The End of the Progressive Era

Regardless of any other definitions, I think that the essential difference between conservatives and progressives is that progressives believe that the future will be better than the present, and conservatives believe that the past was better than the present.

I used to be a progressive, but I’ve now become a conservative. I think that young people are natural progressives because they have their whole future in front of them, and they have no past. And I think old people are natural conservatives because they have their whole past behind them, and they have no future. And at some point in the course of any life the past starts to outweigh the future.

The future is also always an imaginary world, open to any number of possibilities. But the past is fixed and unalterable. One may dream of the future, but one can only remember the past.

And if I wasn’t one before, I think I became a conservative on 1 July 2007. For it was an ugly world that dawned that day, as I was exiled to the outdoors by the UK smoking ban. The day before had been a much better day. And all the years before it had been better years. It had been so much warmer and kinder back then than in this new and cold and heartless new world. For sure the past had been a better place. It had been a much, much better place. It had been a bright and free and happy and slightly anarchic world, where you could sit in a bar with a beer and cigarette and gaze out on the busy streets outside. The grim new world that replaced it was one with No Smoking signs and health warnings and climate scares and rules and regulations and bans and restrictions and laws that rained down incessantly from a black sky.

I think that Donald Trump is the same sort of conservative as I’ve become. For implicit in Making America Great Again is the idea that America was a better place some time in the past than it is today. Donald Trump wants to restore America to some former greatness.

I can understand why. I’m pretty much the same age as Donald Trump, and I grew up in the same world. I experienced many of the things that he experienced, and at the same time. America in the 1950s had just emerged as the undisputed leader of the Free World. It was an effervescent, optimistic place. The Vietnam war had not yet started. JFK had not yet been assassinated. The Watergate affair had not yet unfolded. Nor 9/11 and its aftermath. There was no global warming. And smoking didn’t cause lung cancer. As a boy living in Brazil, I drank Coca Cola, chewed gum, read DC comics, and had a number of American friends. And my father smoked American cigarettes, and my mother listened to Frank Sinatra. And my mother loved the Queen, and so did Donald Trump’s Scottish mother.

Britain wasn’t quite such an optimistic place in the 1950s. It was rather drab. Britain had just lost – or was in process of losing – its empire and its influence. It was probably the same everywhere else in Europe. Britain – and Europe – were just beginning to piece themselves back together, re-invent themselves. And when Britain began re-inventing itself in the 1960s, it was with the energetic new music coming out of America. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and all the rest of them took American music, and gave it a new twist – before Britain began to subside into the black hole of the emerging European Union, in which the nations of Europe huddled.

Donald Trump’s energy is the energy of 1950s America. He was living in New York, and the energy was all around him. He grew up in an optimistic, energetic world. And now he’s bringing back the same optimism and energy, to revitalise America with a transfusion of 1950s vitality.

I regularly compare US Presidents to Roman Emperors. And Trump has set out to do for America what any number of Roman Emperors tried to do with Rome, and revitalise the empire, renew its spirit, even extend its borders. And some of them succeeded. But for much of the late imperial period, the best days of the empire were always in the past.

I watched Trump’s inauguration speech, and was struck by its American nationalism and also its religiosity. In some ways, the most remarkable moment came before the speech, as some bishop, standing in prayer at the lectern, made the sign of the cross upon his chest. When was the last time I’d seen anyone do that? Isn’t that sort of thing forbidden – much like smoking? Isn’t anything explicitly Christian forbidden in the innumerable rules of Political Correctness? Aren’t crosses insulting to Muslims, or something? Isn’t it a hate crime to wear a pendant cross around your neck?  More ominously, Trump said:

“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

I bet that didn’t go down too well in Riyadh. To me, it sounded pretty much like a call for a crusade. And when Trump meets Putin, they’ll be meeting not just as world leaders, but as Christian world leaders about to embark on a new war on Islam. Because since the fall of the Soviet Union, Eastern Orthodox Christianity has been flourishing in Russia, and Putin himself is just as much a church-goer as Trump.

I think I’m beginning to understand all the snowflakes who’ve been howling and wailing since Trump won the election. They were all progressives, and they were all riding along on the progressive train with Barack Obama, rolling towards the future. And there was only supposed to be a slightly delay while Hillary Clinton took over, and continued into the bright future of more smoking bans, more global warming alarmism, and more transsexual inclusivity. But instead Donald Trump hijacked the train, and put it into reverse. And now America is rolling away from the future, and back towards the past. Everything has been turned upside down, and is now going backwards. They’re just like we smokers were on 1 July 2007, spitting with rage at their exclusion. But I have no sympathy for them. After all, they had none for us.

The progressive era in America has just come to an end. And a new conservative era has begun.

I didn’t watch Trump’s speech on the BBC, or even on TV. I’m not allowed to, because I don’t pay a TV licence fee. Instead I watched it streamed live on Infowars. And that’s another sign of the times we’re now living in. The Mainstream Media are now in eclipse, overtaken by upstart internet outfits like Infowars and Breitbart. There’s even a new UK variant – Westmonster – run by some chum of Nigel Farage. Its headline today:

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44 Responses to The End of the Progressive Era

  1. Lecroix says:

    Your texts are becoming very translation-friendly. Thanks, Frank. Great post.

  2. Harleyrider1978 says:

    I watched it all day yesterday and trumps oath and speech were the highlight of the whole day!

    He basically stated the world is on its own each nation to make or break its own future because America just went pretty much isolationslist as it has done before several times in history!

    His statements basically made the Davos meeting of globalist say it’s over and with that so is the EU!

    Welcome back to the free world

  3. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Btw I got 2 spots of basil carcinoma being cut out of my shoulder this week in a mohs surgery suppose to be 100% effective layer by layer of skin let you know how it goes. Doc ain’t got a clue how it got there except maybe my time at the Seabee base in Mississippi at Gulfport around the stored agent orange spill site we were cleaning up yet we don’t get listed by the veterans administration as agent orange victims

    • margo says:

      Good luck, Harley. The agent orange theory – probably right. (I don’t think Trump plans to go on dropping bombs on the Middle East the way Obama/Clinton etc have been – that’s good.)

    • beobrigitte says:

      All the best, Harley! I guess, Mrs. Harley has her sleeves rolled up for more impeccable nursing!
      Doc ain’t got a clue how it got there except maybe my time at the Seabee base in Mississippi at Gulfport around the stored agent orange spill site we were cleaning up yet we don’t get listed by the veterans administration as agent orange victims
      Hopefully this will change soon! President Trump said that the veterans will get treated far better than they did previously!!!

      • Harleyrider1978 says:

        Thanks guys use to be as soon as they found something they sent youbstr8 back and took care of it rather than weeks later like va does.

        Trump promised us medical cards to use anywhere that’s what I need right now instead of waiting weeks for a va consult

    • Supergran says:

      Good Luck Harley x

  4. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Now on Fox News the Churchill bust is going viral saying Churchill was put back and MLK removed!

    It was obama who removed Churchill and put the MLK bust in its place!

    Me the MLK bust would be target practice on the whitehouse lawn with my six gun!

    • Churchill was put back and MLK removed!
      I’d be more impressed if he’d put back the ashtrays in the Oval Office and instead of gazing fondly at Churchill’s bust he might have done better to listen to some of his speeches.

    • Tony Halford says:

      Why? Martin Luther King was all about equality. Nothing more. Judge people by the content of their character not by the colour of their skin. What is wrong with that? No positive discrimination or affirmative action shite. Just good old fashioned respect for people as people not by some arbitrary thing like where you are born or what sort of pigmentation their skin has.
      Judging by your comment you have actually just outed yourself as a real racist and I don’t use that term lightly.

      • Why? Martin Luther King was all about equality
        Unless they happened to be gay.

      • Frank Davis says:

        Harley? A racist? I’m sure I would have noticed sometime over these last few years.

      • Harleyrider1978 says:

        A racist wow!

        I see thru MLK for what he was created to be today after 50 years with nobody to speak out against him!

        That’s just it if you speak against him your a racist so if I speak out against Hitler’s does that make me a racist against white people too!

        It has nothing to do with color it has everything to do with his political persuasion and the communist Russians who funded his marches in the 1960s’

      • beobrigitte says:

        Judge people by the content of their character not by the colour of their skin.
        […]
        Judging by your comment you have actually just outed yourself as a real racist and I don’t use that term lightly.

        I am an egalitarian and am pretty colour blind when it comes to skin colour. However, is my recent disagreement with respect to male chauvinism with a black person an indication for insulting me as a racist?

        Why? Martin Luther King was all about equality. He sure was no egalitarian. Dwarf already pointed out the obvious.

  5. The day before had been a much better day.
    A conservative is merely a progressive who was mugged last night …or rather who awoke on that fateful morning in 2007 to find he had been ‘denormalized’ by the democratically elected-by-the-nation Prime Minister at the head of the elected-by-their-voters sovereign nation government sitting in his parliament not Brussels. We must never forget that it wasn’t some unelected Johnny Foreigner who declared war on us all. Never forget and never, never forgive.
    As to Trump , i have already said his speech, what i listen to of it, must have left every Brit my age and over with the Grandmotherly admonishment ringing in their ears: “Blow your nose, Child!” or as Grandmama Dwarf would exclaimed to the wireless: “You want to drain the swamp that is DC? You can’t even drain your nose, boy!” . To say Trump’s speech seemed uninspiring is an understatement. Even The Bestes But Insanest Frau in The Whole Wide World came into this reality for long enough to remark that the applause seemed somewhat less than ecstatic, Whoops Mr. Bunny.
    Me I’m neither a progressive nor a conservative, I’m a smoker. If Trump had lit a cigar on stage yesterday I would be still be colouring in the print out …..before getting down on my hands and knees to kiss it. He didn’t , I won’t.
    (and yes i know already he’s a non-smoker….it’s his own fault). Mind you he can’t worse than the last POTUS who was a smoker and let himself be hen-pecked into giving up.

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  7. Clicky says:

  8. garyk30 says:

    I do not think that Pres. Trump wants to return to the past.

    I feel that he wants to use the successes of the past as templates to build the successes of the future.

    Leftists seem to keep thinking that programs that have failed will somehow succeed if tried one more time in a larger way.
    They can not understand that the wisdom of millions of people over thousands of years is more relevant than their idealistic fantasies.

    • nisakiman says:

      “When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong–these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”

      Winston Churchill — House of Commons, 2 May 1935, after the Stresa Conference, in which Britain, France and Italy agreed—futilely—to maintain the independence of Austria.

    • Harleyrider1978 says:

      Actually the radical feminists today claimed trump was going to abolish everything from the EPA to the civil rights act and make everyone equal under the law with no special rights for any !

      That’s what they’re afraid losing protected status and special rights they got thru civil rights laws or ADA or any number of judges rulings adding even more protected status to these reficulous laws!

      • beobrigitte says:

        Actually the radical feminists today claimed trump was going to abolish everything from the EPA to the civil rights act and make everyone equal under the law with no special rights for any
        Making everyone equal with no special rights under the law sounds pretty much what I’d like to see. In some areas (wages especially) there is still room for improvement.

        That’s what they’re afraid losing protected status and special rights they got thru civil rights laws or ADA or any number of judges rulings adding even more protected status to these reficulous laws!
        The radical feminists baffle me. Whatever special rights they fought for for women and got, the most important one they chose to ignore. Maternity/Paternity leave in the US.
        Apparently the radical feminists are not even looking to add another 9 month to the 3 month leave that exists. Yeah, the women/men are aware that one of them stays at home with the offspring for 1 year. The offspring benefits.
        https://www.quora.com/Feminism-What-is-the-ultimate-goal-of-the-feminist-movement

        In my view we should ditch the feminist lark and replace it with egalitarianism.

  9. Having listened to some of the harridans of the various World Wide Pussy Protests on the news today, I begin to warm to the Trumpinator. Not much…but a little more. Anyone who can piss off 1/2 a million women in DC alone has *got* to have something going for him.

  10. Clicky says:

  11. Manfred says:

    Frank, I guess we could sum it up as ‘Back to the Future’ then?

  12. margo says:

    I saw Trump and Melania-of-the-amazing-eyes arriving off the plane for the inauguration and thought she looked really scared. Poor girl, what has she let herself in for? I feel sorry for her now. I hope she gets through OK!

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