What Happens If Trump Is Defeated?
At the end of this, if Trump doesn’t get the nomination after all of this, then what’s next? Now, Pat Buchanan has written that he thinks it doesn’t really matter because Trump has ignited a new nationalistic populist movement which will not be denied, and that if they don’t get there this year, this movement now has found out how powerful it is and how many people are in it; that in certain polling senses they are a majority. A number of people oppose immigration, want a wall, and have trade deal opposition. So Buchanan says that…
And, by the way, he’s not hoping for this. But if Trump doesn’t get the nomination, he says that that doesn’t matter because this group of people, the Trumpists — the people supporting Trump. Buchanan believes they’re actually supporting more than Trump. They are supporting a set of ideas and principles that will survive Trump. And that a new movement has been born, that the genie’s out of the bottle, that the establishment will not be able to put back in the bottle.
Then Rush goes on to be something of a Doubting Thomas.
I think the future of the budding populist and nationalist movement and the Alt-Right, in as much as they aren’t already the same thing, depends on whether we/it eventually give(s) up on democratic republicanism or not. If we give that form of government one more chance, then it will manifest in a truly nationalist political party that, might not do well at first, or second, or third, or fourth, or fifth, but if enough of us stick with it, build it, and wait for the coming generational sea change, and for enough people to get tired of today’s conventional ideologies, then it will start winning. If we do give up on democratic republicanism, then buckle up and get ready for things to get really interesting and tumultuous. Can you say, “dark enlightenment?”