By Nicholas Stix
There was a lot of great stuff in Trump’s speech, which he has hit on before:
America First (trade especially);
The working and middle classes (“the forgotten men and women”);
Law & Order;
Terrorism and NATO;
No more nation-building or military adventurism;
Cutting limits on energy production;
Thanking Evangelicals for their support, which, in a moment of uncharacteristic humility he suggested he may not have deserved;
Freedom of speech for white Christians (he didn’t specify race, but the Johnson Amendment, which he seeks to repeal, has never been enforced against black preachers); and
Praising his family, including his late parents, living and dead siblings, and wife and children.
However, he also promised more No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top. If he tries to give racist black mothers transfers for their children from the failed schools they destroyed to good schools, there will be no more good public schools left in this country.
He also made a point of embracing homosexuals, which went against the GOP platform, and his talk of "compassion" and the schools, added King George II's "compassionate conservatism," to his mystic chords of memory evoking Nixon and Reagan.
The speech was also much too long. It ran about one hour and 18 minutes, including all the applause breaks. The best parts all could have been written by Pat Buchanan, from whom he got them. However, he promised way too much, which will make great disappointment inevitable.
And Ivanka’s introduction was pc to a fault—I’ll have more to say about her in VDARE (I hope).