The Walls Really are Closing In . . . On the Elite

Whenever the Left makes a characterization of the Right, it’s safe to be that it’s probably projection. “Projection” is when someone attempts to mask one’s own negative attributes or characteristics by attributing them to others.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but the Left—from Hollywood to Jeffrey Epstein to drag queen story hour for kids at public libraries—is a putrid cesspool of rape and pedophilia.

Conservatives are labeled as racists, but the Left features such luminaries as recently fired anti-white New York Times editor Sarah Jeong and blackface aficionados like Virginia governor Ralph Northam and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump is said to be a despot, but campus leftists stifle dissent and Antifa freely employs violence to that end.

When Eric Holder says that Republicans will cheat in the 2020 election, it means that Democrats will cheat in the 2020 election.

Since the appointment of Robert Mueller to investigate “Russian collusion,” the Left gleefully and incessantly has been reporting the claim that “the walls are closing in” on Trump. Trump’s pervasive corruption is always just about to be exposed. Every leak, every hint, every indictment brought with it confident predictions of Trump’s demise. Trump’s enemies, “the good guys” in their narrative, would finally put right what went horribly wrong in the 2016 election.

Then the much-anticipated Mueller Report landed with a thud. Mueller himself went before Congress, and all hope that he would deliver Trump into their hands suddenly vanished. In the aftermath, Trump vowed to investigate the investigators.

Attorney General William Barr said that “I think spying did occur” on the Trump administration, which sent the political class into conniptions. Reports are now surfacing that Barr traveled to Italy to investigate the origins of the Russian collusion hoax, while Barr and prosecutor John Durham have requested the assistance of multiple governments in their investigation.

Meanwhile, despite the increasingly strident posture of the progressive wing of her party, Nancy Pelosi refused to rush to impeachment. Mindful of the political consequences of the Republicans’ impeachment of Bill Clinton, Pelosi sought to placate her radicals while avoiding that drastic step. Then the Ukraine “whistleblower” report dropped, and within a few days all restraint was gone and Pelosi had delighted the Left by announcing impeachment proceedings.

A two-year investigation by Robert Mueller and his massive staff could not induce Pelosi to move on impeachment, but the whistleblower report could and did? The report itself is nothing more than a motley collection of hearsay and publicly available media reports. In short order we learned that the intelligence community had secretly altered its whistleblower rules to allow for complaints based on hearsay only days before this report was submitted.

Pelosi admitted in an interview, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.) admitted on Twitter that they knew about the allegations before the report was filed. Schiff was even caught fabricating dialogue from that conversation during a congressional hearing. The Mueller investigation had a veneer of respectability, but the Ukraine scandal is nothing but, to borrow Trump’s words, “ridiculous bullshit.”

If the Ukraine corruption case is so obviously weak, why rush to use it as a basis for impeachment? The best answer is that they’re scared. They needed something, anything, to bring down this administration, and this was the best weapon they had on hand at that moment. They’re not just scared for 2020. If it were that, they would have saved the Ukraine scandal for next year’s election, just as they sat on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.

The personal corruption and moral bankruptcy of our elite are ripe for exposure. The scandals of the Obama administration, which have been hushed by a supine media, could be thrust before the public. The attempts of our elites and their allies in the bureaucracy to prevent Trump’s election or to depose him after he became president, are clearly targets of Barr’s and Durham’s investigations. Once the dominoes begin to fall, who can say what will follow?

The fear, however, goes much deeper even than that. The entire globalist neoliberal order is teetering on the brink. Trump was nominated and elected by people who are tired of endless wars of supposed democratization for people uninterested in it and unfit for its responsibilities. They are tired of the mass importation of illegals and refugees who don’t understand or care about our principles or way of life. They are tired an economic system that brings ruin to the American working and middle classes and of the intensifying persecution of normal Americans.

The anti-globalist reaction is, well, global. Benjamin Netanyahu keeps winning in Israel. Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. Narendra Modi in India. Viktor Orban in Hungary. Boris Johnson. Brexit. There are anti-globalist movements in Germany, Italy, and Austria. The global elites are losing control of the world order they labored to create for decades: a borderless oligarchy that empowers and enriches them at the expense of the people they rule.

In retrospect, the signs of liberal desperation have been obvious from the day after the 2016 election. The hysterical demands for resistance a outrance. The Mueller investigation. Talk about the Emoluments Clause and the 25th Amendment. The Kavanaugh smear. Hate crime hoaxes. The New York Times’ campaign to brand Trump and his supporters white supremacists. Ukraine. Abroad, the Amazon rainforest fires as an attempt to discredit Bolsonaro. Decades-old groping allegations against Boris Johnson. Netanyahu scandals. The western elite’s open hatred for Viktor Orban. And on, and on, and on.

When today’s faux scandals blow over, something else will be lurking to take their place. Trump represents an existential threat to the power and privilege of our elites; they have to destroy him. Each attempt gets a little more desperate, however, and it shows. The more afraid they become, the more obvious and ridiculous are their projections. Every time they predict Trump’s downfall, they’re masking their own insecurities. Every time they accuse his administration of corruption, they’re trying to distract from their own corruption. It will get worse before it gets better, but time is running out. “The walls are closing in” on them, and they know it.

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About Kevin Portteus

Kevin Portteus is the Lawrence Fertig Professor of Politics and Director of American Studies at Hillsdale College.

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