I love, respect and have learned an awful lot of very good things by reading Tom Woods Jr. in the last decade.
But his current pretence of being retired from politics is irresponsible and disappointing.
Ditto for Dr. Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell.
- Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell
TOM WOODS JR.:
I don’t endorse political candidates anymore. I’m retired from that.
I observe the spectacle as a curious outsider, but that’s about it.
Still, I’ve commented with great interest on the Trump phenomenon and the reaction to it. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Trump says plenty of provocative things, so there’s no need to make things up about him. He obviously never said all Mexicans were rapists, but some people genuinely believe he did. He never put down veterans with PTSD as weak. And he certainly never mocked a reporter’s disability — that story was completely made up.
(Yes, I’ve seen the video of what Trump did — but he makes that hand gesture when he criticizes all kinds of wimps and creeps, and in any case Trump’s physical gesture in no way resembled that reporter or his disability.)
To my mind, though, all of Trump’s boorishness put together is but a grain of sand next to the Iraq slaughter George Bush presided over and Hillary cheered.
(And I don’t buy the “Trump supported the war” stuff; his three uninspired words in favor amount to nothing next to everything else he said at the time.)
Donald Trump is very poorly read and seems to know little about the world around him, sniff the sophisticates. (Admission: I myself have registered this complaint.)
A vote for Trump, stated simply, is a middle finger to the media, the academic establishment, the entertainment world, the Social Justice Warriors, the elites of both parties, all of it.
Who in his right mind doesn’t want to give those people the middle finger?
Nationalism, fascism, authoritarianism, blah blah blah — as if any of that is substantively different from what we already have.
This is a revolt against the establishment at all levels, and it transcends Trump himself, who almost certainly does not appreciate the full significance of his role or what is happening.
To my mind, Trump’s main fault is that if anything he’s been much too conventional.
His team is a joke: the change America needs involves Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and Newt Gingrich? Give me a break.
His message is: these particular people I oppose have screwed you. Not the system — the system is fine, citizen! Let us hear no complaints about the system! Let’s simply eject these bad people, and we’ll “take our government back.”
If someone took office and simply stopped bombing, returned diplomacy to American foreign policy, and disengaged — even just to a limited extent — from domestic intervention, I’d be plenty satisfied.
Will Trump do that? I don’t know. There’s plenty to be concerned about, that’s for sure.