As always, the Onion has captured the intricacies of the freedom of speech debate with the following headline “Berkeley Campus On Lockdown After Loose Pages From ‘Wall Street Journal’ Found On Park Bench.” Most recently, Ann Coulter, a conservative writer and social commenter, decided to pull her speaking engagement from Berkley. Many conservative commentators are asking for the school’s administrations to stand up to the “bullies” on the left, some seeking some even more draconian outlooks, calling on their right to bear arms, if the government is un-able to protect the first amendment. (national review)
What is most harmful in this heated debate is the conflation of conservative ideologies with more far-right fringe ideologies. Ben Shapiro and Richard Spenser have faced similar backlash at their respective speaking engagements, but to lump the two together is intellectually dishonest. The type of fire-branded conservatism that has allowed figures like Coulter and Milo Yianopoulos to rise and build such a strong following is the result of the conservative movement finding themselves in unfamiliar territory. Are conservatives the new punk?
Illegal immigration, a much disputed topic of both the left and the right. A topic so toxic, that the middle ground between the two is disintegrating a pace faster than Trumps “Wall.” I won’t repeat Trump’s words on illegal immigration, because I believe by know we have a general gist of what he is in favor of. What is most fascinating to me, is that his rhetoric has been unmatched by the number of non-criminal deportations in the United States. Totaling around 5,500 interior deportations at this point, seems relatively small compared to the media blowout. This is also a staggeringly small amount compared to 29,000 border deportations in 2014 under the Obama administration. While some Republicans and progressives alike recognized Obama as the “Deporter in Chief”, this seems to be one of the many Obama era statistics that is glossed over. While I in no way support how Trump has characterized illegal immigrants, I still find myself wondering are actions more or less important than rhetoric? In an extreme example if Trump speaks negatively about illegal immigrants and then enacts no policies to actually reduce the amount of illegal immigrants, does this by result create a system of hostility, regardless of the actions being taken? On the flip side, if you have someone like Obama who speaks very positively about illegal immigrants, but enacts policies that are increasingly harsh against them, who would be more you more willing to entrust power to?
Article that made me talk about this.
To say that American conservatives have grown to find philosophical discomfort in the phrase “nationalism”, is to me an apparent conflation with European nationalism that has been seemingly on the rise. Nationalism and Patriotism are nearly similar terms, but in practice are totally different ideologies. I would find nationalism to be a more perverse form of Patriotism, while certain “patriotic” ideals could be conflated to some type of nationalist outlook. In an American sense, Nationalism can be boiled down to the phrase “America First” which is usually met with some eye rolls. A patriot loves his country, and will die for his country, but this does not mean he is unable to find value in “globalist” ideologies. A patriot would find that a tax on imports for certain companies does greater damage both at home and abroad. A nationalist on the other hand projects policies that are seemingly utilitarian, what is best for the most Americans, is best for me. Patriots aren’t blinded by their own machismo, instead they are grounded in the ideologies that have made the country prosper, regardless if those policies were “America First”.
Article I am referring: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446962/nationalism-trump-national-review-debates
It would appear that with the second round of the French Election upon us the tired old argument of nationalism vs globalism will rear its ugly head once again. Marine Le Pen, leader of Front National, a populist party which often blends both socialist and far right ideologies into one has made it to the second round of the French Election, squared off against Emanuel Macron. Macron a technocratic elite, who launched from one of France’s leading civil servant schools must apparently “hold the line” to more “extreme, racist, and xeno-phobic” policies of Le Pen. Current PM Francis Hollande, as well as leader of “The Republicans” Francios Fillon has thrown their support to Macron, seemingly pleading with the French people to make the right decision.
The major issue from which people seem to be making a distinction is immigration. Le Pen noted as an staunch anti-immigration politician has called for closed borders and a “Frexit” in attempt to regain French Sovereignty and order among its borders. Macron is in favor of increasing border security and control, but has not dipped his feet into anti-immigration rhetoric. While “stricter control” seems to be a half-baked rhetoric to control France’s borders, his support almost 25% ahead of Le Pen. Stricter control of borders is an absolute necessity moving forward for all countries, however numerous politicians around the world including Macron will not, and should not fall victim to spouting inflammatory rhetoric, a strategy that has seemingly paid off for him.
Today’s New York Times headline read as the following: “Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. ” Today’s date is April 23rd, 2017, exactly 166 Days after the presidential election. While hilarious, Liberals appear to be following an “accuracy by volume” approach, whereby they grasp at literally anything to avoid any self-examination. Russians, Comey, Wiki-Leaks, Racism, Sexism etc. have coalesced together create a Testudo like formation from which Democrats shield themselves from any type of mobility or vulnerability.
Surely after Trump’s victory they would have seen the rotten the fruits of their labor, and re-adjust accordingly. Sadly however, I continue to see articles from major sources of news like NYT, VOX and CNN herding scapegoats in an endless search for the nail in the coffin of the Donald Trump presidency. Democrats have decided prima facie on this fact, and I’m not sure anything will ever change their mind.
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