I’ll Vote Against National Suicide
A major publishing professional and author, Harry Crocker of Regnery, explains his vote
Four years ago, I interviewed H. W. Crocker III, a popular historian and novelist (and former political speechwriter). He’s best known for his book Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, A 2,000-Year History. Back then, he said that Donald J. Trump was exactly the sort of political exorcist the country needed.
Crocker was one of the very few to predict a Trump victory. His two latest books — Armstrong, and its sequel Armstrong Rides Again!, which appears next year — are provocative political satires posing as history-based comic adventure novels.
I thought it only fitting to talk with him about the 2020 presidential race and its likely outcomes. Here are some highlights of our conversation.
Four Years Later, What Do You Think?
John Zmirak: How do you judge President Trump’s first four years?
Harry Crocker: On the merits: swell. On Supreme Court justices — Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — it’s a win. Ditto his appointments to the federal judiciary. On the economy: if you like record unemployment, a record stock market, tax cuts, and deregulation — he delivered. We might even get that V-shaped recovery from the Wuhan Flu recession.
On foreign policy — no new wars; the Abraham Accords between Israelis and Arabs. A rebuilt, less-PC military works for me.
And then there’s the stuff that no one pays attention to, but that’s vitally important — all those political appointees that Trump has fighting for religious liberty and against the Left’s social Marxism, “critical race theory,” “the 1619 Project,” and all of that.
A Four-Year Hoax
The last four years haven’t exactly been peaceful.
No, but that’s not Trump’s fault. He didn’t put this country through four years of Russian Collusion Hoax nonsense. And it’s also not his fault that it looks like most of the corrupt perpetrators will get off scot-free. He wasn’t the one who pushed impeachment because some bureaucrat was upset. He wasn’t the one who cheered on and applauded riots against the police and the destruction of historical monuments all across the country. He isn’t the one who has kept half the country under virtual house arrest.
For all that, you can thank the unhinged Democratic Party, their bureaucratic henchmen, and their media cheerleaders.
Why Elites Pushed Lockdowns
Lockdowns seem a proven disaster — so why do Democrat politicians still support them?
They love lockdowns because they believe in “the science,” right? So why not have the smartest people do all the planning and make all the decisions — that’s a technocratic bureaucracy. It’s scientific and rational. That’s why socialism works so well.
It’s really the rotten fruit of the so-called Enlightenment. But it’s very attractive to white collar workers who can work at home and salve their conscience about the underclass of farmers, truckers, and delivery drivers by providing big fat welfare payments for anyone who can’t work for Amazon or Google.
So the Democrat Party is the Party of the Enlightenment?
Yes, but they’re also the Puritan party, stripped of Christianity. It’s a new “spiritual, not religious” religion or ideology. They believe that we — or I should say, white, heterosexual Christian males — are racists in the hands of an angry goddess, Mother Nature. To me, lockdowns are tyranny. Mask-wearing is the symbol of a conformist dystopia. And the Left’s witch-hunting generals who roam the landscape to root out dissent from political correctness are signs of an Orwellian future. I don’t want any of that. I want freedom. And when it comes to the Wuhan Flu, give me the Swedish model or give me death!
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A Vote for American Suicide?
So you’ll be voting for Trump again?
Of course, absolutely. To vote otherwise is to vote for American suicide. It’s to vote for a party that stands not just for high taxes and red tape and green boondoggles, and all of that. And more! The Democrats are for defunding the police, lockdowns, officially sanctioned riots, Black Live Matter Marxism as our secular religion, the destruction and desecration of our history, court-packing, overthrowing the Electoral College and the constitution, socialism — the list of bad ideas never ends.
But a lot of people will vote that way.
Sure they will. The leftist thugs and their apologists will vote that way. The smug and the shallow who prefer “reason” and “science” (really socialism) to Orange Man Bad will vote that way. And there will be far too many sensitive souls who actually — or objectively — like Trump’s policies for the most part. But they but are offended by him, because he is a presidential Patton who swears, slaps, and tweet-storms his way across the political battlefield. They’d rather have a quiet life under socialism, even if it means we lose our constitution, our unalienable rights, and our traditional understanding of American history and culture and Anglo-American law. I’d love a quiet life, too, but I can’t go along with that. I’ll be praying — and voting — for Trump.
H. W. Crocker III’s latest book is the comic novel Armstrong. Its sequel Armstrong Rides Again! publishes next year.
John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream, and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”