I was buying a few things in the garden shop at Lowe’s yesterday when the clerk, a fiftyish black man, asked me about my MAGA hat. He said, “When you say ‘Make America Great Again’ when exactly are you talking about that America was great? Because the past wasn’t that good for people like me.”
We chatted briefly and it was all polite and pleasant, but when I left I wasn’t happy with my response. It was hot, I was having a bad day, and he caught me off guard, but that was no excuse. I’ve been supporting and blogging about Trump for three years and I should have had a better answer for an obvious question right at my fingertips.
Trying to defend the literal meaning of MAGA is a mistake. MAGA is a political slogan like “Hope and Change,” “Good Jobs at Good Wages,” “A Chicken in Every Pot,” or “Return to Normalcy.” It is simple, effective, it appeals to nostalgia, and it will fit easily on a hat or bumper sticker. Some hapless Democrats have tried to counter it by saying that America was never great.
MAGA is not a detailed ideology or a list of policies and programs. More than anything, MAGA is an attitude. It is an affirmation of patriotism and American exceptionalism. It is a shorthand way to express the opinion that (in 2016) America was headed in the wrong direction. It is a rejection of globalism in favor of colorblind nationalism.
But that isn’t what the guy was asking me about. In fact, he wasn’t really asking me anything. He was telling me (politely) that Donald Trump is a racist. Now where would that man have gotten such a ludicrous idea?
Donald Trump has been a celebrity for a long time, but nobody realized he was a racist until June 16, 2015, when he proclaimed to the world that he was a racist by announcing that he was running for the presidency as a Republican. Upon hearing this announcement the immediately Democrats denounced Trump for his racist behavior and white supremacist beliefs, just as they had denounced the racist behavior and white supremacist beliefs of Mitt Romney, John McCain, Ronald Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln.
Okay, so I made up that part about Lincoln, but if Abe was running for office today I would bet a year’s worth of weed money that the Democrats would play the race card on him. If the original Abraham was running for POTUS with Moses as his running mate the Democrats would call them both antisemites.
Which brings me to the whole point of this post and the question I wish I had asked the man at Lowe’s:
If Donald Trump is not a racist, what reason would you have to not vote for him?
The race card is a powerful trump card. Drop that puppy into any political discussion and the discussion is over. If Trump really was a racist (SPOILER: He’s not) then virtually everyone would agree that he should not be POTUS. Racists rank slightly above pedophiles at the bottom of the respectability scale.
When someone plays the race card on you, any remaining discussion will be about whether or not you are a racist.
“You’re a racist!”
“No, I’m not.”
“Yes, you are.”
All of us here have been called a racist by a Democrat at least one or two million times. Have any of you ever successfully convinced a Democrat to pick-up that race card and admit they were wrong about you? No, you have not. As long as that race card is laying on the table the Democrats cannot lose an argument.
Take away “Trump is a racist” and what do the Democrats have to run on? They can’t run on an antiwar platform because we aren’t at war. We have some troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, but those are leftover problems from previous administrations and Trump wants to bring them home anyway.
The economy is doing so good the Democrats don’t even want to mention it. All they can do is hope and pray that there will be a new recession or some kind of financial crisis a few weeks before the election like in 2008. Unemployment is down and the number of people who are employed is up across all demographics. Inflation is low, wages are rising, and fuel prices are steady.
If you take a look at the policy proposals of all of the 57 Democrats running for president there isn’t a single one that is popular among the voting public, and most of them aren’t even popular with Democrats. Trying to sell “Medicare for All” to people who got burned by Obamacare will be an uphill battle.
Voters don’t want to give up their guns or their cars, and they don’t want open borders or free healthcare for illegal aliens. Joe and Susie Sixpack aren’t thrilled with the idea of having their daughters share bathrooms with dudes in dresses. Voters do not consider global warming to be a priority. If the Democrats say “Socialism!” Trump says “Venezuela!” When the Democrats shriek “ORANGE MAN BAD!” We laugh and shout back: “FOUR MORE YEARS!”
The Democrats bet the rent on Russian collusion and Bobby Mule-Ear but the former flopped and the latter drooled. The Democrats’ obsession with impeachment is turning into a yuge backfire as the worm turns against the Deep State plotters. Some of them will soon be begging for only four years.
If Trump is not a racist, the Democrats have NOTHING. They don’t even have a reason to exist.