The New and the Old and the Very, Very Old

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Above: Donald Trump addresses Congress in early Presidential Speech. Credit: CNN

It has been quite a while since our last update. The world has gone through a lot of change and there are so many things we are excited to cover soon. Donald Trump has proved himself every bit as complicated as we predicted, but not always in the ways that we had expected. The Democrats have been driving themselves further into hysteria with every meaningless tweet that Trump makes, oftentimes dragging the whole country into rabbit-trails that serve only to stimulate their fantasies of “Resistance.” The Republicans, the great hope of the conservative movement, finally caved to their own cowardice and threw their lot in with socialized medicine. They ignored a century of failed socialized medicine and every principle they had lied and told us they valued so much. They have turned out to be less conservative than Trump himself in many ways.

These have been dark days… but nonetheless too familiar. With the exception of our Republican friends, the world seems to be returning to an old rhythm. Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly slipped up and called Trump “Bush.” The democrats have taken up the familiar rhetoric of “selected, not elected” and pushed with everything they have on the Trump-Russia collusion theory, a theory that sounds remarkably familiar to one told of George Bush and his ties to the Oil Sheiks in Saudi Arabia. Their efforts recently came to a head with the House hearings on former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former DIA director James Clapper. Yates testified that she had tried to warn Trump of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, hurrying to add that he ignored her. Both Yates and Clapper kept any evidence of Russia collusion safely locked behind the safety of “Classified information,” with Yates even going so far as to stop the proceedings to remind Congress that she had a big secret on Trump that she couldn’t tell us about.

At this point, it all looks really dark. The capitalists are going to be blamed for Congress’s socialist program, and it looks like we may have another Nixon on our hands, a man who “methinks, doth protest too much,” but things just may be looking up.

For months after Donald Trump won the White House, pundits and politicians believed that his magical new influx of voters came from less wealthy Americans who had been wooed by his calls for protectionist government policies, tariffs, and nationalist rhetoric. The democrats whined about Trump’s ‘con man’ policies and how he ‘duped’ the poor little guy before pulling out the rug of government welfare programs. Republicans took this to mean a new era, they were no longer the party of Reagan, but the party of Trump. Small government was over, the future had come. Everyone, it appears, was wrong.

A recent study by the Atlantic points to a different cause, and one that conservatives have been anecdotally providing since before the election: there were three primary factors that influenced votes for Trump among white working class voters, and financial struggles were not one of them. The three things come down to Culture, Immigration, and Views on Education. 68% of white working class voters believed that American culture needed to be protected from foreign influence, and over half believed that they felt like a stranger in their own land sometimes. These two factors together had a strong correlation with voting for Trump. Only 21% of white working America believed in deporting illegal immigrants, but of those 21%, 87% voted Trump. Finally, there was a massive correlation between an individuals views on college and whether they supported Trump. In those individuals who saw college as a gamble–a 50/50 toss-up for permanent financial security–the chance that they would vote Trump increased by 100%.

This really all comes together to show one thing: it wasn’t Trump’s promises of economic protectionism that won him the election, nor any one of his other crazy schemes, it was a core of everyday American voters who wanted to keep a culture of freedom, liberty, meritocracy, and who rejected the social engineering of the left.

That is the America we believe in.

 

Oh, and Sally Yates? She has nothing substantial on Trump-Russia. If she did, she wouldn’t be so happy to keep it secret.

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