Posted on September 16, 2020

Why I Am Not Voting in 2020

Hunter Wallace, Occidental Dissent, September 14, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Since this piece was written in response to Peter Bradley’s Why I Am (Reluctantly) Voting For Trump and John Engelman’s Why I Am Voting for Joe Biden, we are reposting it from]

American elites rule through consensus.

Republican and Democratic elites agree on all the truly important issues and marginalize anyone who objects as being “fringe” and outside the “mainstream.” Culturally speaking, this includes the postwar consensus of liberalism, modernism, cosmopolitanism and antiracism and all of their corollaries like multiculturalism, feminism, gay liberation and political correctness.

None of this will be on the ballot in 2020. Donald Trump and the GOP agree with Joe Biden and the Democrats about the importance of upholding consensus antiracism. As dissidents, we are often told that we have “no place” in the Republican Party and “no place” in America. This means that neither party will represent our views. We are not welcome in either political coalition. We can vote for the Republican Party and donate money to it. In exchange for our support, it offers to politically marginalize us and stigmatize us as evil and drive us underground in our own country while pursuing its own agenda.

The whole point of participating in the political process is to secure representation, but since that is not being offered and nothing of importance is being contested it is a waste of our time. Regardless of who wins the 2020 election, the two parties have already agreed that we have lost. We have been banished from the political process and driven underground by this consensus, but mainstreamers are happy to part ways with their votes, which is their only asset, in exchange for nothing. As long as the GOP succeeds in scaring us out of our votes, it has no incentive to offer us anything for our support.

Is mainstream conservatism worth supporting in 2020? In the mainstream Right, it is illegitimate to be a non-self hating White male because of cosmopolitanism, but legitimate to be a homosexual or a transsexual. The GOP decries “identity politics” while practicing it by explicitly appealing to every group in society EXCEPT Whites on the basis of identity politics. It engages in politics with the Left by conceding and accepting the Left’s moral frame on countless issues – all the -isms and -phobias, its narrative of American history – which fence in the Right from doing anything even when it has power. Steve King was recently purged from the Republican Party for wondering why Western civilization has become taboo.

What does the GOP propose to do with power even when it is granted to them like in 2016 when they controlled the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and the majority of states? We all know the actual agenda as opposed to election year rhetoric will be more tax cuts, deregulation, military spending and Israel’s wish list and other donor class priorities like criminal justice reform. That’s what is truly at stake in the election and everything else is just window dressing. For decades, the GOP refused to enforce our immigration laws. More recently, it has given up on enforcing the law in half the country. The party of “law and order” now believes that only applies to places that elect Republicans.

Has the GOP gone through a “realignment” that has made the party more nationalist or populist? In 2016, we thought that and boy were we mistaken. By 2020, Donald Trump had turned the government over to Jared Kushner. Steve Bannon, Steve King, Kris Kobach, Roy Moore and Jeff Sessions were all purged. There was no change in its policy agenda. The party has not become more hospitable to nationalists and populists. Instead, it has become more welcoming of homosexuality. With a solid conservative majority on the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch recently read transgenderism into the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In terms of foreign policy, the Trump administration has been the most Zionist administration in history and has followed through on all its belligerent threats against Iran. It has condemned “globalism” in rhetoric without changing much of substance like how it replaced NAFTA with USMCA. Economic populism turned out to be putting Gary Cohn and Larry Kudlow in charge of the economy and cutting the corporate tax rate. BUILD THE WALL turned out to be building about 300 miles of the George W. Bush era border fence while proposing a net neutral merit based immigration system for business lobbyists. Ultimately, it took COVID-19 and the economic crash to reduce immigration levels. Last year, Trump was boasting about how we needed the highest immigration levels ever because of his sizzling economy.

Far from protecting our heritage, we’ve lost around 250 historic monuments and everything from Aunt Jemima to the Gator Chomp under Trump. Instead of striking a blow against SJWs, political correctness has only intensified and transmuted into violent militant wokeness. In 2016, Antifa was a negligible force in America, but by electing Trump we multiplied our enemies over a thousand fold to “trigger the libs.” By supporting Trump, we crippled our presence on the internet. With Trump and the GOP in power, we have endured staggering losses on free speech, free assembly, law and order, equal justice and historic monuments. What did we get in exchange for the losses we took? Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? Israel’s recent diplomatic triumphs with the UAE? The First Step Act?

It is true that Joe Biden will be a terrible president. I can’t bring myself to vote for Joe Biden for all the reasons that most people will be voting against him. I can’t bring myself to vote for Donald Trump and the GOP either though because I just don’t see a path to any of our goals. I don’t believe they will conserve anything except the status quo which gives me no incentive to participate. As I have stated multiple times now, I don’t think it really matters who wins the 2020 election because either outcome will likely end up plunging this country into a dark and violent place that ends in national disintegration. The long term cost of upholding our current elite consensus is that major problems are not dealt with through the normal political process and fester and turn toxic. Eventually, it is going to boil over.

By supporting the mainstream Right, you are consenting to their Terms of Service. In order to be respectable, you are conserving liberalism, modernism, cosmopolitanism, antiracism, multiculturalism, feminism, gay liberation, civil rights, political correctness, all the -isms and -phobias and every other social revolution that the Left has managed to push through since the 1940s. My view is that it is better to opt out and defy all of those taboos and norms. It is better to be radical and different and to have no respect for the respectable than to go along with this bullshit. We should just accept being iced out of mainstream politics. It gives us the creative freedom to create the culture we want.

We’re not welcome in the GOP. They’ve told us this on countless occasions. That’s fine by me. What they call “conservatism” is a joke anyway. Even if they do win and warm a few seats in Congress, it doesn’t change the fact that the country is plunging down an elevator shaft at warp speed. It is better to not be under illusions that these people are even trying to do anything to stop it.