Two Sides in Politics (Part 2)
by Right Wing Fighter
As noted in my prior post, it is slightly more complicated than simply two sides.
First, there are those who support the national interest.
Second, there are those who oppose it.
And Third, there are those who are unconcerned and simply float between the two groups.
Practically speaking, it is as though there are only two groups, since only two groups make themselves felt. But there is that third element, which makes politics more difficult to understand and harder to define clearly.
Sometimes this third element makes itself felt, but only rarely. It tends to be silent, to go about it’s business. It harbors resentment towards no one, has a particularly hard time understanding the second element noted above, and generally thinks everyone could relax a bit. They tend to have a harder time seeing national problems coming, and once here they can tend to panic. But for the most part they go about their lives, without giving much thought to the world beyond their work, recreation, and the lives of those around them. They tend, in Burke’s phrase, to be the “good men that do nothing” insofar as averting national problems are concerned.
To put this into context, let me review the current political situation in the US:
Presently, the friends of the national interest have been shattered. The opponents of the country more or less have control of the government and are also the arbitrators of what is socially acceptable. Thus the opponents of the nation have essentially a free hand, whilst the friends of the nation are impotent, and the third element, arguably the mass of the nation, are unsuspecting as to the second element’s designs. The only thing that is holding back the second element is the general decency of the third element.
Obviously a resurgence of the first element is crucial if the country is going to go on. We are seeing this right now with Trump and his nationalist proposals and rhetoric. But it will need to become a movement in its own right. It will have to bravely advocate nationalist economics, the common good, sensible foreign policy, and a sanely practiced doctrine of being “our brother’s keeper.” In short, a faction for the national interest must emerge and assert itself.
The doctrines of this national interest party must be, in part:
- America-first foreign, economic, and immigration policy
- The common good for the common man
- Patriotism as the foundation of any political philosophy
- Worker-conscious labor policy
- A modernized and efficient military
The common good is the motive for this philosophy. As we are Americans, our focus in establishing the common good should be almost exclusively on America. It is the responsibility of other nations to look after the common good in their own domains. Ours has been neglected for years now, and it must stop. We must have a political faction in America that seeks the common good for America.
This is both easier and harder than it sounds. It is hard at first to get it started, since most of the media organs aren’t committed to the common good. Additionally, there are many moneyed interests who are committed to their own bank accounts, and the common good may hamper their own particular good. For this reason, there will be opposition. There are also the numerous academics, agitators, and general-purpose malcontents that will oppose advocacy for the common good. But once the movement gets going; once it gets the attention of the third element, it will quickly gain traction, sympathizers, and well-wishers and will more or less dominate politics. Such was the case with Reagan. Hopefully, such will be the case with Trump. But it can’t stop with Trump. It will have to be a full-time movement in order to heal the damage that has been done to the country. Hopefully we can get such a movement going.