Mike Pompeo will be Secretary of State partly because Senator Rand Paul voted for his nomination after weeks of saying he would do no such thing. Paul tweeted that he’d received assurances Pompeo agrees with him that “Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan,” but if the only Libertarian in the upper chamber cannot be counted on to vote “no” on the confirmation of a superhawk to an important cabinet position, what’s the point? The squishy Senator served as further confirmation of just how useless the Libertarian mainstream has become.
Which brings me to Dr. Paul Gottfried’s criticism of my recent article The Strange (Well, Actually, Absolutely Predictable) Death of Left-Libertarianism.
I have nothing but respect for Dr. Gottfried and his invaluable work, he is incorrect in his (rueful) claim that Establishment Libertarianism is doing just fine and has no interest in doing business with the likes of us Dissident Rightists.
He points out that Left-Libertarianism need not fear for its future because it has quite a bit of money and because it has a toehold in Establishment discourse. While these two specific charges are true—Left-Libertarians certainly have deep pockets and do get to appear on FOX News now and again—this is not enough to keep their movement alive and well.
While money is not a guarantee of success. The Libertarian Cato Institute has 75 million dollars, yes; and the Libertarian Koch brothers have billions of dollars, yes. This means that Cato will not have to shut its doors any time soon, nor will any of the numerous Koch-funded organizations such as Americans for Prosperity or the Institute for Humane Studies.
But it does not mean that any of these organizations will make any kind of serious headway in terms of political goals. The same is true of Libertarians’ success in injecting themselves into the national political conversation. That sort of media status may be necessary for success, but it is not sufficient. It is nice to appear on FOX News and be linked to by RealClearPolitics.com, but does not necessarily mean your ranks will grow.
With voting scheduled for July 1, Mexico’s election fast approaches. According to a recent Reforma poll, the winner will be Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, of the Together We Will Make History coalition. He leads Ricardo Anaya, of the “conservative” (see below) For Mexico to the Front Coalition, 48-26. Jose Antonio Meade of the Everybody for Mexico coalition is in the basement at 18 points. My position: a strong America need not care.
AMLO’s success has caused some hysteria stateside. Unsurprisingly, You Know Who gets the blame. Thus the Washington Post editorialized that President Trump’s tweets “may enhance the already strong possibility that the July 1 ballot will be won by a left-wing populist who is as hostile to free trade and close U.S.-Mexican relations as is Mr. Trump” [U.S.-Mexico relations might be about to get even worse, April 6, 2018]. But Real Clear Politics offered a more reasoned—and reasonable—assessment: “In reality, Trump’s real impact will be minuscule, because this contest is shaped by its own powerful dynamic completely outside the influence of our commander-in-chief” [The Coming Mexican Election: It’s not All About Trump, by Chris Jackson and Clifford Young, April 19, 2018].
Yet whatever AMLO’s advantage, the election is no done deal. Plus, in a Mexican presidential race, a candidate only needs a plurality to win. Current President Enrique Pena Nieto won in 2012 with 38.21% of the vote versus 31.59% for runner-up AMLO. Previous President Felipe Calderon won with 35.89% of the vote versus runner-up AMLO with 35.31%. And back in 2000, Vicente Fox won the Mexican presidency with 42.52% of the vote.
Not a majority vote among them.
From an American National Question standpoint, the election is interesting but not worrying. As long as we have a patriot president, who runs Mexico shouldn’t matter a hill of beans.
“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville…that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds”—Fired FBI Director James Comey, Transcript: James Comey's interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, ABCnews.com, April 15, 2018
Comey is wrong, needless to say. Donald Trump’s instinctive insight that the Ruling Class Narrative about the Democrat-orchestrated suppression of the August 12 2017 Charlottesville VA Unite The Right rally was simply a Big Lie is, as VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has noted, a key remaining reason to have hope for his Presidency. That Comey, formerly one of the U.S. top law enforcement officers, would participate in such a rush to judgement is just more evidence that he is a Deep State tool—or, as John Derbyshire has argued, a fool.
Nevertheless, three of the Alt Right Charlottesville Six political prisoners are still being held in jail, in scandalous contrast to their Antifa assailants, and the trial dates are drawing near. Meanwhile, in a classic case of unequal justice, one of their assailants—who was never held in jail— has already been acquitted despite video evidence by a Leftist judge.
In contrast, police in Newnan, GA this weekend actually did defend demonstrating citizens—apparently in this case genuine neo-Nazis—and defanged the Antifa by enforcing anti-mask laws. [Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing Masks, By Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post, April 21, 2018]
Still held without bail, after eight months: