TWO COUNTRIES AND INTERNAL SECESSION: The Old Traditionalists live here, the New Vulgarians, over there

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Hey, at least she won that popular vote, right?

OK Sparti­cles, you regulars know I much admire the musings and screeds of expat blogger extra­or­di­naire Fred Reed.

Fred is no neo-con, no Bushophile and no fan of The Deep State.

He is proba­bly a paleo­con and at best a Trump Agnos­tic.

But damn, when he hits a home run he crush­es it.

So roll the dice and read this one, ok?

The snark (the Trump snark, anyway) is minimal an I encour­age ya’ll to just plow forward, because if I could write this well Fossten and the Other Big Dogs would have to ladle some extra gruel into my rusted tin cup every day.

Select­ed quotes, but no excuse for not gobbling up the whole post, Spartans:

Trump did not cause the deep division in the country. It caused him. There are two very differ­ent Ameri­c­as. I suspect  that the half of the country that voted for Trump, that voted with wild enthu­si­asm, that roared at huge rallies, was not so  much voting for Trump as again­st the other Ameri­ca. It was just that they had never had a chance before. The two countries have little in common and do not belong on the same geogra­phy.

The differ­ence begins with manners. Through­out the campaign Trump’s parti­sans forgath­ered in huge rallies, applaud­ed, calmly went home, and later voted.  At the same time we saw on Clinton’s behalf mobs of ill-bred, worse mannered, loutish, peren­ni­al adoles­cents block­ing  highways, shutting down rallies, engag­ing in vandal­ism and physi­cal­ly attack­ing support­ers of Trump. Cars were destroyed, fires set, ATMs smashed. Black Lives Matter, always ghetto preda­tors, were worst, but low-grade college students and their equal­ly dismal profes­sors joined in. They were obscene, infan­tile.


Can you imagine any of Trump’s middle-American support­ers accus­ing Obama of lusting for incest with his daugh­ters?  The two camps are differ­ent peoples. Half of the country seems cultur­al­ly dominat­ed from the ghetto. The other half embod­ies standards of behav­ior that have usual­ly been thought congru­ent with civil society.


The divide is far deeper and more gener­al than the heat of the election. The sprawl­ing class from which the protest­ers come, not just in Washing­ton or just recent­ly, oppos­es the bedrock of our approx­i­ma­tion of democ­ra­cy. It is not an econom­ic divide. On Ameri­can campus­es almost every­where “students,” most of whom do not have the intel­li­gence for college, use the tactics of Brown Shirts to shut down speech­es by anyone who does not agree with them.  They have no concep­tion of reasoned debate, toler­a­tion of disagree­ment, or respect for law. Rather than promote  assim­i­la­tion to the Ameri­can norm, or what was the Ameri­can norm, the only hope to keep the country from devolv­ing into warring tribes, they promote identi­ty politics. They do not, for example, disavow the depre­da­tions of Black Lives Matter. Any behav­ior is accept­able, even admirable, if engaged in by their side.


And so from a mainstream performer, Beyon­ce, the lyrics

“Can you lick my Skittles, it’s the sweet­est in the middle/ Pink is the flavor, solve the riddle”

Painful­ly cute. Can you imagine Billie Holiday singing this? Ella Fitzger­ald? From rappers there is far more explic­it, scato­log­i­cal, and sadomasochis­tic “music.” Whether you think this is people’s art, the authen­tic expres­sion of an oppressed race, or something that should be scrawled on the wall of a public toilet, tracks with who you voted for. Again, two countries.


These vandals are the storm troop­ers of the Clinton Ameri­ca. I cannot imagine the Other Ameri­ca behav­ing thusly because of the sched­ul­ing of any speak­er whatev­er.

For whatev­er reason, those who regard themselves as liber­als are far more given to demon­strat­ing and rioting than conser­v­a­tives, and far more vulgar. I say “regard themselves as liber­als.” Their behav­ior is opposite to classi­cal liber­al­ism. Vulgar­i­ty is not liber­al­ism. Neither is arson. Neither is suppres­sion of free speech. All of these are now the norm on campus­es, in the media, among both students and profes­sors. And among the protest­ers.

Anoth­er country.


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