Russell Kirk and the Providence of Permanence

Source: The American Conservative
by James P Pinkerton

“Months before the 2024 election, we’re already sensing the tremors of the political ruckus — maybe convulsion is a better word — to come. Top Democrats and allied celebrities routinely compare Donald Trump to Hitler. For his part, Trump says, ‘If we don’t win on November 5, I think our country is going to cease to exist.’ Got apocalypse? Why yes, both sides have plenty. In fact, the ’24 balloting will start in mid-September in some states, and the counting and adjudicating could stretch into, well, who knows. For perspective, the outcome of the 1876 presidential election was not settled until March 2, 1877. Kirk would probably doubt the attachment of any of the presidential candidates to the permanent things, even if he might well have a preference.” (05/15/24)