When the presidential primary season began over a year ago, I was hoping that Senator Rand Paul would be able to fight his way to the top of the field to become the nominee. These hopes came to an end when Senator Paul dropped out of the race following the Iowa primary. After his exit, my only interest in the political discourse was to stay relatively informed of what was going on. I was never supportive of any other candidate in the G.O.P line up, and I especially disliked Donald Trump. And while I disapproved of Trump, I was never part of the shrill “never Trump” crowd. Watching Glenn Beck’s attempt to anoint Senator Ted Cruz as the American Davidic King was as sickening as it was pitiful. The failed anointing was as equally sad as Senator Cruz selecting Carly Fiorina as his running mate before a nominee was even selected.
While I remained reluctant to get on board the Trump train, I noticed a few things along the way. Most noticeably was how Trump would not allow the media, debate moderators, pundits, commentators, political analysts, or others competing with him on the primary stage to dictate how he ought to conduct himself during the heated political battle. The “America first” New Yorker smashed the usual contest decorum to pieces. And while his Republican adversaries incessantly squealed about his demeanor, they didn’t realize they were systematically falling into his strategy. Trump wanted the other candidates to look weak, pathetic, and feckless when pushed out of their comfort zone. It worked. Jeb Bush exemplified the traits of a frightened child when Trump went after not only him, but the entire Bush family legacy. Jeb! eventually took his war chest home, head drooping and tail tucked between his legs. When Senators Rubio and Cruz finally realized that Trump was not going to back down they franticly adopted their adversary’s tactics. By doing this, they looked desperate, unoriginal, and feeble. Instead of matching the bravado of Trump, “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted” were only standing on footstools to take a swing at the current king of the primary hill.
Mainstream “conservative” pundits were also aghast at the things Donald Trump had the temerity to mention without their permission. One of the most trenchant facts Trump brought to the front of the discussion was how George W. Bush failed to secure our nation’s safety on 9/11. Traditionally, most of the opinion molders situated at the conformist “conservative” outlets argue, “President George Bush kept us safe after 9/11.” For some reason this moronic statement receives a reactionary thunderous applause. Presidents don’t get a mulligan on national security following the largest terror attack in American history. Trump finally put this talking point to rest.
The tenacity of Trump’s attack put the Bush Republican foreign policy of nation building and military adventurism in the grave. Sick of watching America’s sons’ die in the Middle East, the American people stand ready to push in the dirt.
In addition to the America first language brought to the foreign policy dialogue, Trump brought a revitalized emphasis on the American worker. Rather than repeating the talking points of a faceless economic system single-mindedly fixated on the abstraction of markets, efficiencies, resource allocation, prices, and utility maximization, Trump talked about the most important facet of an economy – the people. Instead of discussing “the market,” Trump spoke to the workers laboring day-in and day-out trying to raise a family. Instead of emphasizing the “benefits” of “free trade”, Trump spoke to the communities destroyed by the Clinton globalist policies following NAFTA, which resulted in factories being sent to third world countries in the name of profit maximization. Not a single candidate directly competing with Trump could counter his efforts on the economy because they were part of the system ignoring the people they are supposed to represent – the American worker. Donald Trump seemed to understand that the economy was made for man, not man for the economy.
Immigration is another vital topic Trump spoke about in a way that has not been sanctioned by the progressive multiculturalists, corporatists, and internationalists. His message is very simple, without borders and the rule of law there is no United States of America. How do you counter the simplicity of this obvious fact? There is only one way, and that is to appeal to the emotions of the voters. However, the emotional attachment of the American citizen is found in the sacred bond shared with their fellow countrymen. Progressive elites love their ideals, but the workingman loves their community and country. If the cost of patriotism were to be labeled a racist by an Ivy League progressive, the mantle of patriotism would be well earned. The unconstrained ideal of multicultural equality pales in comparison to the reality of communities decimated by policies in pursuit of egalitarian Utopia. If the wellbeing of the American citizen is not part of the equation when discussing immigration, then the policies being suggested are most likely associated with special interests, and not the preservation of a nation’s heritage and culture. Instead of pandering to these interests, Trump ignored them and focused on the American citizen working for their family, community, and most often proudly defending their country.
These were some of the things I noticed about Trump’s message while simultaneously being frustrated and angered by his clear lack of rudimentary articulation of policies addressing our political reality. A question I constantly asked myself was, “Why can’t Trump articulate a clear position on…” and fill in the blank. This question was misplaced. I wanted a conservative Cicero or Marcus Aurelius. But Trump was not running as a conservative, nor does he possess the rhetorical capabilities of a groomed statesman. Donald Trump was running as an American forged in the heated trials of the business world; he cares about America and Americans, not the poll polished vocabulary of the seasoned agenda driven demagogue. To be sure, Donald Trump is a populist demagogue, but for once the demagogue was on the side of the American people, rather than the special interests funding campaigns and getting backroom deals before legislation is passed in Congress.
Now, consider what Donald Trump has accomplished at this point to win the Republican primary. He single handedly defied the predictions of the media and defeated the “most talented” pool of Republican statesman in the history of the party. He dethroned the neoconservative golden boy, Senator Marco Rubio, despite being selected and handcrafted by the experts at The Weekly Standard. He demonstrated that a new era of Reagan’s legacy being ushered in the Oval Office by Senator Ted Cruz to be a well-crafted mirage of faux-conservative talking points. He has exposed the corruption and moral hypocrisy of the media, the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party. He has single handedly upended the stronghold of multilateral liberal interventionists and the 3rd wave unilateral Wilsonian neoconservatives controlling our foreign policy at the behest of the Israel Lobby. He has shined the spotlight on the dishonest immigration polices that supposedly strengthen America’s diversity while in reality obliterate our borders, weaken our working class economy, and pave the way to an amnesty motivated policy ensuring a progressive legacy in our government for decades to come. Donald Trump has accomplished all of this while everyone confidently asserted his presumptive defeat while fading into the distance as a political joke.
Everyone was wrong. I was wrong.
To be continued…
– Lucas G. Westman