But Trump is most definitely not Lincoln. He may be what this country needs at this time; but if Republicans are replaced with the nationalistic tribalistic worship of Trump, then, really, God help us all.
Pat, I think it’s almost impossible for Trump to have any lasting effect. But for the moment he is a breath of fresh air compared to the America-hating Obama. The stock market, if nothing else, is evidence of this.
The GOP deserves to have a Trump at the head of the party if only to rub their noses in their own complicity with political correctness and Big Government.
I think what we can say for sure is that politics is merging with entertainment. The populace is more concerned with the “coolness” or even the outrageousness of, at least, presidential candidates. One thing I will note: Both sides, right or left, have much more faith in politicians than they should. Most think “their guy” is okay. It’s popular to denounce this tribalism or “polarization” but I think it starts from the lack of due skepticism on both sides.
At the end of the day, we are moving away from the very foundation of a self-governing people (who have a government rather than the other way around) to a people who want the government to do all the heavy lifting while they are free to serf on their smart phones, plan their next vacation, and tour wine country. They try to rectify or cover for this lack of serious engagement by swinging the pendulum the other way and hyperventilating about “climate change.”
There’s much talk of “social justice” but little attention given to the social fabric. The basic assumption of society is that technology combined with “progressive” leaders running Big Government will lead to a better and better life. With Trump we’re getting a little bit of a backlash against this. Apparently many voters do not see open borders as leading to a better life. But it’s difficult for me to assess at this point what lasting effect Trumpism could have. He seems an effect to me rather than a cause.