God Bless Ilana

Our own Ilana Mercer was one of Mr Trump’s earliest and most vocal and consistent supporters. When he announced he would run for election, and when she immediately went into drum majorette mode, I thought she had gone a little funny in the head. Here was a businessman and television personality, trying to break into the closed shop of American politics. I thought Ilana was funny in the head, and I thought Mr Trump a bit of a joke.

Then he showed his teeth, and I sat up. I began to read Ilana with more attention. I said nothing to her when she strained our charitable status to the limit. I watched astonished as the crowds began to gather, and as the most unlikely candidate anyone could have imagined began to tell truths I never thought to hear in front rank politics. Until close to the end, I doubted he could win. I thought Ilana would be terribly depressed by his losing, and that she would go away and sulk for a decade.

But he’s now President-elect Trump, and Ilana was right all along.

I think we should be grateful to Ilana for two reasons:

First, Mr Trump has shattered the Cultural Marxists, or at least shown their sudden weakness. I still doubt – I always doubt anything good! – I still doubt that he will do many of the things he has promised. But he has, in a sense, already delivered. For years, people like us have been dismissed as right-wing extremists – sinister or merely comic figures right on the edge of permissible discourse. Well, something like our own words have now been uttered by the President of the United States, and with every show of conviction. We are suddenly in possession of something like the centre ground of politics. Ilana has been a critically important herald of the new consensus on the right.

Second, Ilana has shown us the value of just going on and on, and not paying attention to the “sensible” people. The sensible people – of whom I am one in relative terms – would have told her she was headed for disappointment. She paid no attention. She followed her conscience, and now finds herself on the winning side of history. There is a lesson in that for us all.

When the history is written of these extraordinary times, Ilana will have her page. She has certainly deserved it.

And so, congratulations to Ilana Mercer, and deep thanks for her commitment to the Libertarian Alliance Blog. And I hope she does not feel that her work is at an end, but that she will continue to share her thoughts with us for many years to come.


    • Agreed!
      I wasn’t quite so sure that our charitable status would be strained as far as Sean thought, but agreed with him on purely British State Administrative considerations; neither of us depressed people is wanting even mild correspendnce trouble with the “authorities”.

      Perhaps it is true that the Cultural Marxists have slightly pre-discounted their presumed success in Armageddon; but personally I doubt it. Their hold on the Universities, and (worse in my view) the teaching “profession” – is a mortal grip. Go to any high school/primary school in the UK, be a fly on the wall and listen to almost any teacher in front of his/her (especially “her”) classroom, and weep for humanity.

      Something willhave to be done about this if we are looking further forward for Western Humans than about the year 2100. Trump is not the man to do this thing as he has little time, and much other matters on his plate.

  1. I share your caution about Trump – and I think any thoughtful person should be very wary indeed of acting as a cheerleader for him.

    First, you have the reality of checks and balances (constitutional, legal, political, fiscal, administrative and practical), that exist in the United States government machinery. These have been designed exactly with somebody like Trump in mind. They limit and restrict the scope of action of even the most activist president.

    I agree that, much as with Obama, Trump’s real significance is likely to be symbolic and that any substantive achievements he claims during his administration(s) will be vulnerable to being reversed and undone.

    I also fear that Trump has been rash in the promises he has been making and that his personality and pridefulness will create a need to save Face and be ‘seen’ to be doing things, with the result that he may prioritise style over substance. The problem there is that he faces a hostile media who will not be as accommodating in helping him manage perceptions.

    And he is not clean. His background means he is now highly vulnerable to investigation and indictment or impeachment for all current, past and future wrong-doing. Republican congressional control will help him – for now – as even hostile Republicans will not openly move against him, but if the Democrats can get their act together, I think he may find himself in very serious trouble indeed.

    I think Trump is akin to a false god. His sycophants and followers, and new-found fair weather friends, herald him as a change agent in some positive, affirming sense. In reality, I think he heralds the beginning of the end of the United States (or the end of the beginning of the end). It’s America’s ‘1985’ moment, when the prototypical insider-turned-reformer tries to salvage the system. It won’t work because it can’t work.

    But let’s see.

    • I am writing from Redneck territory in Central Florida, where views such as Trump’s are almost mainstream, and certainly not viewed as ‘impermissible’, as they might be in the UK.
      But there is one major, major consideration you appear to have overlooked – the Supreme Court. There are two jobs-for-life coming up in the Supreme Court, and as this body seems to believe it can re-write the Constitution, these appointments are of major constitutional and political significance.
      I can’t describe myself as a fan of Mr Trump, but I am overjoyed that these appointments will be his and not Hillary’s.

  2. Trump is imperfect, and I also wonder if he can/will be able to deliver, and his devotion to liberty. But then there are the Supreme Court nominations. Our remnant of a constitutional republic (and constitution for that matter) is circling the bathtub drain and Trump has placed a stopper in that drain. Granted, the stopper may be wobbling a bit, and there’s much work to be done…but I’ll take him flaws and all.

  3. We don’t actually know what Trump is going to try to do. It’s possible he might prove to be the first sane US president since Eisenhower. It’s possible he might go the other way.

    But this thread is about Ilana, and though I disagree with her on many things, she called the situation right. So kudos to her.

  4. One thing I never heard during the campaign was anybody saying he was going to vote for Trump because a) he is a man and b) he is white. Yet I heard many people (women, that is) positively rejoicing in the fact that they were voting for Hillary solely because she is a woman and previously for Obama solely because he is Black.
    These are the same people who denounce Trump as a misogynist and a racist. Pots & kettles?

    • It has long been the case that these so-called “anti-racists” etc. have confected their own unique form of it, that manifests both in their own self-loathing, and towards their own group (for those who are white.)

    • Talk about rubbing salt into the wounds, nothing less than what they deserve. On a serious note, this has now opened the doors for the paleolibertarians and the alt-right to establish themselves in the bigger political arena.

      Although Donald Trump does not resonate with the above political types, they have seen him as the key due to his bullish and determined campaign and I have no doubt that the paleolibertarians and the alt-right will take advantage of this.

      By the way, in case you are wondering what I would describe as, I would say that he is a National Populist with a hint of social liberalism.

    • These Emperors of righteous indignation aren’t wearing any righteousness — all they’ve got is naked indignation.

  5. Trump is a wild card, in every sense of the word; there is no way to tell what he will do or how he will govern. But in the context, that’s why he was elected — Queen Hillary is a face-card; we knew exactly what she would do. A Chance was deemed better than a detested Certainty.

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