A new epoch in American history

The first stage of American history was the founding itself  —  the Revolution and then the establishment of a national government with the adoption of the Constitution.  This  Washingtonian era began with the Albany Plan of Union in 1754, and lasted 46 years..

The second American epoch was the great territorial expansion, which was largely the work of Jefferson, Jackson and their proteges, and of the Democratic Party they founded.  For 60 years, from 1800 to 1860, we gradually established our control over the better part of North America, and became the continental Empire of Liberty that the founding fathers dreamed of.

This era ended with the Civil War, and the ascendance of a new party, the Republicans under Lincoln.  In our third national epoch, lasting 72 years, the business of America was business.  Laissez faire capitalism was the order of the day.  The United States became the most powerful economic force in the world.

The next, fourth great stage of our history was the work of the Democratic Party and Franklin Roosevelt and his successors.  Truman, Johnson, Clinton and Obama were all carrying on FDR’s New Deal tradition.  For 84 years, from 1932 to 2016, the work of expanding the welfare state continued, albeit in fits and starts.

All of these historical epochs lasted roughly a human lifetime.  All were identified with one dominant political party.  All came to an end, their mission completed.   First we became a nation.  Then we conquered most of North America.  Then we became the world’s leading economy.  Then we became a welfare state.

Washington founded our country.   Jefferson and Jackson gave it the borders we have today.  Lincoln and the Republicans gave us our national wealth.  FDR, Johnson and Obama have given us the welfare state.  Now it’s time for something new.

This new era will initially be identified with Trump, and he deserves this honor.  He saw that his time, and the time of a great American revival, was at hand, and he seized it.  But he isn’t really responsible for this new era.  The New Deal and the Democratic Party were exhausted, they were out of ideas and out of gas.  Any political party that would nominate a candidate as bad as Hillary Clinton is clearly on its last legs.  Trump saw weakness, and pounced.

Trump is implementing the ideas of conservative thinkers going back to William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater in the 1950’s and 60’s.  I know because that’s how long I’ve been a conservative political activist.  I subscribed to National Review in 1961, founded  a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom in 1963, campaigned for Goldwater in 1964, and became Chairman of the U. C. Berkeley Young Republicans in 1965.  And I’ve been at it ever since.

So it is with a great deal of satisfaction that I view current political developments.  I feel as though everything I’ve worked for and believed in is being vindicated.  My first and favorite political hero, Barry Goldwater, would be proud.

If this is, indeed, a new political epoch, the Republicans will need to win four or five Presidential elections in a row.  It begins in 2020.  And things look good.

Just look at the opposition.




The mind of a Nork

Victor Cha is a Korean-American, and seems to know more about North Korea than anyone who talks about it.  He almost became Trump’s Ambassador to South Korea, and his 2013 book, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, is a must read if you want to understand our dilemma.

I certainly learned a lot reading it yesterday.  For one thing, the people of North Korea love the Kims, all of them, I, II, and III.  Kim I was a Korean George Washington, leading his country in a war against the hegemon of the world, the United States, a war in which he can claim victory.  What’s more, for at least 20 years after that war ended in 1953 North Korea was more stable and prosperous than South Korea.  Before and during World War II, Japan invested heavily in industrial infrastructure in North Korea, and this was the basis of relative North Korean prosperity for a generation.

Kim III doesn’t need to worry about a popular insurrection against him.  He won’t wind up like Ceaucescu of Romania, or Libya’s Khaddafi.  Some people tolerate despotism better than others.  Like the North Koreans, and the Russians, who today actually have fond memories of the beast Stalin.

This popular support gives him the confidence he needs to chart a new path for his country.  The people will follow him.  His government will obey him.

If the man has any heart at all, he’s got to look at these millions of his countrymen  —  who admire and look up to him —  and feel their pain.  He wants a better life for his people.  He’s lived in the west, he knows what is out there.  As he looks at South Korea, and China, and even Vietnam he sees rising standards of living, and a better life.  If he thinks he can deliver that to his people, he’ll do it.

It appears as though there’s a young Kim IV that has been kept out of sight.  What kind of life does Kim III want for his son and heir, and for the rest of his family?  Can he give his son a better life than he’s had?  If he can, he will.

I think Kim III has decided to go for it.  Let us all wish him well.



From the Santelli rant to Singapore

When CNBC’s Rick Santelli ignited the modern Tea Party on 2-19-09, a new political movement was born.  It prided itself on its spontaneity, and its collective nature.  The Tea Party didn’t have leaders, and it didn’t want leaders.  It was sort of anti-politician.

It was a reaction to the “fundamental transformation of America” that the new President, globalist extraordinaire Barack Obama, had embarked on.  It formed in reaction to him.  It was an opposition, or a resistance, to his program.

In part because it was hobbled by Obama’s IRS, the Tea Party faltered after its  great victories of 2010, and Obama squeaked by to reelection in 2012.  The Tea Party had failed, and died.

And then, in October of 2013, it was born again.  Obamacare was put into effect, and it was a total and unmitigated disaster.  Obama’s and the Democrat’s lies were exposed, and they were brazen, inexcusable.  The Democrats would be punished for it in 2014 by the loss of the Senate.

The opposition, or resistance, which reformed after October of 2013 still lacked a leader.  The Republican nominee for President would assume leadership of the resistance, and 2016 promised to be a banner year for Republicans regardless of who that person was.

The stars were aligned for whichever candidate prevailed.  Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate with no message, no program.  Anybody could beat Clinton.

And then along came Trump, the leader the Tea Party never had.  He took control of the Tea Party, and used it to take control of the Republican Party.  Nothing of the kind had ever been done before.  Trump was a unique political phenomenon.

He personifies what the Tea Party is all about.  He’s not a politician.  He’s utterly fearless.  And he’s brilliant.

He’s doing what any patriotic American would do if he were President.  He’s standing up for his country, and its people.  He’s freeing the country from the federal government.  His judges will soon begin restoring the rule of law.

Donald Trump had the wit to see that his moment had come, and the courage to seize it.  And now he’s off to Singapore to make peace.