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I’m afraid that the first thing that came to my mind that the word “sissy” is now Banned In Britain (by David Cameron’s “Conservative” government!) was my favorite homosexual activist from the 1990s, Luke Sissyfag, who ran for Mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1994, although alas he didn’t win. The latest news about him I can find is that he has turned into a bear.

His changing his name to Luke Sissyfag was an example of “owning the insult,” which regrettably is now much less common than in the past. The party labels “Whig” and “Tory” both came up this way. A whig was originally a cattle rustler from the Scottish borders; a tory was an illiterate bog-dwelling Irish Catholic. They just owned the insults.

It’s a shame we don’t do that anymore. Democrats could face the world boldly as the Tax-Eaters Party. The GOP could proudly rebrand itself the Donorist Party. There’d be a net gain in political honesty. Own the insult, people!

The GOP is a particularly peculiar political beast. Any big party, if it’s to enjoy widespread success, needs two things: money, so that it can advertise itself to the populace, and votes, so that its candidates can get into office. What is peculiar about today’s Republican Party is that most of its voters want things diametrically opposed to what most of its donors want.

That’s why you hear so much scornful or angry talk about “the GOP Establishment.” These are the party bosses and congresscritters who see it as their main job to keep the donors happy.

Big parts of the party’s message, though, are indigestible to Republican voters. Since they need voters just as much as they need donors, the GOP Establishment is trapped in a painful and unsightly straddle.

This is the reality behind Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012. Rightly or wrongly—you’ll get an argument from Ann Coulter about that—Romney was seen as an Establishment candidate, so a lot of GOP voters stayed home.

The straddle failed even more spectacularly in the summer of 2014 when quintessential Establishment Republican congressman Eric Cantor—who was House Majority Leader, no less—lost in a primary contest to an unknown and underfunded challenger.

The Eric Cantor story reveals the dark underside of this issue. Cantor had barely finished cleaning out his desk on Capitol Hill when he was offered, and accepted, a job with an investment bank at an annual salary of three and a half million dollars. [Ex-Republican leader Cantor grabs $3.4 mn-salary job at investment bank, US News, September 2, 2014]


That’s the calculation a lot of GOP congresscritters hold in the backs of their minds. Tick off the voters, the donors will take care of you. Tick off the donors, it’s back to small-town lawyering. That’s why the donors win on issues much more often than the voters do. That’s why the GOP is much more a donorist party than a voterist party.

And that’s why we’re likely looking forward to a Paul Ryan speakership in the House of Representatives. Ryan is donorist down to his Gucci loafers.’s Julia Hahn just ran a withering piece about this:

On two of the issues of immense importance to GOP voters—trade and immigration—polling from the Pew Research Center shows that most GOP voters oppose some of the key ideological stances to which Ryan is devoted …

Pew found that only a vanishing 11 percent of Republican voters think so-called “free trade” will raise wages … Pew also found that only a maximum of seven percent of Republican voters agree with the Ryan-Rubio vision of increasing immigration. Except, given the wording of the question, it is likely that it is even smaller than seven percent …Pew Polling: At Least 93% of GOP Electorate Opposes Paul Ryan On Immigration, October 21, 2015

Ryan has a D-minus rating on immigration issues from NumbersUSA, that’s down in the bottom quintile among Republican House members. He has consistently shilled for the interests of foreigners and employers over the interests of American workers.

Breitbart’s Hahn dug up a video clip from Chicago in 2013 where Ryan joined with the fanatical Hispanic-supremacist representative Luis Gutiérrez to call for Open Borders. Quote from Ryan on that occasion:

America is more than just a country. It’s more than Chicago, or Wisconsin. It’s more than our borders. America is an idea. It’s a very precious idea.[Immigration reform brings Democrat Luis Gutierrez and Republican Paul Ryan together, By Elaine Coorens, OurUrbanTimes, April 23, 2013]

As the late Sam Francis pointed out, the logic of that is that a native of, say,Somalia who believes in the Very Precious Idea should be given citizenship forthwith, while a U.S. citizen who does not believe in it should have his citizenship taken away with equal dispatch.

Yet a person who promotes this nation-wrecking flapdoodle, in opposition to 93 percent of his party’s voters, is set fair to become the next Speaker of the House.

Or, if he screws up somehow and falls to a primary challenger, the donors will set him up with a nice gig at an investment bank.

That’s the system we have, folks.

Oh well, let’s look on the bright side: At least we shan’t have to see John Boehner weeping into his hanky any more.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books.He’s had two books published by FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived at

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  1. And what was wrong with “see[ing] John Boehner weeping into his hanky…”? You seem to be implying that he was a sissy or something. Why don’t you just come out and say it? “Man up, cupcake!”

    Troglodyte! Even a five-year old school child knows that that kind of gender stereotyping is what leads fewer girls than boys to study science in school.

    • Replies: @tbraton
  2. Tom_R says:


    Thanks for the great article, Sir. The Oligarchs own our politicians through campaign contributions and the politicians are destroying this country through immigration.

    The problem is that there are no binding national referenda in the United States. Many other countries, including 3rd world countries (e.g. Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines), have a system for national direct democracy, but not the US!

    A good solution is a constitutional amendment to allow national referenda, so US citizens (showing proof of citizenship with ID and with paper ballots) can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These referenda will supersede laws passed by Congress and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses AND a unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can then still override it by a 66% vote.

    We can pass national referenda regarding taxes, foreign aid, immigration, bailouts, and debt ceilings, etc. The people will be the fourth (or rather the 1st) branch of govt. and thus improve the checks and balances. We will solve 90% of our problems this way.

    For eg., see National Citizens Initiative For Democracy:

    We Americans need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late.

    • Agree: geokat62
    • Replies: @AndrewR
  3. The term “Donor” makes the Cock Bros. seem to be philanthropists. They are purchasers of politicians/political influence. The graft party or the bribery party would be more accurate. But the Democrats being equally guilty we would find ourselves referring to the Republican graft party and the Democratic graft party. Right back where we started. The supreme court is cool with bribery anyway so why fight it. They helpfully informed us that bribery is free speech. Who knew? My God they are so smart. And the people (folks) have come to expect their pols to be owned. Witness that other ranking cheese head Gov Walker. Openly owned and operated his peeps keep re-electing him. When there are real differences between people who own politicians and people who merely vote for them the politicians resolve the issue by lying to the voters. Voters have come to expect that also. Ask the man on the street. He will tell you “The president HAS to lie.” No really. Just ask him.

    • Replies: @EriK
  4. WGG [AKA "World\'s Greatest Grandson"] says:

    Donor, donut… eh, close enough. Let’s throw donuts at Paul Ryan. As a food, they’re the epitome of gluttony and low-rent greed. He is disgusting.

  5. fnn says:

    The donors have adopted the dildo as their mask:

    Since the dismemberment of Germany at the end of the Second World War, the cosmology of the left has been one of a Manichean war between the fasces and the dildo. Fascism becomes the evil superego haunting the leftist ego—they position themselves as eternally fighting the forces of fascism in order to bring about their false-utopian program of mocha-colored liberation, equality, and the destruction of all non-colonial identities.

  6. tbraton says:

    “Troglodyte! Even a five-year old school child knows that that kind of gender stereotyping is what leads fewer girls than boys to study science in school.”

    I found your ardent defense of “gender equality” and attack on Derbyshire’s blatant “gender stereotyping” so touching that it brought tears to my eyes. I was literally bawling like a Boehner. Someone, quick, hand me a tissue so I can blot out those pesky tears before someone labels me a “sissy.” (BTW does “gender equality” mean we should no longer use “he” or “she,” “him” or “her,” “his” or hers”?)

  7. tbraton says:

    I suggest that the Republican Party rename itself the “Fleur-de-Lis” Party and adopt the motto “whatever you desire.”

  8. We have two major political parties in this country. In one, the donors and the grassroots aren’t that far apart, and when they are, the grassroots of that party know that eventually the donors will move in their direction, and vice versa, in other words, further to the left. There’s no argument about where they’re going, only how long it will take to get there.

    In the other party, the donors and the grassroots are often miles apart. The grassroots wants to go mostly in one direction, and the donors want to move the same direction as the other party’s grassroots and donors.

    After the coming election, Donald Trump should announce that he is quitting the GOP and forming a 3rd party, with himself as its founding donor. So much the better if Trump is the sitting president when he does that. I mean, why not? If he is elected president, the GOP establishment is going to try to stymie him anyway. What’s to lose?

  9. Both parties are donorist and tax eaters.

  10. EriK says:

    Cock brothers? What are you twelve?

  11. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says:

    GOP should be called the Whore Party.

    Is there any difference between Ryan and this person:

    It’s not just the donors. It’s donors of a certain ethnic group.

  12. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    It’s a party that is devouring itself.

    Call it the Donner Party.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  13. Scott says:

    Ryan is the puppet of the illegal immigrant Irish lobby, who have aligned with La Raza to utterly dismantle U.S. immigration law. (Thus his weird and creepy bromance with Luis “cosa pequena” Guttierez) Ironically, these same Paddies want immigration laws enforced to the letter back in the Auld Sod, where Africans and Travelers are making inroads into various council estates and causing a bit of crime, much to the dismay of the locals. Oh the hypocrisy. So next time you get an estimate for that renovation, ask Cormac the kitchen fitter for his green card. If he doesn’t have one, dump him.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  14. Pat Casey says:

    His changing his name to Luke Sissyfag was an example of “owning the insult,” which regrettably is now much less common than in the past. The party labels “Whig” and “Tory” both came up this way. A whig was originally a cattle rustler from the Scottish borders; a tory was an illiterate bog-dwelling Irish Catholic. They just owned the insults.

    Paddy wagons and caustic leprechauns and drunken brawlers belting out ballads—no one owns their insults like my race owns them. Second to none that way, and that, most of all because we bestride the world as the nation of letters, and when we were “illiterate” we were gilded tongue purists. When Ezra Pound said the English language had come into the care of the Irish, Ulysses was still a work in progress, Yeats’ greatest poem had not been printed, and Brian O’Nolan was but a babe. “Tory” may have suffered the connotation Derbyshire ascribes, but strictly speaking, the term denoted an Irish outlaw , or Irish rebel. I ought to know that, given that my line’s Tim Casey came to America in 1846 because he kept getting arrested for starting riots.

    That reminds of what maybe was the best organized anti-anti-racism public demonstration in the post-civil rights era: Restore Our Alienated Rights, or R.O.A.R. Is it any wonder the thing was made to win in Boston? Is it any wonder it was led by an O’Connell? I actually happen to think that raising racial awareness among Irish-Americans is, in the long run, the single best way to win the immigration debate, which is currently delimited and stunted by reigning taboos regarding how “white people” are aloud to talk about their interests. But I’m just some kind extremist wacko romantic of insane sorts…

    An interesting thing about Paul Ryan is his dedication to keeping his diet sugar-free. He was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace years ago on what I guess was his birthday. At the end, Wallace shoved a special-made cake in his face and told him to eat a bite. But Ryan didn’t want to, and something awkward ensued because Wallace kept goading him to take a bite. People like Wallace are kind of sick like that, in the way they realize that part of a man’s soul is owned when a photo of him eating your cake on TV goes in the collection. You had to respect Ryan for putting his foot down, and making Wallace appear rather eery.

    As for the Republican Party being the donorist party—that may in a way speak to the influence of art, because something like cutting the capital gains tax is very Ayn Randian, and of course Paul Ryan (and others that ilk) always have said she was such a seminal influence.

  15. The Republicans should rename themselves the “Ben Dover Party” after the famous Ben Dover, who was known for his accommodating “positions”.

  16. Buzz Mohawk says: • Website

    On two of the issues of immense importance to GOP voters—trade and immigration—polling from the Pew Research Center shows that most GOP voters oppose some of the key ideological stances to which Ryan is devoted …

    This is why the coronation of Ryan is a tragedy. When President Trump is in office (and there is a very good chance he will be) his administration will have to deal with Ryan roadblocks to any of the very important changes needed in those two areas.

    Another great essay by Derb here, BTW. Thank you, Sir.

    • Replies: @Marty
  17. Marty [AKA "coot veal or cot deal"] says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Don’t you have it backward? A president Trump (not likely at all) would be the roadblock to Ryan’s plan for immigration, I.e. possessing the veto, and the libs not having the 2/3 necessary to overturn that veto. And Ryan would have no power to block Trump’s reversal of Obama executive orders.

  18. Art says:

    “What is peculiar about today’s Republican Party is that most of its voters want things diametrically opposed to what most of its donors want.”

    What a great sentence – it simply and perfectly describes the unholy situation facing the American people. The Republican Party pumps up it voters with words on social issues – abortion, homosexual marriage, and immigration – then does the opposite when actually making laws. (The Democrats are no different.)

    It is illustrative that who the donors are – is little discussed and commented on.

    Only two of the candidates in the last Republican presidential debate, do not receive mega Jew donor money – Trump and Paul.

    Until this Jew problem is addressed, NOTHING is going to change.

  19. Gotta love the advice given in that Daily Mail article linked to in the opening sentence:

    Girls should do more math and science but boys should do more liberal arts subjects. Hence boys should do subjects that leave them underemployed and undatable.

    It’s also kind of ironic that a femininst is advising western girls to be more like Asian and Eastern European females and do more maths and science. Does this also extend to being more socially submissive, more politically conservative, and more likely to marry for money?

  20. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    Libs say the Right is ‘fear-mongering’ about immigration, but Libs are FEAR-MUFFLING what needs to be feared by sensible white people.

    White people have every right to be fearful about massive immigration. That this legit fear is being muffled and muted is what is truly dangerous.

    Libs are reckless-mongering the West into its own suicide.

    Because Jews control the commanding heights, they appoint the white cuckerals and cuckservatives who will do the bidding of globalism to turn the white race into a defeated race that surrenders its women to Negroes.

  21. Rurik says:

    I remember when the war on Iraq was being foisted asking people if they thought it was being done primarily for the benefit of Israel or Big Oil. (it turned out is was all for Israel)

    Now what I wonder is how much of the Republican motivation to open the borders is due to the genocidal agenda to swamp the dwindling whites of this country (and all other white countries) ~ vs. the oft repeated agenda of ‘cheap labor’.

    For instance we know uber-donors like Sheldon Adelson are Jewish supremacists who demand open borders for America while insisting a racially pure Jewish state and closed borders for Israel. How many other Republican donors are motivated by this racial hostility to whites and not for ‘cheap labor’?

    We know the Democrats want open borders as the keystone to their anti-white racial agenda, but what about the Republicans? I always hear it’s only about cheap labor, but clearly a lot of the donors to the Republicans are like Sheldon, and like all Jewish supremacists are obsessed with doing a ‘Carthage’ to Western Civilization and its people.

  22. @Priss Factor

    “Call it the Donner Party.”

    Hilarious. You win the thread.

    • Replies: @Seminumerical
  23. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] says: • Website

    They accuse us of fear-mongering.

    We are only Fact-Mongering.

  24. @WorkingClass

    Witty. I am going to borrow that.

  25. Hibernian says:

    Mr. Scott you have just finished time traveling from the year 1842.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  26. rod1963 says:

    GOP is pretty much self-immolating with it’s in your facing prostitution of itself to corporate interests. It’s not to say the GOP wasn’t always this way, it was but most never paid attention to the money grubbing globalist/corporate types who controlled the party and the puppets they put into power. Instead most people focused on the BS social issues they were fed while the ruling class stuck a knife in the back of the white working and middle-classes and their children’s future.

    It was a good scam though, they buffaloed whites for decades with stupid social issues while dismantling the economy in the name of globalism and greed. They convinced the lower classes that the vicious job market and real-estate bubbles they created for them were a sign of health and competition not the slow death of the economy pumped up by rabid speculators. They were so good at lying they even convinced rank and file to support the off-shoring of jobs overseas as good for the country. We had to get rid of the dirty, nasty manufacturing jobs and go high tech.

    The bottom line is that the GOP has been systematically at war with working and middle-class whites since the Reagan era. They created the gutted out economy and immigration problems we are now facing. And to add insult to injury they turn around and tell us it’s good for us.

    Screw the GOP and it’s apologists. They are traitors to the country.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  27. tb2 says:
    @Priss Factor

    They’d have to take the vote away from women. At least women under 30.

  28. @rod1963

    It was a good scam though, they buffaloed whites for decades with stupid social issues while dismantling the economy in the name of globalism and greed.

    Those “stupid BS social issues” are as close to grass roots as any issues get in this country. You spit on the very working people you claim to stand up for.

    They, unlike you, are smart enough to realize that money isn’t everything, and “social” conditions make a big difference in everyday life, economically as well as socially. Bastardy alone has cost us any number of big cities, particularly that one once known as “the arsenal of democracy”.

    Things really started to go to hell just as your unionized manufacturing utopia was at the height of its power, in 1964. That’s when “open borders” and “civil rights”– unattached to responsibilities– were enacted. By your team.

    • Replies: @guest
  29. @Hibernian

    Mr. Scott you have just finished time traveling from the year 1842.

    Mr Scott Walker, perhaps? Walker is a Borders-Scottish surname.

    Speaking of Walkers, Brenda at speaks of Irish illegals– possibly more numerous per capita in their home population– with the same fire-and-brimstone she uses for Mexicans. Though even she wouldn’t equate them to Mohammedans.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  30. guest says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The above poster may have called those “social issues” BS because the party never really believed in them. Nothing much has been done about them, certainly not anything commensurate with the talk. Of course, you could say the same thing about economic policy, educational policy, and so on. Turns out most of what politicians say doesn’t matter.

  31. guest says:

    I deny the basic premise of this article. For to be “the [whatever] party” in our system means to be so in comparison with the other party. Are the Republicans any more owned by their donors than the Democrats? Hell, no. Plus, in addition to their usual masters–unions, etc.–Democrats are arguably the Wall Street Party these days (really, both parties are). You should listen sometime to how their base complains. The powers that be over there don’t care any more than Republicans do. Ultimately, they’d rather lose elections than lose control of the party (read “Indispensable Enemies”).

    If there’s more of a distance between donor and base in the Republican camp it can only be because of identity politics, I think. No one votes Republican because they’re black, female, old, an alien, etc. Regionalism and class don’t work, either (the South, for instance, hasn’t been voting this way for more than a couple generations). Not to vote Democrat for some people would be to have an identity crisis. To a lesser extent, the supposed ideology (in reality ideology is PR) of the Republican party is marginally less mainstream, and therefore less likely to be fulfilled (depending upon your expectations). A little less, that is. If you want universal healthcare you would’ve been disappointed by Obama care, despite its undeniable importance. If you want a free market in healthcare, you’re simply not going to get it. Someone like Reagan come pop up and steal some thunder from the other party and certain Powers That Be in his own party, temporarily, but what did that amount to?

    • Agree: AndrewR
  32. KA says:

    Sam Grancis missed the country both by latitude and longitude .America is a cereal nation . Brandeis introduced the hubris and the Americans swallowed it without digesting . It still rumbles inside . Sensing the hymns no longer being chanted by McGovern ‘s Democrat,the children of Torskytes and Brandeis left the party.

    Today they have anointed who the lead singer should be in 2016

  33. AndrewR says:

    You have more faith in the American people than I.

  34. AndrewR says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I’ve never met an Irish person in my life, let alone an illegal. Where the hell are these people?

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