Like left cover, right cover is a way for the powers that be to use members of the Republican party to implement policies particularly egregious to their constituents. As a caller once said to me, “the Democrats won’t take our guns. It’ll take a Republican to do that.” As Obama continued Bush’s Endless Wars in the Middle East without peep or protest from the left, so too might Trump balloon the national debt and gut the Bill of Rights without protest from the right–and who knows what else might be in store from this “man of the people.”
As Willy Loman likes to say, when describing such things as President Peace Prize’s ability to drop 20,000 bombs on Syria and Iraq last year and have no discussion in the media, no protests, nothing, that BO has “left-cover.” I always said the military industrial complex uses Democratic presidents to silence the anti-war left, but the concept of left-cover is much broader–it can include cronyism, banking privilege, job-destroying policies…anything the shadow government or those with power and influence want that venal politicians want to deliver can be more easily foisted upon a constituency of supporters who make excuses rather than dissent lest their man lose the next election–as if it matters once he betrays the cause…
My fear is that Trump will give right-cover to everything from continued encroachments on the Bill of Rights to Big Government spending to a spike not only in the national debt but in interest rates as well (as every banker in the cabal is saying: “Woo Hoo!”)
And don’t even worry about silencing the anti-war right–those traditional conservatives who recognized the principles of a just war and the Constitutional requirement for Congressional declarations of war–the neocons did that quite deliberately and quite cynically years ago. As Irving Kristol said in his book, Neo-Conservatism: the Autobiography of an Idea:
I recently attended a couple of private dinners in Washington with foreign-policy experts, both in the administration and out. These were all more or less conservatives–no”doves”–and I was shocked to hear every discussion of policy turn around such questions as: “Dare we propose such a course of action to the American people?” “What will they think?” “How will they respond?” Constant reference was made to opinion polls as indicating how difficult the making of foreign policy now is [i.e. since Viet Nam]. But surely it is evident that, on matters of foreign policy, opinion polls are not worth the paper they are written on.
The American people know–their common sense tells them–that [foreign policy] is a subject (economic policy is another) about which they know little, and that their opinions are not reasoned opinions, only shallow attitudes that are waiting to be shaped or reshaped into firm opinion. That shaping is the task of political leadership, which has to lead–to make decisions and then be judged by the results. The kind of timid deference to supposed popular opinion now visible in Washington’s elites only serves to diminish popular confidence in their wisdom and their competence.
You think that’s bad…you see what he wrote about the religious right!
*I have a feeling “right-cover” is going to come up so much over the next few years, I made it a new category! Stay-tuned! #WTWOF