Donald Trump caught a wave

The “Great Man” theory of history is hogwash.  Historical events that rely on a heroic individual are vanishingly rare.  Just as our bodies evolved, so did our history.  The events occurring across the world, and here at home, are all part of an evolutionary process.  Trump, the man, is an agent in an evolving story.

Because of the internet, we are at the beginning of a new political era, the era of the common man.  The old order, of the ruling elites, is being overthrown.

The ten thousand year evolution that began with agriculture has entered a new phase.  The great leaps forward of the past  — literacy, science, democracy   —  changed the world. As will the new era of the common man.

Donald Trump didn’t cause this evolution.  He leads it because he understands it, not because he created it.  His genius lies in his ability to see what is happening, to mount the band wagon,

When I started this blog in 2013 it was because I sensed a red tidal wave rising.  It would win the Senate in 2014, and elect a united Republican government in 2016.

This red tide would be so strong that an unprecedented event could happen  —   the use of Article V by the states, using only Republican votes.  And that, too, came to pass, and from 2014 to 2018 the Republican controlled state legislatures, by themselves, could have called for an Amendment Convention to the United States Constitution.  Could have, but didn’t.

It must have been in 2013 that Donald Trump saw the same thing I did.  He saw the red wave coming, and he decided to jump aboard.

He caught that wave, and he’s sitting on top of the world.

First they came for Roger Stone . . .

. . . and they did not speak out.

The corruption of the liberal soul is now complete.  They watch with amused contempt at the abusive arrest of the outlandish gadfly Roger Stone.  Oh, he’s a Trump toadie, to hell with him!

The government that can use terror tactics on the burlesque Stone can use them on you, brother.

Then they came for the liberals  —  and there was no one left to speak for them.

Wall to you, fence to me

Webster’s says a wall is a work or structure intended for defense or security.  A fence is an enclosing barrier.  Wall is Anglo-Saxon, fence is French.  They’re two words for essentially the same thing, one derived from German, one Latin.  It’s like bit-morsel, or wish-desire, or room-chamber.  They’re basically the same thing, expressed differently.

Walls, shmalls.  We want border security.  We want illegals kept out of this country.  The Democrats say that’s what they want as well.

Let’s see what they’ve got, and work from there.

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

How people answer that question will decide the 2020 election.  Not, how’s the country doing.  How are you doing?

With his tax cuts, deregulation and trade reforms Trump has set the stage for an economic boom, just as we had under Reagan in the 80’s.  Our labor may be expensive, but our energy is cheap, and manufacturing will return to our shores.  The working men and women of America, the new base of Trump’s Republican Party, will see their wages rise.  Cutting off the flow of cheap illegal immigrant labor will especially help black and latino workers.

The Democrats want more government.  They’re the government party.  But Americans in the private sector don’t trust the government, and want it out of their lives.  Unless you identify as a persecuted minority, big government doesn’t sell.

Since the Democratic candidate will want increased taxes and a war on Wall Street, the big money boys will have nowhere to go.  A third, independent candidate would give them someone to support.  Since giant egos are involved (hell, I’m richer and smarter than that stupid Trump!) I expect one of them won’t be able to resist the temptation to insert himself as a third choice, assuring Trump’s reelection.

If you don’t self-identify as a black, or gay, or a woman, but as an American, you’ll vote for Trump not only because you’re better off.  But also because you know your country is better off too.

 

Keep your 2020 vision

On election day, the Great Wall Shutdown of 2019 will be a hazy memory.  What was it all about?  Oh, yes, Trump wanted a border wall, and he shut down the government trying to get it.  And in November of 2020, what will people think of a barrier on our southern border?  If we have one, it will be working.  If we don’t, the situation at the border will be a national disgrace.

So, will Trump pay a political price for this shutdown?  Will Lou Dobbs and Ann Coulter mount a primary challenge from the right?  His base trusts Trump.  They know he’s doing a fabulous job under extreme duress.  And they love him for it.  He’s doing all a man can do.

Pelosi can strut and fret her hour upon the stage, but her days are numbered.  She’s a lame duck, and blind to it.  In 2020 a new leader in the Democratic Caucus will be elected, and the maneuvering has already begun.  I know this because I know how legislators think.  I was one.  They’re always looking ahead, to the next leadership election.  A lot of Democrats would love to be Speaker of the House.  Pelosi can’t win again.  She’s old, and weak.

There will be a new Majority Leader as well, and the jostling for that great plum has begun as well.  Current leader Steny Hoyer will be 80 this year, and he’s got to go.

Along with the Democratic Presidential melee, the House Democrats will offer great fun in the months ahead.  Who will AOC and the other radicals support?  Will their next Speaker be a Bernie Sanders socialist?

In the mean time, the economy is booming, and Trump is bringing home the troops.  The timing of the next election will suit Donald J. Trump just fine.