Monday, December 26, 2016

trump triumph means chronicles wins, national review loses By:John Seiler

Are you sick of winning yet? I’m not! And one of the biggest winners is Chronicles Magazine.
While one of the biggest losers is National Review, a shadow of its former self, the great magazine I grew up with in the 1960s to the 1980s. NR besmirched itself by attacking Trump all along, especially its February 2016 Symposium, “Conservatives Against Trump.”
It’s a bookend to the March 2003 screed, “Unpatriotic Conservatives,” attacking those who presciently opposed the Iraq War from the get-go, by David Frum; who 13 years later also screeched against Trump, in October predicting “a scorched period of recrimination ” against Trump supporters after he loses “as big as he’s going to.” Frum (now with The Atlantic), like most NR writers, has a 1930s Moscow purge mentality.
Why does anyone subscribe to NR, or give it money, when Chronicles is the magazine of real conservatism – and real prescience? (Subscription info here. What a great Christmas gift! Donations info here.)
I bring this up because on Scott “Dilbert” Adams’ blog someone reminded me of my own early Nostradamus imitation, right here in Chronicles, on the Trump phenomenon. On June 11, 2014, more than a year before Trump’s surprise announcement of his run on June 16, 2015, I wrote, “Right now the immigration issue is lying in the street for whatever Republican presidential candidate, if any, is willing to pick it up. . . . That’s shown by Tuesday’s primary defeat of Republican House honcho Eric Cantor, what Tom Piatak called ‘a victory for America.’”
That’s now also an apt name for Trump’s victory on Nov. 8, 2016: A victory for America.
I continued, “It’s too bad Pat Buchanan will be 78 for the 2016 presidential election. He only would have to rerun his 1996 platform to sweep the GOP primaries, then beat Hillary or whomever in the general election. He was 20 years ahead of his time.” Which is exactly what Trump ended up doing, using the new social media to his advantage by going above the Main Sleaze Media that had trashed Pat. Buchanan + Trump Tweets  = Trump Victory.
Then on Dec. 17, 2014, I predicted, “But immigration will be the issue of 2016, especially in the GOP primary gauntlet.” I didn’t predict the candidate. Trump was rumored to throw some locks of orange hair into the ring, but that rumor had been around since the late 1980s.
After Trump’s announcement of his candidacy, I wrote here three weeks later, on July 7, 2015, an article headlined, “Trump seizes immigration issue.” Referencing my 2014 articles, I wrote, “I had no idea who the candidate might be.
“Turns out it’s Donald Trump. . . . Trump called for building a wall with Mexico and otherwise enforcing U.S. immigration laws. That gained him publicity, as did the backlash against him by politically correct companies he had done business with, as well as New York’s Stalinist mayor, Bill de Blasio.
“So much for ‘free speech’ in America.
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