by Kevin D. Williamson
The Trump presidency began in shame and dishonesty. It ends in shame, dishonesty, cowardice, and rebellion against the Constitution. For the past few weeks, the right-wing media, including the big talk-radio shows, has been coyly calling for a revolution. Of course they never thought they’d actually get one: That kind of talk is good for business — keep the rubes riled up and they won’t change the channel when the commercials come around on the half-hour. I never had much hope for the likes of Sean Hannity, tragically born too late to be a 1970s game-show host, but to watch Senator Ted Cruz descend into this kind of dangerous demagoguery as he jockeys to get out in front of the Trump parade as its new grand marshal has induced despair.
On May 4, 2016, I posted a little note to the Corner, headlined: “Pre-Planning My ‘I Told You So.’” It reads, in part: “Republicans, remember: You asked for this.” The path that the Republican Party and the conservative movement have taken in the past four years is not one that was forced on them — it is the product of choices that were made and of compromises that were entered into too willingly by self-interested men and women seeking money, celebrity, and power.
Of course it ends in violence — this is, after all, America.
Kevin Williamson is a top-shelf Conservative Republican. Really what you’re supposed to be to gain entrance to THE NATIONAL REVIEW. A truthful sort, realistic, he knew from the gitgo how worthless Trump was…and is. His presidency would match. So this cogent middle – to a longer piece – is worth checking out and signifying to the hypocrites, Ted Cruz, et al, still holding court as imitation leading conservatives in the GOP.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines it as “the lowest stratum of the proletariat. Used originally in Marxist theory to describe those members of the proletariat, especially criminals, vagrants, and the unemployed, who lacked awareness of their collective interest as an oppressed class.”In modern usage, it is commonly defined to include the chronically unemployed, the homeless, and career criminals…”
There’s much agreement – and disagreement – on appropriate use of a word coined, after all, in the 19th Century. History, from one nation to another, has already treated definition as variable, sometimes dated, even incomplete or inaccurate when addressing nations formerly under the colonial heel.
It’s just that this morning…on my first walk of the day…I could hear the voice in my head of an old acquaintance in Warsaw…his soft bark brief and to the point as ever. “Lumpen – they’re nothing but Lumpen.” Americans have drawn spoiled middle-class brats into the garbage truck parked next door to class conflict. They think it’s cool to be part of the lumpenproletariat, and leaders, of course.
There will be more detailed analysis of the events of January 6th in Washington, DC. But, still, déclassé and lumpen ain’t a bad start.