annatar1914 wrote:What I am saying is that Trump is a Conservative in the Nationalist and Populist sense and that most ''Conservatives'' are anything but, they're really more like Libertarians.
The Libertarian myth is at the heart of US nationalist fantasy. America was fundamentally no different to Nazi Germany, an ethnic cleansing, at times genocidal, expansionist slaver empire. The difference between the American Founders and the Nazis is that the American Founders had a much greater sense of entitlement than the Nazis.
The Americans thought they were entitled to an ethnic cleansing, at times genocidal, expansionist slaver empire, with minimal taxes, minimal regulation on business and minimal interference in the personal lives of respectable Europeans.
The whole American Constitution was designed around race and slavery, but of course our snow flake founders couldn't even bear to put the words race or slavery into the Constitution. Because that's the other side of small government, small moral responsibility. The American government must be small enough so as it never has to take moral responsibility for anything. Slavery, it wasn't us. The ethnic cleansing of the Amerindians, it wasn't us, the lynchings of the Jim Crow south, it wasn't us. Hypocrisy particularly in politics is fundamental to the human condition, but I have to say Americans seem to have developed hypocrisy into an art form.
Americans like a shape shifting government, big when ever they want it to reach across the oceans to murder Osama Bin Laden, powerful enough to arrest, torture and imprison for life foreigners, without trial, without due process, without even the most minimal of checks and balances, without fear of sanction. But it must be tiny and evanescent when ever there's some moral responsibility to be apportioned. Neville Chamberlain brought back a fantastic deal from Munich, if the Americans had lived up to their responsibilities and actually backed Chamberlain's deal with troops on the ground in Europe, the second world war would never have happened. Maoist China would never have happened. And we wouldn't be suffering from this biological warfare attack now going under the name of Covid-19.