by Tom Riehl 3/6/17
How do we proceed under Trump, our surprising President? • The options are limited in a political context. One could go with the current flow and trust in the American people to orient our leadership properly. One could argue vehemently against the current flow, but there’s so much healing necessary for our economy and culture that such a course might be counterproductive. One could look backward and analyze what caused the current flow, but what does that produce?
Is it possible that a view of politics that assumes autocracy is always possible and that must be guarded against at all costs is not relevant in America? The examples of autocrats run amok have never been in America. Obama was the closest we ever came to allowing such unbridled power, and the consequent vicious reaction of our society is where we are now. Trump is an expression of the very singularity of the American Idea.
It is important for those in our society who feel unhinged by the abrupt transition in our government to regain their footing and again feel a part of our good country. We are going to need all the help we can muster to re-balance our culture and undo all of the Progressive/fascist damage that has been done over decades of unconstitutional governance. Clear thinking about how we proceed is what we need, not more analysis of who is to blame for our predicament. Of late, the writers at American Greatness and American Thinker have helped me understand the definition of what conservatism has been and what it is morphing into, and that such a redefinition is a positive and necessary transition.
I appreciate Trump for breaking up the fancy party that the dubiously labeled elite have been having at the citizens’ expense. That the party extended into the globalist realm only made the situation more dire for the US. Trump is exploding the status quo and will roll back some of the legal damage, the cultural damage, and the personal damage to individual citizens. We, the huge block of our society that has been ignored, demeaned and robbed in broad daylight, have said it’s time for positive change. We have been called various names such as the Silent Majority, the Tea Party, and the deplorables. However we are labeled, we demand sanity for a change. For example, returning to the simple idea that there is no free lunch could drive a stake through the black heart of governmental transfer payments, sucked from the life blood of middle Americans, clothed as “help” for the poor.
One could go on all day about such topics, but the point is that we are headed in a new direction, and, albeit a tad trite, together we are stronger and more capable of building a truly fair and loving society.
Tom is a retired aerospace systems engineer. His interests include Koi ponding, photography and fifth-wheel travel. • (943 views)