Try This On For Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism, Donald Trump, Israel, Judaism & Jews

“Try This on for Anti-semitism” is the current column, now on Townhall.com. An excerpt:

Paul Gottfried’s essay, “Are Bannon’s Critics For Real?”, dispenses with the no-brainer that Steve Bannon, “Breitbart executive and Donald Trump adviser,” is a white nationalist. After all, argues Gottfried, Bannon “comes from the world of Washington politics and journalism,” not exactly a hotbed of white identity politics. It’s “not at all clear to me that those who write for Bannon’s website publication, some of whom are Orthodox Jews, have much to do with white identitarians who also use the term ‘Altright,’” contends Gottfried.

As co-originator of the Alternative Right concept and phrase, Gottfried is in the know.

His piece appeared on FrontPage Magazine, which openly debates taboo topics—from black-on-white crime (the predominate kind), to slavery (who abolished it; who still practices it), to Islam (it counsels conquest, not co-existence). And now neoconservatism, a deformation of conservatism drastically weakened, inadvertently, by Donald Trump.

Why inadvertently? As Barack Obama remarked recently (“a stopped clock” and all that stuff), President-elect Trump is not an ideologue. It’s a point made in my latest book, “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed”:

“Donald Trump is no ‘visionary’ vis-à-vis government. If anything, he’s practical and pragmatic. He wants a fix for Americans, not a fantasy. A healthy patriotism is associated with Trump’s kind of robust particularism—petty provincialism, if you like—and certainly not with the deracinated globalism of the neoconservative and liberal establishment. The Left calls it fascism; patriots call it nationalism. Donald Trump has the potential to be just the provincial, America Firster the doctor ordered.”

Bannon is also catching hell for some hearsay. He’s alleged to have complained about wealthy Jews raising “whiney brats.” Try this on for antisemitism. It’s a flashback. I’m seated at a café with my father. We’re being served by a rather animated waiter. I can’t recall how the conversation turned to Ashkenazi Jews, but our waiter let rip: “If only Hitler had killed all of them,” he fulminated.

The café was in Israel of my youth. The waiter was a Yemeni Jew. The time: Well before American political correctness had percolated around the world. The hatred our waiter had expressed for his East-European brethren was perfectly understandable to Israelis back then. …

Read the rest.  “Try This on for Anti-semitism” is now on Townhall.com.

When The Moron Media Comes Calling

Donald Trump, Ilana Mercer, Media, Propaganda, Reason

I’ve just received an interview request from an august and large publication, but have not yet replied to the leading questions sent, for precisely the reasons AltRightist Vox Day enunciates, in “Controlled opposition or media indiscipline?”

Instead, I began a dialogue by crafting my meme, my message, entirely unrelated to the leading questions asked of me. If the publication picks up on my narrative and runs with it; I’ll partake. If they run with their own storyline; I won’t.

Still, Day’s comments about Richard Spencer’s mischief-making—excesses, as Paul Gottfried calls them—are illuminating. “Heilgate at National Policy Institute” is Vox’s twitter title for the blog post:

… You don’t play the media, the media plays you. Yes, Trump can play them. Yes, Milo can play them. But I’m not either of those unique talents and neither are you. [Personally, I’m not interested in being a media circus animal; but yes, Milo is very smart with the moron media.] I learned my lesson the hard way … I can’t count the number of times a reporter has said he “just wants to give me the opportunity to tell my side of the story”. It’s a trap. The way to get out your message is to patiently build your own platform, because he whom the media builds up is he whom the media can take down at will. … The media always has a narrative it is attempting to sell. Don’t help them sell it! …

List Of Day-One, Trump Executive Orders

Donald Trump, Economy, Energy, IMMIGRATION, Islam

No mention of The Wall, or protections against an ongoing influx of Islam:

* A notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership
* Cancel restriction on the production of American energy, clean coal included.
* For every regulation, two will be eliminated. (Why is the cancellation of bad regulation predicated on creation of new regs?)
* Develop right away a plan to prevent cyber attacks and other attacks on vital infrastructure.
* Immigration: Investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut American workers. (But many of the programs do just that by definition. See “Why Aren’t The H-1B Hogs Satisfied With The O-1 “Extraordinary Ability” Visa?”)
* Five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave office. Lifetime ban on the same sorts lobbying a foreign government.

Dem Tulsi Gabbard’s Appointment Was Suggested in ‘The Trump Revolution’

Democrats, Donald Trump, Elections, Government, Ilana Mercer

On March 18, 2016, I wrote this in a column featured in “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June 29, 2016):

“Luring the only decent Democrat currently in public life to a Trump administration may prove strategic, in scooping up Bernie Sanders’ voters. Being a Democrat generally comes with the presumption of asininity, which is why Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is unusual. She’s an Iraq War veteran, who serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees. She’s poised, articulate, beautiful—and she never whinges like Michelle Fields. Tulsi stands firm against gratuitous wars, opposes the deposing of Bashar al-Assad, and despises Debbie Wasserman Schultz, despicable DNC Chair and handmaiden to Hillary.”

Jim Webb, whom I hope will have a place in the new administration, is also touted in “The Trump Revolution” (June 29, 2016).