Former Texas governor Rick Perry, after garnering almost no support for his presidential bid, denounced Donald Trump in language almost identical to that used by Left-wing Social Justice Warriors. It was a harsh verbal attack which distinguished the cuckservative worldview from that of nationalists and identitarians. Conventional wisdom among political insiders then was that Trump was sure to eventually go down in flames.
That was then. This is is now. And with Trump having wrapped up the GOP nomination and leading Hillary Clinton in the polls Perry has had a sudden change of heart and now declares that he will help Trump and would like to be his vice president or serve in his cabinet. In recent campaign speeches Trump has laughed at and made fun of such politicians who strongly denounce other candidates and shortly thereafter endorse them.
This example of the politics of popularity points to a fact of human social and political patterns. Most people are not stridently ideological and will conform to the prevailing political or social order. If the government is communist most people will be communist; if it is nationalist most people will be nationalist. The tendancy of most people is to conform and follow. In an individualist liberal post-Modern mess like the USA today most people learn to accept transgendered bathrooms, abortion, feminism and a host of other social ills. This represents a steep challenge to Southern nationalists. But it is also true that people are easily swayed by popular political trends – especially ones which speak to emotional aspects of their identity.
Therein lies hope. Political opportunists abound. There are lots of elected officials like Rick Perry. His type is probably the norm. And the public will go along with those like him. If we gain more influence or power we will be joined by the likes of Perry and large segments of the non-ideological public.