, and Mitt Romney are rolling their eyes and clicking their tongues at the Trumpists.
The symmetry’s not perfect. The Alt-Left is culturally way more powerful than the Trumpists. They control the media, the universities, Silicon Valley, and so on. Alt-Left ideas have seeped into the flesh and marrow of the ordinary, not-very-political American public at a scale we Trumpists can only dream of.
Consider for example Mollie Tibbetts, the young Iowa woman murdered by an illegal alien in July. She was a very normal young white Midwesterner, so far as we can judge; yet she thought there was nothing odd about tweeting “I hate white people.” Alt-Left is the new normal.
Still, the 2016 election showed us that tens of millions of Republicans, invited to choose between, on the one hand, the full span of conventional GOP orthodoxy as represented by Christie, Huckabee, Santorum, Bush, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich, and Co., and on the other hand, someone else, chose someone else.
It’s an interesting question, in fact, which like a good math instructor I shall leave as an exercise for listeners, which is losing market share faster: the old-politics Democrats or the old-politics Republicans.
The other interesting question is whether new-politics Republicans, who we might as well just call Trumpists (although personally I think Donald Trump is only a transitional figure), whether we can recover some of the cultural ground lost to the Alt-Left these past few decades.
It shouldn’t be impossible. I hang out with Trumpists—new-politics Republicans—and plenty of them are young and very smart, just the types to lead a march through the institutions like the one the Left pulled off through the later twentieth century—which is why the Trump Administration’s recent sacrificing of Darren Beattie and Ian M. Smith to JournoFa attacks was such bad news.
It’s the same all over. Next to the U.S.A., the country whose politics I should know best is Britain, where I grew up and lived continuously for 26 years, thereafter on and off for an aggregate eight more years. When I read news from the old country, though, I’m lost. Talk about new political territory: I don’t know where I am at all.
The way it used to be, the Tory Party was the party of toffs. If you were a toff yourself, or were a non-toff but thought toffs were the right people to have in charge, you voted Tory. If you didn’t like toffs, or if you didn’t mind them but thought non-toffs should get a shot at running things, you voted Labour.
A few old, or incurably old-fashioned people still think like that. You can still, if you explore odd corners, find people who’ll tell you that the Tories favor the upper classes, just as you can still find Americans who’ll tell you that Republicans are the party of the rich.
Outside those odd corners, though, people know it’s all changed. Brits know, for example, that the BBC, which in my childhood was the cultural epitome of toff-ness (toffitude, whatever) is now staffed wall-to-wall by Cultural Marxists, who vote Labour only when no Communist Party candidate is on the ticket.
Similarly in the States here. You have to be pretty detached from reality not to notice that the movie stars, Silicon Valley moguls, and corporate HR departments are all Alt-Left. Even billionaires who are not socialists promote issues that we Trumpists oppose. Poster boys here are the Koch Brothers, who are under steady fire from both old-politics Democrats, for being plutocrats who grind the faces of the poor, andnew-politics Republicans, for favoring open borders.
Whatever the answers to those questions, the change has come upon us. It’s Anglosphere-wide and it’s permanent. “The wood has been made into a boat.”
At this point I may as well go full Boomer and bring in Bobby Dylan. Sing it, Bob.
The line it is drawn
And the curse it is cast.
The slow one now
Will later be fast;
As the present now
Will later be past.
The order is rapidly fading.
And the first one now will later be last
for the times they are a-changing.
Molly Tibbets thought there was nothing odd about tweeting “I hate white people.”
And America thinks there’s nothing odd about worshiping a Jewish Rabbi who despised Gentile white patriarchy (Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25) and demanded his followers “hate” their own blood kin (Luke 14:26) and “forsake” their own soil (Matthew 19:27-30).
People actually leave that hateful, anti-White Jew Testament filth on their coffee tables for children to read. It’s not surprising when they act out what’s inside.
‘…Trump himself isn’t completely blameless…’
You have to realize Trump himself isn’t really much; more or less just a sleazy real estate huckster.
It’s just that at every turn, he’s been better than the alternatives. He still is.
“In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.
A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”
Linh Dinh, as published at The Unz Reviw, June 12, 2016
Pithy, but totally ridiculous comment.
Well, I guess that the task of implementing Trump’s agenda is just another one of those Jobs That Americans Won’t Do, so we should bring in more immigrants to staff his Administration. No, seriously, with great respect to Mr. Derbyshire, I beg to differ. There are loads of talented and experienced people in DC and the rest of the country who’d be happy to work hard for immigration control, fairer trade, and no more useless foreign wars. Problem is, the C-in-C just hasn’t hired enough of them, preferring instead to hire insiders or just leave positions vacant, for reasons that have been well described in other forums.
I’ve decided that President Trump is inept and insane, or crazy like a fox subscribing to the Corleone family philosophy of, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
Hey Ma, looka me, I’m Bob Dylan!
The black ones now will later be white,
And the loose-fitting ones will later be tight;
The pint-sized now will later have height,
And the daytime now will later be night;
The totem-pole needs re-arranging,
And the he-man will in his loafers be light
For the times they are a-changing.
If you think Trump isn’t part of the Deep State….explain Bolton?
Christianity has existed for 2000 years but the current anti-white trend has existed less than 30. Considering this, I think it’s pretty illogical to blame Christianity for this .
Don’t hold your breath.
Mr. Derbyshire is here for people who enjoy being told they’re better than blacks and browns, especially the type who feel themselves inferior to Brits.
Otherwise, he’s a featherweight thinker whose sense of fealty leads him to believe the next lying politician who says what he wants to hear. A really, really smart guy who swallowed whole his mother government’s scary Tale of the Poisoned Doorknob. A transplanted cheerleader proud of his son’s service to the Empire who will never question the notion that Washington should rule the world.
Nietzsche recognized Christianity was anti-White. He lived more than 30 years ago.
Now, about your illogic.
BETWEEN THE LINES OF A MILLIONAIRE’S AD
By Howard Kurtz September 2, 1987
NEW YORK, SEPT. 1 — Donald J. Trump, the multimillionaire developer who has gotten into some well-publicized spats with city officials here, is using his cash to wade into the more exotic waters of foreign policy. In full-page advertisements running Wednesday in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Boston Globe, Trump argues that the United States should present Western Europe and Japan with a bill for America’s efforts to safeguard the passage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. …
Note the date of this article.
You are probably too young to remember this.
anonymous is here to sneer at its inferiors.
Superior persons such as anonymous should move to third-world countries–to both make the countries more diverse and help bring up the standard of living in those countries.
Great article. My only disagreement is the assertion that there are some Trump supporters in Washington DC. 95% of the DC voters chose Clinton. That would include members of the Republican establishment. Even within the Washington beltway the Clinton percentage was about 90%.
Trump’s defeat of the political establishments was a major coup.
There are no alternatives, Sport.
They are fraternity members, the puppet-in-chief is Selected. It’s all theatre.
Quite possibly the most intelligent, two paragraphs written on this site.
Good for Linjho.
LOL, and I see you’ve branched out a bit.
Derbyshire doesn’t want to admit that Trump is a Deep State member. That explains all the consternation in the above block quote.
That fact is Trump voters are being played.
In no way was Tibbetts ‘a very normal white Midwesterner’….she is indicative of the lower end IQ college students that major in useless studies like psychology throughout this country. Universities have lowered their standards to bring in the big bucks. College material youth should at least have a moderate ability to think for themselves….to question.
At first I thought this was a reference to Trump, in which case the the cross-over point was Summer 2015.
The crux transformational issue from this ‘old’ to ‘new’ politics here proposed by JD is — to simplify just a little — the Race Question.
The new-politics Left is anti-White.
The new-politics Trump-Right is pro-White.
The old-politics’ers on both sides are uneasy in either new category.
Some would object to this as oversimplistic and it is…but it is also the most straightforward way of identifying them, wasting fewest words possible, dodging obfuscation and virtue-signaling.
JD doesn’t identify this explicitly enough in this essay, IMO.
The other thing I have seen almost no one comment upon:
Mollie Tibbetts was part East Asian, through her apparently-Hapa father who is of San Francisco background. Mollie herself lived in California for her first years. Her mother is the normal Midwestern White person in the story.
See here: “Mollie Tibbetts had substantial East Asian ancestry, likely 1/4” (w/ photos).
One would think this especially would interest JD. Is he unaware of Mollie’s racial background? Is he saying she was ‘normal White’ because that is a convenient consensus and politically useful to the point he was getting at? Perhaps most interestingly of all, did Mollie Tibbetts’ personal ‘part Non-White’ origin influence her “I hate White people” thinking and/or irony-tweeting?
Paganism is full of the worst sort of white trash. Good luck saving the West with literal gutterfoul.
I have noticed that Tibbetts has Asian looking eyes. If she is part Asian I have no idea which side of her family has Asian ancestry. I spent a lot of my younger years in Des Moines Iowa….I know what a very normal young white Midwesterner is….they would never say I hate White people. It would never cross their mind.
Oh, Whitey’s paganism is bad? That’s what Christianity is: a big punchbowl of paganism, with a Jewturd floating in it. Does a swarthy Rabbi sweeten the punch a bit to your Jew-worshiping tastes?
Transitional to what, Derb? Who has the charisma, resources and name recognition to run on a Trumpist platform and win the Presidency after Trump leaves office (which I expect will be in 2021 if not before)?
I expect the Left to run roughshod over Trump and Trumpism in the next two even-year elections. They are energized, and pissed. Every Democrat who didn’t bother to vote last time because she assumed Hilary had it in the bag will be at the polls. Every ward heeler who slacked off on getting out the votes of corpses and illegal aliens will be working double shifts this time around. Meanwhile, most Trumpists are either smug and complacent, or deeply disappointed in him.
She was also a child of divorce. So she was the victim of at least one-and-a-half white people on that score.
Yeah, Bob, ain’t it true, the times they are a-changing.
The ability to craft a rhyme is rapidly, rapidly fading.
I want to get Derb’s spoken-word poetry CD. Which century did he offer that in? Is it available anywhere?
You can’t make the boat back into a tree, but you can haul it onto the beach, pack it full of driftwod and trash, pour on old stale gas from all the outboard tanks, and burn it to ashes.
I love Linh Dinh. He’s the only social and political commentator that literally takes my breath away. The dude is a treasure. I wish he stayed here but I also want what’s best for him and leaving this clusterf*ck before SHTF is smart.
Nobody can explain Bolton.
It is also frankly unbelievable that his mobster style bullying behind closed doors hasn’t resulted in some level of blunt trauma to his Boltonness. I guess UN diplomats are not a pugilistic bunch.
But what conclusion are we supposed to take?
The Iran clusterfuck and letting Iraq off the leash were bad shit where Uncle Shmuel’s neo-colonial meddling instincts were on full display.
Yes, and there are a number of other Deep State denizens other than Bolton in Trumps administration.
Yes. Thank you. There is no difference between establishment D’s and R’s. The beauty of Trump’s election is that he defeated both parties. Or rather sixty millions of American voters defeated both parties. So when Trump is in Fargo he has lots of friends but when he is in Washington he is all alone.
And best of luck to you saving the West with mandatory pacifism.
The University of Iowa is a public research university. Its students are quite adequate compared to the general run of youngsters in baccalaureate-granting institutions. The majority complete their undergraduate degree in four years. U.S. News ranks it above the 70th percentile in its population of research universities.
Psychology has both an academic and a vocational aspect and its academic aspect has both a natural science side and a social research side. No clue why you’d make blanket statements about psychology students (except that talking out of one’s ass is the norm here).
Deco bite the big one. Every other asshole in college is a psychology major, it’s what dick wads take when they have no clue. It prepares them to work at McDonald’s.
Psychology has no natural science side.
Try looking at more than one picture.
East Asian influence in Rob Tibbetts is clear in most pictures, somewhat less clear but still his look is still vaguely exotic in others. In some, though, it is undeniable (including this one); this look is not in the range of 100%-European phenotypes.
His daughter Mollie Tibbets is also outside the range of 100%-European phenotypes but sometimes passable. It is especially clear in contrast (as in this picture of Mollie next to a White school play actress). Americans are, admittedly, not used to spotting this because historically there have never been too many 75-25 White-Asian mixed in the USA.
There is nothing wrong with Mollie Tibbetts being 75-25 White-Asian. I understand some in the Asian-White mixed community propose calling such mixes as Mollie a ‘Quapa’ (with the more-well-known ‘Hapa’ being 50-50 White-EastAsian; Quapa means 75-25 White-EastAsian).
Does no one care that Mollie Tibbetts was 1/4 Asian, including people on or near the racialist right like John Derbyshire?
Pictures at any angle reveal her mother was full-White; her father is sometimes-passable (as Mollie herself is), but he is the one with partial Asian background.
Family picture from when Mollie was in elementary school.
I note in passing that the one who condemned the Trump supporters who sympathize with Mollie was the part-EastAsian father Rob Tibbetts (and at his own daughter’s funeral, wasn’t it?), not the full-White, Iowa-origin mother, who has maintained a dignified silence.
Psychology has no natural science side.
Well, then you can contact the Society for Neuroscience and tell them you’ll show them how it’s done.
Psychology is the study of the psyche and is not a natural science. The number of psychology majors that get degrees in neuroscience is minuscule.
The standard psychology requirement for a degree in neuroscience is first year introduction to psychology, along physical education I, II and writing and rhetoric I, II
Then there’s the fact that Jews HAAAAAAATE anything approaching fundie Christianity.
I was going to say that they’re fine with Mammonite leftist-heresy “Christianity,” but they even hate that. “Christian Zionist” heresy, too. Probably think they’re gateway drugs to fundie Christianity where Jews are told to pack their shit and go, the way Jews do to Palestinians and other goy in their ethnostate.
Yeah but wasn’t he mentally ill?
I’m pretty intolerant toward the lot of you; the Christian nuts who say Christianity is the only way to save the West (obvious bullshit), and the anti-Christian nuts (pagans, Nazis, etc.) who say there’s no place for Christians in our thing. As far as I’m concerned, all of you can fuck off. Fact is, neither of your factions is going to be dominant, and you’re both going to have to get used to taking orders.
IKAGO, NAXALT, great stuff thx.
But no Evo Psych? (((Oy Vey!!!)))
John Derbyshire has a great question on his plate but doesn’t supply much of an answer. Who are the new generation of Trumpists? The “young” intellectuals of the Mencken Society are mostly libertarians and don’t have any clout to begin with. Who in Congress supports Trump for any reason other than his success at the polls? And his success at the polls is largely a tribute to his tough-guy, Make America Great message resonating with middle-brow white voters. Surely these voters are not ideologically sophisticated (nor is Trump) and will go back to voting for the usual mainstream Republicans as soon as Trump is gone.
The Left’s main opponent is their own myopia, but they have managed to beat the right consistently in the past and the only sign of a possible sea change is the Alt Right, which appears to have been thoroughly beaten back. Steve Bannon continues to promote populism and nationalism, and he is a shrewd and sophisticated operative, but for now he seems to face long odds.
Nietzsche was nuts.
I have also noticed that mainstream neuroscientists have little enthusiasm for the appropriation of neuroscience to support speculative and politically charged theories of cognition, emotion, ethics, and sociology, by the likes of Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, et al.
Taking orders from whom?
Historically the West has been Christian, and the Christian ethic of fairness, humility, pity, and optimism undergirds our best institutions and achievements. In my opinion we have gone astray not by being too ‘nice’ but by swallowing the lie that we aren’t really nice and should bow our heads before our accusers.
I had a professor who was fond of saying “psychology is third-rate physiology at best.” The fact, is psychologists throw around some neuroscience to give their godawful pseudo-science a veneer of respectability but it’s really a pile of junk masquerading as a subject.
Every vote for Trump was a vote for Trumpism? I seriously doubt it. Surely some Trump voters just couldn’t stomach Hilary; others always vote Republican; still others simply wanted to stick a finger in the Establishment’s eye. And there were probably a few who know and care zilch about politics but were big fans of The Apprentice.
OK, but I did look at more than one picture.
Psychology is the study of the psyche and is not a natural science. The number of psychology majors that get degrees in neuroscience is minuscule.
It isn’t. About 4,000 BA degrees specifically in neuroscience are awarded in a typical year, over and above psychology majors who concentrate on it. And you’re neglecting physiological psychologists, animal behavior specialists, and other sorts of experimental psychologists.
You don’t know what you’re talking about and you’re making a jackass of yourself.
And then there’s the fact you’re not very observant, Svigor.
So you’re saying it takes a magical Jewish Rabbi to make Whitey act nice. Do you believe in the Magic Negro too?
Mollie Tibbets… I noticed some NE Asian in her but dismissed it because this was Iowa. Easy bet that scummy Cristhian Bahena Rivera thought she was standard American 100% white. Thanks for laying out how her NE Asian looks were from her father.
Closer to McCaine type. Although it’s “she”
From Dylan’s masterpiece “Clothes Line Saga.”
The next day everybody got up
seein’ if the clothes was dry
Dog was barkin’,neighbor passed,mama of course she said “Hi.”
Have you heard the news he said with a grin
The Vice Presidents gone mad!
When? Last nite!
Hmm,gee that’s too bad.
Well there’s nothing we can do about it said the neighbor
Just something we’re gonna have to forget!
I guess so,said ma,then she asked me if the clothes was wet..
During the centuries when a traditional Roman hierarchy ran the shop, Christianity was a stabilizing force. But Nord autistes like Luther and proto-Chamber of Commerce types like the Tudor-era arrivistes, Elizabethan bureaucrats and the Puritans weren’t having any of that. After playing around with the weak gruel that is High Church Anglicanism, we English speakers decided we had to get back to the Bible and make sure our Christianity was Fundamentalism with what we thought was the straight Semitic dope, none of that Greco-Roman adulteration, with a strong chaser of Anglo Analytic, atomized, pro-business individualism. With nobody minding the shop , the lower classes went feral playing in the mud with Calvinism, or produced things like the Baptists and the Pentecostals, while the autistes produced Dispensationalism.
True, but still, if you voted for Trump, you voted for his program; that’s how it works.
Sure, in a pedantic, tautological sense. But even then, what’s “his program” that all those people supposedly voted for–what he said he’d do, or what he’s actually doing?
In any case, Derb clearly meant to imply that 63 million voters actively desire Trumpism as he defines it. That’s obviously not so. I’m sure most, if not all, of the senior officials who are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda” marked their ballots for Trump out of party loyalty.