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Rush Limbaugh: Nationalism and Populism Have “Overtaken” Conservatism


By Hunter Wallace

It was a big day, maybe even a historic turning point, in American politics: Rush Limbaugh acknowledged that nationalism and populism are ascendant over conservatism, and even discussed Sam Francis on his radio show:

“It’s something really simple … They’re fed up with the modern day Democratic Party… The Republican Party establishment does not understand this. They do not know who their conservative voters are. They’ve over-estimated their conservatism… They’re not liberals. They’re not Democrat. Many of them do not want to be thought of as conservatives for a host of reasons. So somebody who comes along and is able to convey that he or she understands why they’re angry and furthermore, is going to do everything to fix it, is going to own them. What’s happening here is that ‘nationalism’ — dirty word, ooh people hate it — and ‘populism’ — even dirtier word. Nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism in terms of appeal.”

Did you ever think you would see the day when Sam Francis would be posthumously vindicated by El Rushbo? Yeah, me neither … but today was that day:

“RUSH: I want to read something to you. I want you to really listen to this. This was written back in 1996, written by a man named Samuel Francis, who later in life suffered the — acquired the — reputation of being a white supremacist. Undeservedly so, but there have been efforts undertaken to destroy his credibility and so forth. He was an advisor to Pat Buchanan.

But don’t let any of that cloud what I’m gonna read to you yet. I want to read to you from an essay he wrote called “From Household to Nation.” It was published in Chronicles magazine back in 1996. “[S]ooner or later, as the globalist elites seek to drag the country into conflicts and global commitments, preside over the economic pastoralization of the United States, manage the delegitimization of our own culture, and the dispossession of our people, and disregard or diminish our national interests and national sovereignty, a nationalist reaction is almost inevitable and will probably assume populist form when it arrives.”

It’s not official yet, but the Republican establishment is dead. Everybody knows it. They’ve lost containment. The crackup of the old order has begun.