My blogger buddy photog at Orion’s Cold Fire is enduring some bleak New England weather. Apparently, the bracing cold and gale force winds have sharpened his already-considerable analytical skills, as he’s been killing it lately with his posts.
He’s written a post, “The Unique Value of the Trump Presidency,” which perfectly encapsulates what Trump’s presidency means to the forgotten men and women of this country. photog rattles off a laundry list of reasons different kinds of conservatives might like Trump—his judicial appointments, his less interventionist foreign policy, his trade war with China—but hones in on the key reason Trump matters: “… there is actually a much more important aspect to the presidency of Donald Trump that should be emphasized. He doesn’t despise us” (emphasis photog’s).
That’s a powerful insight. Comparisons are often drawn between Trump and another controversial populist, President Andrew Jackson. Jackson possessed many flaws: he was combative, he held grudges for life, he possessed a deep hatred for the Native Americans, and he pursued economic policies that, while popular, ultimately resulted in an economic depression.
But Jackson enjoyed the unwavering support of the South and the frontier because he was one of them. His roughshod uncouthness—like Trump’s Queens accent and brash tweets—endeared him to his supporters, who finally had their man in office. Especially after the contentious election of 1824, in which Jackson’s opponent John Quincy Adams won in the House, even after losing the Electoral College (the election was thrown to the House because no candidate won a majority of electoral votes), Jackson’s supporters believed the system was rigged in the favor of Eastern elites at their expense.
Everything Jackson did, he did with the belief that it advanced the interests of the American people, and would help those poor Southern and Western frontiersmen. Similarly, Trump wants Americans to succeed. Classicist Victor Davis Hanson has remarked upon Trump’s tendency to refer to our soldiers, our miners, our farmers—we are a people, and we want our fellow Americans to do well.
Permit me to quote photog at length (again, all emphasis is photog’s):
Donald Trump isn’t a politician, he’s a leader. He’s the head of our gang. He’s the one who makes sure we don’t get stepped on by the other gangs. Of course, this isn’t some school yard in Brooklyn and we aren’t a local stickball team but the theory is the same. He looks out for his own. If you’re anyone who isn’t part of a class protected by the current progressive system then Donald Trump is the only one who has your back. And he isn’t doing this without risk to his life, his freedom, his material possessions and the well-being of his associates, friends and family. He is the biggest target in the world and the most powerful people in the world hate him and will go after him for the rest of his life. Kind of a big deal.
So, what is the value of his presidency to me? What is it worth to you to feel as you do now as opposed to how you felt in the waning days of the Obama presidency while staring down the barrel of the Hillary presidency straight ahead? I can tell you what it’s worth to me. Priceless.
For too long, normal folks haven’t had a voice in government. The Bush Dynasty sold us out with tax increases and endless wars—not to mention increased spending (not that Trump has done much on spending, but he also never promised he would do anything about it). That’s why the elites go so crazy over Trump: Trump is not on their team, he’s on ours.
I heard local radio host Ken Ard say that the elite are fighting so hard because they’re trying to preserve their elite status. They aren’t going to go down easily. The deranged hysteria we’re witnessing is the death struggle, the desperate attempt to cling to power.
Unfortunately for us, the elites control everything—the federal bureaucracy, the intelligence agencies, Hollywood, etc. It was satisfying to vote for Trump in 2016—to show that we could fight back against the Left and the elites—but that was not the end of our struggle. Indeed, it was only the beginning: now the elites are fighting tooth and nail to make Trump a one-term (or less!) president, and to teach normal Americans not to get uppity again.
Those are the stakes. That’s why, whatever his personal ills or his policies, I will support Trump. If you love your country and want every American to enjoy opportunity, you should, too. Otherwise, we’re looking at another generation of darkness under an increasingly-aloof, petty, venal elite that cares only about aggregating greater wealth, power, and prestige to themselves at our expense.