The Wall

It is getting difficult to ignore the wall. Difficult, but not impossible. After all, the wall is largely invisible, or perhaps more accurately holographic. Democrats see it, but, for the apolitical and some Republicans, it is avoidable, for now. The information streams and the views of the public are divided on ideological lines. Based on the media they choose to consume and the company they choose to keep, people living the same neighborhood can experience different realities. A creation of twenty-four hour cable news and the proliferation of internet media, this has been the case for a number of years, progressively becoming more pronounced. Trump's election is changing the nature of this divide. It is making the wall come to life. Many predicted that television and other visual media would dull our senses and produce a lobotomized public. While it can have that effect, it is currently being used to heighten anxieties and create hysteria. Images of catastrophe and conflict are projected upon the American public daily. Many fear Trump and his supposed penchant for nuclear war, among other things. Many others fear the globalist system and its vendetta against Trump. Both sides fundamentally reject the worldview of the other. Virtual and ideological division is pervasive. Deeper division is becoming unavoidable. Increasingly isolated and with increasingly divergent views of the future of the country, the Right and Left (Republicans and Democrats? Nationalists and Globalists? Americans and anti-Americans?) are locked in a soft civil war for the future of the country. Every day brings a new escalation. The wall is becomingly increasingly real.

To the Left, the civil war has already begun. The Kremlin hacked our democracy and installed a puppet. The puppet is also a racist, mentally ill, war-mongering fascist. Before Trump, the globalist Left controlled essentially all major American institutions: media, academia, cultural institutions, the executive branch, et cetera. History seemed to be on their side, and they thought they would keep that power forever. Demographic and cultural change (degradation) made them believe that the future was theirs. Now, not only did the Left receive a blow, they received it at the highest level. The ensuing reaction has been the biggest contributor to the division in the country. Traumatized by the election, the Left has lashed out. The more power they lose and the longer they go without having power, the more extreme their behavior may become. The future was theirs, and it was taken from them. The globalist system is fighting strongly, and knowing that they will receive the full backing of the system, supporters of globalism feel free to enact their revenge in public. Violence, rhetoric, symbolic action, and especially the media are used to delegitimize the president and his voters.

Another reason for the extreme reaction of the Left is its use of negative legitimization. Mass immigration, multiracial democracy, and globalization have been massive failures. In order to maintain legitimacy and to win elections, the Left depicts the opposition as unambiguously evil. Its failures seem much less relevant if the only alternative is "literal Nazis." The foil of the evil adversary gives the fight an existential feel for the Left, and a reason to oppose the other side with religious fervor. The narrative has been enhanced for Donald Trump. With no positive vision, the globalists project a message of impending doom onto hollow Leftists. An empty mind and an empty soul can be filled by most anything.

If the only reason for your political existence is to prevent an evil group from gaining power, then it gains power, what do you do? Attack. Democratic congress members hurl unfounded insults at the administration constantly. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Steve Bannon a White supremacist. Congressmen Ted Lieu, Earl Blumenauer, Al Franken have questioned Trump's mental health. Multiple mainstream news outlets are calling members of the administration White supremacists or White nationalists with no evidence. They also claim that Russia interfered with the election and that the Trump campaign had illegal contact with Russia, again with no evidence. The media and the Democrats are trying to take out key administration members based on the Russia conspiracy—first Michael Flynn and now Jeff Sessions. Many media outlets have ran slanderous hit pieces on President Trump, not to mention the steady drip of anti-Trump spin and hyperbolic editorials. Weekly (daily?) messages come from Hollywood to "resist", impeach, or even overthrow Trump. The media and Hollywood do not have the power to do these things themselves. What they do have, however, are the eyes and ears of millions of people. These entertainers have audiences often larger than the president himself. The Left wants to keep its constituents outraged, thus persistent agitprop is a key aspect of the power struggle between President Trump and America's deeply entrenched globalist institutions.

The target audience of this hyperrealistic campaign, the left-leaning public, is following orders. The Left has shown early on that it is willing to commit to disruption and violence at a level that the Republican base simply is not. The Right despised Obama, but did not wage mass protest or conduct violence against his supporters. The Left quickly went from an ideal of tolerance to a rapidly expanding list of opinions for which it is OK to punch someone. Now there are regular protests which sometimes turn violent (see the inauguration riots and UC Berkeley riots).

The abnormal aspect of support for Trump is not the level of approval or disapproval. The numbers are not great for Trump (especially for so early in a presidency), but at around half, neither the approval nor disapproval rate are unheard of. What is abnormal and extreme is the number of people that believe he should be impeached. Public Policy Polling released a poll on February 10th which found that 46% of Americans believe that Trump should be impeached. This means that roughly 90% of those who dislike Trump favor impeachment. This poll is a reminder that the reason the split is becoming so defined as of late is that the Left is acting based upon a worldview in which Trump is essentially a supervillain. In the Leftist constructed universe, nationalism (even civic) should be illegal.

The biggest policy divide is on immigration. Historically speaking, Trump, and most of his voters, want a normal immigration policy. There is nothing extreme about Trump's immigration proposals. Every measure he has recommended has essentially been in place for the vast majority of American history: immigration based on merit and culture, a lower number of immigrants, and few or no Muslim immigrants. If anything, Trump's policy is liberal by historical American standards. However, to globalists and the Left, mass third world immigration is the most important issue. For the globalists, mass third world immigration is the best means of advancing egalitarianism and disenfranchising the historical American nation they so despise. The left-leaning public has also taken on immigration as its banner issue. After the travel ban, Leftists' diversity addiction led them to protest because they could not bear to go ninety days without getting their Somali fix. This is a deeply emotional issue for the Left. The crux of their argument: because there are sad photographs of children on the internet, we must open our borders to the colored masses. The emotional attachment (especially for women) is such that many react as if these people were their children.

The globalist Left fired the first shots in this cold civil war. The Left has blurred the line between us and them. By forcing immigration on their compatriots, Leftists have chosen to side with a foreign entity. By weaponizing a foreign group to subvert the nation, the Left has breached the norm of national politics and declared war upon an entity within its country. The Left prefers foreigners to its own people. By supposing that the American Right is a bigger enemy than non-Americans, the Left has laid the groundwork for a justification of hot civil war.

The divide could be deeper, but the Right is barely fighting back. In many ways, the Right cannot respond, or at least it cannot respond proportionately. The Right does not have equal control of media or Hollywood, and thus cannot defend itself on equal ground there. Fox News, by far the biggest conservative media outlet, gives Trump mostly favorable coverage, but its praise of Trump is nowhere near as extreme as the Leftist media's vitriol. Fox also does not incite against the Left. Fox does not sensationalize. If anything, Fox makes this all seem more normal than it is. There are a few popular anti-globalist publications that are willing to expose the extremes of the Democratic party and to sensationalize its actions—Breitbart and InfoWars come to mind—but these websites cannot match the massive amount of anti-Trump propaganda coming from the media establishment. The complex of right-wing media outlets creates an ideological community, but does not generate near the outrage of the holographic echo chamber of the Left.

Without many champions in the media, Trump is his own best defender. Trump's attacks on the media and the Left are the most visible sign of resistance from the Right, and its biggest contributor to the division. Many of his attacks are counterattacks, but he goes after the Left in a way no other Republican politician dares. The bulk of his ire is reserved for the "fake news" media, which he exposes and excoriates regularly. Recently, Trump barred multiple Liberal media outlets from Press Secretary Sean Spicer's daily briefing. He has also insulted multiple Democrat politicians via Twitter, including Cory Booker, Chuck "fake tears" Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and others. Recently Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!" Although mostly justified (and hilarious), Trump's comments are divisive. The Leftist media makes ample use of his potential to deepen division.

Trump's party is hesitant to engage with the Democrats. Some are more interested in criticizing the president and otherwise punching to the right than focusing on the real adversary. There are many in congress willing to give solid support to Trump and some willing to give tepid support, but there are no congressmen attacking Democrats for being globalists (as they attack Trump for being a fascist) or attacking them for being anti-White (as they attack him for being racist, i.e. not anti-White), though these attacks would be closer to the truth than the accusations thrown around by the Democrats. Of course, the Republicans do not think in these terms, but that is the problem.

The biggest discrepancy between the two sides is in public activism. The Left is waging cultural war right now, and the Right is not responding. The Left views this as an existential struggle; the Right—for the most part—does not, yet. The people most under existential threat (normal American Whites) are the last to take to action. The Right's "extremists" put up flyers on campuses or give speeches, and are universally denounced by Republicans and Democrats alike. The Left's extremists destroy cities and are either ignored or praised. The right-wing public is not a significant contributor to physical division in the country.

This could change, however. The right-wing media is not as adversarial as the Left, but Donald Trump is. He is revitalizing nationalist pride in America and is a catalyst in the quest to awaken the slumbering Saxon. Joining him is the most active group in publicly promoting the Right, the Alt Right. The Alt Right has been folded into the mosaic of images used to excite the public. Mainstream media coverage of the movement is designed to create the right-wing boogeyman the Left needs to maintain its indignity, but the Alt Right is nonetheless making its way into the American conscious. To the degree the Alt Right comes into the real world, conflict will increase. It will cause the Left to create more conflict in reaction, but will also alert the Right that the war has already started. The Alt Right used to be virtual and is now becoming real. Leftists' fears used to be virtual and are now becoming real. Political violence is becoming a reality. The wall is becoming a reality.

The next chapter of this conflict will be defined by the Right's response to Leftist aggression. America, at least in its present form, will never come together. The Left will, no doubt, continue to agitate (as the latest case of judicial overreach to thwart Trump's travel ban reminded us), but when will the Right truly join the battle? The pro-Trump rallies three weekends ago showed encouraging enthusiasm and fight. Trump's accusation that Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower could be monumental depending on the outcome, and is at the very least a serious provocation. With at least four years of the Trump administration, it seems impossible that the status quo will hold. Less than two months in, the country is already beginning to crack under the stress. This cannot be undone. Neutrality is becoming untenable. The wall is becoming unavoidable. Donald Trump became president and brought our virtual civil war into real life.

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Political writer on the Alt Right. Twitter: @jaywlorenz