Romney the Globalist

Before he had even been sworn in as the latest carpetbagger Senator, Mitt Romney published an op-ed attacking President Trump for lacking leadership and character (but mostly for withdrawing US forces from Syria). A clear divide emerged between those who supported Romney’s statements and those opposed. This divide pretty neatly aligns with the emerging Globalist / Nationalist split within the Republican Party. Like many Republicans of the past thirty years, Mitt Romney is first and foremost a member of the Globalist Party. He believes that the United States should continue to flex its muscle as the world’s superpower, intervening in foreign affairs across the globe. Social issues such as family, marriage, and culture are less important to him than military adventures.

The most notable response to Romney’s op-ed came from Fox News host (and Nationalist Party standard-bearer) Tucker Carlson. Fox News has been a Globalist Party broadcaster from the beginning and has been moving leftward ever since Rupert Murdoch handed it to his children, so I have to think Carlson’s days on the channel are numbered. Yet his show remains highly rated by the viewing public, and he uses it to speak the truth in an age of lies.

Romney’s main complaint in the piece is that Donald Trump is a mercurial and divisive leader. That’s true, of course. But beneath the personal slights, Romney has a policy critique of Trump. He seems genuinely angry that Trump might pull American troops out of the Syrian civil war. Romney doesn’t explain how staying in Syria would benefit America. He doesn’t appear to consider that a relevant question. More policing in the Middle East is always better. We know that. Virtually everyone in Washington agrees.

Mitt Romney refers to unwavering support for a finance-based economy and an internationalist foreign policy as the “mainstream Republican” view. And he’s right about that. For generations, Republicans have considered it their duty to make the world safe for banking, while simultaneously prosecuting ever more foreign wars. Modern Democrats generally support those goals enthusiastically.

There are signs, however, that most people do not support this, and not just in America. In countries around the world — France, Brazil, Sweden, the Philippines, Germany, and many others — voters are suddenly backing candidates and ideas that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago. These are not isolated events. What you’re watching is entire populations revolting against leaders who refuse to improve their lives.

Read the whole thing, or watch the video on the linked page. Carlson uses Romney’s op-ed as a gateway to discuss all the ways in which the establishment GOP (what I call the Globalist Party) has left millions of Americans behind in their quest for higher GDP and more foreign military adventures. The pursuit of free trade has become religious dogma for the establishment. The Cruise Ship Conservatives of National Review and other globalist Republican outfits have accused Tucker Carlson of parroting socialist talking points. But Tucker explicitly rejects socialism. In fact, he warns that if we don’t do something about the disintegrating families of rural white America, then socialism is what we are going to get. Rural white families have been shattered over the last generation. Out-of-wedlock births have skyrocketed, dropouts and unemployment are rampant, drug abuse and overdoses are killing young people by the thousands, and suicide is rising. The establishment GOP has basically told these people to stop whining and die. The rising socialist Left is going to target these left behind families with promises of redemption. Why wouldn’t they turn to people who promise to help them?

A new right-wing is rising. This new movement is embracing nationalism and populism, while rejecting the Globalist Party’s invade-the-world/invite-the-world mentality. Tucker Carlson’s monologue can be seen as a manifesto for this new movement, which will continue to grow. We need a government that serves the needs of citizens and families rather than using them to prop up elites at home and military adventures abroad. Men like Senator Romney, the editors of National Review or the now-defunct Weekly Standard, and the rest of the Globalist Party swamp are the past. Our choice now is nationalist or authoritarian socialism. Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, and even Israel are showing us one way, the nationalist way. The way of socialism leads to Cuba, Venezuela, more decay, more death. Either way, though, the Globalist New World Order is over. Mitt Romney and his ilk are whistling past the graveyard.

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