Commentary: Tucker Carlson, the Deep State Establishment, the Tea Party, and Modern Populism

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by Thaddeus G McCotter


I listened the other day to Tucker Carlson’s populist dirge on what’s ailing America. Then I perused some rejectionscritiques, and commendations of it. Then I shrugged.

To be charitable, it certainly wasn’t their fault. It’s the fruit of our communication revolution, wherein the head rush from new media’s immediacy renders antiquated the sober digestion of more lengthy philosophical debates. Small wonder, then, one so frequently searches for abiding comfort in these trying times by, again, turning back the dog-eared pages written by Burke, Kirk, Buckley, Röpke, and Nisbet, among so many other titans of conservative thought.

But I digress . . .

Or do I?

In what does the current debate instruct us that aforementioned works haven’t already? The predatory economy Carlson describes is not market capitalism; it is the “business-government model” of crony capitalism long ago defined and decried by Belloc and Chesterton.

Its remedy was found in the “German Miracle” outlined in Röpke’s A Humane Economy. One would also know from Burke, Kirk, and Buckley that, since the French Revolution, it is not greed but ideology—the Enemies of the Permanent Things lust to desecrate all you hold dear in order to remold humanity according to their own insidious whims—that has caused most suffering and consumed the most innocent lives.

From Nisbet we learned how The Quest for Community that is based upon faith, family, community, and country has been impaired and imperiled by unrestrained government’s willful, deliberate, and premeditated destruction of mediating social institutions. What more could you demand or deserve from your elected public servants than that they follow the doctrine of subsidiarity and emulate the qualities of President Ronald Reagan that were highlighted by Kirk in his 1988 article, “The Popular Conservatives”?

There is a fundamental failure to recognize a rather elementary fact about contemporary populism. Traditionally, populism has demanded the government control private institutions that have an unfair, largely unaccountable power over the public. Today, however, while the traditional strain for government control remains in the progressive/democratic-socialist wing of the Democratic Party, a new strain emerged in its embryonic state back in 2008: the Tea Party.

Jump started by the Wall Street bailout and revved up by Obamacare, these new populists were essentially different from traditional populists in that the Tea Party’s goal was not to have government start doing things for them, but rather to have government stop doing things to them. Simply, it’s the difference between “Occupy Wall Street!” and “Don’t Tread on Me!”

Moreover, a conservative populism does not look to the government for “meaning” or “happiness.” Why? Because a conservative populism knows politicians are not our leaders; politicians are our servants.

As Lincoln affirmed, “Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better, or equal, hope in this world?” Agreeing, conservative populism seeks a more limited government for a new birth of freedom for all Americans so that she can continue to inspire the world with what a free people can achieve.

So there it is, right stinking there, Tucker, Ben, David, Kyle, and everybody, the essence of conservative populism: “Leave me alone, you bum, and for the love of God don’t make things worse.” It might not be as catchy as “Peace, Land, and Bread,” but the results are better and nobody gets reeducated or capped.

And lastly, in gratitude to all you cats for taking your licks while riffing in the conservative groove, I leave you with these words of eternal, inarguable wisdom from Kirk: “The enlightened conservative does not believe that the end or aim of life is competition; or success; or enjoyment; or longevity; or power; or possessions. He [or she] believes, instead, that the object of life is Love.”

No, government can’t give it to you; and, true, love isn’t always “happiness”; but it’s always all you need.

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The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Show.”











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  1. Horatio Bunce

    Thanks for posting Tucker’s video.

    McCotter lost me with the appeal to authority of Lincoln (Sic Semper Tyrannis).

    Tucker is just pointing out the false dichotomy of the R vs. D charade. He is spot on pointing out that their slip is showing when the greed of both branches of the DC Uniparty overrides their alleged principles – and that the manufactured divisions of the people aren’t consistently logical – but we have ingrained ourselves with Pavlovian response to the false dilemma of R vs. D – as if those are the only choices ….”that have any chance of winning (TM)”. And by no means will either party threaten the sacred cow of the banksters or our unconstitutional fiat currency system of fractional reserve banking. It would mean instant death to their way of life. William Guy Carr wrote about these divide and marginalize, controlled opposition plans 60 years ago in his book Pawns in the Game. It is becoming necessary to splinter us once again as R vs. D isn’t capturing enough of the population to believe in the charade. Demonizing actual conservative Republicans as “libertarians” (the Ron Paul treatment) and actual liberal Democrats as “communist/socialists” (the Bernie Sanders treatment) isn’t working well enough any more. Globalist-funded, CIA-encouraged astroturf groups (Antifa, Occupy Wall Street, white supremacists, pink hats, oath keepers, BLM, illegal caravans) attempt to splinter us further. The controlled opposition Koch Brothers version of the Tea Party (TM) wore thin pretty quickly. $100k speaker fees for Sarah Palin were just too blatant and opportunistic. The globalists need to up their game.

    I hope Tucker is the real thing and not more controlled opposition….for his sake.