I don’t know who will be taking the oath of office next January, but whether he does it in two months or four years and two months, Donald Trump will have to leave the Oval Office and become a private citizen again. And sooner or later he will shuffle off this mortal coil just like us lesser mortals do eventually.
Matthew Boose at American Greatness:
There’s a reason that Trump commands a fierce devotion that the losers in his party, people like Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse, could never hope to obtain. He is an historic phenomenon, a singular personality the likes of which we have never seen, and are unlikely to see recur, in our lifetimes.
Trump has done what few men can say of themselves: he altered the course of events in a way that no one saw coming. Totally by surprise, he presented an opportunity to save a nation in decline, an opportunity which, if lost, we acknowledge may never return. That is what has made these four years so momentous, so eventful, and so full of conflict. Trump’s enemies sensed it too, which is why they have worked so desperately to crush him.
Few men could have withstood the extreme pressures that Trump has faced these four years. Millions of Americans have been inspired by his incredible tenacity through it all. America does not produce many great men anymore, but Trump is a great man: he has an unusual degree of courage and willpower, qualities rare in our time in any measure.
The kept Right, whether out of ignorance or cynicism, think that Trump is too strong, too uncouth, too “racist.” But Trump and his supporters understand that the opposition is vicious, evil, and totally without honor, and that future leaders who want to defend America in more than name would have to be willing and able to incur enormous hostility and personal risk. Knockoffs will not suffice.
“Trumpism” is a vague thing, and the Republian establishment and the kept Right are eager to jettison Trump and leave us with an ersatz version of his movement. Trump’s primary achievement, says Rubio, is that he made the Republican Party the home of a “multi-racial working class.” But this elides an essential part of Trump’s rise, which was that he acknowledged American whites who had felt put upon and alienated in an increasingly hostile regime. Any “Trumpism” that lacks the courage to push back against the relentless, anti-white sentiment of the Left is counterfeit.
Trump’s movement is a genuine revolution. Like any revolution, it is liable to corruption and change. This has happened with many movements before: the momentum gets lost, and it turns into a husk of its former self. If we’re being unsparingly honest, it is possible that Trump’s movement dies with him. History does not always offer second chances.
Some people say that Trump is the leader of a cult of personality. There is an arguable case for that point of view, but there is an even stronger case for TDS being a cult of anti-personality. Love him or hate him, but Trump draws millions of people who let their lives revolve around him.
So what will we all do when Trump is gone? Will we be like the ancient Hebrews in Egypt, held in bondage while we wait for a deliverer? Waiting and hoping for a hero is not a good strategy for winning. Among other things it sets you up to fall for charlatans and con men. Remember “We are the ones we have been waiting for?” Millions of Americans fell for a con man and look where that got us.
Legend has it that after the great Spanish hero El Cid died his wife ordered his men to strap his armor on his body and mount him on a horse so he could lead them into battle against the invading Muslims. A very inspiring story, but it didn’t stop the invaders from capturing Valencia and holding it for over 100 years. I really don’t want to see Trump’s corpse leading anything.
Most of us here are Baby Boomers with a few Generation Jones and Gen Xers. (Helen may fall into the pre-boomer category.) Thanks to our parents’ and grandparents’ generations we were lucky to live in a time when freedom and prosperity could be taken for granted. We didn’t have to fight for those things. We have become soft and complacent, and our children are even more so.
If we want to keep our country we have to be willing to fight for it. I’m not gonna lie, it entails some risks. Take a look at the Medal of Honor recipients and see how many of them received their medals posthumously.
The next guy who tells me his sad feelz are so intense over the election that he’s not going to vote in Georgia or anywhere else ever again cuz all is lost and blah blah blah is getting slapped.
Hard. I’m getting tired of loser talk, and I won’t have it.
This is for the benefit of the weak-hearts: Oh no, did you have a set-back? Did stuff not work out the way you wanted? Is it – gasp! – hard?
Too bad. Man up. Or woman up. Or genderfluid up. Just stop bawling like Brian Stelter over his cousins when he gets passed a bowl of mashed potatoes and get your head right. We’re in a fight. Fix your bayonets and follow me over the top.
Freedom, justice, and liberty aren’t easy to win. If they were, everyone would have them. When the going gets tough, the tough don’t act like a bunch of millennial college students sobbing over microaggressions – and when you find, to your horror as I just did, that Word recognizes and autocorrects “microaggressions,” you don’t take that as a sign of cultural defeat and just give up and put in your application for cultural serfdom.
Die on your feet before you live on your knees.
We need millions of people to come together without Trump the same way they did with Trump. Many of those people will be rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. We need more deplorables. What we don’t need are piously polite pissants like Mitt Romney telling us to preemptively surrender in the name of unity.