American conservatives

The “sane” Republicans have correctly pointed out, over and over again, that the Tea Party is in no meaningful sense of the word “conservative.” With the Republicans split and unable to govern, the Democrats take their rightful place as the true conservative party, the party of the American state, and the main problem with the nominally “conservative” theory of “2012 or never” against Obamacratic socialism becomes obvious: It was a fantasy. The war the fellows in the Minuteman costumes thought they were fighting was already lost generations if not centuries ago. Their only hope is in complete despair, the wishful fear that the whole thing might fall apart on its own, but the notion of a national constituency actively and aggressively in favor of national dissolution is an absurdity, since that polity would be asked to reach consensus over its insufficient consensus. Czechs and Slovaks were content to separate in part because, afterward, no one on the wrong side of the new, sensible ethnic and geographic border would have lost too much: The underlying consensus on the central political questions, on the outlines of the proper relationship of state and citizen, meant that each new nation would be as much two provinces within the emergent European and transnational liberal democratic super-state. Tea Party “anti-statism,” like libertarianism and anarchism more generally, cannot offer such guarantees, while the American people, to whatever extent there still is an American people, will tend to remain in favor of themselves. Their will can degenerate to the point that they lose the ability to resist, so cease to cling to life, and they or rather we may even be on that course, perhaps well on that course, but until the last moment all attempts to hasten the process will tend to retard it, since they provoke us, we who would have to constitute ourselves self-consciously as a people to vote for our own de-constitution, to re-experience whatever remnant shared vitality and instead re-constitute ourselves defensively against our would-be assassins.

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  1. It definitely doesn’t help their odds for secession that they tend towards “Real American” blather & imply that it is the liberals that should leave if anybody…

    • If you want a more thorough diagnosis, Judis’ recent piece offered a good one: Tweeting the link led to a twitter-logue with a guy who read like a cliche “Oathkeeper” type – his final tweet to me, after he was done with the $17T in debt and the Fed and “you people will get what you deserve” ended literally with an ominous assertion that he made an oath and intended to keep it.

  2. It is not about ethnicity, it is about philosophy, remarkable you come to this conclusions after the subterfuge of the last three years, by the way.

    • I think I might be able to guess what you mean by the third of your three almost-arguments distributed over two comments, don miguel, but it’s irrelevant to my thesis if not supportive. The other two strike me as non-responsive or non sequitur to the extent I can make anything of them at all.

  3. It’s is characteristic of Minitrue, to label any center right sentiment, extreme, we have seen it Chavez’s Venezuela, who the FCC commisar admires, Mao’s China, that Anita Dunn has a hankering for, and of course the decrepit corpse of the ‘Wandering Coma’ as one Cuban exile dubbed the other Castro brother.

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This is a Waterloo moment for Trump, the tea party and their alliance. They have been stopped in their tracks not only by Democratic opposition but because of a mutiny within their own ranks. Although never particularly liked or respected, it is now clear that they are no longer feared. The bankruptcy of their ideas and their incompetence have been exposed. Their momentum has been dissipated. Their rejection of political norms has itself been scorned. Our long national nightmare may finally be coming to an end.

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