Another week in the U.S.H., the United States of Hysteria. The occasion of this week's shriek-fest was of course President Trump's engagement with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Sample reaction, this one by Lt. General Mark Hertling in Politico:
In 2016, our country was targeted by an attack [whose] aim was every bit as much to devastate the American homeland as Pearl Harbor or 9/11 … But two years on, we still haven't put any boats or men in the proverbial water. We still have not yet acted—just today, President Donald Trump, a beneficiary of this attack, exonerated the man who ordered it: Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor By Mark Hertling And Molly K. McKew, July 16, 2018
So those Facebook ads posted by Russians in 2016 were just like Pearl Harbor, just like 9/11. It's war, says General Hertling! Get those boats in the water! And Trump is Putin's tool!
Yes, I agree, it's deranged. And yes, I agree: President Trump's notion of what our relations with Russia should be like is more correct, more reasonable, and just more damn sane than General Hertling’s is, or anyone else's in the mob howling for war with Russia.
That said, our President made a poor showing at Helsinki. For a guy with as much TV experience as he has, we should expect a better performance.
Putin is the illegitimate leader of a corrupt and dysfunctional country, an economic nonentity among nations, geographically overstretched, with a rusting military and a population increasingly composed of aging drunks. Trump is the constitutionally elected leader of a country so prosperous, buoyant, and secure, our main national problem is holding back the tide of people trying to break in across our borders to share in our blessed bounty.
Six months ago, I reviewed Prof. George Hawley’s Making Sense of the Alt-Right for VDARE.com. Although a conscientious scholar, the author had proven unable (I concluded) to understand his subject matter “from the inside.” This is a nearly inevitable weakness of political studies by outsiders; anyone who wants to understand a political movement must turn to its own leading thinkers for unfiltered information about it.
Somewhat belatedly, perhaps, Arktos Media is giving the public the inside scoop on the Alt-Right with its new multi-author volume A Fair Hearing: The Alt-Right in the Words of its Members and Leaders, edited by George T. Shaw. Contributors include Jared Taylor, Richard Spencer, Kevin MacDonald, and many others.
The expression “Alt-Right” is widely understood to refer to a movement not much older than Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy in June, 2015, and which may already have passed its peak (or, as VDARE.com has argued, been mugged). Opponents, at any rate, have been pouring out articles celebrating the Alt-Right’s demise since March (see examples here and here ). Moreover, Donald Trump has been elected, so smearing him with the Alt-Right is no longer useful. Prof. Hawley reports that he has stopped lecturing on the subject due to flagging public interest.
But such facile dismissals mistake the daily headlines for reality. Of course cartoon frog memes are going to pass out of fashion eventually, and not every public demonstration can be bigger than all those that preceded it. This does not mean that the cause for which the Alt-Right fights has been defeated. Nor did that cause begin with Donald Trump: one contributor to A Fair Hearing, Atlanta attorney Sam Dickson, has been active on its behalf since the 1960s. The flurry of highly visible activity during the past two or three years is merely the latest round in a long struggle. I expect future historians will look back on it as a foreshock of far more important events.
I don't know what Trump said during that two hours when he met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but like so many in the media, I know what I hope he said: Mr. Putin, I need you to publicly admit your complicity in our illegal alien problem.
Only if Putin owns up to deploying a vast network of Russian assets to personally direct the movements of millions of illegal aliens across the Sonoran Desert, through dozens of checkpoints and into our country, in fulfillment of his master plan to attack America's financial viability, national security and future prospects, will the media, the Democratic Party and corporate Republicans ever emerge from their stupor and admit that we have a huge problem on our southern border.
Illegal immigrants have killed multiple times more Americans than Russia has in its entire history—or could ever hope to kill, even with a well-placed nuclear bomb.
But nothing will be done, unless we can prove Putin is behind it.
Our media and government want you to fixate on Russia's annexation of Crimea as the big problem facing our country, hoping you'll forget about the gaping hole on our border.
I haven't counted to see how many Americans died as a result of Putin's reacquiring Crimea—yes, I have! ZERO. Meanwhile, Mexican drug couriers kill more Americans every week than the Communist Soviet Union did when it shot down Korean flight 007 for flying into its airspace, almost starting a nuclear war.
Recently we started seeing traffic on Allen West, Dave Agema, And AMERICAN RENAISSANCE, that we ran in 2014. Allen B. West, a patriotic black Republican, had been impressed by a powerful American Renaissance article by an anonymous (of course) public defender that frankly highlighted problems in the black community. West cares about the black community, and he posted on his web page about it: Quite Possibly the Most Racist Article You Will Ever Read, December 29, 2014. Agema had linked to the article: Confessions of a Public Defender, (May 9 2014).
Reason for our traffic spike: the same AmRen article has now been causing trouble for another white guy—Seth Grossman, GOP nominee in New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District, who had linked to it in 2014 with a Facebook post (still online):
Grossman too apparently also got the link from Allen West.
Back in 2010 (!!), Grossman also linked to Allan Wall’s 2003 (!!) VDARE.com piece Police Cooperate With Immigration Authorities - In Mexico! —which made the entirely correct point, carefully sourced, that Mexican police are required to enforce Mexican immigration lawn, unlike American police.