Sunday, January 29, 2017

Abbeville Institute author at "Breitbart"

As I dig into Breitbart I am making interesting discoveries. I see that Brion McClanahan is the author of seven articles in 2016. No articles before and so far as of 1/29/2017 no articles in 2017.

All seven articles are articles to praise Trump or discredit Trump's opponents or both.

We should watch carefully who Trump nominates to various boards relating to scholarship and arts. For example the National Institute of Humanities. M.E. Bradford may not have been able to get nominated to the National Institute of Humanities, but McClanahan might. Some may say that the Democrats in the Senate would prevent it, good luck with that.

Brion McClanahan is a major figure at, a neo-Confederate organization.

I see that McClanahan is able to give his neo-Confederate interpretations of history.

In this article, "Donald the Good," McClanahan attacks James G. Blaine, Republican presidential candidate of 1884. McClanahan's leadership role in the Abbeville Institute isn't mentioned.

In this article, "Trump Foreign Policy Speech Makes all the Right Enemies," mentions that McClanahan is the author  of "9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America -- and Four Who Tried to Save Her." I just bought the book while writing this blog posting.

You can read about the book here. You will notice that it is endorsed by neo-Confederates Lew Rockwell and Clyde Wilson.  The presidents who are listed as messing up America are Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Barack Obama.

The ones the thought tried to save here were Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler, Grover Cleveland, and Calvin Coolidge.

Somewhat inconsistently Brion McClanahan praises Trump as another Andrew Jackson in his article, "Is Donald Trump the Andrew Jackson or Aaron Burr of our Time?".

If you look at this website you will see a list of Scholars & Writers for America statement of endorsement for Donald Trump.

I see in it persons who wrote for Texas Republic, Southern Partisan and Chronicles magazine. I should emphasize that most of the writers on this list haven't. But I see a fair number who did, as well as those who wrote for the Abbeville Institute and at least one who I think was involved with the League of the South Institute.

Again, it is likely that they will expect to be appointed to some board or committee and apply their neo-Confederate or fringe ideology to American culture.

I do not have any information at  all whether Trump supports the thinking of any of these individuals or Brion McClanahan. I think that Trump, if he is sincere about his slogan, "Make America Great Again," should not appoint any neo-Confederates to any position or employ them in his administration.

By the way Lino Graglia what was your opinion of whether Texas should have joined the Union?

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