Category Archives: Constitution

The Libertarian Book Of TRUMP by ilana mercer

Classical Liberalism, Conservatism, Constitution, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

The latest column, “The Libertarian Book Of TRUMP,” is now on Townhall.com, America’s “top source for conservative … commentary.” An excerpt:

In a new book, “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed,” I argue that Donald J. Trump is the quintessential post-constitutional candidate.

In the “Opening Statement,” titled “Welcome To The Post-Constitutional Jungle,” oldies will recognize a nod to the Guns N’ Roses classic, “Welcome to the Jungle,” as well as to broadcaster Mark Levin’s coinage.

We inhabit what Levin has termed a post-constitutional America. The libertarian (and classical conservative) ideal—where the chains that tether us to an increasingly tyrannical national government are loosened and power is devolved once again to the smaller units of society—is a long way away.

Where the law of the jungle prevails, the options are limited: Do Americans get a benevolent authoritarian to undo the legacies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and those who went before? Or, does the ill-defined entity called The People continue to submit to Demopublican diktats, past and present?

The quintessential post-constitutional candidate, Trump’s candidacy is for the age when the Constitution itself is unconstitutional. Like it or not, the original Constitution is a dead letter, having suffered decades of legislative, executive and judicial usurpation. The natural- and common law traditions, once loadstars for lawmakers, have been buried under the rubble of legislation and statute. However much one shovels the muck of lawmaking aside, natural justice and the Founders’ original intent remain buried too deep to exhume. The Constitution has become just another thing on the list of items presidential candidates check when they con constituents.

The dissembling words of many a Republican presidential candidate notwithstanding—for most promise constitutionalism—a liberty-lover’s best hope is to see the legacy of the dictator who went before overturned for a period of time. The toss-up in the 2016 election is therefore between submitting to the Democrats’ war on whites, the wealthy and Wal-Mart, or being bedeviled by mainstream Republicans’ wars on the world: Russia, China, Assad and The Ayatollahs.

Or, suffering all the depredations listed and more if Candidate Clinton is victorious.

Thus the endorsement over the pages of “The Trump Revolution” is not necessarily for the policies of Trump, but for The Process of Trump.

Until such time when the individual is king again, and a decentralized Constitution that guarantees regional and individual autonomy has been restored—this process of creative destruction begun by Donald Trump is likely the best Americans can hope for. Put differently, in this age of unconstitutional government—Democratic and Republican—the best liberty lovers can look to is action and counteraction, force and counterforce in the service of liberty

… Read the rest. The complete column, “The Libertarian Book Of TRUMP,” is now on Townhall.com.

UPDATED (7/26): The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed Reviewed

Constitution, Donald Trump, Ilana Mercer, libertarianism, Paleolibertarianism

Some worthies review “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed”:

“Trump indeed has proven to be a force of nature. Yet so too is Ilana Mercer. … The Trump Revolution [is] the first libertarian defense of the Trump Process. Mercer, being as much an enemy of neoconservative Republicans as she is of leftist Democrats, treats audiences of all political persuasions to a work that is above suspicion. The Trump Revolution is especially suited for libertarian and conservative-leaning Trump skeptics. Mercer, a paleolibertarian—i.e. a libertarian who doesn’t live in a pseudo-Platonic dream world of abstractions—is as concrete as can be within her opening statement, appropriately subtitled: ‘Welcome to the Post-Constitutional Jungle.’ As Mercer reminds us, in a post-Constitutional jungle, ‘a liberty-lover’s best hope is to see the legacy of the dictator who went before overturned for a period of time.’ Over the span of 252 pages, with an astuteness that escapes most contemporary popular writers whose partisanship binds them to stock phrases and crusty categories, Mercer reveals once more her originality as an analyst to ‘deconstruct’ how Trump has waged a campaign against sacred cows … ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ alike.—JACK KERWICK, Ph.D., ethicist, political philosopher, columnist at Townhall.com & FrontPage Magazine, author, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front.

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“Mercer is no fan of Obama or The ‘W’ who came before him, but she thinks that ‘Trump is likely the best Americans can hope for.’ She’s ‘not necessarily for the policies of Trump, but for the process of Trump.’ This, in itself, is the most interesting of her arguments in a well-constructed book of essays that builds the case for that process. … [I]t is a testament to Mercer’s muscular writing and clever reasoning that I was able to read her book in a single sitting. That is a compliment in and of itself.CHRIS MATTHEW SCIABARRA, Ph.D., author of Total Freedom: Toward A Dialectical Libertarianism and many more.

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In ‘The Trump Revolution,’ Mercer gets at precisely what I would like people to understand relative to the Trump phenom. ‘Donald J. Trump is smashing an enmeshed political spoils system to bits,’ she writes, and indeed, this system and the necrotizing societal parasites who benefit from it deserve, in the moral sense, to be smashed, and must be neutralized … Perhaps it is the scary-smart Mercer’s status as a non-conservative ideologue, or as a non-native to America, that made her uniquely qualified to write this book.—ERIK RUSH, syndicated columnist, author of Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal-America’s Racial Obsession.

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The Trump Revolution offers a blistering attack on the pseudo-conservative credentials of Donald Trump’s ‘conservative’ opponents. In this pungently written study, paleolibertarian commentator Ilana Mercer stresses the close connection between the rise of the populist Right in the US and the clumsy behavior of neoconservative mediocrities.”—PAUL GOTTFRIED, retired professor of Humanities, Elizabethtown College, PA, author of After Liberalism, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt, The Strange Death of Marxism, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America. (VDARE.com.)

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The Trump Revolution is still (July 26) #1 in Books in the ‘Anarchy’ category that follows from > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Ideologies & Doctrines on Amazon. Well of course. Its central thesis is that, for liberty lovers this is it. We’ve reached the end of the road. The best we can hope for is for someone to smash the system; “action and counteraction, force and counterforce in the service of liberty …”

Anarchy July 26, 2016

A July 4th Toast To Thomas Jefferson, Author of The Declaration

America, Constitution, Founding Fathers, History, IMMIGRATION

For most, Independence Day means firecrackers and cookouts. “The Declaration of Independence—whose proclamation, on July 4, 1776, we celebrate—doesn’t feature. To be fair to the liberal establishment, ordinary Americans are not entirely blameless. In fact, contemporary Americans are less likely to read it now that it is easily available on the Internet, than when it relied on horseback riders for its distribution.”

Back in 1776, gallopers carried the Declaration through the country. Printer John Dunlap had worked ‘through the night’ to set the full text on ‘a handsome folio sheet,’ recounts historian David Hackett Fischer in Liberty And Freedom. And President (of the Continental Congress) John Hancock urged that the “people be universally informed.”

Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration, called it ‘an expression of the American Mind.’ An examination of Jefferson’s constitutional thought makes plain that he would no longer consider the mind of a Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, or the collective mentality of the liberal establishment, ‘American’ in any meaningful way. For the Jeffersonian mind was that of an avowed Whig—an American Whig whose roots were in the English Whig political philosophy of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. …

… Jefferson’s muse for the ‘American Mind’ is even older.

The Whig tradition is undeniably Anglo-Saxon. Our founding fathers’ political philosophy originated with their Saxon forefathers, and the ancient rights guaranteed by the Saxon constitution. With the Declaration, Jefferson told Henry Lee in 1825, he was also protesting England’s violation of her own ancient tradition of natural rights. As Jefferson saw it, the Colonies were upholding a tradition the Crown had abrogated. …

Naturally, Jefferson never entertained the folly that he was of immigrant stock. He considered the English settlers of America courageous conquerors, much like his Saxon forebears, to whom he compared them. To Jefferson, early Americans were the contemporary carriers of the Anglo-Saxon project.”

The original Independence-Day column in its entirety is “A July 4th Toast To Thomas Jefferson And The Anglo-Saxon Tradition.”

Certain Americans will never own the founding history of this country and one of perhaps three just wars Americans have fought.

In 2012, the foul-mouthed Chris Rock called July 4th “Happy white peoples independence day.”

Congress Goes Third World, Crooked, Crazed Hillary Joins In

Constitution, Democrats, Etiquette, GUNS, Hillary Clinton

Yes, the greatest deliberative body in the world, the U.S. House of Representatives, has gone the way of the anti-Trump, my-speech-or-no-speech rioters, the Black Lives Matter (Only) mobs, and the Occupy Wall Street encampments. Joined by Hillary Clinton on Twitter, Democrats are staging a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, demanding their way on gun legislation or no way.

“This is what leadership looks like,” tweeted Hillary Clinton, about turning what was once-upon-a-time a deliberative organ into a tool of a mob.

Via CBS:

… Just days after four gun control measures failed to pass in the U.S. Senate, House Democrats are staging their own protest on the floor of the lower chamber over firearm safety legislation.
A group of roughly 60 legislators sat down cross-legged in the middle of the House floor Wednesday, pushing for gun control votes. Some remained standing on the floor.
The group included civil rights icon Rep, John Lewis, D-Georgia, Kentucky’s Rep. John Yarmuth, and Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut.
“We can no longer wait,” Lewis said. “We can no longer be patient. So today, we come to the well of the House to dramatize the need for action. Not next month, not next year, but now — today. Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way.”
“We have been too quiet for too long,” he added. “There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time.”
Members took turns speaker passionately at the podium, chanting “No bill, no break” after each speech.
Later, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina led a prayer on the floor, with Democrats holding hands. …