by FJ Rocca 8/20/15
We live in a dangerous world. It seems to me it was a lot less dangerous during the Cold War, when the probability of nuclear war was in inverse ration to the possibility. The greater the weaponry, the possibility grew; but this reduced the prospect of ultimate world destruction to virtual impossibility.
The two giants who dominated these mathematical predictions were, of course, the US and the Soviet Union. Each had its coalition of allies, the US with the free West and the USSR with its Eastern European Bloc. When the Cold War ended, largely by Reagan’s brash insistence on vast American military superiority, Russia imploded, its economy in shambles after unaffordable spending on military hardware. Maintaining its huge military forces and wasting enormous sums on prosecuting its failed war in Afghanistan caused its ruin. The US emerged not only the strongest, but the most feared and respected nation arguably in all of human history.
But since that time, the insane Leftist notion that power among nations must be equalized in some grand gesture of egalitarian generosity has reduced the prestige and might of the US in global affairs. The steady effort by its internal enemies to propagandize American evils and equate its achievements with greed and lusty hegemony have succeeded to a great extent. Through the false narrative of the Left, that is met with tepidly polite and often clever aphorisms from the Right, Americans have been compromised into believing we are not still strong or right in our cultural superiority to the rest of the world. Yet outside the US, our dominance continues to be proven through imitation. American culture is still the model in everything from political policy to popular music to movie style to television quiz shows. People from these countries still suffer hardships and danger to come here and become a part of our free nation.
In little more than a year we will face perhaps the most important national election in modern US history. In one way or another it will be definitive, a game changer. If we choose carelessly, we could elect a leader that, on one extreme, destroys American culture through limitless immigration of third world escapees and the complete dissolution of our economy and self-determination as a nation, and a powerhouse Commander-in-Chief who will fearlessly take apart the welfare state and revitalize our military. The first kind of President will put America—and us with it—into a grave of collectivist ideology, which could include the corruption of our carefully constructed laws, which are based on self-direction and freedom of the individual, into a messy elaboration of feudal principles, with the cataclysmic specter of Sharia possibly thrown into the mix. The second kind of President will enable us to reject the false idol of Leftism and replace it once again with the true ideal of Americanism, the very philosophy that made our nation great in the first place.
A true leader will not be elected in a contest of polite dissertation. The Left is not polite. The left lies, cheats and steals to maintain power. Indeed, the Left does not even believe in itself. It believes in power. How can the Right combat the powerful lies and fraud of the Left with polite protestation, with classy repartee? No one can make peace with the crude power of Leftist Political Correctness. Compromise is impossible with the Left. It can only be destroyed through vigorous and very impolite action. The Left shout us down. We must do no less than shout them loudly down slap them firmly into submission. One cannot compromise with liars. We must destroy and defeat them, speak endlessly against their evils and, in November of 2015, we must vote them into non-existence.
We need an impolite warrior in the White House. I am not necessarily advocating a vote for Donald Trump, but I will confess that it was gratifying to watch him slap down the impudence of Bret Baier, Megan Kelly and Chris Wallace. Yes, he could have done it less crudely, but their obvious agenda was to knock him off the podium in order to rehabilitate their real favorite, the badly sagging Jeb Bush. Trump effectively shut them up to shut them down. And he didn’t wait to craft his words. He warned them, threatened them, and reminded them that he and not they set the agenda. And in so doing, he also reminded them and us, that WE are the ones to set the agenda, not the Left and not the RINOs of Fox News.
Trump reminded me a little of Gingrich in the 2012 debates. Unlike Gingrich, Trump will not be defeated by RINO money. But like Gingrich, Trump will not be defeated by timidity that afflicts too many in the Republican field. They’ve learned, too. Many are now trying to emulate Trump’s loud toughness. But on most of them it is just a veneer.The RINO Right want a moderate. They are still stupid enough not to recognize that the anger of the American people will prevail with someone like Trump and not with a moderate like Bush. The proof is in the pudding. They got a polite moderate in Romney. Enough said about that.
Do we have anyone on the roster with Trump’s gumption, who will not talk to our enemies but cut them down with a broadsword? Christie is a loudmouth, but he appears to be nothing more than an empty suit with typically moderate policies. Preacher Huckabee, whose name alone conjures fire and brimstone, might lift a sword and even swing it once or twice, but he’d swing it with religious fervor, not smart policy. Scott Walker is too quiet and resembles the school kid who always raises his hand and waits to be called upon before he says anything. Marco Rubio is smart, maybe too smart. You may recall that he once favored amnesty for illegals on the curiously Pelosi-like rationale that we had to make them legal in order to find them. Rand Paul is plenty angry, but his anger seems diffuse, aimed at his rivals rather than at the true enemies within. But in my estimation, they are just not leaders.
Carly Fiorina is classy, more polite and polished than Donald Trump, and no less tough. She is becoming a noticeable personality in the Republican field. But she took the feminist position on Trump’s handling of Megan Kelly. She may have been right to do so in polite circles, but she cannot afford to be polite in dealing with Hillary Clinton. And she is somewhat cautious about some things, for example the “anchor baby” question. No doubt, she could wield a sword with power and even a little glee, but would she? Ben Carson is a nice, very classy man, who couldn’t even lift a sword, much less wield one. Dr. Carson is not a wimp, but he seems too classy a gentleman to hold up the hard policies we need to restore our culture to greatness. We don’t need gentleness any more than we need classiness.
This brings us back to Donald Trump. Refreshingly impolite, he challenges the status quo from a position of experience on its opposite side, having admittedly bought politicians, including Hillary Clinton. His opponents accuse him of not having policy positions, but he has already presented a dynamic package of tax reform and business recreation, as well as a tenable position on illegal immigration. And Americans like what he says about everything from e-verify to close interpretation of the 14th Amendment. He doesn’t use political jargon. His is the argot of American common language, which at times causes him to run his words together. But he gets his message across and curiously, without many catchwords or phrases. He says simply, that we must make American great again, and to this people cheer. Trump’s remarks against Megan Kelly were crude, but, honestly, who cares? Being polite to Megan Kelly, an unimportant talking head, who does nothing for American policy, is meaningless. Nobody wants a polite warrior.
Trump could have been classy and not insulted Kellly, but classiness is subordinate to the exercise of power and we need someone who will courageously confront the enemy, within and without. Trump has already proven that he is a force not easily reckoned with. As President, he would prove an action oriented leader whose impoliteness cuts in two the Gordian Knot of Political Correctness. And that is what we need. We cannot tolerate a wimp in the Oval Office. We need a warrior who will no longer be polite to our enemies, within or without, but will slay them with the sword of the American idea.
FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com. • (916 views)