Our American friend on National Review’s full-on hatefest against the working class

I was shocked when I read this:

Kevin Williamson’s Case Against Trump’s Stupid, Lazy Voters

He tells the story of the rise and fall of that 19th-century town, emptied by the decline of the gypsum industry. Only a sentimentalist, he says, would wish for its preservation. “Yes, young men of Garbutt — get off your asses and go find a job: You’re a four-hour bus ride away from the gas fields of Pennsylvania.”

Get a job, Bubba. And, for good measure: “Stonehenge didn’t work out, either: Good luck.”

and this:

National Review Doubles Down: ‘Important to Say’ White Working Class Communities ‘Deserve to Die’

These are strong words, but they are fundamentally true and important to say. My childhood was different from Kevin’s, but I grew up in Kentucky, live in a rural county in Tennessee, and have seen the challenges of the white working-class first-hand. Simply put, Americans are killing themselves and destroying their families at an alarming rate. No one is making them do it. The economy isn’t putting a bottle in their hand. Immigrants aren’t making them cheat on their wives or snort OxyContin. Obama isn’t walking them into the lawyer’s office to force them to file a bogus disability claim…

Wow. Why is it okay to say things about the white working class that could never be said about the black working class, irrespective of the evidence in either case? Imagine the fallout if the same article had been written about the black demographic in the same general social classes…

The GOP elite and “movement conservatives” in general must feel some really deep hatred. Why?

Well, there was only one way for me to find out. I yanked the Animal’s (our American friend’s Twitter feed for a few dire (for him) moments:

Me: So, Animal, why is NR, once Bill Buckley’s haunt, fronting all this?

Him: Couple of reasons.

First, Kevin Williamson: Sorry to be blunt. He was theater critic for the New Criterion and somehow ended up at NR. He’s said to stay in a donor’s townhouse in Manhattan. His attitudes are almost pathological.

Second, this is who NR has become: they no longer see people but their own ideas writ large. They claim to be results based but when immigration and trade produce terrible results for average people, they blame them for being average.

Trump has torn away the veil in so many regards I think sociologists will have a field day for years to come.

Me: I see where Rod Dreher has weighed in on behalf of Williamson at the American Conservative.

Of Pigpens and Paradise

When KDW identifies “the culture of the white underclass in America” as “brutal” and “horrifying,” I am certain that he’s right. My objection to his original essay was that he seemed to take the worst elements for the whole. In the Washington Post piece about the white working class Trump backer in Canton, there was nothing brutal or horrifying in that man’s life, at least not that we saw in the story. He was struggling to raise his kids alone, and believed, rightly or wrongly, that Trump was going to deliver him and America from misery. But there’s a world of difference between that guy and the poor white trash that Williamson condemns. My sense of his piece is that it was too sweeping in its condemnation of Trump voters (which, by the way, was the genesis of the KDW essay, which remains behind paywall and inaccessible to those who aren’t NR subscribers, or willing to pay a quarter to read it). What I tried to do in my own response was to discern the difference between the no-account rabble and honest working-class people who have fallen on hard times, and can’t seem to get a leg up no matter what they do.

Well, the rubes, boobs, and Bible Belters won’t get no help from the GOP establishment, will they?

It seems many such people can’t contain their rage any longer, now that the rubes have a possible alternative. Thoughts re Dreher?

Him: I didn’t finish it; too much overkill about something that’s not really defensible.

I note that Williamson’s original slanderous piece is behind the NR paywall.

If they weren’t embarrassed by it, they’d make it free for all to be enlightened.

Trump is exposing the dry rot of many heretofore “conservative” elites.

No one had any idea, of course, the extent of that dry rot nor the contempt toward average Americans that animate it.

Me: Well, we certainly didn’t here! Does that dry rot and contempt explain why the GOP never really wanted to win elections by doing what average Americans want?

They’d rather lose and be sort of tolerated, often disparaged, by the global elite—but still tolerated?

The GOP has certainly campaigned and governed in order to lose gracefully in recent years, but it wasn’t until they spelled out what they really think about their own would-be supporters that the picture is starting to come in.

Him: It’s hard to top this, from Michael Goodwin, a Democrat by preference, at the New York Post:

My gut tells me much of the contempt for Trump reflects contempt for his working-class white support. It is one prejudice gentry liberals and gentry conservatives share.

It is perhaps the last acceptable bigotry, and you can see it expressed on any primetime TV program. The insults don’t all seem good-natured to me. I grew up in central Pennsylvania, surrounded by the kind of people supporting Trump, and I sympathize with their worsening plight.

For generations, they went all in for the American dream. Their families fought the wars, worked in the factories, taught school, coached Little League and built a middle-class culture. Now they are abandoned and know it.

Nobody speaks for them. The left speaks for the unions, the poor and the nonwhite, even shedding tears for illegal immigrants and rioters and looters. The GOP speaks for the Chamber of Commerce, big business and Wall Street.

Trump alone is bringing many of these forgotten Americans into the political system, much as Obama did with millennials and black voters. More.

Me: True, but the Dems actually wanted to win. The GOP establishment wants to be liked by Dems and global bigwigs, so probably wants to lose. Now, one more question for next time: Did Trump guess all this, or did he just get mad and so get lucky?

Okay, it turns out there is one other question after all: How will this affect the late Bill Buckley’s conservative movement? Are the GOPe and the “movement” counting on the boobs, the rubes, and the Bunkers to be too illiterate to read anything written about them? That mightn’t be altogether wise.

See also: Our American Friend: UK Guardian on secret plan to stop Donald Trump


The Political Animal’s blow-by-blow account of the campaign starting with Tuesday’s slaughter (working backward).

  • And who says there isn’t a class system in America?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I guess there is, just nobody bothered to tell us lesser beings that their was one.
      Oh well, we’re be burning it all to to the ground anyways, so it won’t be missed.

      • Good;)

      • Kell

        OOOAAAH, my brother…OOOAAAH! Shits about to hit the fan and all either side seems to care about is spinning the blades faster…well, spin away!
        ‘Shit Happens’ takes on a whole new meaning!

      • Clausewitz

        Time to reread Brave New Worlds.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I believe that WFB’s conservative movement (and the man) was a fraud from the get-go and based on class distinctions with no real caring about any meaningful issues other than to get a more and more disenfranchised electorate ‘spinning their wheels’ while the rest of us got our pockets picked.
    Really, what was the point of driving out the John Birch Society out if not to eliminate any contrarian voices from the respectable side of the movement?
    NRO is done for and if we were not ‘asleep at the switch’, it’s something that should have happened over 30-years ago.
    We were ‘had’, but now that we know, it’s time to extract a fair amount of vengeance.

    • El Martyachi

      WFB and others provided cover for the radicals who are today’s establishment.

  • In his latest podcast John Derbyshire pointed out that the ostensible point of Williamson’s article is quite redundant because “meth-addled white underclass types with chaotic lives don’t vote, Kevin! Even if they did there’s nothing like enough of them to give Trump the numbers he’s been getting.”


  • Spatchcocked

    The people ….the PEOPLE are claiming eminent domain over the country they and their families built and bled for….
    Is that so hard to understand?…..the country belongs to the people.

    • Kell

      and sharing it ain’t working, so…someones gotta go!

  • Is our Conservative party basically the same thing?

    • canminuteman

      I don’t think Harper was, but I think Brown in Ontario might be.

      • Alain

        For Harper I would say yes and no, depending on the subject. Concerning mass immigration (population replacement) and the importation of Muslims, the answer is yes. Concerning his refusal to act, even allow any public debate, on no abortion law, privatising the CBC, eliminating the CHRC, repealing the Liberals’ Firearms Act and taking a strong stand for freedom of speech, again the answer would be yes. For managing the economy over all, and for taking a few timid, small steps to restore some of our historical traditions, the answer would be no. This is not to say that he came close to being anywhere near as bad as what we now have.

        • Millie_Woods

          I believe Harper wanted our refugee intake to be predominantly ‘persecuted Christians’. Correct me if I’m misremembering. While I didn’t agree with him on everything, he seemed to get most things right.

          • Alain

            I agree on that point but under his reign mass immigration actually increased, which is why I call it population replacement. With such numbers it is impossible to expect any kind of assimilation, unless they already share the same culture, language and values. Muslims were still being let in, and he tried to deal with some of the problems they caused after the fact; closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.

          • Millie_Woods

            I guess I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have been.

          • Ho Hum

            That is true when it comes to Syrian refugees. He wanted to prioritize Christians and other persecuted minorities however during his time in office Harper brought in 10,000’s of “refugees” from Afghanistan and Iraq. During his time in office Harper brought in over 500,000 Muslims! IMO Harper is nothing but a dirty rotten TRAITOR (as is his pudgy closeted homosexual former minister of Immigration)

          • Millie_Woods

            I wasn’t aware the numbers were that big. I can’t see it getting any better under the current PM.

        • canminuteman

          I think Harper didn’t do a lot of the things we wanted him to do because he didn’t think he had the capital to do it. He kind of wimped out. Mike Harris did what he wanted to do and was more popular as a result.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Maybe, maybe not, but be suspicious.
      Be especially suspect if simple things that most Canadians want, somehow, inexplicably seem to never get done.
      Use some basic ‘free market capitalism’ principles to detect manipulation of the process or an artificial hand controlling your system.

      Let me explain, before it sounds like I’m seeing conspiracies everywhere because the cheese has slipped off my cracker.
      It’s actually quite simple and little more than the backside of Occam’s razor.
      In a free market, needs and desires will be filled, because it’s profitable to fill them.
      Got that part?
      Okay, good!

      When those needs and desires are apparent, and apparent for a long time to a great many people, yet strangely go unfulfilled (when it would be of great benefit to a sharp politician to fulfill them and win election and reelection in a landslide), then you can be pretty sure that another, unrecognized force is acting upon the equation.

      If you see that pattern, then yes, your game is being rigged.

      • Kell

        …the game IS rigged!

    • Yes. How else could something like the TFW fiasco and mass immigration have been accomplished under their watch. Now we have that Idiot in Ontario preaching Carbon Taxes and saying we were wrong about the Niqab.

    • Alain

      The way it is going at present at the federal level I would have to say it is much the same.

  • Spatchcocked

    So Kevin was a theatre critic…….hmmmmph. ….that certainly explains a lot….
    Not that there’s anything wrong with theatre critics of course.

    • Kell

      LOL…nothing at all

    • Mark Steyn was a musical theater critic.

      • Justin St.Denis

        And an exceptional one, not only because he really knows his shit but also because Steyn is heterosexual. This journalistic niche really is largely populated by gays.

  • Spatchcocked

    Yes yes yes…..theatre critics DO tend to go a bit over the top and insist on plot lines and plot DEVELOPMENT and sympathetic heroes and villains with moustaches and OxyContin Jones writhing on their backs and so on and everything is so plain and black and white the theme argument especially is easy to follow draw conclusions and gosh I feel good I wonder if Elaine’s has that Cassoulade on the hob tonight will WFB be there tonight….the Dow was stellar today even that SPTSX that’s usually so erratic I’ll have two bottles of Chateau Margaux to celebrate…..
    Geez I gotta piss so bad…
    So when is this sentimental farce over?

  • Spatchcocked

    Oh Jesus …..it’s like talking to my third wife ferkrissake…..listen honey….you listening to daddy now?
    There are plumbers and there are plumber….it’s the same with theatre critics…
    Some plumbers arrive with a butt crack…some plumbers arrive with a butt plug in their ass.

  • Spatchcocked

    Roger Spode designed ladies lingerie ferkrissake…but he was still a great man….

  • Millie_Woods

    “Americans are killing themselves and destroying their families….No one is making them do it.”

    Lying piece of shit! The left has torn down or corrupted and despoiled every institution and cultural touchstone the people used to guide and anchor themselves in their lives for millennia. Religion, education, justice, family, media, art, entertainment…all, everything is tainted with their queerness, their vaginas, their smut and their ‘tolerance’ for the bizarre and grotesque. I hate them and hope that Trump or some other revolutionary can develop a cure to eradicate this filthy disease. As I’ve often stated, dealing with a troublesome minority such as Islamic fundamentalists will be a breeze compared to ridding ourselves of these disgusting shitbags.

    • Maggat

      From north of 49, I second that.

  • Devieg72

    Nobody really cares about the working class except the working class. If you ain’t in it, you don’t know it. And if you were once in it and are now not in it you’re not in it. Conservatives are and about the WC, but Socialists are worse.