Cancel Culture: It’s not just a “lefty” thing

Brent Orrell, a senior fellow at AEI, makes the case that cancel culture exists in Trump’s GOP almost as much as on the left.

” Free trade has been Trump’s one departure from orthodoxy, but it has mainly been a rhetorical one, marked by a spasmodic and ineffectual protectionism that seems to have succeeded mostly in inflicting pain on American producers and consumers. The price among Republicans for these policy victories has been the imposition of the ultimate “cancel”: an omerta as it relates to the erratic leadership and unsavory character and behavior of Donald Trump himself. All conservative interests, positions, policies, and fidelity measures have been collapsed into an oath of loyalty to Donald J. Trump.”

Loyalty to Trump over loyalty to TRUE party values and country are quite damaging. As is other CC crapola.

9 thoughts on “Cancel Culture: It’s not just a “lefty” thing

  1. So-called “cancel culture” has always existed in the conservative political movement, an observation that makes the Bulwark writer’s discovery seem more ridiculous than clever. Apparently, he knows nothing of William F. Buckley’s famous battle to “cancel” the John Birch Society and its central conspiracy theory, the defining moment that gave birth to today’s popular conservatism (and in my view sowed the seeds of its eventual collapse).

    Less consequential, but more recent was National Review’s rejection of candidate Trump just prior to the 2016 election. Under Rich Lowry’s editorial guidance, NR almost single-handedly made Republican never-Trumpism politically correct, another historical turn of events to which the clever/clueless Bulwark writer seems oblivious, and which undermines his thesis.

    There is, of course, a big difference between cancel culture on the right and on the left. On the right, dissenting views aren’t actually canceled. It is inconceivable that right-wing protestors would shut down a college lecture, much less use violence and a heckler’s veto to do so. On the left, however, such things are common and the videos to prove it are plentiful.

    It is probably true that Bill Buckley’s conservative movement is breaking apart, but Donald Trump is not the driving force. If anything, Trump is keeping the idea of traditional conservatism alive until it can rebuild itself on better foundations than Buckley and his ilk gave it.

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    1. “It is inconceivable that right-wing protestors would shut down a college lecture, much less use violence and a heckler’s veto to do so.“

      Inconceivable? Not so much.

      “… California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a progressive Democrat, was heckled and largely prevented from conducting a planned public question-and-answer session at Whittier College in Whittier, California, near Los Angeles. According to a published account, the event was organized by Ian Calderon, the majority leader of the California Assembly, and was intended to be a 60-minute session with Becerra addressing questions submitted by the audience. But hecklers wearing hats with the slogan of President Trump, “Make America Great Again,” shouted insults and largely prevented Becerra from being able to answer audience queries. The protest was apparently aimed at Becerra’s lawsuit against Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration program. At least one of those leading the disruption reportedly has a track record of heckling Democratic speakers.”

      https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/the-ongoing-challenge-to-define-free-speech/thwarting-speech-on-college-campuses/

      Now, the main focus of media coverage has been the shouting down, heckling and in some cases threatening actions against conservative speakers. Or even liberals who may have defended some Israeli actions or others who were perceived “wrong”. I have spoken out several time that this is uncivil, stupid, childish and ignorant.

      A couple of caveats, though.

      Out of the several thousand colleges, how many incidents have there been?

      Some “conservative” speakers have sought out schools they know would not be welcoming and tried to set up speaking engagements designed to create havoc and basically get the publicity. Yanoupolis and Coulter are two.

      Unfortunately we won’t see the kind of civil audience that attended the Buckley/Baldwin debate on race at Oxford in 1965. A real shame.

      https://aeon.co/videos/the-legendary-debate-that-laid-down-us-political-lines-on-race-justice-and-history

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  2. So you disdain the American Enterprise Institute, where the author works, AND the Bulwark. And all because it is a Never-Trump piece. Check.

    “On the right, dissenting views aren’t actually canceled.”

    The author made the point that they are actually cancelled:

    “Republican governing identity and support for Donald Trump are now one. People like Mark Sanford (a 93 percent voting record from Heritage Action) and Jeff Flake (85 percent) weren’t driven from public life over compromises on taxes, judges, or abortion but for active criticism of Donald Trump. Ben Sasse (83 percent) survived cancelation by moving to an undisclosed political location until he finished slogging nervously through his Republican primary. Even Jeff Sessions has been permanently canceled under the barrage of Trump’s Twitter siege artillery in recompense for putting the rule of law above his loyalty to the president. And now, in the depths of today’s pandemic, economic meltdown, and nationwide protests over police killings, the presidential personnel office is busily conducting loyalty stress-tests on the administration’s own appointees that focus on personal commitment to Trump rather than any particular administration policy.”

    Sanford – cancelled, Flake – Cancelled, Sasse – bound to be cancelled, except he saw it coming and laid low. Sessions – CANCELLED. And in most cases because they were critical of Trump.

    Criticism comes with the job. No president should expect complete fealty even from his own party. That is Trump’s expectation. And it is dangerous for the country and our form of representative democracy. – IMO

    “Under Rich Lowry’s editorial guidance, NR almost single-handedly made Republican never-Trumpism politically correct”

    And, lo and behold, Rich Lowry is one of the most prominent Trump supporters in “conservative” media, outside of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. His attempts to stay relevant in the world of Trumpism is sad. While I don’t agree with many things from NR, at least it was a place where civil discourse was possible.

    …”Donald Trump is not the driving force”…

    Delusional on your part in that Donald Trump is the leader of the GOP, the traditionally “conservative” party. If the GOP doesn’t follow the lead of Liz Cheney, the next target for cancellation, they will find themselves with a minority in both houses of Congress, ad tossed on the dustbin of history with the Whigs.

    It’s not a discovery of cancel culture on the right; it is a reminder that it is not only an ultra-liberal, far left wing (too far for me, even) situation.

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    1. RE: “And all because it is a Never-Trump piece.”

      No. For the reasons stated.

      RE: “The author made the point that they are actually cancelled”

      Not really. Losing at re-election is not the same as cancel culture.

      RE: “It’s not a discovery of cancel culture on the right; it is a reminder that it is not only an ultra-liberal, far left wing (too far for me, even) situation.”

      That’s a stretch. Can you produce a video that shows right-wing protesters “canceling” a left-wing speaker at a public event?

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  3. “No. For the reasons stated.”

    All the reasons support my statement that it is because it is a Never-Trump written article. You can SAY it isn’t, but you would be lying to yourself.

    “Not really. Losing at re-election is not the same as cancel culture.”

    Trump driven cancellations. If you don’t see that as the case, you really haven’t been paying attention to anything but your conspiracy bubble.

    “That’s a stretch. Can you produce a video that shows right-wing protesters “canceling” a left-wing speaker at a public event?”

    Pick ANY Trump tweet focused on someone who criticized him and then the endorsement of the pro-Trump candidate. It may not be a marching protest, but Trump is giving the marching orders. But then again, during this current cycle he is batting .500 on endorsed candidates winning primaries.

    You are in denial, as usual, about what is really happening. You deny it all because of the source. Your long-winded rebuttals are full of nothing but hot air and reek, REEK, of fealty to a man not worthy to be sitting in the Oval Office.

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    1. RE: “You can SAY it isn’t, but you would be lying to yourself.”

      I didn’t say it isn’t a “Never-Trump written article.” I said it is an incompetent, clueless, silly Never-Trump written article.

      If you are going to make up psycho drama about me, at least be accurate.

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      1. Again, because you disagree with another’s opinion they are “incompetent, clueless, silly”.

        Starting to sound more and more like projection on your part. And the lying to yourself is still apparent.

        You do drama ALL by yourself. You don’t need my assistance.

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  4. Cancel culture is not new by any stretch.

    The most injurious and long lasting was known as the “Lost Cause”, a total revision of history to make the Civil War a matter of refuting a genteel culture of Southern mores and culture as well as states rights.

    This “Lost Cause”, started by Jefferson Davis among others, is what helped keep the Jim Crow laws going for nearly a century after Reconstruction.

    I think what we are seeing is the final nail in the coffin of the Confederacy, 150 years after the war.

    Do I think there is some excess? Of course. I don’t agree with the founders being moved because they owned slaves. That does not recognize the amazing contribution to government that he world had not seen then.

    Confederate officials and generals, however, were not instrumental to our greatness. And most of the statues and memorials were put in place to reaffirm the Blacks second class citizenship.

    “In 1913, Julian Carr, a prominent industrialist and supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, was invited to speak at the unveiling of a statue of a Confederate soldier on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It had been placed there by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

    Carr’s lengthy address made clear the symbolism of the statue. First, he credited Confederate soldiers with saving “the very life of the Anglo Saxon race in the South,” adding, “to-day, as a consequence the purest strain of the Anglo Saxon is to be found in the 13 Southern States — Praise God.”

    Then, he went on to tell a personal story.

    “I trust I may be pardoned for one allusion, howbeit it is rather personal,” Carr said. “One hundred yards from where we stand, less than ninety days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady, and then rushed for protection to these University buildings where was stationed a garrison of 100 Federal soldiers. I performed the pleasing duty in the immediate presence of the entire garrison, and for thirty nights afterwards slept with a double-barrel shot gun under my head.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/21/silent-sam-a-racist-jim-crow-era-speech-inspired-unc-students-to-topple-a-confederate-monument-on-campus/

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