The rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is kind of a shock to the American system. But a European would know exactly, in my opinion, where they fit in. Trump is not at all a conservative according to the American model of ‘fusion’ conservatism. But he does correspond to what Europeans call the ‘right.’ Le Pen, Joerg Haider, BNP, UKIP, and other such native [often anti European Union] parties do not advocate trimming the welfare state, imposing moral conservatism, or going on military adventures in other parts of the world. As for Trump’s antics, there’s Italy’s Berlusconi and his ‘bunga bunga’ for a model. Bernie Sanders, also, is not a ‘socialist’ in terms of government ownership of all property. He is a social democrat of a classic European type. Anyhow, it looks like American ‘exceptionalism’ is getting a little less exceptional. And, come to think of it, both Trump and Sanders seem to be most popular among Americans of European descent; the growing number of Americans of non-European descent seem to have little interest in either of them! But, once again, I will remind you of what Francis Schaeffer told us almost fifty years ago when Nixon coined the term ‘Silent Majority’. He told us that a minority within the Silent Majority were either Christian or had a strong Christian memory; but that the majority of the Silent Majority had only the two ultimate values of personal peace and affluence. Thus, the real ‘moral majority’ was a minority, not only of America as a whole, but even of the ‘Silent Majority’. This reality has explained local politics for a long time. This year it seems to be on the path to throwing over our ideologies and operating on a national scale.
The new holiday of June 19, though its celebration has spread nationally, has a particular application to Texas. But there is another date that would be more suitable as a national holiday of emancipation: December 18. June 19, known as […]
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Precis: In every society, even those that profess freedom of speech, there are ideas and images that are perceived as too corrupting to be expressed or uttered. We used to think this way about pornography. Now we think this about […]