The coinciding of the legal battle over Trump’s executive orders with his nomination to fill Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court provides this lesson to the administration, a lesson his advisors would do well to emphasize to him: whenever an opening appears on the High Court, Trump should always nominate a Conservative to occupy it.
With Ginsburg age 83 and in poor health, Anthony Kennedy 80, and Stephen Breyer 78 the odds are very good that Trump will have to make nominate at least one more Supreme Court Justice. However many further opportunities emerge, Trump should select a Conservative judge every time because the more Conservative the Court is the more likely his agenda is to survive lawsuits against his program. The pressure on him to select a moderate will be especially acute if the moderate Kennedy or one of the Liberal justices vacate their seats. This pressure should be ignored by Trump; instead he should move decisively to make the Court Conservative leaning for a generation.
This leads us to discuss the issue of Liberal protesters.
Unlike the makeup of the Supreme Court – which is decisive because it is policy – protests are transient because they are hysteria.
In the Hamiltonian view this hysteria of the Progressive Left is a force that Trump’s persuasive powers can and should manipulate to his advantage.
Because the protesters are prepared to mobilize at a moment’s notice over the most trivial of issues Trump should invent trivial issues every week to send them running around in circles, exhausting themselves, dividing their resources and public attention. With the media spotlight and the rest of the Left chasing decoys everywhere Trump will be free to pass his policy agenda (such as replacing Kennedy or a Liberal Justice with a Conservative) without the public having enough bandwidth to process that his main objectives are marching ahead.
The hope of the Left that there is somewhere a hidden media sensation that can defeat the Trump administration is a sign of how feeble and lazy they have become because of their degeneracy. A proper political strategy is built around a slow game. A winning case against the policies of a ruling party must be made gradually, carefully highlighting to the public its weakest points, and strategically coordinating political resources.
The Left clearly has no patience for this traditional – intelligent – politics. Instead, by reacting instantly to the most inconsequential of matters, they are dividing themselves into a completely incoherent frenzy. The Left is conditioning itself to be perfect foils for Trump’s fearsome powers of manipulation, powers that will be only too happy to send them snapping at bait while Trump proceeds with his true agenda.
To optimize the protester’s ineffectiveness (and their persuasive powers are already highly exaggerated) we recommend Trump use the IRS liberally against any non-profit that helps coordinate the protests.
Anytime a protest leads to any kind of violence the IRS should immediately revoke the tax exempt status of the non-profit that sponsored the demonstration just as the Obama administration used the IRS to withhold tax exempt status for Conservative Tea Party organizations.
This takes advantage of the non-profit’s role as a subsystem within Dictatorial Bureaucracy leaving them in an uncomfortable no win situation: If the protest sponsors do not control their hysterical attendees they stand to be punished in one of the most severe ways the IRS can punish a non-profit. If they do manage to hold their protesters on a tight leash the demonstration will be too tame to garner anyone’s interest.
With the Technocratic Left in such a decayed state and starved for talent, walking the tight rope between not being too rowdy at a protest while also not keeping things too dull is a feat we doubt the Progressives, who are made up of the mediocre Sociological bourgeoisie, can pull off.
Instead, with the help of partisan Trump-IRS, the administration will gain the best of both world by having its opposition compensate for the hurdles the IRS will place in its way by investing more resources in wasted protests that yield fewer benefits.