Monday, December 28, 2020

An Essential Man

Once upon a time, there was a president called Ronald Reagan—a model of decency and probity, at once great and self-effacing, who, above all, was truly in love with America and saw it as his sacred mission to preserve and strengthen American freedom. During his eight-year tenure, he revitalized the U.S. economy, snapped us out of what his disastrous predecessor had referred to as “our malaise,” and helped bring down the Soviet Union. 

Then he walked off into the sunset. And for the next seven presidential terms, we had to make do with mediocrity and self-dealing. Both parties were dominated by crime families—sorry, I mean political dynasties. The Bushes were uninspiring. The Clintons were pure slime. 

The 1960s had introduced a toxic counterculture rooted in reflexive oikophobia. It had grown apace ever since. The Bushes did nothing to resist it; Clinton himself was very much a part of it. In a famous speech at the 1992 Republican convention, Pat Buchanan warned that America was in a “culture war”—a “war for the soul of America.” 

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He was right. But he identified the primary enemy as gays. In fact, the culture war had nothing to do with gays. It was about, among other things, professors who praised Marx and kids who wore Che t-shirts. After 9/11, it was also about people who, not knowing a thing about Islam, whitewashed it and claimed that America had deserved the jihadist attacks. 

Buchanan’s speech was a great gift to the counterculturists: it enabled them to paint the GOP as a party not of freedom but of bigotry. He wasn’t alone. There were plenty of Republican politicians who, instead of being clear about the nature of the culture war, lazily played the anti-gay card. 

Meanwhile the real enemy within grew apace, all but unopposed. 

Then along came Barack Obama. He was the enemy within. His memoir Dreams from My Father suggested that he had far more affection for Kenya and Indonesia than for America. His mentor, Jeremiah Wright, was a virulent America-hater. 

During the 2008 campaign, Obama posed as a healer of America’s oldest wounds. He turned out to be a divider. Soon after taking office, he ran off to Cairo to tell pretty lies about Islam. 

In the years that followed, the enemy within cemented its control over large swathes of academia, big business, and the news media. Poisonous academic notions about group identity, victimhood, oppression, and white supremacy went mainstream. 

And instead of using his unique position as America’s first black president to resist all this, Obama encouraged it. 

A Hero Rides In—On an Escalator

All seemed lost. Then Donald Trump came down that shiny escalator, introducing a campaign with a simple slogan: “America First.” 

At first his candidacy looked like a stunt. But his performance in the primaries opened our eyes. For the first time since Reagan, we saw a worthwhile alternative to cowardly careerist politicians with no convictions and no cojones—pols who were, at worst, aggressively pushing a divisive, anti-American agenda and, at best, quietly overseeing America’s managed decline.

Media commentators, themselves products of the post-1960s counterculture, pronounced Trump a buffoon and a vulgarian; millions of Americans, however, looked at him and saw a potential savior—a real warrior who shared their love of America and who, it seemed, might just win the culture war. 

Like Reagan, Trump actually seemed to care about ordinary Americans. The Bushes and Clintons had gotten rich as “public servants”; Trump, a billionaire, stood only to lose money by throwing his hat in the ring. 

A longtime New York fixture, he was famous for hiring smart people regardless of their sex, race, or sexual orientation. He supported same-sex marriage long before Obama or Hillary Clinton did. During the campaign, unlike GOP candidates before him, he never came close to gay-bashing. Yet the Left portrayed him as a bigot, and veteran GOP bigshots accused him, hilariously, of having sullied a party that had once oozed dignity and class. 

Meanwhile, Obama, Clinton, and Biden conspired to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump presidency with lies about nefarious foreign ties. In fact, it was Hillary and Biden, all along, who had the nefarious foreign ties. 

The four years that followed Trump’s inauguration were crowded with triumphs, domestic and foreign, of the sort that no president in our lifetimes—not even Reagan—had dreamed of achieving. And every day, the media, in lockstep, deep-sixed those triumphs while bashing Trump. 

Quite simply, over the course of the Trump years, what had once been the counterculture, became the dominant culture, and went mad. Word went out that everything was racist; that there are dozens of genders and that you are whatever sex you say you are; and that police departments should be defunded. The death of a previously obscure Minneapolis thug led to months of destructive riots all over the country, and even abroad.  

The culture war had finally come to a head. In George Floyd, the former counterculture had found its unworthy martyr. In Trump, law-abiding Americans had found their hero. And the enemies within had shed their mainstream masks and were doing everything they could to bring the president down. 

A Lone Hero

During his presidency, Trump has seemed almost to be acting alone, with members of his own administration and party lined up against him. Except in the final days of Richard Nixon’s presidency, when have we ever seen a president so alone? When in recent American history, except during the New York mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani, had so positive a turnaround been so obviously attributable to a single individual? 

Yes, the idea of a country being saved by a single “great man” can be dangerous. In the last century, it led to the dictatorships of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and several others. But facts are facts: Trump, today, is America’s essential man. Though surrounded by enemies in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and all over Washington, he’s enjoyed an unprecedented level of public support. 

Never—and this assertion seems unarguable—have so many Americans loved their president so much, or trusted him so implicitly, or been so certain of his genuine concern for their welfare. Watching Trump rallies on TV, I’ve often found myself thinking: if only Adams or Jefferson or Franklin could see this! 

Because this wasn’t by any means a Communist-style cult of personality, with people feeling scared not to cheer. This was the real thing—a good thing—a democratically elected leader being applauded by ordinary citizens from every imaginable kind of background for keeping his promises and for serving his people. 

Uniformly, the counterculture-bred “journalists” who “reported” on these peaceful patriotic events depicted the participants as scum. Then, toward the end of Trump’s term, cities around America erupted in violent riots by members of what once would have been called the counterculture, and the same “journalists” depicted those participants as heroes. 

Finally, the ultimate culture war atrocity: a manifestly stolen election.  

The theft was breathtaking in the insane lust for power, and the contempt for opponents, that made it possible. It was stunning in its brazenness. Which made sense: for decades, as it had advanced apace—in what has been called “the long march through the institutions”—the counterculture had grown used to easy conquests. It apparently hadn’t expected much in the way of resistance this time, either. 

The whole scenario is quite clear. They’re just like schoolyard bullies. Because Trump supporters are honest, good-mannered, and peaceable, they take us for wimps. 

And alas, some old-line Republican members of Congress, who at this point are perhaps all that’s standing between us and a Biden presidency, are wimps—prepared to roll over to maintain a factitious peace. 

The majority of our Supreme Court justices—who, against all logic, denied that Texas has standing to challenge the presidential vote in another state—are wimps, too. 

18 comments:

  1. Point of order... Newt was right about the fuggin queers. Unless you are good with the 52 genders, Drag Queen Story Hour, and the pedos trying to get their perversion redefined as an”orientation”...

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  2. These kind of delusional writings forget even Conservative Republican's major flaws! Reagan's major flaw? He was the President who started the major Federal Government debt spending binge! His "Supply side" economics used Government "Stimulus" errr DEBT to get the economy growing, and guess what? Every President after him did the same thing. And Trump? same major error but on steroids! What that means is this ignoring of the perverse amount of debt the federal government is in, and the adding to it would have undermined ANY radical changes Trump could have implemented! Let's get real people on what this country needs, it is not ANOTHER so called conservative Republican President who blithely ignores the insurmountable debt that this country is in!

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    1. Well, Anon, apparently you flunked Civics 101 - if you were ever TAUGHT it, that is. IF you were, you must have been the kid sleeping their hangover off in the back row of the class.

      Simply put - the Presidency proposes, Congress disposes. Lemme simplify it even further for you, so that perhaps you'll understand. The President *suggests* what he would like done, but it's the slimy Congresscritters that determine WHERE and HOW MUCH the money is spent.CONgress wraps up their spending pork in a bill that HAS to be signed, or the Gubmint shuts down - not that that's a BAD thing, BTW...

      So, don't give us that drivel that the President is responsible for the Debt, he's trying to piss on a major conflagration that the venal and corrupt Congress (sorry for the repeat) keeps feeding.

      Nice try, Anon, "you ignorant slut".

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  3. No, the Republicans and SCOTUS justices aren't wimps. They're evil scum, in on the scam, and protecting their access to the trough.

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  4. Well put, and it could have filled a book. He, however, was able to concisely describe our predicament with a few pages.

    Thanks Jeffery!

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    1. Thanks Odie. That was sent to me by reader Robert. While Trump is far from perfect, he was the right man for the right time and I hope by some miracle that he can remain in office. I am a conservative and I do oppose giving away "free money", etc. especially, to bullshit programs in foreign countries where a large portion of taxpayer dollars will find their way back to to the swampmonsters campaign funds who proposed sending the money in the fist place. I cannot think of one person who has done more to put America first, for the GOP, for veterans, to deregulate BS rules that have hamstrung businesses and led to increased prices for goods/services, and so on and so forth than DJT. Now we see spineless swampmonsters who probably would never have been re-elected had it not been for DJT (i.e. Mitch McConnel) threatening GOP lawmakers not to oppose the Biden electoral apparent win. When we stop and ponder the candidates the GOP has given us in the last 40 years we can see how deeply imbedded the self-serving swampmonsters really were/are. McCain, Romney, the GWB, Bob Doyle, GHB, etc. all fed at the government trough too long (Romney still is feeding and backstabbing the President at the same time). The "swamp" didn't give Trump anything. He took it. Instead of embracing a president who put America back in it's rightful place in the world where we do not bow to our adversaries, but are respected by them, they swampmonsters in the GOP, DNC, MSM, etc., worked as hard as they could to discredit and dishonor President Trump. After nearly sixty years of life in America one starts to expect that from the DNC and MSM, but not the GOP (not any more). I do not think either would do it for this reason, but both Congressmen Mo Brooks and Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville could be heroes to the 74 million plus Trump voters. If we don't get a handle on this voter fraud now, I am not sure we ever will in our lifetimes.

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    2. How True Jeffery

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  5. A fantastic read. Thank you.

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  6. Agree with all. trump accomplished more for America than anyone outside of G. Washington.

    Can't I'm optimistic about the immediate future.

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  7. Now I know why you, Jeffrey, and Irish are such a good team. Between your comment and supplying us with this uplifting article and Irish's Twas the Night Before Christmas, you are among the best of the net's freedom writers. Thanks to you both for supplying us, your readers and fans, with thought provoking articles and commentary, keeping that spark of freedom alive.

    Nemo

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Nemo. I always seem to leave something out, make grammatical errors, misspell something regardless of spellcheck, etc. no matter how many times I read and re-read what I have written. I should have finished the sentence about Mo Brooks and Tommy Tuberville by saying "if they challenge the electoral vote", which both have threatened to do. I hope and pray they do it and that the election goes President Trump's way.
      Sic Semper Tyrannis

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  8. "Because Trump supporters are honest, good-mannered, and peaceable, they take us for wimps."

    No, they take the Right and traditional Americans for wimps, because, in the face of just about every imaginable provocation, up to and including outright physical attacks, the Right has done nothing. On the occasions where it has at least gone through the motions of resisting the Left, it hasn't really mounted a successful defense of anything. It's ostensible leaders endlessly mouth: "That's not who we are!" "We can't sink to their level!" "This is not the hill to die on!" It's ranks endlessly repeat "We obey the law!" and "But we have families and jobs and responsibilities!" Even the Right's firebreathers amount to little more than Ralph Kramden with his meaningless threats of "One of these days, Alice! One of these days!"

    They think our side is wimpy because we've acted wimpy for decades. It's funny to see how many conservative-type writers have, in countless articles decried Neville Chamberlain for "not standing up to Hitler in '38" while simultaneously urging utter passivity in the face of the Left here. At most, they've only urged "Voat harder!" and "Send us more money!". They cried that when they had part of Congress, they needed both Chambers. If they had that, they needed the Presidency. If they had that, then they needed the Supreme Court. So, when they finally got all of it, what did they do? Proudly waved the white flag of war, and rolled over. And what did the Right's voters do? They just channeled their inner Cobra Commander, waved their fists and yelled "Next time, G.I. Joe! Next time!"

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  9. I love what Trump does living inside their heads rent free BUT he still has signed 4 trillion dollars of our money to go to those who don't deserve it. Have you noticed no discussion of the debt ceiling these last 9 months how can we not be above it. God help us.

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  10. I still remember-like it happened yesterday-when Bush II told the nation that "Islam is the religion of peace".

    Let that sink in for a minute, especially after seeing the be-headings of the 20 Copt Christians a couple years ago.

    Bush II was so clueless that he would be confused wondering where the lint in his navel comes from.

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    1. Bush Junior really was/is that clueless. Speaking as one who despised him thoughout his presidency, I don't blame him for much. He's a genuinely nice guy who ain't too bright and simply wanted to please his Daddy. Meanwhile, Bush Senior was evil scum, who used his clueless son the same way agencies run an asset, and put Cheney in place to run the administration.

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  11. Every single member 9fCongress needs to be removed, by force if necessary, and prohibited from holding any elected office ever again!

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    1. Every single one, even the best of them. That's the true meaning of "term limits". Lifetime cumulative total limits on each individual, regardless of office, whether elected or not.

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