In normal times, mid-term elections would be of passing interests to Black Nationalists. Not so in 2018.
But rarely does a constitutional crisis foreshadowing impeachment, and a referendum on an American president's "white nationalist agenda" dominate an election cycle. Call it an anomaly. Call it an outlier. Call it crazy. But it happened in the 2018 midterms.
On November 7, the bill came due on the chaos, corruption and autocracy of the Sun King Trump. With Democrats taking over of the House of Representatives, we're about to witness an unparalleled level of cutthroat partisan warfare with the Trump administration that will likely result in bloodletting, paralysis, and a government shutdown.
The repelling of Trump's white nationalist project at the gates of America's suburbs was a monumental defeat for the Sun King and the Alt-Right. While the center and left have focused on the political manifestations of Trump's white nationalist agenda, it's most important dimension is comprehensive race-based cultural warfare.
The implications of how the constitutional crisis and culture war could reconfigure the post-election political topography are enormous. This article briefly explores their broader dimensions.
Suburban Repudiation of Trump's White Nationalist Agenda
Alt.Black.com's mid-term elections takeaway is that the growth and momentum of Donald Trump's white nationalists project has been stopped at the frontiers of suburban America.
White suburbanites clearly linked Trump's overt racist rhetoric to the spike in white nationalists' kinetic attacks, including the multiple pipe bomber and mass murderer of Jews in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue. The sense that he deliberately incited chaos, asymmetrical violence and racial animas for personal political gain was simply a bridge too far.
Eighty suburban counties and cities, comprised mostly of college-educated, high income voters cast more ballots for Democrats than Republicans, compared to the 2016 elections. Montgomery County, PA., Morris County, N.J., Delaware County, OH, Fairfax County, VA and Cobb County, GA., were among 20 suburban areas posting double digit margins for Democrats. The numbers and the geographical spread across the country evidence a clear rebuke of Trumpist white nationalism.
Whether White Nationalism could gain a foothold among suburban upscale and middle-class whites, was a consequential test of the 2018 mid-term elections.
For now, the core of Trump's social base hewing toward white nationalism are "lower and moderate-income whites. They tend to be more rural than urban/suburban, more southern and mid-western than bi-coastal, and less educated rather than more educated. Together they account for roughly one-third of the nations white population.
Although Trump's nationalist project was repulsed at the suburb's edge, he won the civil war in the Republican Party. He moving the GOP from being mostly a party of white religious and political conservatives to a white nationalist leaning party.
On the Republican Party's perimeter, the Alt-White--many of which are not political activists-has been consolidated as an independent extended social base for white nationalism.
Should white nationalism become enrooted in the Cathedral's predominately white suburbs, Trump's support base could could easily encompass almost two-thirds of the nation's white population. That would pose a far more daunting challenge for Black Nationalists to win and maintain as allies.
Having said that, we're not naïve enough to believe we won't ford this stream again with the white middle-class. Historically, they have not been stable allies. When times get tough, they the white middle-class vacillates--ultimately betraying our interests as well as their own. Why many of them voted for Trump in 2016, is something we can't simply dismiss. But that's a discussion for another day.
The point is that gaining sympathy or even achieving friendly neutrality among the white middle-class for issues critical to our quest for self-determination, will be a complex back-and-forth struggle.
The Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment?
With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Donald Trump immediately fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed a bootlicking crony to run the Justice Department.
Signaling that he'll employ any authoritarian measure necessary to decapitate Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, blow up the Justice Department, and legally challenge any criminal indictment as unconstitutional, Democrats have little choice but to impeach Trump. Even so, there's no guarantee he will be removed from office.
We're now moving into a period that is unique to the American experience. The entire nation knows we're on the cusp of a constitutional crisis. Yet, there appears to be no remedy or exit strategy to escape the partisan bloodletting on the horizon.
Irrespective of how damning the evidence of criminal wrongdoing may be against Trump, Republicans are seem committed to block his removal from office at all costs. They fear their white nationalist constituents more than the Sun King. To dissent against or defect from Camp Trump is to face an irrational mob back home. At his post-election press conference, Trump called out Republicans by name that refused to kiss his ring and lost their seats. It was gangland extortion, pure and simple.
Even if Republican's don't break ranks, Trump will still call his supporters to the barricades to defend him. From his warped perspective, these supporters are his legions. They bear allegiance to him, not the Republican Party.
Donald Trump is a classic autocrat. The more tenuous his position as president becomes, he more he will threaten national violence, riots, stock market crashes and economic collapse. His personal targeting of members of the media and private citizendThis is the price that must be paid for his removal from office. He will lay the blame at the feet of Democrats and Republican traitors.
Over the next two years, low-intensity sectarian violence cannot be ruled out in the environment that is currently being cultivated.
Next Steps for Alternative Black Nationalists
For Black Nationalists, Republicans losing the House of Representatives, and the blowback against Trump's white nationalist cultural enterprise provides us with a brief, but important respite. Trump's incessant, multi-pronged attacks against the Darker Nation since 2015, put us on the defensive and in a reactive mode.
At the same time, the Black fightback and resistance movement has grown. While direct action under Black Lives Matter has cooled over the past two years, Black youth and millennials have been on the front lines of the anti-gun violence movements, anti-Klan/Nazis activities, and the Women's March/Me Too movement.
Receptivity to radical ideas is on the upswing among our youth, even those that voted for the first time. In particular more Black youth and millennials are swinging toward left populism and Democratic Socialist poles. These breakout movements are presenting Black Nationalists with new opportunities to influence fresh forces awakening to political struggle.
Since Alt-Black.com was launched in January 2018, as part of our Alterative Black Nationalist vision, we've released a series of articles that attempted to identify new opportunities and approaches for Black Nationalists to expand its influence. Those trends have included articles on Black millennials, Black Women, Black Feminists, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialism, Transgender Identitarians, Never Again (Anti-Gun Activists) and the Black Alterative Culture Movement.
We believe the Black Nationalists movement is behind schedule, based on the scope and speed that developments are unfolding. We have to re-tool our agenda, build our theoretical house, and above all expand our street presence.
The 2018 elections counterattack has slowed down Trump's agenda. It's given Black Nationalist, a little more breathing room, but not much.