The Canadian Red Ensign

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Donald Trump and the Tyranny of the “Enlightened”

Like I have said in the past, when commenting on the amusing and fascinating American presidential election that is currently in its primary season, as a Canadian patriot and a royalist with no use for republics and their presidents, I have no direct stake in the outcome of this contest per se. It is in the interest of everyone in what used to be Christendom, however, to see the tyranny which the soi-disant “enlightened” have gradually exerted over the hearts and minds of Western people in the last four to five decades, quashed once and for all and it is in Donald Trump’s campaign that we have begun to see the first glimmers of hope on that horizon.

The so-called “enlightened” in question are those who hold to liberal, progressive, and left-wing notions and sentiments and think that this makes them more intelligent, educated, and civilized than other people and that this imagined superiority gives them the right to dictate how everyone should think and feel. The very apex of evil to such people is to disagree with them on such items of faith as the equality of the races and the sexes and the desirability of remaking every country with Christian traditions and institutions and a majority Caucasian population over into a multicultural microcosm of the United Nations. Public figures who dare to express dissenting thoughts on these matters are pressured into making grovelling apologies, while ordinary folk have found their careers, lives, and reputations utterly ruined in campaigns of merciless character assassination. This domination of the inner life of men through moral and social intimidation which ultimately conditions people to police their own thoughts and words to conform to those of the “enlightened” bears a nasty resemblance to the kind of group think described by George Orwell and is commonly known as political correctness. Until recently it seemed to be an impenetrable edifice.

Then along came Donald Trump.

In the United States, the Republican and Democrat parties choose the person they will nominate as their candidate for president in national conventions attended by delegates chosen in the state primaries and caucuses. Donald Trump is currently leading in the Republican primaries and increased his lead significantly this week by winning seven states on “Super Tuesday”, the day in which the largest number of states hold simultaneous primaries. Were it not for the fact that Ted Cruz won his own state of Texas which has a very large number of delegates the Republican nomination would be practically assured to Trump now.

More significant than Trump’s victory on “Super Tuesday” in and of itself, however, is the fact that it took place immediately following an attempt, on the part of the mass media, to lynch Trump’s campaign with the noose of David Duke’s endorsement.

In previous years this would have marked the end of a presidential bid for anyone as the endorsement of David Duke was the kiss of death to any candidate. Duke, if you are not familiar with him, first achieved notoriety about four decades ago when, as a young man he made an attempt to give a makeover in respectability to the organization he then headed, the Ku Klux Klan. Unsurprisingly, this failed and after a few years he left the KKK to pursue through other vessels and platforms what to his supporters has been a career of activism and advocacy for the rights, heritage and survival of the peoples of the white race but to his detractors has been one of “racism”, “white supremacism”, “xenophobia”, “anti-Semitism”, “bigotry” and all those other fun and exciting epithets with which the “enlightened” banish dissidents to the outer darkness.

It would be beside the point to enter into a profitless discussion of whether these silly names, routinely applied by progressives to anyone who speaks a positive word, no matter how intelligent or civil, on behalf of white people, may or may not be legitimate when used in reference to David Duke. It is how the left uses his name that is relevant here. A common tactic by which liberals bully and harass people into repudiating those whom they have decided to exile from polite company with the brand of the scarlet letter R is by the transferal of guilt through a chain of association.

“You know John Doe? John Doe was a speaker at such-and-such a conference also attended by the notorious white supremacist Mr. X. You had better repudiate John Doe or people will think you are a racist like Mr. X.”

The fallacy in this reasoning is obvious to anyone still capable of formulating or following a logical argument but it is designed to appeal to fear and mob mentality rather than individual reason. For years now, David Duke has been the “Mr. X” of choice for those who consider themselves to be our enlightened superiors. Fallacious as it is, this tactic has been remarkably effective and if there is any truth to the principle in the six degrees of separation meme that was popular a few years back, it can be used against anybody.

Thankfully, the days of its efficacy appear to be numbered. When David Duke told his followers last week that they ought to vote for Trump, the usual assortment of self-appointed “hate” experts like the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League, demanded that Trump disavow his support, a demand echoed by the liberal CNN, the neoconservative FOX News, and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump had made such a disavowal, but the fact that he went on to practically sweep the primaries on “Super Tuesday” indicates that the “racist by association” tactic is finally losing its efficacy.

Indeed, the most disappointing thing in all of this that Trump made and repeated the disavowal. If one person supports the political candidacy of another that does not make the candidate responsible for the words, deeds, and past associations of his supporter and it is not therefore reasonable for us to expect that candidates disavow supporters that we consider to be disreputable. What Trump should have done was to tell those making this impertinent demand to go take a hike. I suspect he would have done even better had he done so. People are sick and tired of the unreasonable demands and bullying ways of the petty tyrants who think themselves to be so "enlightened" and it is the way in which he has disregarded these in the past that has made him frontrunner in the Republican primaries. He ought not to waver in the slightest from his utter defiance of political correctness now, for if anything will secure him the Republican nomination and perhaps even the White House it is this.


  1. I maintain, he will be stopped, by hook or crook. But it doesn't matter. He has already discredited the entire 'faux-right' and shifted the overton window.

  2. With any luck he will break the Republican party. If he wins he will likely be handicapped by Senate and Congress, a symbolic victory if anything.