The NRO: And The Snake Shall Eat Itself

White in the White HouseThe National Review, originally one of the conservative white power rags and probably the most dishonest, in their efforts to destroy Donald Trump and throw their support behind Ted Cruz have taken an unusual stand that probably has ol’ Bill Buckley spinning like a turbine in his grave. They are attacking poor white people:

“If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy—which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog—you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that,”

“The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too. The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.

This is something new for the NRO to go after crackers. Seriously, comparing them to dogs, bitching about welfare dependency, drug addiction. Usually when Conservatives are snapping the morality whip, it is at the dirty effing hippies who are effing on the couches without permission (and probably with the nice, white daughters of the gentry), and at the strapping young bucks with t-bone steaks and Cadillac-driving welfare queens, which we all know is sung in the key of Dog Whistle. Williamson sees no difference between black and white trash. If they’re broke and effing on the couch without his permission, and they’re addicted to something that takes the edge of their psychic pain from falling so far, well, “they deserve to die.”

Pretty strong stuff, that.

Previously, all the GOP overlords had to do was show some concern for the crackers poor employment prospects (while giving tax breaks to US multinational corporations to move production offshore), denounce white tax dollars going to (other) tax moochers, and promise to kick out them swarthy Mexicans (though no one explains how the Mexicans have taken their jobs at the now-closed factories), and hate on other dusky heathens to make the crackers feel superior to someone, and they followed the plutocrats like newly hatched chicks under a heat lamp. The best part is that it cost the GOP nothing except maybe their immortal souls, but so what? The rubes fell in line and for decades voted against their best interests.

American factory jobs did disappear because of globalization. The crackers know this.

Bringing in workers from other countries depresses wages. The crackers know this, too.

Williamson’s prescription is for the crackers to pack-up and leave the dead factory town and make something of themselves; the bootstrap speeches comes to mind, but what he and none of the NRO writers are saying is where those fabled jobs are. If the crackers could follow global capital and work in the factories in Asia…

I think the reason that the NRO is tacking their yacht in this direction is because the crackers are supporting Vulgarmort, who is promising to return their jobs and their sense of entitlement, and the CEO donor class wants none of that. The NRO advises them that Ayn Rand wants them to become Producers and not takers, so either contribute or die. In some ways this is consistent. Twisted, but consistent.

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10 Responses to The NRO: And The Snake Shall Eat Itself

  1. It’s incredible how everything is falling apart. And we haven’t even seen what is going to happen when it dawns on the Democratic party that there are poor Democrats as well and you can’t blame racism for their poverty. I am absolutely positive that soon we will see the same sort of attacks on the left because we already are. Vote for Clinton or you are racist and sexist. After the election it will be support Clinton’s policies which will harm the lower classes or you are racist and sexist.


  2. roket says:

    The battle over conservative wit produces only losers and no winners.


  3. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    I still can’t believe that the editors of NR allowed that to get through the filter. When they are attacking their own base, you know that shit just got very, very weird. What the hell happened to the famous right-wing message discipline?


  4. DMC says:

    I don’t expect too many of the trailer trash he’s wagging his finger at are NR readers. And really, for the patrician sort of reactionary, morality is ONLY for the poor. If you’re rich, you are “beyond good and evil” because you are creating value rather than a value sink like the poor. If you have vices, they are no vices because you can afford them. And just BEING POOR is the mother of all vices to the plutocrat apoligists.

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    • tengrain says:

      I know, I know. I even wondered how many poor members of The New Confederacy even read. The thing is, once the Genie escapes you cannot put him back in the bottle. Even if the crackers do not read the NR, it will filter to them that they were being dissed by the elites. I suspect that they already know that, but it will confirm it. Once a rube figures out that he is a mark…

      The entire decades-long conservative grift is unravelling before our eyes. It really is amazing.




  5. C Montgomery Burns says:

    “…Morally, they are indefensible.”
    I find it hard to believe that any of the ‘indefensible’ read the said rag, so calling them names is done purely to piss off (?) their masters. Or is it to remind the DC power brokers?
    And what should they do about it…


  6. grs says:


    The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political.

    Sounds like they need more jebus.


  7. Kandace says:

    I see stuff like that all the time although I would have phrased it a little more tactfully. I think what passes off the Republican Party is that this great, white underclass the Republican Party created has fled their control so now they can express their TRUE feelings.


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