Trump’s made it pretty far on his slogan, “Make American Great Again.” The younger generation might not remember, but Trump isn’t the first person to use this slogan — Reagan did back in the 1980s. And it meant the same thing back then that it does now, as ex-Trump delegate and white supremacist William Johnson explained during an interview with Fusion.
William Johnson was briefly tapped to be a delegate for the Trump campaign to California before the Trump campaign “accidentally” forgot to remove him. He’s a white supremacist and a leader of the white nationalist American Freedom Party, one of those Orwellian organization names that the right wing loves.
Johnson stepped down, and this week he gave a lengthy interview with the magazine Fusion in which he explained many things that liberals always suspected about right-wingers.
The thing Johnson belabored the most was a false equivalence between a particular color-related slur to the term “racist,” though.
“Nowadays, no one would call a black man the N-word,” he lamented, adding “That is a slur that is not accepted. But they can call me a racist, or a white supremacist, or a KKK person. These are worse slur words than the N-word, because those slur words pit the whole world against me.”
Johnson, by the way, proposed a constitutional amendment that’d strip citizenship from all non-white Americans. He complained that depicting his views as “white supremacist” automatically turned people against him, because he apparently doesn’t understand what the word “slur” means:
Everybody who reads that hates me because of that slur. Society, particularly the media, needs to stop using those slur words towards us, just as you would never the N-word toward a black man. Just because what happened in the past doesn’t give people the right to use slur words against anybody. Whether the blacks have had a harder time or whites have a better time, using hateful slur words towards everybody is not all right.
I can just taste the entitlement in Johnson’s words. I believe this attitude is what all the kids on the internet call, “butthurt.”
Johnson is a 62-year-old white man, which means he’s got a few more years before he makes the world a better place by leaving it (under natural circumstances, hopefully). Despite his backwards views on race, however, Johnson is still a human, and manages to mix it up with some weirdly progressive tasting ideas of environment management:
The epic battle from here on out is not the battle between progressives and conservatives, which has occupied the media and the politicians for the last 40 years. From here on out, the battle is between the globalists and the nationalists.
They promote open borders. That’s wrong. They promote consumerism. That’s wrong. Consumerism is destroying the environment, because it’s just, ‘Make make make, buy buy buy. Grow the NDP, make a lot of money for shareholders.’ That’s wrong.
I am a globalist, and I do promote the global community (how the hell else am I going to live to see a United Federation of Planets, huh?), but at the same time, I’m not so naive that I’m blind to the problems that come with it. There are problems that come with nationalism too — hi, Johnson — but I feel the problems with globalism are more easily managed as a global community, which requires underlying legal, political, and physical infrastructure on a global scale.
What we’ve got now is unsustainable, though, and we do need to step up to solve the problem — before the problem solves itself, and not in a way we’ll like.
I really couldn’t care less about “local control,” since local control has never in the history of humanity meant anything other than parochial warlords bullying minorities who are outside of the system those warlords built. Johnson makes that point for me:
Globalists promote multiculturalism and diversity, and that is killing the white race. Nationalism promotes a homogenous population. Globalism is empire-building by corporations. We’re past the colonial stage of empire building by governments, so we need to get past the empire-building by big business.
Ah, that poor, poor white race. Who are white people, again?
Once upon a time, there was a Mediterranean Race, a Germanic Race, and a Slavic Race. Today, we lump them all under the label “white,” along with the Irish, the Poles, the Russians, the Turks, and even some paler Indians from the Subcontinent and Hispanics. White is a highly mutable concept.
Whether it’s a native Hungarian from Budapest to a Romanian from Bucharest; a German from Hanover or a Finn from Helsinki, the term, “white” has always been multicultural. Hungarians and Finns belong to an entirely different language family from Romanians and Germans, for instance.
In fact, one could be forgiven for assuming the title “white” meant “a buffer of poor southerners between poor blacks and rich plantation owners.”
And really, that’s the appeal for Trump, Johnson explains. Beyond the retrograde views of sexism that he expressed — he longed for the days when women stayed at home and raised kids in the kitchen, because of course he did — it’s all about the way things were in the 1950s:
We need to move beyond feminism and support the traditional family, where the husband works and the wife raises the family, and they can afford to live in their own home on a single workers’ income and raise their children. That’s the ideal solution. That’s the solution in the ’50s, and when Trump says ‘Make America Great Again,’ that’s what we think it means.
So they want to go back to Leave it to Beaver — a time that never existed anywhere except on TV.
And these fools wonder why people mock them so viciously for the idiot ideology.
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