On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump had the audacity to tweet his own thoughts about illegal aliens dragged across the border as kids.
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
…They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
I can hear the autistic screeching and the chicken tendies flying here in Washington, D.C. “He betrayed us!”
But as the alt-right would say in their cute vernacular: Consider the following.
Trump is a father and he has a big heart. Is it your fault you get smuggled into the country as a kid? Of course not—it’s your parents’. Frankly, the GOP establishment makes an illogical but “persuasive” point when they say we don’t punish people for their parents’ mistakes. It’s “persuasive” in part because we all still see America as a marketplace where anyone can succeed. People no longer feel rooted: You move away from your hometown to go to college, then you move away from your college town to get a job. Think about why no other crime elicits cries of “you’re tearing families apart,” but illegal immigration does, despite the broken bodies littered on the side of the road.
The current world order has an insatiable appetite for unlimited immigration and they use people’s natural compassion and unnatural sense of alienation to inflict ruinous policies on us. “America is an idea,” they say, turning off all thought while inspiring the imagination.
DACA fraud is massive but that’s not how people perceive it. All they see are “kids” brought to a foreign country and “trying to make a living,” same as the rest of us. DACA recipients screaming in the streets about how they’re entitled to stay here won’t affect the bigger picture; it reinforces it. You made it. You got here. People stripped of all sense of themselves and their histories aren’t equipped with the memory and mental machinery to counter angry, territorial claims. By some sad alchemy America stumbled from a country to a continent-wide strip mall. To many migrants and natives, America isn’t a nation; it’s a place to get an “education” and make enough money to to claw your way towards the top, or at least tread water after doing everything society told you to do—after following every rule written by people “who want you broke, dead, your children raped and brainwashed, and who think it’s funny.”
And there’s the reality of globalization, mass immigration, and “identity politics” which comes as naturally to people as packs do to wolves. Nature, pitchfork, etc. That translates into rootless lives which then get tangled in ethnic enclaves, keeping people permanently alienated and contemptuous of The Other. Why do these DACA recipients wave Mexican flags instead of American ones? Because even though you have been taken from your birthplace it still commands your allegiance. It’s cool to diss your adopted country, and besides, the Mexican government wants you anywhere except Mexico since it suits their interests at home and abroad.
Think about who Trump is speaking to. Who is real audience? Not the bitter, brittle, and inflexible Paul Ryan. The last normal Democrats might be able to help Trump and it’s not unreasonable to toss them a few tweets while plotting the next move. Trump can think his way out of a paper bag but lots of others seem to fail this test.
Of course, the Democrats love corporations—they’re a step up from Mitt Romney, since they not only see them as “people” but worship them as extra-governmental enforcers. Corporations love the cheap labor and were happy to trade 700,000-plus American jobs for wage slaves. It costs them nothing socially to push foreign workers and its saves them money to hold them hostage with a visa.
Trump touched the third rail of immigration and maybe it shocked him. But his mind is plastic, he learns, and while watching him deal with the chaos of warm things can try the patience of the everyone who thinks their life and their families’ lives is on the line, this isn’t a hostage situation.
Calm down and remember where we are.
We are eight months into the one presidency that gives America a real shot at life, someone who picked her up after all seemed lost. The president is a human being with his own sympathies and his own plans.
And Trump is only the president. In Oliver Stone’s Nixon, President Nixon tells a protester that “we agree on a lot of things, don’t we!” Change always comes slowly, as Nixon says, and as he and the protestors bicker about the Vietnam, one looks at him and realizes he can’t stop it. “Even if you wanted to.”
Today, conservatives and those who lean right are all that one protester who looks at Nixon and says: “What’s the point of being president? You’re powerless!” And what does Nixon say back to them? He understands the system, maybe not enough to control it, “but tame it enough to make it do some good.”
“Sounds like you’re talking about a wild animal,” the protester replies. “Maybe I am,” Nixon says. And Trump is certainly dealing with that animal. (Insert your own Julius Evola joke here.)
Because the 2016 election was do-or-die, because Trump not only staked his and his family’s lives and reputations on winning, because so many of us joyfully sacrificed so much to help this one man willing to take on the global order, and because his victory was such a wonderful upset of that same order, some think winning the presidency is Christmas morning instead of an introduction to guerilla warfare. And like spoiled kids, they want to break their toys because it’s not exactly what they wanted instead of appreciating what they have.
Change comes slowly. It will take 20 years, almost certainly more. We threw a brick through the window but in no sense is that “fundamental transformation.”
The blame truly lies at Obama’s feet. As Raheem Kassam says, Obama’s legacy meant kicking a can down the road since that would “fundamentally transform” the country long after he left office. Lives in limbo are not Trump’s fault and he wants to make the best of a bad situation.
Plus, there’s always self-deportation.
Despair is a mortal sin. Chin up, everyone. It’s the end of the beginning, and the beginning has only just begun.
I just hope the people shouting Trump down don’t volunteer at suicide hotlines.