We’ll Be Back, But Will Trump?

We’ll Be Back, But Will Trump? By Kurt Schlicter, from his recent book:

What if we decided to reaffirm and recommit to the values of America’s founders? What if we somehow decided to return to normality — not pre-Biden normality or pre-Trump normality but the normality in which many of us grew up or lived our early adult years? Something like that interregnum between when Ronald Reagan hosed the muck of the ’70s out of our economy and the ’90s, when we were the unchallenged superpower?

You know, prosperity and peace. Pax Americana II: The Revenge.

Sounds great. Let’s do that!

Except things are not so simple. We cannot just wish away the last couple of misbegotten decades. The international correlation of forces is what it is. Domestically, we would have one hell of a hangover following the drunken spending spree and the hollowing out of our manufacturing sector since we were at our pinnacle.

Nor can we wish away the fact that our friends on the Left — many of whom would love to ship us off to gulags, but worry about the environmental impact of dotting the Arctic tundra with work camps for dissidents — require a divided, angry, and poor populace from which to draw power.

America coming to its senses means a struggle, a peaceful one within the political battlespace. It means discarding some old norms and bending others, but this is a natural and necessary response to the discarding and bending of norms we face. The key is not to succumb to real authoritarianism, the willful rejection of the checks and balances that the Constitution envisions. Hardball, yes. Dictatorship, no. …

But we cannot let the authoritarians win.

Plummeting pinkos:

If historical trends continue, the Democrats will get wiped out in 2022 … And then from January 2023 to January 2025, the weight of the Democrats’ already shattered agenda will be on the slumped, frail shoulders of Joe Biden. …

Biden … adheres to an ideology that not only never succeeds in bringing prosperity or freedom but cannot do so if it wishes to continue. Things will get worse and worse, and all the legacy media tap-dancing in the world is never going to convince Americans that 20 percent inflation is a good thing and proof of a booming economy. He is going to screw it up, and there is going to be a huge opening for a Republican in 2024. …

So, there is a huge possibility that the Republicans will take power again after 2024. But will the next few years be such an unmitigated clusterfark that it will permanently scar a generation of Americans and make them utterly unwilling to risk electing another liberal Democrat? …

The last couple of decades have been characterized by the opening of the Overton window and the throwing of so much of what is good about America out of it. We have agreed to government interference in our lives to a degree never even considered before. The pandemic panic is an obvious example. … Other kinds of submission to an overweening government include injecting the venomous ideology of critical race theory into schools and other institutions. … Then there was the trans craze …

It’s crazy, but there are millions of Americans who think this is all A-OK. …

The elite does not notice the unrest because all of the people losing patience dwell far outside of their bubble. In the liberal bubbles, conformity is rigorously enforced. You cannot be a member of the clique unless you sign on.

The personal psychodramas of the damaged people:

We have seen bizarre and shocking changes in the two-party coalitions in the last 20 years that would have previously been utterly unthinkable. The Democrats abandoned the white working class for the woke white-collar and various minorities, confident that the emerging Democratic majority would include all those black people and Latinx people whom they had counted on for so long.

Except a lot of those black and Latinx people were also working class, and the same miseries inflicted on the white working class were also being inflicted on the other shades in the rainbow of people who work with their hands. Black people driving to a construction site pay the same for gas as white people do, and they have no interest in a three-dollar-a-gallon surcharge because a bunch of Marin County swells think we need to keep it from getting a degree hotter in a century.

And as for the Latinx people, what the hell is “Latinx” anyway? … Only the woke use these words — Hispanics famously reject “Latinx” so thoroughly that consultants are begging fellow Democrats not to use it because it risks further alienating Hispanic potential voters.

But this is on purpose. Using exclusive jargon fulfills a primary goal of wokeness, which is to make the practitioners feel special and virtuous. Remember that a huge part of all this nonsense is acting out the personal psychodramas of the damaged people who subscribe to the tenets of wokeness. It’s all about the feels, not of the oppressed, but of the purported ally. …

Yet, millions of Hispanics have no interest in being “others” or anything else except Americans. As the Left would say, they have embraced “whiteness,” but that is only because what they call “whiteness” has zero to do with skin tone. It has everything to do with accepting traditional American values.

This is why you see diversity consultants list concepts such as “hard work” and “colorblindness” as characteristics of “whiteness.” They are not, in any objective sense. But by sticking a color label on basic American values and norms, they seek to drive people in other ethnic groups away from racial harmony. The problem is that not all folks are saps or suckers, and they refuse to play along.

They want to work hard, take care of their families, and live in a colorblind society, and they will vote for the candidates who agree. That is why they are moving toward the Republicans.

When the Democrats put all their chips down on racial strife, that was a big risk. And it looks like it is not paying off. Americans disappointed them by choosing not to hate each other because of race or ethnicity.

Throw in the cultural affectations about gender, and that’s going to drive away every American without a ruling-caste secret decoder ring. People simply are not going to take it, even in areas formerly thought of as liberal. These cultural issues are devastating to the Left. …

The working-class party:

The GOP is becoming a working-class party, and that may be a key to turning this all around. …

An America that focuses on the frivolous and foolish fetishes of the ruling caste is a failed America. Our elite is concerned with the weather, with gender, and with racism that stopped existing in substantial quantities a half-century ago. And that performative concern is inextricably tied to its own desire to obtain and keep power. …

Every time a working man’s paper straw melts into an unsuckable tube of goo, it’s another reminder that the elite despises him. …

Great awakenings:

The challenge is that so many people have become emotionally invested in their own wokeness. It fills their souls, taking up space where some actual faith should have been instilled when they were kids. America’s troubles are spiritual as well as political and cultural. …

America has had Great Awakenings in the past. … Politically, the Left will launch even more attacks on churches if it senses a revival. … With most of the religious folks in the working class, the religious will make up a key element of any coalition that returns America to its former greatness. …

Culturally, the Left will respond to any traditional religious revival with the same venom it always has. … Of course, it would also be nice if some Christian celebrities were not such transparent charlatans bringing disrepute on the faith. Regardless, faith is a powerful weapon against the godless, communist future our enemies seek — you can tell because of how much the godless commies hate faith and the faithful. …

Trump would know what to do this time:

Let’s start with the obvious, the 800-pound Orange Man, Donald Trump. … He would be 78 on Inauguration Day 2025. …

The fact is that Trump could win the general election. … Look for a decision in the spring of 2023. …

But are his fans going to vote for him? There are plenty of people who voted for Trump as the right guy back in 2016 but are not so certain he is the right guy right now. …

It may well be that the Trump act is wearing thin even on those who appreciate what he did in the face of an entire establishment’s trying to destroy him. Alinsky Rule Number 7 is “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag,” and even his biggest fans must concede that the Trump circus, including his inexplicably self-defeating tangents, can be exhausting. …

Trump did a remarkable job, and toward the end of his term he seemed to fix many of his personnel issues. This time, he has a whole cadre of experienced administration operators to call on to fill out the Trump 2.0 administration, as opposed to having to rely on Republican establishment hacks. That’s good. His performance after the election was bad, though, including his emotion-driven dalliance with the Kraken-releasers who never released anything except their credibility. If his reelection is about payback for what was indisputably an unfair and disgraceful election, he will lose the nomination. …

Could Trump save us again? Lots of people who supported him as president in round one think it’s time for a change. They fear he can’t, or won’t, learn from his mistakes. But he does understand important parts of the puzzle. His vision for this country is simple and correct, all about making America great again and putting America first. These are proper objectives, but do they reflect that he understands the true nature of the threat?

Trump is an establishment guy in the sense that he would rather win it over than burn it down. No matter how often the snarling, slobbering beast bites him, he still can’t get it through his head that it’s Old Yeller. In 2021, he gave interviews to guys like Bob Woodward and Jonathan Karl, who promptly vivisected him in their books. He still accepts establishment credentials as validation, though the results were guys like Rex Tillerson, James Mattis, and that gnomish narcissist Tony Fauci.

It’s getting interesting.

I suspect DeSantis would make a better leader of the free world, from 2024. I’ve heard he is starting to form the organizations necessary to run for President.