The Fleming Foundation Cultural Commentary

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Trump Supporters – It’s not Time to Panic

My social media feed is erupting with Trump supporters already panicking that Donald Trump is selling us out. The appointment of Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff seems to be of particular concern to many. My advice to my fellow Trump supporters is to take a couple of deep breaths and relax. Remember that the MSM is deliberately trying to sow discord among us and harm the Trump Administration before it even begins. Don’t take the bait. At least give this all some time to work itself out before you hit the panic button. I know...

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Properties of Blood I.10: Demands of Blood, Part E

While many famous American feuds dipped only slightly into the political realm, the thirty year Sutton-Taylor feud in Texas and the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud of West Virginia were both fueled in part by the animosities of the civil war and the ensuing political struggles, but the most widespread and complex and horrifying American outbreak of vendetta was the Missouri/Kansas border war that preceded, coexisted with, and outlasted the War between the States. The political situation was complex, and the admission of Missouri as a state had agitated sectional politics at least since 1820 when Thomas Jefferson wrote in...

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Christopher Check, “Happy to Lose the Bet”

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Sometime late last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, I lost 100 dollars. In September, at a fundraising banquet for Saint Michael’s Abbey, well fueled by a couple of gin-and-tonics, I bet a delightful lady named Bernadette that Hilary would win the election. She backed Trump. The loser would pay 100 dollars to the Abbey. Never have I been so happy to lose a bet. (I hope the confreres spend it on gin.) The anguished looks on the sanctimonious visages of Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow were worth every single penny. Watching the map grow redder as the evening wore...

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Momentum

Three recent pieces, two from America and one Italian, cite the work of the humble president of this little organization, in other words me. The first American–in the geographical sense–piece is by Peter Brimelow on his highly esteemed website VDare: http://www.vdare.com/articles/the-american-conservative-movement-has-ended-the-american-right-goes-on                                                                                                                      ...

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FF Podcast, Special Edition Trump President-Elect

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In this reaction to Trump’s election, Dr. Fleming reflects on Election Night, what this means for Trump voters and for the country, whether Hilary will (or should) be pardoned, whether this is the beginning of a counter-revolution, and whether Mr. Kurtz has been replaced by Long John Silver. Because of the special circumstances of this election, this podcast is being made free to the general public. Show Sponsor: Members Who Support Our Work Original Air Date: November 10, 2016 Show Run Time: 35 minutes Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner Podcast Player – Click the Cloud to...

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Clyde Wilson:  WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

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We’ve only just begun to live White lace and promises A kiss for luck and we’re on our way (We’ve only begun) Before the risin’ sun we fly So many roads to choose We’ll start out walkin’ and learn to run (And yes, we’ve just begun) —The Carpenters, “We’ve Only Just Begun” Making America great again is not something to be looked forward to.  In fact, although America has had some great people and some great moments, it has never really been Great.  And spare me and my descendants from living in a “great country.”  Rather a good and comfortable...

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E. Christian Kopff: First Thoughts on Donald Trump’s Victory

When my wife woke me up this morning, I recognized the mixture of excitement and satisfaction I felt. I had felt it before on the morning after Election Day, 1980. The sensation was not the taste of Proust’s petite madeleine. It was the smell of victory. My wife and I did not talk much. We didn’t have to. We did not share the emotions of the American election of 1980, but we had been in Italy together for the election of 2008. The Communist Party had changed its name for the second time in two decades, this time to the...

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Wednesday’s Child: America vs. America

The verdict in the case of America vs. America, heard yesterday in the divorce court of public opinion, had not yet been handed down when I filed my column.  Besides, my views on the feuding spouses have been voiced sufficiently in this space to remove any suspicion in the reader’s mind that I’m partial to one or the other.  The man is a vulgarian, a brute, an oaf; the woman, a shrew, a liar, a hypocrite; and, indeed, for a while it looked to me like they were made for one another, a perfect couple, but then suddenly, bang!  Divorce....

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The Sweet Smell of Victory

To quote the late Jackie Gleason: How sweet it is! How for months did I correctly predict a Trump victory, including right here on this site? Because, although I now live in California, I grew up near Detroit. I keep in touch with friends and relatives back there. They’re what Trump called the “forgotten Americans.” The bum trade deals – which aren’t “free” trade, but “managed” trade – hurt them, especially NAFTA and TPP. Meanwhile, just about everybody else was getting special government benefits paid for by the real producers. Not just Elon Musk’s Tesla, which wouldn’t exist without massive subsidies,...

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Election Night and the Day After

My wife and I went to the Eastons at 6, to eat American chili, drink wine, and watch  to the election returns.  Betsy Easton is absolutely confident of a Trump victory, Gail Fleming refuses to believe that anything so wonderful could happen, Jim and I agree that it is possible, if rumors of a big turn-out among old-fashioned Americans prove true.  I take heart from the wacky conservative websites I have looked at, where people are bragging not only about voting for the first time in years but also claim to have dragged  friends and family to the polls. So far at...