Get ready, because the White House is going to move far, far left. Hillary Clinton is going to make Hollywood look like the John Birch Society.
It’s not that four years of Clinton will cause the markets to crash (they will continue to rise because Wall Street has a friend in Hillary). It’s not that she will stumble us into war with Russia, or any of the other military rivals gunning for Europe, Asia, or the Middle East. If anything, America will reverse some of the hapless anti-colonialism that marked the Obama years, replacing it with a hard-money approach (that is, who can pay the Clintons the most).
It’s not that our allies will despair. Our allies with sing Kumbaya with Hillary while robber barons like George Soros will fly off to Davos to plan the Brave New World, starting with their own empires, think tanks, and special interests. The shoulder-chip-in-chief of Obama will be replaced by Queen Hillary with the Ring of Power.
And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!¹
It’s not that Hillary’s America will lay in ruins. But rather it will slide into a sameness of Euro-elitism that looks down its nose at Brexit and with horror at concepts of self-determination without the guiding hand of political know-betters and do-gooders.
I am not extolling any virtues here. This is the domestic equivalent of Realpolitik. Donald Trump is toxic for the very reason that he eschews intellectual thought on any topic. With Trump, there is no left, right, up or down. There’s only winning and losing. And winning is defined as whatever toaster pastry pops itself out of Trump’s brain that morning. Losing is defined as whatever happened yesterday. Trumpism is America through a dog’s eyes, and with the same intellectual rigor a Cocker Spaniel uses in deciding how much of that five pound chicken that fell on the floor to eat.
Hillary will move her party further left than it has ever been. This makes the conservative cause even more focused on its mission to stand athwart history, yelling “stop!”, as William F. Buckley wrote nearly 61 years ago. The supreme importance of maintaining intellectual honesty, rigor, and idealism will come into sharp focus upon Her taking office.
“I happen to prefer champagne to ditchwater,” said the benign old wrecker of the ordered society, Oliver Wendell Holmes, “but there is no reason to suppose that the cosmos does.” We have come around to Mr. Holmes’ view, so much so that we feel gentlemanly doubts when asserting the superiority of capitalism to socialism, of republicanism to centralism, of champagne to ditchwater — of anything to anything. (How curious that one of the doubts one is not permitted is whether, at the margin, Mr. Holmes was a useful citizen!) The inroads that relativism has made on the American soul are not so easily evident. One must recently have lived on or close to a college campus to have a vivid intimation of what has happened. It is there that we see how a number of energetic social innovators, plugging their grand designs, succeeded over the years in capturing the liberal intellectual imagination. And since ideas rule the world, the ideologues, having won over the intellectual class, simply walked in and started to run things.
The areas upon which we conservatives must oppose a Clinton presidential opus magnus are many, but there are a few leverage points where special consideration and mobilization–even organization in the Ailinskyite tradition–will be required.
Law and order, federalist style
The Democrats are all for law and order, as long as it’s their law, and a monolithic top-down organization of order. It’s the Democrats who brought us the EPA’s SWAT team, and armed agents of every alphabet-soup agency of the federal government.
When it comes to local police, the left points fingers and turns its back.
On Friday, Hillary Clinton told the 335,000-member National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) that she won’t even bother applying for their endorsement. Although the FOP has traditionally leaned Republican, its endorsement has never been a sure bet. The FOP endorsed Bill Clinton in 1996, and declined to endorse either President Obama or Mitt Romney in 2012. But this is the first time that any major-party presidential candidate has refused to even ask the police for their endorsement.
One of the main issues that Clinton has with the FOP is their advocacy of the Second Amendment, which she would be more than happy to repeal. If not repeal it, then neuter local police, and tie so many strings to state funding that states are compelled to enact gun control. Obama tried this with transgender bathrooms. Clinton will extend it to guns.
Conservatives must oppose any growth of federal law enforcement powers, by any agency. We must also oppose any state funding mandates that tie to gun control laws.
Climate change religious devotion
Here’s what Clinton’s website says she’ll do:
Hillary’s plan will deliver on the pledge President Obama made at the Paris climate conference—without relying on climate deniers in Congress to pass new legislation. She will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent in 2025 relative to 2005 levels and put the country on a path to cut emissions more than 80 percent by 2050.
There’s a whole raft of policy initiatives tied to this, from a $60 billion slush fund to buy off states and local governments, to even more government standards that car companies use as an excuse to jack up prices. See, if enough people were actually convinced that man-made global warming is about to destroy the earth, the market forces of consumer preference would compel companies to make better options.
Electric cars simply transfer the carbon footprint to power companies from individual drivers. The auto makers are capable of making cleaner running cars, and in fact do so more efficiently than the government is at making new regulations. And the new regulations are generally written by auto makers, who spend millions on lobbyists, think tanks, and research the government then writes into law, stifling competition.
As my dad would have said, it’s a racket. But it pays off really well for those who are in on it.
And those who disagree are mercilessly persecuted, and even prosecuted. Conservatives must stand against this political-religious hegemony and simply allow the market to drive our economy.
Abortion, the mother of all causes
The Democrats have run so far left that they’re now openly advocating murder of the unborn, on demand, for any reason including “I just want to.” There’s no more “safe, legal, and rare.” Now it’s going to be luxury-spa abortions and birthing centers with abortion clinics in the same building.
Nothing will stand between the left’s desire that womyn is the measure of all things and its working-out in the killing of her spawn–or not to be cursed with a baby.
This is where intellectual honesty, refusal to submit to relativism, and absolute moral law are most important. There is no greater cause on which to hang the actual future of America than reversing the evil of abortion.
There must be no compromise. I realize that the biggest argument for Trump is that he may appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. I find that highly unlikely. The Court failed to overturn that precedent even with Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Roberts. It will take more than just a few Justices to win this war.
With Trump in the White House, abortion would be a back seat issue. But it appears we will not have Trump in the White House. Clinton will make abortion front-and-center, in our faces. Conservatives must continue to fight the left’s intellectual dishonesty and advocacy for secular humanism.
Conservatives will not be defeated by a Clinton presidency, and can use this time to return to the intellectual rigor and ideals that can preserve America. We will not lose America to some demographic boogeyman. We will not lose our moral foundations. We will continue to fight.
¹Galadriel’s speech, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 7, “The Mirror of Galadriel”