Donald Trump and the politics of hope

I originally wrote this column June 16, 2016 – the one-year anniversary of Trump announcing his candidacy. I think it is worth posting now.

One year ago, ordinary Americans were at the point of despair: there appeared to be no hope for our country.

Gay marriage had just been undemocratically declared the law of the land, much to the dismay of social conservatives. The war on ISIS was being lost. Christians were being sued, mocked and persecuted by Leftist social justice warriors. Every word emanating from President Obama’s mouth about how great the economy was, or how much “hope and change” he was providing the American people, felt false and hollow.

The white working class was literally dying of despair, and the streets of Baltimore and Ferguson were being burned by racist agitators. Mass immigration of unskilled third-worlders threatened to render the concept of a national border meaningless, and ordinary citizens such as Kate Steinle experienced the horrors of this immigration firsthand. National pride was at an all-time low, and few thought the country was heading in the right direction.

Total victory for the Left appeared imminent, and they knew it, too. Hillary Clinton was anointed to continue the legacy of President Obama, and her rise to power seemed all but inevitable. The Left was hungry for blood, and conservatives were feeling the first fatal blows. All seemed lost—but suddenly, as if by a miracle, help arrived.

One year ago, Donald J. Trump entered the political arena. With a simple but profound message, “Make America Great Again,” he electrified the debate, bringing to attention issues no one had dared to touch—ever.

It turns out that mass immigration from Mexico is indeed harmful, not only to American lives and livelihoods, but to American national identity as well. It turns out the working class has been gutted by trade deals with foreign nations. It turns out that political correctness can literally kill, and that President Obama has little interest in winning the war against radical Islam. Perhaps the Iraq War was a mistake after all.

As Trump methodically destroyed sixteen highly talented GOP candidates during the primary season, he exposed their weaknesses, turning voters against them by simply speaking the truth. Pundits claimed Trump would never win a primary with his radically unorthodox message and radically unorthodox methods: they were totally, utterly wrong. They attempted complex rationalizations for Trump’s rise, but failed to miss the central point: that Trump’s success was predicated on speaking the unspeakable but basic truths that everyone knows.

It has been an uphill, but ultimately victorious battle for the ordinary Americans of all races, sexes and social classes that support Trump. Over the past year, we have boldly confronted the Republican and Democratic political establishments; Big Business; the Evangelical, Mainline and Catholic religious establishments; and of course nearly every major media outlet.

A fool’s errand? No: we have been successful beyond our wildest dreams. Every major figure or organization that opposes Trump has been revealed to be either deeply corrupt, or perfectly comfortable with the corrupt status quo.

We’ve been called racist, fascistic and xenophobic; un-Christian, mean-spirited and Islamophobic; traitors to conservatism, low-information and unprincipled; protectionist, isolationist and nativist for our support of Trump—but we don’t care.

We’ve even had to go against our own party. Our self-appointed intellectual superiors have totally caved to the Left, demanding that we be “punished” for supporting Trump (George Will), and have claimed for those of us who are working class, that our communities “deserve to die” (Kevin D. Williamson).

They’ve belittled us as Trumpkins, Trumpsters and Trumpbots, and have grown increasingly angry and bitter at our success. But we don’t care—we know we are the future not only of conservatism, but of our country.

Trump now controls the narrative, and the Left is on the defensive. Communists, racial agitators, social justice warriors, open borders advocates and Hillary Clinton know their time is short. And they tremble, because their reign of terror will soon collapse.

Many of the aforementioned problems in our country unfortunately still exist. They won’t go away overnight. But now, everything is different.

Why? Thanks to the Donald, we now have hope. And that hope makes all the difference in the world.


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