Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy

In The American Conservative, Rod Dreher interviews J.D. Vance, “the Yale Law School graduate who grew up in the poverty and chaos of an Appalachian clan.” Vance’s new book is titled Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis.

Vance, who isn’t necessarily a fan of Trump, puts his finger on a critical element of Trump’s appeal to poor working class whites:

The two political parties have offered essentially nothing to these people for a few decades.  From the Left, they get some smug condescension, an exasperation that the white working class votes against their economic interests because of social issues, a la Thomas Frank (more on that below).  Maybe they get a few handouts, but many don’t want handouts to begin with.

From the Right, they’ve gotten the basic Republican policy platform of tax cuts, free trade, deregulation, and paeans to the noble businessman and economic growth.  Whatever the merits of better tax policy and growth (and I believe there are many), the simple fact is that these policies have done little to address a very real social crisis.  More importantly, these policies are culturally tone deaf: nobody from southern Ohio wants to hear about the nobility of the factory owner who just fired their brother.

Trump’s candidacy is music to their ears.  He criticizes the factories shipping jobs overseas.  His apocalyptic tone matches their lived experiences on the ground.  He seems to love to annoy the elites, which is something a lot of people wish they could do but can’t because they lack a platform.

The last point I’ll make about Trump is this: these people, his voters, are proud.  A big chunk of the white working class has deep roots in Appalachia, and the Scots-Irish honor culture is alive and well.

A further observation, which I’ve also made myself, is how many un-P.C. folks such as myself are willing to cut Trump lots of slack with verbal gaffes and the like because… well, that’s how normal, stream-of-consciousness conversations take place.

This is where, to me, there’s a lot of ignorance around “Teflon Don.”  No one seems to understand why conventional blunders do nothing to Trump.  But in a lot of ways, what elites see as blunders people back home see as someone who–finally–conducts themselves in a relatable way.  He shoots from the hip; he’s not constantly afraid of offending someone; he’ll get angry about politics; he’ll call someone a liar or a fraud.  This is how a lot of people in the white working class actually talk about politics, and even many elites recognize how refreshing and entertaining it can be!… People don’t want to believe they have to speak like Obama or Clinton to participate meaningfully in politics, because most of us don’t speak like Obama or Clinton.

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DNC & BLM

BlackLivesMatter02So, at around 8:30 pm EST, which is TV primetime, the Democrats put 9 “Mothers of the Movement” (i.e., black mothers with dead kids) on stage. In other words, HC is serving up BLM to the American electorate, front and center.

Among them were the mothers of Trayvonn Martin, Sandra Bland and Michael Brown.

The arena erupted into loud cheers of “Black Lives Matter!”

“I am here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s name,” said Geneva Reed-Veal, Sandra Bland’s mother.

Cameras caught a myriad of blacks and young white college kids crying or otherwise expressing their emotions.

A little refresher:

  • Trayvonn Martin: Trayvonn wasn’t killed by the po-lice, but by “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman. A jury eventually acquitted Zimmerman of all charges.
  • Sandra Bland: She wasn’t a victim of the po-lice either, but hung herself in her jail cell. The medical examiner ruled Bland’s death a suicide. A grand jury opted not to indict jail personnel in connection with Bland’s death.
  • Michael Brown: Shortly after strong-arming a convenience store owner and stealing some cigars (all captured on video), the ‘Gentle Giant’, with a giant dollop of attitude, was walking in the middle of the street. A cop told him to move. As Obama’s army of DOJ investigators later reported, 5 witnesses said Brown charged the policeman in his car, then reached into the car and tried to get the cop’s gun. The policeman was totally exonerated.

This is who one of the two main political parties in the United States decides to treat as martyrs of sorts, as ‘victims’ of institutional racism, etc.

We are in strange times.

Sooner or later, this balloon has gotta pop.

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McAuliffe: HC Will Support TPP

The ever smarmy Clinton apparatchik Terry McAuliffe says Hillary will flip on TPP if elected POTUS:

PHILADELPHIA — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, longtime best friend to the Clintons, said Tuesday that he believes Hillary Clinton will support the TPP trade deal if elected president, with some tweaks.

“I worry that if we don’t do TPP, at some point China’s going to break the rules — but Hillary understands this,” he said in an interview after his speech on the main stage at the Democratic National Convention. “Once the election’s over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy.”…

And McAuliffe’s comments played directly into the image of Clinton that infuriates Sanders’ delegates — especially after her selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, who vocally supports the Obama-backed trade deal. “I have no confidence she’s against TPP,” said Christine Pellegrino, a Sanders delegate from New York. “I haven’t made up my mind about what options exist at the convention.”

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How Many More Must Die?

From WaPo:

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — Two attackers backing the Islamic State stormed a village church during Mass in northern France on Tuesday, taking hostages and slitting the throat of a 86-year-old priest before police commandos shot and killed the assailants, authorities said…

At least one of the attackers appeared to be on a watch list, including being forced to wear an electronic bracelet to allow security officials to track his movements, said a police official cited by the Associated Press.

The measure was taken after the man tried to reached Syria, but was turned back at some point during the trip, the official said.

Imagine if two Western immigrants in Saudi Arabia stormed a mosque, took two Muslims as hostage, then slit the throat of the Imam. What do you think the world reaction would be? What do you think reaction in the Muslim world would be?

An official at the Archdiocese of Rouen identified the slain priest as Jacques Hamel.

At the Vatican, spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi denounced the “barbarous killing” of the church attack.

According to other news sources, Father Hamel was beheaded, which fits the preferred Muslim method.

The Daily Mail reports that a nun was slashed as well, and is fighting for her life.

Father Hamel

Father Hamel

One of the men who stormed into the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen during mass was a local man, who was being monitored by electronic tag after being jailed for trying to join fanatics in Syria.

The 84-year-old priest, named as Jacques Hamel, had his throats cut while a nun is critically injured in hospital following the raid which saw five people held hostage by ISIS assailants shouting Allahu Akbar.

This afternoon it emerged that the murdered clergyman was deputising while the parish priest was on holiday. French authorities say they have arrested a third man in connection with the attack.

This part infuriates:

Two identities of the attackers are already known to the authorities. One, who lived close to the church, is said to have left for Syria in 2015 to try and join ISIS, but he was arrested in Turkey.

He was jailed for terrorist offences following a short trial in France, before being released on March 2 this year. Bail conditions included returning to live with his parents, wearing an electronic tag, and reporting to his local police station.  Neither of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray attackers have yet been named.

The Mirror reports:

The ISIS terrorists who carried out the France church attack forced a parish priest to kneel before filming themselves slitting his throat, it has emerged.

Father Jacques Hamel, 84, was made to get to knees before he was brutally slayed at the church in Normandy this morning, says a nun who escaped the attack.

His murderers captured the sickening assault on video, according to Sister Danielle, who was one of several worshippers taken hostage during the incident.

“They forced him to kneel and he tried to defend himself and that is how the drama started,” the devastated nun told RMC radio this afternoon.

Speaking to BFM TV, she added that the terrorists ‘recorded themselves’ carrying out the killing and did ‘a sort of sermon around the altar in Arabic’.

When will the indigenous people of France say “Enough”?

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The First 100 Days

From the Washington Times:

PHILADELPHIA — A new Clinton administration would pursue a bill to legalize illegal immigrants in “the first 100 days” of her tenure, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told Spanish-language network Telemundo in an interview Monday, presenting a deep contrast with Republicans.

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Pocahontas: Trump Wants to Start a Race War

Pocahontas plans to lay the KKKrazy Glue on thick tonight:

ElizabethWarrenSen. Elizabeth Warren will accuse Donald Trump of inciting a race war on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, according to excerpts of her remarks.

“Donald Trump’s America,” Warren plans to say, is “an America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against Blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews. Straight against gay. Everyone against immigrants.”…

“Race, religion, heritage, gender – the more factions the better,” Warren plans to say in her attack on Trump.

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On ‘White Fragility’

In Salon, Sarah Watts writes a piece on “White fragility is real: 4 questions white people should ask themselves during discussions about race”:

NervousWhite fragility is a phrase coined by author Dr. Robin DiAngelo, and is defined as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.” According to DiAngelo, most white people “live in a social environment that insulates them from race-based stress,” due to their privilege as part of the cultural majority. In turn, says DiAngelo, whites are infrequently challenged and have less of a tolerance to race-based stress, causing them to be hostile, guilty, defensive, or fearful when confronted. This phenomenon is white fragility. In the end, white fragility ensures that conversations about race are derailed, and the status quo of white supremacy is upheld.

I consider myself an ally, but I frequently need to check myself against white fragility, in order to make sure I help center the conversation where it’s appropriate – black deaths at the hands of law enforcement – and not on feelings of white guilt, anger or denial (mine or anyone else’s).

Here are a few ways I check myself against white fragility.

Watts’ piece is a case study in white liberal self-loathing. It is truly astonishing to see a mind so infected, as through passages such as this:

As a white woman, I know I’m absolutely cocooned in privilege: The color of my skin gives me an advantage when I’m applying for a loan, interviewing for a job, or even being taken seriously when I speak. But sometimes hearing from other people about how privileged I am can send a jolt of hot anger through my body. I forget that having white privilege doesn’t mean my life has been perfect, or that I’ve never had a single hardship, or that I’ve never suffered loss. I have.

Anger is something I see (and personally experience) often when I’m confronted with racial issues, because accusations sting. I know theoretically that white people have oppressed and colonized indigenous people and people of color, and the effects of that are still felt to this day, from the Rwandan Genocide to Apartheid to the subliminal fear of black men that killed Philando Castile. But hearing that I’m personally part of the problem? That hurts. DiAngelo explains this perfectly in her paper on white fragility when she states, “people of color are almost always seen as ‘having a race’ and described in racial terms (‘the black man’) but whites rarely are (‘the man’), allowing whites to see themselves as objective and non-racialized. … Race and racism become their problems, not ours.”

I may be outraged by the deaths of Sterling and Castile. I may have never participated in slavery or personally colonized a country, but you can bet that I still benefit and enjoy privileges that my friends of color don’t. I’m still part of the problem. By recognizing that, I hope to be part of the solution.

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U.S. News: “Trump Convention Message Cheers White Supremacists”

Trump Convention Message Cheers White Supremacists” reads the U.S. News & World Report headline.

In case you were wondering.

CLEVELAND (AP) — They don’t like to be called white supremacists.

The well-dressed men who gathered in Cleveland’s Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican nomination for president prefer the term “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists.” They are also die-hard Trump supporters.

“I don’t think people have fully recognized the degree to which he’s transformed the party,” said Richard Spencer, a clean-cut 38-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, who sipped Manhattans as he matter-of-factly called for removing African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews from the United States.

Like most in his group, Spencer said this year’s convention was his first. On his social media accounts, he posted pictures of himself wearing a red Trump “Make America Great Again” hat at Quicken Loans Arena. And he says he hopes to attend future GOP conventions.

“Tons of people in the alt-right are here,” he said, putting their numbers at the RNC this week in the dozens. “We feel an investment in the Trump campaign.”

He and his group chatted up convention-goers late into the night, including an executive from a major Jewish organization and a female board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. They sat at the marble bar as Spencer explained his position on blacks, Hispanics and Jews. They challenged him repeatedly and expressed shock at how calmly he dismissed their rejection of his ideals.

“We’ll help them go somewhere else. I’m not a maniac,” Spencer said of the minorities he wants to eject from the country. “I know in order to achieve what I want to achieve, you have to deal with people rationally.”

The piece ends with:

“Trust me. Trump thinks like me,” Spencer said. “Do you think it’s a coincidence that everybody like me loves Trump and supports him?”

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XTC – Take This Town (1980)

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#FreeMilo

Milo Yiannopoulos has been permanently banned from Twitter, for saying nothing worse than what thousands of others (of all political persuasions) say on the platform every day:

Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has been suspended from Twitter once more just 20 minutes before his “Gays for Trump” event takes place at the Republican National Convention.

The justification for the suspension is currently unknown, although it could be as a result of Milo’s run-in with Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones on the site. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey publicly reached out to Jones late on Monday evening after she complained about “abuse” on the platform. Milo was suspended despite the fact that he sent no abusive tweets to the actress.

Milo’s brand of agitprop (nods to Mr. Breitbart himself) is quite effective. His campus tour has made him an internationally known firebrand.

And it is this that the libs who run Twitter want to stop the viral-ness of.

All they needed was the pretext of angry, black, and fugly SNL comedienne (with which he was feuding with) being ‘offended’.

And so it begins…

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