As some of you may be aware, Steve Bannon was recently appointed as chief strategist for the Trump Administration. The media immediately began making
note of his association with the alterative right, or "alt-right". Now, I admit that I really hadn't heard the term until this election cycle so I
did a little digging. It is true that Bannon is associated with it as he is quoted, "We're the platform for the alt-right,' Bannon told me proudly
when I interviewed him at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July. Though disavowed by every other major conservative news outlet, the
alt-right has been Bannon's target audience ever since he took over Breitbart News from its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, four years ago"
I decided to look into just what the alt-right stands for and it didn't take long for me to conclude that the rhetoric we've been hearing from the
left may be justified. I'll leave you with what I've found so far and let everyone do their own research, as I cannot spend time going down this
rabbit hole any further right now.
A few years ago a guy named Richard B. Spencer started a blog called Alternative Right (link
front page claims "We are The Founding Site of the Alt-Right". Spencer is currently the president of The National Policy Institute
). That site's front page proclaims, "NPI is an independent organization dedicated to the heritage,
identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world. It was founded in 2005 by William Regnery and Samuel T.
Francis, in conjunction with Louis R. Andrews". I'll let each of you take what you will from that description. However, I found a blurb on Louis R.
Andrews from 2009, "Louis R. Andrews, chairman of a white advocacy group called the National Policy Institute, said he does not support violence, but
he expects to see increased racial animosity that will eventually manifest itself in more physical attacks.
'There's no such thing as post-racial,' Andrews said, when asked about the claim that Obama's election moved American race relations to a
different place. 'There's conflict, conflict and continued conflict.'
Andrews said he voted for Obama because 'I want to see the Republican Party destroyed, so it can be reborn as a party representing the interests of
white people, and not entrenched corporate elites'"
Some of you may have voted for Trump and some against. I'm not posting this as a critique of the election. It's over and Trump won. But as we move
from presidential campaign to presidential administration, I'd like all of you to dig a bit into who Trump is surrounding himself with and decide if
that's really the direction you'd like to see this country go.