The Mark Levin – Donald Trump bromance is officially over.
From what I understand, and I haven’t been able to listen much lately, even Rush isn’t saying much nice about Trump lately, and is All Big and Little Ricky All the Time.
First off, the bitter Levin/Trump divorce has nothing to do with Israel or Jewish issues. While Trump is only mildly pro-Israel, less strident about it than the typical Republican Presidential candidate, the difference is not enough to make Levin go from liking Trump and having Trump as a guest on his show a few times last year to hating him almost to the level that he openly trashed Ron Paul four years ago. No, it is Levin’s cult like devotion to lamestream conservative ideology and hobby horses, combined with Trump’s transgressions from them, that’s the source of all this vituperative.
Yet, Levin has been just about the best national talk radio host on immigration matters; the only one I can think of offhand who is better is Laura Ingraham. So why is he spurning Trump, who has made immigration his keystone issue?
The reason is something I think our people need to understand better. Nationalism is not conservatism, conservatism is not nationalism. To the nationalist, immigration is existential. To the conservative, even the conservative who gets the immigration issue right and even moreso that thinks the issue is the most important, it’s just another issue, one of many. Most conservatives can be convinced to ignore their immigration patriotism (if they actually have those proclivities) with pied piper rhetoric on less important doctrinaire lamer con hobby horses. You know, ZOMG ETHANOL (which I think is a restoration of corn subsidies by any other means), ZOMG EMINENT DOMAIN (I disagree with Trump because he doesn’t seem to understand, or doesn’t want to understand, the difference between takings for public purposes and takings for private purposes), or zomg this that or the other.
Mark Levin’s latest pronouncements should serve as one of many lessons for those of us who have tried to fit the square pegs of nationalism into the round holes of conservatism (or even more insanely, the Republican Party) for the last quarter century.
While I’m somewhat on this subject, I happen to think Antonin Scalia’s (perhaps mysterious) death could be a blessing in disguise for nationalists, the Alt-Right, and the Dark Enlightenment, and other similar mindsets. When the Senate Stupid Party Caucus caves and lets Obama’s nominee sail through, and this absolutely swings SCOTUS to the left numerically, this will probably convince the last few constitution cultists out there to give up and start playing the game of acquiring power and exercising it for tribal means and ends.