Countless voices are at full volume this election cycle. The question is which voice speaks to the American voter? Does the loudest voice, Donald Trump, catch the ear of the electorate or does the soft spoken Ben Carson carry the day? Does the distant echo of the voices of our founders still resonate or is the original idea of America lost to the incessant shriek of Progressivism? Is America aware of its charter “from many come one” or has the political pendulum swung so far that we will never move from the Leftist narrative of “from one come many?” The Democrats are immersed in the most ancient of political and societal philosophies which still prevail in the “Old World” and that may once again bring the European continent to its knees. As with most royalty of the past, progressives believe they know what is better for the peasant class; but average Americans are not peasants or royal subjects; we are “Americans.” Never has a more noble title been bestowed on any person than that of American citizen. Democrat support of political correctness is the first step toward a sociopolitical “Death Cult,” with Obama, Hillary or Bernie as is its leader and Americans as its victims.
Trump is not politically correct and refuses to join the cult just like the millions of Americans who have rejected the guilt ridden, ludicrous, PC, Leftist label factory that divides America into a land of many rather than a nation of one. Most realize that Trump’s voice represents the dismissal of modern-day political royalty and a return to a “We the People” government. America’s founding mandates that the people govern the government by choosing a leader of government who represents the peoples will. Our founders did not intend our government to be feared and summarily obeyed but instead they wished government to be fearful of dissolution by the people if and when the people saw fit by any means necessary, including the full application of our 2nd amendment rights. Trump offers a solution to America’s discontent short of a shooting revolution which we should try to avoid at all cost absent the threat of losing our country or God given rights. Some perceive both threats as looming possibilities because incredibly, this election may come down to Communism vs. Capitalism. Our founders didn’t abandon America; America shouldn’t abandon our founders.
A cacophony of voices has reduced the array of disparate political messages to frenetic white noise. Much of the noise is anti-Trump rhetoric emanating from the Conservative pundit class who categorically deny Trump recognition as a conservative. This is not without merit, Trump is not the most conservative candidate, but in my opinion their rejection of Trump is unwarranted. Much of the conservative electorate is well schooled as to what modern conservatism is. Donald Trump does not lend himself well to the popular definition. However, I can make the argument that Donald Trump is exactly what the conservative movement needs. Politics is momentum and timing. Currently, for better or worse, political power and winning is paramount. Prominent radio and TV conservative voices have beaten the drum of Reagan-like conservatism for 25 years or more. They claim that the most conservative republican is the candidate Republicans should run. They have decades of credibility at stake if Trump were to win the presidency. However, they face a problem they didn’t anticipate in that Trump’s basic platform consist of three very conservative planks; border security, the economy and the military. All three add up to one overarching concern; security. Without, border, economic and military security a country can be distracted to a point that threatens collapse, as are some in Europe. Trump drowns out a more nuanced conservative narrative and attracts the broad base support for a presidential candidate that the Republican Party has claimed to pursue for years. Yet the Republican establishment, the pundit class and the media reject Trump much as they did the Tea Party in 2010. The Republican Party refuses to welcome the momentum and timing that the voters afford them. They only desire their candidates on their terms with little regard for what the people want. In this particular election cycle the momentum and timing does not line up for the pundit or political class. They can’t find a seam in which to insert themselves. They simply reject Trump, or they just don’t get it, but the people do.
Trump’s appeal to conservative voters is his clear message and the fact that so-called “staunch conservatives” have been largely ineffectual once elected. Republicans use the conservative narrative like the Democrats use guilt; for votes. Trump might be the most conservative electable candidate of the bunch simply because he is exhibiting political will. Much has been made over Trump’s change of positions over recent years. This is how I see it.
I spend much of my time attempting to explain and promote conservatism, the more detailed nuanced version, not the Trump version. As much as I enjoy reinforcing conservatism and preaching to a like-minded receptive choir, my true mission is to convert non-believers. Donald Trump has been converted; I thought that was the goal. The conservative pundits who preach from their multi-million dollar bully pulpits should be happy Trump is on our side, because the Republicans aren’t committed enough or smart enough to run against Trump. I will vote for the Republican nominee, whoever it may be.
However, I prefer Trump with all of his real flaws, over those who claim false perfection.
Politicians often claim “politics isn’t beanbag” in order to project a tough guy image.
Trump responded, “Okay – fine,” then showed up with a bazooka and started pulling the trigger. Now, all of the tough guys want to go back to beanbag.
Do yourself a favor, place your hands over your ears, silence the noise, open your eyes and look at, “The Big Picture.”
Patrick J. Fornari was born and raised in Indiana, and spent the first half of his three plus decade construction career working in the Midwest and Western United States, including Illinois, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, California and Arizona. For the second half of his career, he worked construction on several Caribbean islands, giving him a unique perspective on his home country. Fornari currently lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
By Patrick J. Fornari