Thursday, 18 July 2019

Trump's knockabout 19th century politics adds to the gaiety of nations

“In America, if you hate our Country, you are free to leave. The simple fact of the matter is, the four Congresswomen think that America is wicked in its origins, they think that America is even more wicked now, that we are all racist and evil. They’re entitled to their opinion, they’re Americans. Now I’m entitled to my opinion, and I just think they’re left wing cranks. They’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle, & we should ignore them. The “squad” has moved the Democrat Party substantially LEFT, and they are destroying the Democrat Party. I’m appalled that so many of our Presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to try to agree with the four horsewomen of the apocalypse. I’m entitled to say that they’re Wack Jobs.” 
These are the words (imagine a drawl) of the irresistible Louisianan Senator John Kennedy (whom we loved in the Judge Kavanaugh hearings). 

They were tweeted yesterday by President Trump.

Donald Trump is having huge fun stirring the pot. It will, of course, help him. It is of course a distraction and a way of shunting the Democrats further leftwards and even further in the direction of identity politics.

Even Democrats can see this but nevertheless they have been triggered.

The Guardian and CNN describe his tweets as racist without inverted commas, though he says nothing about race. 

President Sarkozy made the same point when he said "Love France or leave her", in an election where he was transparently trying to win votes from the Front National. 

His insincerity was unmissable and I was happy when he lost, until I discovered how left-wing Hollande was.

In Australia you often see stickers on cars of an outline map of Australia with the words, “Love it or Leave it”. It seems a reasonable piece of advice.

I have known a number of very left-wing British immigrants and children of immigrants. Only very recently, listening to that race baiter and demagogue David Lammy (he'd be a populist were he popular), have I asked myself why people to whom rich countries have given huge opportunities seem so angry.

It augurs very badly for the time, which is coming unless we decide otherwise, when non-European immigrants and their descendants outnumber indigenous people in European countries. Instead of the fierce patriotism that you'd expect newcomers to feel, there is among an influential left-wing section of them a sense not of gratitude but of victimhood.

This is the great evil of the left. It thrives by making people feel discontented and exploited.

An example is Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, an asylum seeker from Idi Amin's Uganda, who has had a stellar career in British journalism, speaks endlessly of racism and said, not long ago, of white people
"I don't like them. I want them to be a lost species in a hundred years."
Speaking of Mr. Trump’s tweets, Matthew Parris writes:
“I don’t like his attacks but I think they will strike a chord among millions who should not be called racists. It’s just futile to suppose that arrivals from another country, and their children, immediately and automatically assume an identity as citizens that is indistinguishable from that of the population already there. They have all the same rights but will be seen, for a generation or two, as neither better nor worse but different.”
As was inevitable, Mr Parris was accused of racism for this.

What American voters should be talking about is Donald Trump's daughter and son in law  holding positions of great power, the fact that there is nothing to stop anyone paying money to the President's or the first son-in-law's businesses, the complete failure to control the Southern border or reform legal immigration and the Mueller report, which was obviously a failed coup d'etat.


  1. It's great to hear an English man's perspective on American Politics,Paul.

    1. An Englishman who has lived in Bucharest for two decades and always felt out of place politically in my own country.

  2. I am not sure how far back the slogan "Love it or leave it" goes back in the US, but it was certainly on bumper stickers in the late 1960s and expressed disgust with the "anti-American" pro-communist dimension of the anti-war and civil rights movements. The strange craziness of the 'progressive' left today is the desire to relive the 1960s. There is disappointment that we have not had more and bigger riots.... Mr Wood, you have a pretty good handle on the situation. Trump does know exactly what he's doing.

    1. Thank you. I have gone away from Facebook but please share it.

  3. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the famous journalist who came to England as an asylum seeker after being expelled by Idi Amin's Uganda, said on television, according to Rod Liddle, "I don't like them [white people]. I want them to be a lost species in a hundred years."
    I amended the article to put that in.

  4. As I pointed out in a previous post, Donald Trump did not mention in his tweet any specific congresswomen. It would have been better had he left it like that. On the other hand, the four members of the so-called 'Squad' are pretty extreme. Here are ten questions they should answer.

  5. 'There’s always something ugly and disturbing about an enormous crowd being roused to mass emotion by the words of a charismatic orator. So it was when Americans chanted “lock her up” about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign in response to then candidate Donald Trump’s repeated claims that she had committed crimes for which she should be prosecuted.

    'And so it was again during this week’s Trump rally in North Carolina when a section of the crowd started chanting “send her back” in response to President Trump’s attack on the sayings and attitudes of congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

    'It is nevertheless false and unjust to stigmatise the crowd as “racist” let alone to claim, as a number of hysterical commentators have been alleging, that its chants proved that Trump was opening the way to fascism. Such language comes close to racism and fascism denial.'

    'For as I wrote here, racism attacks people for what they are; Trump was attacking congresswoman Ilhan Omar for what she has done. And with good cause.'

    Melanie Phillips

    1. 'It is nevertheless false and unjust to stigmatise the crowd as “racist” let alone to claim, as a number of hysterical commentators have been alleging, that its chants proved that Trump was opening the way to fascism. Such language comes close to racism and fascism denial.'

      Hmmm. The problem is that among Trump supporters, and among alt-righters, and among supporters of people like Tommy Robinson, there really is an element that appears to be motivated by plain old-fashioned racism.

      I say that as someone who is utterly opposed to mass immigration and considers himself to be a nationalist. And I say it as someone who intensely dislikes the way SJWs use bogus accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc as political weapons.

      But it has to be admitted that the hysteria directed towards Ilhan Omar is to a considerable extent driven by racial hatred.

      What is more disturbing is that this hysteria is being deliberately manipulated. Let's be honest. Ilhan Omar's sin is that she's anti-zionist. And let's be honest. Trump is very very pro-zionist.

      Sometimes our enemies behave very very badly. But sometimes people supposedly on our side also behave badly, and cynically.

    2. I have no idea what the dislike of this annoying woman is driven by but I greatly doubt it is in most cases colour prejudice. I am sure large numbers of Americans do not want Muslim immigrants.

      I think neither she nor Donald Trump are racists. Disliking Israeli policy is not proof of racism. Suggesting she go back to Somalia and then come back and make a report is not racism either. Why don't Americans stop hurling that word around and simply discuss issues?

    3. Why don't Americans stop hurling that word around and simply discuss issues?

      To Americans everything is about race. That applies to conservatives and to liberals, and it applies to every issue in domestic policy and every issue in foreign policy. It applies to the political mainstream, and it applies to dissident groups like the alt-right.

      It's also very much bound up with the American desire to moralise everything, to turn everything into a moral crusade.

      If you take immigration for instance - Americans seem entirely incapable of seeing immigration as a question of numbers or resources or economic consequences or social consequences. Whichever side of the immigration debate they're on they want to make it a moral issue and they end up making it about race.