White Supremacy is not a Conservative Value: Using the 4th of July to measure American evolution for the better

I remember what it was like to not have a representative in the White House. Last year during the 4th of July in 2016 I was able to start seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as it was obvious that Trump was going to be the Republican nominee. The Brexit vote shocked the world and FBI Director James Comey revealed the extent of Hillary Clinton’s crimes during a press conference. So I was feeling pretty good about things politically for the first time in my adult life. Of course now that Trump is president everything is happening just as I expected it to and I’m happy. He’s done more in his first half-year as president than anyone in history and he’s just getting started. Yet it is still stunning to see how narrow-minded the political left is. Their opinions of Trump are rooted in complete hatred which I can understand to some extent. After all, I have hated the people they’ve had in the White House for many decades. I didn’t stop enjoying life because of it though—which is what is going on with them. While watching President Trump and Melania speak at a 4th of July picnic to a normal person there was nothing to be upset about. Like him or not, Trump represented the office of president nicely, and with respect. But the vile hatred that was exhibited was quite astonishing—especially in Melania’s case.

During the long weekend, I was able to watch a few documentaries that I noticed on Netflix about the Ruby Ridge incident, and the Oklahoma City Bombing which umbrellaed Ruby Ridge, Waco, and then climaxing into Oklahoma City with a PBS spin on the whole thing—essentially from the vantage point of the political left. It’s been a while but It surprised me how much the white supremacist groups played a part in those terrorist attacks that were very much a part of the 90s. Essentially, as the Clinton administration tried very hard to strip away individual liberty and firearms rights it was the neo-Nazi groups on the so-called “fringe right” that were most enraged. I couldn’t help but conclude that many of the radical religious views of the white supremacists were a lot like those of ISIS—where they take an extremist view of religion and use it to justify violence.

Clearly the Clinton administration was cramming its values down on those people to incite them to violence—poking their fingers in their eyes hoping to get them fighting so they could justify federal action in destroying them. Obviously, they didn’t succeed because the political left found itself out of power anyway and those neo-Nazi’s are still out there in the countryside of rural counties all over America. Generally, this is how it goes, the further away from big cities that you get in America the less tolerant people are toward diversity—and more literal the interpretation of the Constitution will be displayed in conjunction with religious texts. The closer to a city that people live the more progressive they will be, and it is there that Hillary Clinton found almost her entire voter base in 2017. It is important to remember with these neo-Nazis that the NAZI order was a socialist one, so to a person like me—these white supremacist groups don’t get it. They are acting purely out of fear from the perspective of their race and are missing the fine points of the current Constitutional philosophy. The PBS filmmakers obviously wanted to sum up the issue that anyone who wasn’t like them—urban progressive—were more like these neo-Nazi groups and that gun shows were the breeding ground for violence.

Well, I know a lot of people and I spend a lot of time around guns and I can say that I don’t know anybody like those neo-Nazi groups that were featured in the Waco, Oklahoma City, or Ruby Ridge incidents as background characters. And anyone who knows me knows I’m certainly no racist. I probably associate with more people foreign-born on a friendly basis than any ten people who you know dear reader so the PBS filmmakers and the political left in general obviously do not understand what makes up the conservative right. I would hardly call neo-Nazis the “far right” because by their own definitions they are way too collectivist based to be considered properly conservative. They have more in common with the political left than they do with someone like me—and other Trump voters. Trump certainly isn’t in that neo-Nazi category. The political left just lacks the proper definitions so they have made them up. Trump’s supporter base is a far cry from the kind of people who were involved ultimately in the bombing of Oklahoma City.

But, one thing to note, the further away from cities that people in America are—the less they trust the government and rely on their own individuality to get through life. Only a very small percentage of them are like the white supremacist groups shown on PBS. The white supremacy activism is just a byproduct of ignorance that emerges when the outside world is too far removed to color their thoughts with options—much like ISIS might emerge in the middle of the desert in the Middle East without a local movie theater there to bring culture to their region—and something else to think about besides Mohammed’s rules and virgins in the afterlife once they’ve already mutilated the women here on earth. Extremism happens when ignorance is cultivated. We clearly see this in the inner-city cultures where Democrats run the failing—bankrupt cities—like Chicago and Detroit. Extremism on all sides happen because people have limited understandings of things happening outside of their regions—and lack a basic curiosity to discover them.

Trump is certainly no neo-Nazi white supremacist. His ability to communicate is quite extraordinary and I found his speeches on the Fourth of July to be refreshing. I would have thought that even if I weren’t a supporter. So yes, it was astonishing to see that people disliked Donald Trump so much even though he was clearly not trying to stoke the flames against his political rivals. That tells me something very important—that people like those who made those PBS videos are upset that their attempt to categorize Trump supporters as some ignorant white supremacists had failed completely—because that’s why they were so upset. It had nothing to do with anything the First Family had said—it was that they didn’t fit the narrative that had been created over a long period of time. Trump the billionaire and his supermodel wife had more in common with the rural American than the PBS producer who investigated radicalism on the political right in an effort to advance progressive agendas to a public guilted into compliance without conflict. Watching those documentaries now as opposed to a year ago, it was like they were made in a different America where the standard modes of framing debate would hold to the scrutiny of reality. Fear and loathing is no longer the accepted mode of control that can be used to steer the population into a particular direction. The red state which has traditionally shaken its head at the city dwellers who voted for a bunch of nonsense feel good sentiment had taken back the country. Trump was their representative and the change is very obvious and will last a very long time.

Rich Hoffman

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