Nothing Will Come of Nothing

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Saturday, August 20, 2022


“In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you. I’m just in the way.”

In 2019, soon after his first impeachment, President Donald J. Trump, like usual, took to Twitter. He posted a meme – except this one was different.

This meme, shaded in black and white, depicting that eerie statement, and with Trump at its center, depicts the entire message of the Trump movement – they are after us.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s recent raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home does not mark a turning point in American history, but rather the continuation of the regime’s persistent attack against a man and the people who threaten its power.

Notable Republicans in Congress have largely taken their stand, either questioning the raid and demanding investigations or cowering in the corner and saying “we need to watch this play out.” 

The former position provides hope for uncovering the corruption of our federal agencies.

The regime certainly does not care about our feelings, it does not care about how its policies shape our lives, and it certainly does not care about our families and our livelihoods. But the one thing they do respect is power. And that is what President Trump understands – the capacity to govern and wield power. That is why they fear him so much.

As Michael Knowles explains, “There is not one single conservative institution in the legacy media or political establishment. The kingdom of liberalism has its court jesters, but unlike in Lear, not even the fools speak truth to the ruling power.” If the Republican Party has any chance of survival beyond that of court jesters in the Kingdom of Liberalism, it requires them to abandon their quest for small government and low taxes, and instead embrace David Azerrad’s philosophy of “reward[ing] friends and punish[ing] enemies (within the confines of the rule of law).”

Republicans must arm themselves with the institutions of government for the political good. Fearing power is futile, but respecting it, and wielding it justly is something that the regime would never expect of us.

“Nothing will come of nothing.” If we are to escape being their fools, or at least speak the truth to our dear King Lear, it requires us to have the tools necessary to win. It will not only place us on equal footing with them, but acknowledge that, whether conservatives like it or not, we are in a fight for the culture. With every institution stacked against us, the only thing that will save us is the use of power, not the lack of it. As Auron MacIntyre points out, “The side that wants to win will always beat the side that just wants to be left alone.”

In assuming power, Republicans will need to rework their message entirely – an abandonment of neoliberalism, libertarianism, and a hawkish foreign policy. Instead, we must embrace a policy of the common good and human flourishing, for the benefit of “us” all. That is what Trump began with, and it is what we will have to finish, whether he runs again or not.

William Benson is an undergraduate student at The Catholic University of America pursuing a degree in politics and pre-law. He has a special interest in Constitutional law, American history, and political philosophy.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About William Benson

William Benson is an undergraduate student at The Catholic University of America pursuing a degree in politics and pre-law. He has a special interest in Constitutional law, American history, and political philosophy.


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