Rod Dreher makes a strong case for calling Trump the Katechon
In Christian theology, there’s a term from one of St. Paul’s letters, katechon. It means “one who withholds,” and is meant by St. Paul as an unspecified restraining force that holds back the advent of the Antichrist. The term has migrated into political usage, because it’s a politically useful term. In an entirely non-theological sense, I see Trump as a katechon. I do not believe that the political forces he holds back can be restrained for much longer, simply because they are growing in popularity.
Earlier he writes about how a NY Times data analyst sees polls showing that the Dems don’t think the Dem Party is too far Left, and blames Trump for being divisive. He discusses how so many of the Dem tribal identity politics is really where the divisiveness is coming from. The Dems claim that Trump is undermining liberal democratic norms:
It is precisely the Left’s hostility to liberal democratic norms via identity politics that gave Trump’s candidacy fuel among many on the Right. There is nothing liberal or democratic about the tribal politics on the Left
Thanks Rod, for such clear expression of how the Dems are projecting their own divisiveness onto Trump, a very important topic.
Read his Tweets, like I do — he’s constantly calling for Americans to act good to all other Americans. Nationalist, America First, yes. Divisive? Not really, that’s what the Dems are.
Trump has been at best a disappointment as president. He was given a great opportunity to reshape the country and reshape the Republican Party, but has pretty much blown it because he can’t resist causing pointless dramas, and because he doesn’t really care about governing.
I voted for Trump, being NeverHillary, and feeling this was, indeed, a Flight 93 election. He has been a 90% good surprise, NOT at all a net-disappointment.
Yes, he failed to Lock Her Up — tho it might yet be not too late.
Yes, he failed to build the Wall — but it was the majority Rep Congress that failed to give him the money, the GOPe.
Trump has had almost NO opportunity to “reshape the country” or the GOPe Rep Party. Actually, losing many Reps in 2018 might well allow him to, in winning in 2020, get even more Trump America First Reps elected so that in 2021, he might be able to do more actual conservative steps.
You’ve said before, very correctly, that womanizer Trump has character issues — all too similar to Alpha-jerks like Bill Clinton or JFK, or Lt. Gov. Fairfax. That remains a negative. But the #MeToo movement has shown far more Dem males as sexual harassers than Reps — so the logical conclusion should be that the Dems, in practice, are worse. That’s not the message the Dem media, nor you yourself, seem to be noting.
The silly NY Times article fails to mention the smears against Romney in 2012; the calling Sarah Palin a c**t in 2008 (Dems don’t mind total woman harassment as long as the woman being harassed is a Rep; and don’t mind too much if the harasser is a Dem, especially a Lt. Gov. or some such).
The Dems are sick with hypocrisy.
You thinking Trump has been a disappointment is delusional. You pointing out that the GOPe has been enabling Dem sickness is often true, but blaming the GOPe enablement on Trump is silly — which you often mention. But, precisely because Trump is NOT a successful authoritarian, like the silly Times claims, those GOPe folk continue to have power. To do good for conservatives (like McConnell on judges), or not do good (like Ryan and McConnell no money for the Wall).
Rod finishes strongly:
The Left is polarizing the American electorate along racial, cultural and economic lines, and exploiting the schisms — but analysts on the Left can’t see it, because inside their bubble, left-wing politics are normal. The fact is that liberal democratic norms are under attack from all sides
but not quite correctly. The Republicans are resisting the PC-Klan cultural socialists, so far only but using democratic norms. Neither Rod nor the Dems gives any examples of the Reps violating the norms, while there are countless examples of the Dems violating those norms. Rod even writes about them:
Social Justice = Cultural Socialism << Rod’s lead is an example of unjust acceptance to university (high scoring high grade white fails to get in, lower scoring non-white does get in) The PC-Klan against white males.
It’s unfairness in the name of “fairness.”
Equal opportunity is the American way — not equality of outcome. People who say otherwise ought to be called out for what they are: cultural socialists.
Cultural Socialism In The Law << Rod’s example of where the PC-Klan is injecting tribal politics into the law in Canada, and how this is coming to the USA: How Social Justice Ideologues Hijacked a Legal Regulator
The Law Society’s working group declared that one of its objectives was to ensure “better representation of racialized licensees, in proportion to the representation in the Ontario population, in the professions, in all legal workplaces and at all levels of seniority.” Note the specificity of this objective. Every lawyer and paralegal is now expected to adopt and promote racial representation according to proportion in the general population “in all legal workplaces” and “at all levels of seniority”—an enforced mosaic or grid of de facto quotas in vertical and lateral compartments based, essentially, on skin colour.
Quotas, coercively enforced by internal Law Society rules, not directly by the State. This Canadian is winding down his successful, progressive law practice, to attempt to get elected and fight back within the system. I wish him luck.
The willingness of GOPe folk to accept, for decades, the “open secret” that colleges discriminate against Rep professors is now creating a tide of demonization against Reps. All of the institutions are being overrun by indoctrinated, anti-Rep, anti-American college graduates.