Outlaw Conservative S01E034 – Another 9/11
Next year’s election will mark the first in which people who were not yet born on September 11th, 2001 will have the opportunity to vote for President of the United States.
That scares the heck out of me, if I’m honest with you.
Worse than that, we’ve already had at least one presidential election where people voted who were alive, but do not remember a world before September 11th, 2001, and there will be plenty more of them this time around.
Worse still, I’m 38 years old, and I feel like I’m one of them, sometimes.
I certainly don’t remember politics before that. I never voted before 2004.
A lot of people perceive conservatism, or even Right wing thinking more broadly as trying to turn back the clock, or get back to a simpler time, or something to that effect. That’s never really been my goal, personally. That is what drew me to libertarianism at first, and later to the alt right. That very harsh rejection of Leftism, without the stupid time machine fantasies.
Yet I can’t help but think today that 18 years after those towers came down, we’ve hit this really terrible precipice in time where we might never have the sort of normalcy that, at least I perceived, before that day.
I cannot imagine a world anymore, where I take no interest in what the government is doing. That was certainly my life before I went to work that morning 18 years ago. I couldn’t have told you the difference between a Republican and a Democrat that morning. There are days it is challenging in the current era, of course, but at least now I can say “That is not how a Republican should act” and that would have gone right over my head back then.
Is that the silver lining?
Should we, in a sense, be grateful that 19 cavemen with boxcutters, or whoever, sent world affairs careening out of control nearly two decades ago?
Did the Project for a New American Century have a point in relishing the prospect of “a new Pearl Harbor“?
They had a very different plan than us, of course. The Project for a New American Century was a neocon outfit, led in part by none other than Bill Kristol. They were primarily interested in America’s “global responsibilities” as they put it. Their statement of principles says America needs to “strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values” and “promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad” and “accept responsibility for America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles”.
And in case it requires clarification, when Bill Kristol says “our security” and “our prosperity” and “our principles” – he is not talking about America’s security, prosperity, or principles. He is talking about his own, in group, if you will.
In fact, here’s what Bill Kristol has to say about Americans in the context of immigration.
Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in? Seriously, you can make the case—this is going on too long and this is too crazy, probably, and I hope this thing isn’t being videotaped or ever shown anywhere. Whatever tiny, pathetic future I have is going to totally collapse.
You can make a case that America has been great because every—I think John Adams said this—basically if you’re a free society, a capitalist society, after two or three generations of hard work everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled—whatever. Then, luckily, you have these waves of people coming in from Italy, Ireland, Russia, and now Mexico, who really want to work hard and really want to succeed and really want their kids to live better lives than them and aren’t sort of clipping coupons or hoping that they can hang on and meanwhile grew up as spoiled kids and so forth. In that respect, I don’t know how this moment is that different from the early 20th century.
Fortunately, it was recorded.
That is not what you say about “our” country. That’s what you say about “their” country.
Notably, neither Kristol nor anyone else from PNAC says any such things about countries other than yours and mine. Their favorite country, least of all, and I leave it to the reader to guess which is their favorite.
John Bolton, you might have heard, was a director of PNAC before they dissolved in 2006. He was also the National Security Advisor to President Trump until just the other day. Fitting that he depart in time for post 9/11 America to reach the age of majority.
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