Trump’s New Nationalism and the Defeat of the Cronies


Regarding the defeat of the insurgents at the RNC, it should be noted that they were defeated fair and square. There was no denial of the process afforded any member of the Rules Committee. The fact that the insurgents did not have enough votes to force a change in the rules does not suggest anti-democratic tyranny. It would be a different story if the RNC arbitrarily suspended the meeting of the Rules Committee, or gave the insurgents the wrong time and place (both tactics I have seen happen at California State GOP Conventions in the past), but nothing like that happened here.

Moreover, let us be honest here. If a conservative insurgency had tried to change the rules at the last minute to deny the nomination to Mitt Romney, the Outsourcer in Chief, then I doubt we would have heard John and the WSJ defend the insurgents. The fact is that movement conservatives were never fond of Romney, and he had to mollify them by putting Ryan on his ticket, much as Trump has done by choosing Pence. John and the WSJ would not have approved Rules Committee shenanigans of their precious Outsourcer had been the target.

Crony Capitalism is the opposite of free markets, for it is the system where the oligarchs rig the rules of the game to their benefit and at the expense of their smaller competitors. By rules of the game, I am referring here to the tax code, the commerce code, the labor code, the bureaucratic regulations, and the various international agreements that manage the flow of commerce and labor to the advantage of the oligarchs and at the expense of the little guys (TPP). Anyone who really supports free markets will support using the federal government to dismantle cartels, to renegotiate trade treaties to favor our own national interest, etc. At this point, laissez faire only serves the interests of the crony capitalists, since removing government intervention would keep in place the rigged rules of the game as written by crony capitalist lobbyists.

Reading between the lines, you will see that I am hoping for the return of Teddy Roosevelt and his New Nationalism, which I contend is the middle ground between the libertarian shills for the crony capitalists (Goldman Sachs and the WSJ) and the socialists (Bernie Sanders and Pocahontas). Read further back in our history, and you will see that Teddy Roosevelt’s New Nationalism is just a more modern expression of the American Whig Party principles. The Outsourcer in Chief would not have been welcomed among the New Nationalists or the American Whigs.

Michael Sean Erickson is a political consultant, film producer, an essayist, an Anglican Catholic Priest, a stage actor, and a husband, He is also the author of The Lost Sombrero, Beautiful Catrina, and Dream Time. Originally from San Jose, California, he had lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, before moving more recently to Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Sharon, and their Shih Tzu, Shansi.

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