There has been a lot of discussion of late about the petulant reaction of leftists to the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency. Major cities in the USA continue to be burdened almost every night (interestingly not when it rains, as it has in LA the last couple of nights) by leftist rioters. A number of prominent millennial celebrities have been taking the airwaves to show us all their big tears. Millennial college students are demanding more than ever their “safe spaces,” where they can be safeguarded from views different than the leftist pablum fed to them daily by their college professors. On the surface, much of this seems comical; but there is a deeper undercurrent that must be addressed by those of us who voted for Trump or at least support the basic premises of our constitutional republic.
First, we need to understand that much of this agitation is coordinated. It is paid for by George Soros and various other globalist billionaires. It is organized and led by “community organizers.” It includes paid agitators who take the lead on the streets themselves. The purpose is not to win the hearts and the minds of the middle and working classes. Surely, they understand that holding up traffic and beating in storefront windows will not win over those on the fence. Rather, they want to make it clear that electing a nationalist Republican has “consequences.” We are meant to walk away with the understanding that because we have had the gall to throw a monkey wrench into their leftist globalist agenda we shall suffer. In a way, we the people are now the “racist corporations” that the Rainbow Coalition, the National Action Network, the National Council of La Raza and other leftist groups used to shake down toward boycotts and violent protests. Like what they got from all those corporations that capitulated, they demand from us money (wealth transfer schemes from carbon credits on the high end to welfare payments on the low end) and ongoing political acquiescence.
Secondly, we need to understand that when the leftist globalists cannot win at the ballot box they then invalidate the ballot box. This is altogether different from what conservatives do, because a conservative committed to the Constitution will regard the ballot box as sacred even when his or her candidate loses. Self-governance is our civil creed. The leftist globalists on the other hand see the ballot box as just one means to an end. If the ballot box no longer works for them, then it can and should be discarded in their view. Now, only the most radical anarchist thinks he can bring an end to elections in the USA, but many do believe that in effect they can invalidate bad outcomes. The street protesters holding up signs that shout “he is not my president” are surely be most clear examples, but also consider how Trump gets the kind of negative scrutiny never heaped on Obama during his transition period. Did the mainstream media go after Obama for his relationship with a racist, anti-Semitic huckster like Al Sharpton? Did it demand that he moderate his cabinet choices so as to reach across the aisle to the Republican minority? The answers are obvious, and yet now the same media is demanding that Trump call out every clown act on the fringe far right. They are up in arms that he would have the gall to appoint to his cabinet conservatives and nationalists in line with his campaign positions. The purpose here is to make the case that Trump is a “radical” whose election is “illegitimate.”
Third, we need to understand that leftist globalists intend to invalidate as “racist” or “oppressive” the very idea of the nation state. Of course, this is the underlying cause of globalism. It is no surprise all globalist schemes from global climate controls to the Trans Pacific Partnership set out to establish international mechanisms of rule making and rule enforcement that will supersede in many respects the national legislatures of member nations. There is a clear goal here: The separation of the people, who cannot be counted on always to vote for the globalist line, from the mechanisms of real power. How better to separate the people from their own masters than to convince the people that in some way they are immoral (racist, sexist, homophobic) if and when they exercise their vote to the actual detriment of their masters. If the people believe in their own immorality, then will they not abstain in the future from voting anything but the party line? Even better will they not favor watering down their own vote by adding non-citizens to the franchise? It is no surprise that the leftist globalists castigate any restrictions on the participation of the illegal alien in our democratic processes as “racist” and “oppressive.” For them, the very idea of national citizenship itself “oppresses” the non-citizen and thus must give way to what George Soros and his fellow globalists refer to as an “open society.”
The American Civil War happened because the Southern slaveholder seceded rather than accept the results of the ballot box. He put his own self-interest in enslaving other people above the ideal and the practice of constitutional self-governance. The globalist has the same mindset. He has world domination in his grasp (a Faustian bargain surely for anyone versed in Scripture). He has his useful idiots in the various Marxist agitation groups out there trying to shame or to force everyone else to acquiesce to their domination. His has professors and journalists peddling the lie that a nationalist candidate or cause is intrinsically oppressive of minorities, women, gays, puppies, etc. He even tries to defeat the ballot box with what Obama in a brief moment of truthfulness referred to as the “Chicago Way” (voter fraud in swing districts). In spite of all this power, the globalist could not stop Brexit in the UK. Neither can he stop the election of Donald Trump in the USA. Should we not then expect even more such agitation, until finally we the people have been broken? Do we not see the riots, the media dishonesty, the name calling, etc. getting a lot worse, until we agree to shut up and to go along with their program?
We are all aware by now of Saul Alinsky’s much discussed “Rules for Radicals.” I am reminded of his eighth rule: “Keep the pressure on.” Because the leftist globalist has no intrinsic respect for the ballot box, he will not lessen his resolve simply on account of losing “fair and square.” He does not go home quietly “to fight another day.” We on the right side of the aisle think differently about such matters. Whether we win or lose an election, we feel that once the election is over we can go on with our normal lives until the next go around in four years. This is why even when we win at the ballot box the leftist globalist over time wins the culture and wields disproportionate power for his own interests behind the scenes. He understands that politics is war and that his defeat in a battle does not mean his defeat overall, so long as he continues with his pressure tactics and maintains his long term vision.
So what are we to do as the leftist globalist incites his cultural and political civil war against our most recent victory at the ballot box? How do we react to the globalist secession? Our knee jerk reaction is to say if the globalist wants to secede, then let him go. The problem is that secession is not really the same as divorce. The two sides do not simply go their own ways. Rather, secession is a tactic meant to invalidate the very existence of the non-seceding side. To the extent that leftist globalists disavow as “immoral” Trump’s election and finally get us to acquiesce to their agenda through peer pressure and brute force, they not only defeat our policies, they defeat our constitutional framework for self-governance. They defeat what it means for us to be a free people who can exercise our own God given liberties. If we value our national sovereignty and heritage, and if we see ourselves as made in God’s Image and therefore morally fit to govern ourselves in a republic, then we must not fail to fight the leftist globalist with every legal and ethical means at our disposal, not only when called to vote but in the years in between national elections. Fighting the leftist globalist can be as simple as insisting on the truth when presented with lies, or doing what is good when evil seems more expedient; for indeed we who oppose their agenda can say that we are on the same side as God and that it is in God in whom we trust.
Michael Sean Erickson is a political consultant, film producer, an essayist, an Anglican Catholic Priest, a stage actor, and a husband, He is also the author of The Lost Sombrero, Beautiful Catrina, and Dream Time. Originally from San Jose, California, he had lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, before moving more recently to Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Sharon, and their Shih Tzu, Shansi.