The sense of mourning was palpable on Notre Dame’s campus after the recent presidential election. President Jenkins tried to get out in front of it by presiding at an “Interfaith Prayer Service for Respect and Solidarity” on the evening of Monday, November 14, calling for dialogue and respect. The young ladies handing out the candles at this requiem for Hillary Clinton were less circumspect. When I asked what the service was about, one replied, “It was for students who were upset that Trump got elected.” Notre Dame’s faculty senate was less circumspect still. Addressing “our students,” the faculty senate opined:
Some of you might feel even more silenced than you have already felt, perhaps wondering if the classmate sitting next to you, your professor, or people in your residence hall actually support the views of the president-elect, who in the course of the campaign unapologetically made comments that were racist, sexist, elitist, islamophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and homophobic. You may encounter overt signs of these views on campus and in the local community despite our hope to the contrary. Please know you are not alone. We the Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross College faculty and staff write this letter to let you know that we embrace you and stand in solidarity with your against hate [!]. . . .
Which, presumably, their anonymous fellow students showed by voting for Donald Trump.
Coverage in the student newspaper went from bad to worse as contributors tried to outdo themselves in denouncing the president –elect. The absolute low point in this campaign came when the editors ran a letter from a rape victim. Exploiting her suffering as a way of scoring political points with the campus commissars, the editors allowed Kristen Kennelly to announce that “a man who has been accused of sexual assault various times . . . would be the next president of the United States.”
Wait a minute, I thought. Bill Clinton got elected in 1992. He has already served two terms in the White House in spite of numerous women coming forward to claim that he had raped them. Donald Trump invited them to one of his debates with Hillary Clinton, who, if memory serves me correctly, accused all of them of being “trailer trash” and did whatever was within her power to destroy them—all in the name of empowering women, of course. That the student newspaper would exploit this young woman’s suffering while at the same time allowing her to make a fool of herself in public shows how deeply disconnected from reality this nation’s universities have become. They have become high-priced re-education camps where the young squat in circles and chant the slogans of Michel Foucault.
Hillary and her academic cheering section weren’t the only losers in this election. The biggest losers were the oligarchs Hillary bilked of exorbitant speaking fees and their lackeys in the main stream media.
In an article which appeared on the CBS web page, Will Rahn wrote: “You’d think that Trump’s victory—the one we all discounted too far in advance—would lead to a certain newfound humility in the political press. But of course that’s not how it works. To us, speaking broadly, our diagnosis was still basically correct. The demons were just stronger that we realized. . . . Tuesday night’s outcome was not a logic-driven rejection of a deeply flawed candidate named Clinton; no, it was a primal scream against fairness, equality, and progress. Let the new tantrums commence!”
Next to the Washington Post, which campaigned openly for Hillary Clinton, the biggest loser was the New York Times, which had to eat crow as well: “Populist leaders, not necessarily of the far right, who have mounted insurgent challenges to longstanding political orders were similarly buoyed by Mr. Trump’s victory.” Throwing any pretense of objectivity or restraint to the winds, the main stream media campaigned wholeheartedly for Hillary Clinton. When she lost, they lost along with her. They no longer control the American mind. Or as Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Star Movement in Italy, put it: “They called us sexists, homophobes, demagogues and populists. They don’t realize that millions of people already no longer read their newspapers and no longer watch their television.”
The other big losers were the Catholic neocons: George Weigel, Robbie George, et al. who issued a manifesto at National Review (another loser) which tried to explain to benighted Catholics why Donald Trump wasn’t a “true” conservative and why Catholics should vote for someone more to their liking. Has anyone heard from Messrs George or Weigel lately? No? That’s because the Zeitgeist passed them by. The Catholic neocons nailed their colors to the mast of an obsolete political ideology, and that ship sank with all hands on board. They failed to see that the fundamental armature of American politics was not liberal vs. conservative, but democracy vs. oligarchy. They failed to see that their brand of conservatism was nothing more than an increasingly futile attempt to justify the wars, the bailouts, the mendacity, and in general, the wretched excess of the oligarchic class in America. Remember George Weigel’s critique of Pope Benedict’s encyclical on Catholic social teaching? Remember the magic glasses that allowed him to pass judgment on the ordinary magisterium by distinguishing between red (bad) and gold (good in his opinion) texts? Remember George Weigel’s defense of the Iraq war? That version of American history got blown away when Jeb Bush tried to refloat it in one of the primary debates.
This campaign began a year ago when the CEOs declared war on state legislatures in places like Indiana over their various Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. Mike Pence, then governor of Indiana and now vice-president elect of the United States of America, signed Indiana’s RFRA bill into law but couldn’t defend it on Meet the Press, because he couldn’t frame the issue. He couldn’t articulate the Zeitgeist. That articulation in the end came down to one word: oligarch. Once the debate got framed in terms of the oligarchs versus the people, the way was paved for Trump’s victory. Trump eventually abandoned his stream-of-consciousness stump speech and focused on this issue in the last two weeks of the campaign.
The issue was the oligarchic control of our economic and political systems. Trump articulated that issue in his final campaign video when he said “the establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election. For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests, they partner with these people that don’t have your good in mind.” When whoever did the video, flashed pictures of George Soros and Janet Yellen on the screen as the embodiment of “levers of power in Washington” and “global special interests,” the oligarchs and their lackeys in the fourth estate threw all caution to the winds and deployed their ultimate weapon. Trump was called an anti-Semite, because, well, as the Huffington Post put it, “Both Soros and Yellen are Jewish.” As if that weren’t bad enough, “Politico reporter Glenn Thrush noted that the video also features an image of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who is also Jewish.”
Who, I’m tempted to ask at this point, has formulated the issues accurately? Did the New York Times explain that this election was a contest between the people and their oligarchic rulers and proxies? No. Did the Catholic brain trust at National Review explain that the oligarchy was a coalition made up of CEOs, homosexuals, and Jews? Well, no. DidNPR explain that Trump’s campaign was an evocation of America First in general and Charles Lindbergh’s famous Des Moines speech claiming that the “Roosevelt administration, the British, and the Jews” were trying to drag us into war? Well, no. But Culture Wars did. When you’re talking about something as evanescent and unstoppable as the Zeitgeist it’s difficult to assign chains of causality, but I knew when I saw Donald Trump speak to 5,000 Hoosiers in South Bend that he was surfing a wave of dissatisfaction with the insufferable smugness of oligarchic rule that was reaching tsunami-like proportions. We could call that tsunami the Zeitgeist. It began with Brexit; it crested in the US with the Trump election. Where it goes from here we do not know.
What we do know is that the battle is far from over. Notre Dame didn’t become an adjunct of the Democratic Party over night. In fact, in 2017 we will celebrate (if that’s the right word) the 50th anniversary of the alienation of church property that goes by the name of the Land o’ Lakes statement. Hesburgh’s neutrality in elections was always a standing joke among Democratic pols like John Brademus. Hesburgh is gone, but the link is still there, and it is now best symbolized by the Buttigieg family. Buttigieg pere is the man who made Foucault’s philosophy the operating system at Notre Dame, and Buttigieg fils, after coming out as a homosexual one week before the announcement of the Obergefell decision, has been anointed by the New York Times as the man who will become our “first gay president.” It was all a done deal until something really strange happened. Hillary lost the election.
Hillary may have lost the election, but her minions have not lost their grip on the levers which control the cultural machinery of the United States of America. And there is no indication that they are going to go without a fight. This is just another way of saying that the battle is not over.
The counter-attack is now coming from both ends of the political spectrum. On the right, the neocon rats who demonized Trump and told conservatives to vote for Hillary are now trying to sneak back on to the ship they abandoned when they thought it was going to sink. On the left, street demonstrations broke out within hours of the election results. Within hours of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, Move-On. org, a recipient of George Soros money, launched anti-Trump demonstrations in over 200 cities across the country. Hillary, who showed up at her concession speech wearing purple, as did her husband, was announcing tacit support for the American version of the color revolutions that had toppled regimes in both the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. The Clinton/Soros purple revolution had uncanny similarities to Iran’s failed Green Revolution of 2009, which tried to overturn that year’s election when the wrong man (in the opinion of the oligarchs) won. Mahmoud Achmadinijad was the Donald Trump of his day.
What do neoconservatives like David Brooks and Bill Kristol have in common with George Soros, funder of left-wing mobs like Black Lives Matter and MoveOn.org? You tell me. The fact that you can tell me is in no small measure due to the fact that you have been reading Culture Wars and the books that it has spawned. I’m talking about The JewishRevolutionary Spirit and Barren Metal: A History of Capitalism as the Conflict between Labor and Usury. Shorter books based on the same research like The Jews and Moral Subversion have contributed to the formation of a new level of consciousness that almost allows people like Donald Trump to criticize the Jews and the role they have played in the moral, economic, and political destruction of our country. “Donald Trump’s final campaign advertisement,” huffed the Huffington Post, “appears to employ classic anti-Semitic innuendo.” No one, you may have noticed, has ever accused Culture Wars of innuendo when it comes to criticizing Jews. For articulating their role in our decline, we have been accused of anti-Semitism. Is it anti-Semitic to criticize Jews? Was Moses an anti-Semite? He criticized Jews. Was Jesus an anti-Semite? He told the Jews their father was Satan? Can you think of anyone who has criticized them as fearlessly and effectively as we have?
The color revolution which got launched to overturn his election failed, and this one will too, because the consciousness of the people is too great. We know too much now; we see through their schemes. If you think that we have contributed to raising that level of global consciousness, I’m asking you to make a tax-deductible contribution to Culture Wars. For 35 years now we have provided an alternative to the now discredited narrative of the main stream media. This is not the time to go silent. This is not the time to concede the field either to the Jewish revolutionaries or the race crowd or the Wall Street Oligarchs. If there were ever a time that required the wisdom of Catholic tradition to be brought to bear on the most sensitive and urgent issues of our age, it is now.
Yours in Christ,
E. Michael Jones
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