Blogger photog at Orion’s Cold Fire—the gift that keeps on giving—has yet another excellent post examining the state of the Right today. In particular, photog poses the question: “How Will the Deplorables Get Organized?”
photog uses the analogy of a sword forged from various “metals”—parts of the coalition of the Right and the non-progressive side of politics. His argument is that, during the Cold War, some metals were included in this grand alloy that didn’t blend well with the others, but they forged together well enough to make the sword that vanquished Communism.
However, those poorly-blended alloys—which he identifies as the GOP Establishment of Conservatism, Inc.—weakened the sword in a post-Cold War context, making the weapon ineffective. A new metallurgist—photog doesn’t name who this is, but I suspect he means Trump, or perhaps the Trumpian Right—has discarded those unassimilable lumps, and has brought back in some of the metals that were rejected in the old days (the paleoconservatives, for example).
The new sword is still being forged; right now, it’s all boiling, kinetic potential, but it hasn’t hardened into cold, steely weapon capable of dealing a death blow to progressive lunacy. The challenge, as photog sees it, is to bring together this energetic, chaotic new coalition into a disciplined, populist-nationalist (my words, not photog’s) movement with coherent aims.
Of course, photog notes it will not be easy. Here’s a key passage from his post:
I’ve said that it needs to be done but I’m not trying to kid anyone into thinking it will be easy. When I said that the New Right is like a boiling pot I wasn’t kidding. Chaos and kinetic energy are the only rules and there is absolutely no consensus between the various groups that make it up. They range from radical separatists who are busy storing ammo for the shooting war, to Tea Party civic nationalists who can’t figure out why John McCain didn’t get elected in 2008, to religious businessmen who want the government to stop persecuting them for their beliefs, to Rust Belt forgotten men who want to stop the globalists from putting the last nail into their economic coffins. Herding cats would be a cakewalk in comparison. But it will need to be done if we hope to avoid being back at the mercy of the Stupid Party.
In short, the task ahead is difficult, but necessary. Otherwise, cucky GOPe figures will come back into control, and the Republican Party will continue to be controlled opposition.
That’s another key point that photog makes, and with which I strongly agree: a third party is suicide. The Trumpian Right has to take control of the Republican Party. Trump’s brilliance as that he ran a third party campaign inside one of the two major parties. He has been at least partially successful in turning the Republican Party into a vehicle for his policies, but GOP swells have also reined in the President.
Regardless, it’s crucial that Trump wins in 2020 if we want to see the hardening of this boiling new coalition. If Trump loses, the clucking scolds of National Review, et. al., will waste no time in saying, “we told you so!” It may be a generation again before a populist Republican has a shot again at the highest office in the land—we’ll be consigned to thirty years of cucky Bush-cons losing meekly to increasingly insane Democrats.
On the other hand, if Trump wins, we have a golden opportunity to cement the roiling new coalition into something enduring—an FDR-style grand realignment.
2020 is going to be an interesting year.
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It will be interesting to see if any grassroots organizations begin to appear in 2020. I’m hopeful but it would take a real prophet to know how all this goes forward.
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Yeah, the tea leaves are murky. I do think Trump’s fate in 2020 will be a major determining factor in what happens next. I just know I don’t want to read a bunch of gloating pieces from Conservative Inc. about “The Failure of Trumpism” or what not.