You’ve heard respectable friends praise Mr. Trump, and other equally worthy associates disparage him in the strongest terms. Perhaps you’ve detected elements of truth in every argument, pro and con, but you’re fumbling to grasp the big picture. In a world of niggling details, pursuit of the big picture must be our prime task, and it’s a tough one. Anyone that says clarity is simple and obvious needs to think again.
I always appreciate Peggy Noonan‘s journalistic efforts to put current events into the proper historical context. Yes, we remember that she endorsed candidate Obama in ’08; she messed that up, but he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (or, in modern English, we know, so shuddup already).
Anyway, I was reading Noonan’s latest article, “A Party Divided, and None Too Soon” (worth reading in its entirety!), and I came across a reference to the Journal of American Greatness (not an entity I’d ever heard of), to which Noonan attributes this vital bit of essence:
“We support Trumpism, defined as secure borders, economic nationalism, interests-based foreign policy, and above all judging every government action through a single lens: does this help or harm Americans? For now, the principal vehicle of Trumpism is Trump.”
Setting aside the limitations of Trump the man, I think we all resonate to that simple, commonsense description of what we want, first and foremost, from our national government. Yet we all perceive that what we’ve been getting for far too many years is a government that puts these first priorities last while vigorously pursuing a dubious collection of irrelevancies and nonsense, and principally serving special interests and cronies. Thus we are all hungry, on both sides of the aisle, for someone, anyone, who has his or her feet planted firmly on the same ground that regular people tread upon. Say what you will, but Mr. Trump has come far closer than any other serious politician on the national stage to filling (or at least appearing to fill) that void.
What will President Trump deliver? We can’t know. He’s promised many good things, including some things no human being could accomplish. And by the way, candidate Obama promised many good things, such as fiscal responsibility, respect for consensus and the Constitutional limits on the presidency, and transparency. We know how much campaign promises are worth. But stack Trump’s promises against candidate Hillary, with her criminality, her incompetency, and her pledge to do just about every bad thing that can be imagined.
What’s there to say? The medicine America so desperately needs is Trumpism. I echo the Journal in stating the bottom line: In this real world we’re stuck in, and at this moment in history, the principal vehicle of Trumpism is Trump.