Earlier this month, I wrote a wildly popular piece called "Trump's Inevitable Comeback" in which I predicted, during Trump's deepest and most troubling polling deficit in early August, that we were beginning to witness the titular, inevitable comeback. It has arrived. Most can scantly even remember the Trump of two weeks ago because in just one months time, he assembled a new team, perfected new tactics, and chose an entirely new strategy. After the DNC, though a small core of meme machines and faithful alt-right monks saw no wrong in their God Emperor, even the most loyal Trump supporters began to have serious doubts about Trump's strategy or lack thereof. Around the clock, our populist champion was bludgeoned from every news outlet for every infraction against the politically approved lexicon of speech while Hannity and Ingraham watched on helplessly, offering pleading words of advice.
We forget how bad it was; and we forget how bad it was because today Trump made the single most effective play of his entire campaign to date, possibly the most effective and innovative play of any campaign in recent memory. President Nieto of Mexico offered an invitation, I'm sure, as a polite formality to meet with both Clinton and Trump to discuss immigration. Just business as usual, typical diplomatic protocol; after all, who would have the guts to meet with a foreign head of state in the middle of a presidential election? Who is so confident in their charisma and competence that they could call the Mexican President on a bluff to act as a representative of a future US administration? Donald J Trump, that's who. After being derided for a year by the Mexican government, that blonde lion's mane put down the Twitter, boarded his private 747, flew to straight to Mexico DF and firmly told their President to his face what the next four years are going to look like when the White House goes gold.
Trump's been saying it since he announced his candidacy last June, "Politicians are all talk, no action," and this month he was made that rhetoric a reality. When Louisiana was rocked by the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina, Donald Trump was there passing out toys for children and food for the suffering people while Obama golfed and Hillary slept. For 16 years both Republicans and Democrats in the Bush administration and the Obama administration have tried to achieve "comprehensive immigration reform" through cooperation with the Mexican government. Trump is starting negotiations with the Mexican President before Trump himself has even been elected President.
One of the biggest factors that diminishes Trump's electability in the eyes of the public is that for many liberals and independents who are used to unoffensive Mitt Romney types, they just can't imagine Trump being President. He just doesn't seem "Presidential." That doubt was obliterated today when millions of people around the world saw Trump the statesman, conducting diplomacy and doing so assertively. This was in stunning contrast to the community organizer's foreign policy of concessions and compromise. There are many episodes in this tragic saga: Obama is humiliated by the Cuban President, Obama bows to the King of Saudi Arabia, Kerry brings James Taylor to cheer up France after the Paris attack, Kerry seals a deal with Iran and the Ayatollah chants "death to America," Obama signs a climate deal with China that does not in fact bind China, and this has been the norm for eight humiliating years.
The world did not just see that a Trump Presidency is viable and increasingly probable, governments both friendly and hostile saw a glimpse of a future that felt eerily familiar. They saw in Trump that same indispensable nation inherited and squandered by Bill Clinton 25 years ago. They saw the tremendous economic and military might of the American people writhing like Gulliver, restrained by crumbling globalist institutions, just waiting to be unleashed by a billion dollar man attached to no such strings. And they're terrified.
But Trump's excellent adventure did not end in Mexico. Politely and cordially putting Mexico back in their place among nations, Trump returned to our side of the border to deliver his most powerful speech to date. There seems to be a trend with this guy and it's no coincidence. Every month, the hyperbolic man outdoes himself in spectacular fashion, just like one of his speeches an article on Trump talks of "the best yet," "the most powerful to date," "the most intelligent in recent memory." Tonight was no exception. This Trump appears to have done the impossible: he fused brilliant governance with brilliant campaigning. Early today he arrived in Mexico, respectful, assertive, and diplomatic; and tonight he came roaring back in the states with all the same brash bravado that we love him for without paradox. He reminded us that the American President doesn't have to forfeit his love of country and his expression of it to appease foreign interests.
This is a Trump that the people can fall in love with. Nate Silver says Trump is doubling down on a failed populism - wrong. Trump is doubling down on his authentic love of country and free expression, both of which have been stifled by the excesses of progressivism. The result is a message, a candidate, and a leader that every American can get behind. Trump shed the sensationalism and borderline racism of the primaries, put to rest accusations of flip flopping, merged the best elements of his extemporaneous and prepared speaking styles, and stuck to a tested, streamlined message that has bipartisan appeal. This Trump cannot lose.
Perhaps the most telling question of the day: where's Hillary? In the midst of all this excitement, all this enthusiasm which Trump attracts like a magnet wherever he goes, where in the world is Hillary Clinton? Trump is hitting the campaign trail every day and filling stadiums of people, he speaks for hours and delivers prepared remarks so naturally and with such candor. Hillary can barely fill a high school gymnasium, she delivers short speeches between coughing fits, and when she bothers to roll out of her hospital cot to eject one of these gems from her failing body, she puts her audience to sleep! This is the woman who is going to send Trump back to New York? Mainstream pundits have a hard time believing that Trump's support is as big as the rigged polls suggest, I have a hard time believing that Hillary's broken double digits. Facebook and Twitter are populated by Trump supporters, Trump haters, and a few aimless Johnson supporters, I have yet to speak with someone who wants this woman to be President more than they want Trump to not be President.
Today proved what some already knew but what most still doubt: that the Trump Train cannot be stopped. Think for a moment. Not one obstacle that has been put in Trump's way has slowed him down. Ted Cruz cheating? Beaten in a landslide. Coup at the RNC? Crushed immediately. Bad start to the general in June? Largest convention boost in years. Blitz by the media and double digit polling deficit? Overhauls campaign, recovers polling gap, meets with foreign head of state. When Donald Trump is elected President in November, he will have earned it. Our country will be in good hands.
There are many considerations which enter the mind of the American voter when he or she casts their ballot each November. It seems that we all naturally assume, good heartedly, that the decisive factor ought to be platform; that there is some innate purity or intellectual integrity in pulling the lever because we believe that one lying crook has a few better answers than the other lying crook. Those that watch their local evening news every night with fundamentalist religiosity look down on those low information voters who hire a man for the most consequential office on the planet based on some abstract judgement as nebulous as "confidence" or "cool."
In all honesty, while there is no doubt that policy is a sizable determinant in predicting the efficacy of a chief executive, we must consider the actual responsibilities and powers of the President. One of the great tragedies of contemporary politics is the widespread predisposition of the public to think of one of three separate and equal branches of government as over and above the rest. This is largely the consequence of the insatiable imperial presidency, a tradition which dates back to Theodore Roosevelt or arguably even further past, since the political revolution of Andrew Jackson. This election cycle has, in particular, demonstrated the disturbingly long shadow cast by government in a once free society. Those alarmists terrified of Donald Trump and the rise of some white supremacist American autocracy fail to realize that the Presidency is an office constrained by two houses of Congress and the Supreme Court. This is not to mention an influential shadow government of special interests, bureaucratic fiefdoms, and the Pentagon which together ensure some foundational consistency between administrations.
Because both constitutionally and practically, the President is much more constrained in the exercise of unilateral power than is commonly thought, specific policy becomes largely secondary. Unlike other supposed "democracies" like Russia and Mexico, the President cannot propose legislation. While the executive branch wields clout on Capitol Hill, numerous cases throughout history, Franklin Roosevelt being one of the most egregious examples, show that this is by no stretch of the imagination absolute or certain. In fact the relationship between legislators and enforcers, as the primary function of the executive is enforcement of the law, can be called precarious at best.
For this reason it is crucial that this election in particular be examined with the only important question in mind, "Who will make a better President?" This seems like a foregone conclusion, of course voters are asking themselves which candidate will be a better President! But all too often voters conflate this question with "Who has the best policies?" The difference is subtle but detrimental. A good President sets the direction of policy, serves as commander in chief, enforces and implements federal law, and acts as the head of state. While many may have agreed with Bill Clinton's economic agenda of free trade and globalization, nearly every American down to a man would probably agree that his ethics were not up to the standards of an American head of state. While George H.W. Bush promised "no new taxes," and this is obviously an attractive policy, his weak character exposed him as an establishment shill and a poor executive.
Therefore when we evaluate the presidential candidates of 2016 and ask which of the two major candidates will make the best President, we have to consider their overarching policy vision, their competence, and their character. With these qualifications in mind alone, there is no better man for the job than Donald J Trump; and conversely, there also happens to be no political operative worse for the job than Hillary Rotten Clinton.
For starters, the most important qualification may be the direction of policy. Pundits and talking heads lose their minds when Trump changes his rhetoric or the wording of his policies, but because the President is not a legislator, this causes a fantastically disproportionate amount of outrage. I don't care that he has softened his rhetoric on deportation; we need a President who will enforce immigration law and who understands that seismic shifts in demographics threaten American culture. I don't care that he is not an expert on the overlapping and tangled mess that is the current geopolitical landscape. He will have a Defense Secretary and a National Security Council to inform him on the particulars, it is far more important that we have a President who understands that America cannot afford to be the policeman of the world and that terror is our first concern. I don't care that he doesn't have an alternative to Obamacare; we need a President who has the will and courage to repeal Obamacare. Perhaps the best example of direction versus policy is the Supreme Court: It matters little to me who occupies the bench, so long as they respect the Constitution.
Until Donald Trump, there had not been a Presidential candidate since Pat Buchanan who had the right position on the right issues. Rubio and Cruz would have been content to debate how closely to the brink of World War III they would go to stop Vladimir Putin from maintaining a reasonable sphere of influence; but Trump made this election about the cultural crisis which is consuming our civilization. If Fox News had it their way, the Republican agenda for 2016 would consist of defunding Planned Parenthood and trying to defeat gay marriage (see Mike Huckabee). It just so happens that whether or not radical Christians are forced to bake gay wedding cakes or not, there is still an invasion underway on the Rio Grande being allowed by a suicidal government that no one had the guts to talk about. Trump wants to push the country to a position of economic, military, and cultural strength and this is all that matters.
With regards to competence, Donald Trump is the most competent candidate since the Founding Fathers. The mainstream media has always had an issue with Trump's lack of political experience and of course the status quo will always defend itself in full force. But Trump's experience as an executive in the private sector far outweighs any Governor or Senator's experience behind a big public desk pushing papers. This is a man who put up skyscrapers in New York City for a living! Working in the private sector necessitated that Trump produce results; working in New York City real estate necessitated that Trump produced results better than any man or business in the country. From 1977 to 1987 Trump assembled a site for a convention center, built Trump Tower, Trump Parc, Trump Castle, Trump Plaza, the Wollman Skating Rink, and defeated the NFL in an antitrust case. From 2000 to 2010 Hillary Clinton passed almost no legislation as a Senator and then gave up America's unipolar international position as Secretary of State. Needless to say, "experience" is not necessarily synonymous with competence.
Perhaps the most underrated qualification of a good President is moral character. Rarely do Democratic administrations meet this standard. Andrew Jackson was a slaveowner, Woodrow Wilson was in the KKK, Franklin Roosevelt was a tyrant, Jack Kennedy was a sex addict, Lyndon Johnson was a sociopath, Bill Clinton is a rapist, and Barack Obama is a coward and a fraud. Hillary Clinton is the icing on the cake. For a woman who enabled and abetted Bill Clinton's sexual predation, lies pathologically, breaks the law with impunity, and serves at the beck and call of foreign monied interests, there is no greater opposite than Donald Trump. While Clinton was sleeping her way to the top, Trump made Barbara Res the first woman in America to run a major skyscraper. While the Clintons attended the segregated Country Club of Little Rock, Donald Trump sued Palm Beach for discriminating against Jews and blacks. While Hillary Clinton used her Senate seat as a stepping stone to a failed bid for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2008, Donald Trump was hiring tens of thousands of New Yorkers to build great real estate.
At the very core of the man is a heart which beats for the American dream. His entire life, Donald Trump has lived and breathed the dynamic creative destruction of the market place; not content to merely make money but to put up great buildings, to prove that the sky is not the limit. Trump himself famously said that he turned New York from a city of brick into a city of marble and gold; is that not the bold, striving spirit of those patriots who sought to form a more perfect union some 240 years ago? The Founding Fathers were not career politicians, they were men of great achievement who thought themselves fit to the task of securing the blessings afforded to them for posterity; does any single person believe that Mrs. Clinton wouldn't trample posterity for a few million dollars in her slush fund? Does any single person believe that there isn't one politician in Washington who wouldn't do the same?
Trump is America: Honest, smart, ambitious, fearless; a man with a warm heart but a firm hand and an indomitable will. Trump's north star is not a mirage of some multicultural oasis in the war torn desert of history. He is kept awake at night by that shared American dream which lives on in the fantasies of all free men. His faith in this republic as a shining city on a hill cannot be shaken because he has spent his lifetime erecting it from 34th street to 5th avenue; and his city shines because his iron gaze projects a vision not of brick and mortar but of marble and gold. Trump amassed his fortune because he had the imagination to see potential for greatness where no one else did. Just as he took the old Commodore and made it the Grand Hyatt, so too can he take Obama's America and make it great again.
In response to Donald Trump's groundbreaking play for minority voters this past week, the Clinton camp unveiled a brand new line of attack against The Donald on Thursday in Reno, Nevada. In a short, thirty minute speech to a crowd of probably more than one hundred people, Hillary trotted out the now defunct liberal super-weapon: "that's racist." While just months ago an accusation like that rivaled the planet destroying might of the Death Star, the teflon Don has proven week after week in public spats with various news media, the Republican Party, and Hillary Clinton that the new right is immune to the petulant race baiting of Obama's progressive left.
So this time Hillary had to step it up a notch. I don't know who wrote her speech and I don't know what fantastic hallucinogen they were on; but I know for a fact that the words that she read off of her teleprompter last Thursday were written some night after 2:00 am and they were not proof read by a sober or a rational person the next day. Grappling with the public's total lack of trust in Crooked Hillary and the Crooked media, the Clinton Camp thought that the best way to make the politically fatal moniker of "racist" stick was to obfuscate it into a convoluted "vast right wing conspiracy" involving Vladimir Putin, Milo Yiannopoulos, and David Duke. The ultimate purpose of the speech appeared to be an ill conceived attempt to wrangle fleeing black voters and return them to the urban Democrat plantation like runaway slaves, yet contemporary observers may never uncover the true motive.
What we do know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that this speech represents a clear distress signal straight from George Soros that the entire Washington DC political establishment is terrified and that short of mass electoral fraud, they are going down. Barack Obama never had to summon the darkest underground of the internet and utter the words "alt right" in a major public address to stop the momentum of John McCain or Mitt Romney. Politics remained traditional and polished and standard because there was no real threat to the status quo. Neither McCain nor Romney nor any single member of the 17 man field of this primary (excluding Trump obviously) had the temerity or chutzpah to unequivocally maintain that the emperor is not wearing clothes. But because this disrupter, this revolutionary republican (small "r") candidate is marching so dangerously close to the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the American electorate watches, captivated, as the demonic globalist interests of Washington are exorcised by the high priest of the people in an increasingly disturbing ritual.
Now that Trump has recovered his position in the polls to a statistical tie and is rapidly gaining on Hillary in the swing states when just weeks ago she was running away with the election, the Clinton camp is throwing out everything but the kitchen sink. Who had ever even heard of the alt right until Thursday? Hillary says Trump has made the alt right mainstream, but to whom exactly except for nervous beltway insiders? As a regular reader of Breitbart, I have heard only feint whispers of that movement as a fringe within the fringe of the opposition party and yet the Clinton camp drummed this up as the silver bullet to kill Trump's momentum! Is that all she has? Whether or not there is any truth to the wild and zany accusations made in that speech, this hail Mary play to salvage the necessary black constituency for a Democrat win in November just reeks of desperation.
She is reduced to reading out the juvenile, tongue-in-cheek headlines written by gay troll Milo Yiannopoulos as totally serious to the bewildered, choreographed outrage of her phantom constituency. And this routine was designed by the top political science majors in the country as an effective response to Trump's claim that her party has reduced blacks to "refugees in their own country?" There is just no contest, Trump has ascended to a higher plane of politics than a woman who has spent her entire adult life in bed with politics. Fully one fifth of registered Democrats are black and this week Trump has proven his viability to steal this constituency right out from under Hillary Clinton. While both parties have been content for years to ignore the elephant in the room of a dysfunctional black community which is clearly failing, Trump is integrating a direct appeal to its victims into his core messaging right alongside his bedrock positions on immigration and trade. And the best counter to this devastatingly brilliant strategy is for Hillary to make the case that Vladimir Putin is the godfather of a global nationalist movement to assert white supremacy? The lunacy of it all is staggering, much more so that this was intended to be a knockout punch. She has nothing. The establishment has nothing.
Consider the perspective of the average black voter. On average, blacks are making roughly $25,000 a year less than whites; less than 70% of blacks graduate high school compared with 86% of whites; in homicides the offending rate for blacks is eight times higher than whites and the victim rate is six times higher. Black America is in crisis in just about every measurable facet from employment to education to crime and they know it. Black voters are not stupid. While uppity Manhattanite liberals can hang with their token nerdy black college friend and pretend like they know the plight of a people in peril, those blacks in Detroit, Chicago, Newark, and Baltimore are pissed off. Trump's message has consolidated around brutal acknowledgement while Clinton has shockingly pivoted towards willingly blind denial.
"Trump has . . . described black communities in such insulting and ignorant terms: poverty, rejection, horrible education, no housing . . . crimes at levels nobody has seen . . . you walk down the street and get shot. Those are his words." Hillary actually said this, those are her words.
This excerpt alone demonstrates so clearly that the Democrat Party has shifted to the left of reality. For Hillary to get on that stage in front of those few people to lampoon Donald Trump because he said black neighborhoods are dangerous and poor might be a better indicator than any poll or any pundit that she is losing this race and losing it badly, because she is now so obviously campaigning against real life. After she said that Trump is ignorant to describe black communities as violent, Dwyane Wade's cousin got caught in the crossfire of gang warfare in Chicago and was shot and killed the next day.
There is no place left for Hillary Clinton to hide. The media has blitzed Donald Trump for a month, Hillary has outspent him exponentially, he has gone through two campaign managers in two months, and he has had to overhaul his entire platform in less than a week. And now he's coming back. Trump is coming to take the black vote, the Bernie vote, and in November he will take the White House. It seems that the only thing standing in the way of this Trump Train pulling into Washington DC is Crooked Hillary with her failing health and a schizophrenic accusation of racism. She's toast.
There are many reasons why I am going to vote for Donald Trump in November. He has presented the most coherent and sensible foreign policy since the end of the Cold War, he will enforce the first Constitutionally lawful immigration policy in decades, and at the very least he will be appointing several originalist justices to the Supreme Court. While each of these issues are critical in their own right, none represent a clear and present danger to the survival of Western civilization. This is not to say that a second Clinton administration could not sow the seeds of our demise through political, economic, or international means, I have never underestimated the talents of the progressive left in this regard; however the worst blow that Hillary Clinton can inflict upon the nation is cultural in nature. Most conservatives see Hillary Clinton as crooked Hillary: a corrupt felon who represents the worst of government, politicians, and the ugly id of progressive ideology (This also happens to be objectively irrefutable) ; but once again her menace is not corruption but something far more pervasive, systemic, and destructive to the fabric of the nation.
Fundamentally, the presidential showdown in November is not a battle of ideology but of vision. Hillary Clinton represents a new progressive consensus on something no less revolutionary than the destruction of men and the age-old masculine virtues that create them. What is Hillary Clinton but the final horseman in a feminizing, Marxist apocalypse? Epitomized by a hashtag whose enthusiastic adopters can be described singularly as cuck, the now infamous hashtag "Im with Her," is a shahada of submission to the leftist caste system invented by aggrieved, miserable social justice jackals on Twitter.
Hillary and Barack have pursued a scorched earth campaign against every celebrated principle of those men with the righteous temerity to seize their American dream. The titans of industry which manufactured the hammers and nails which built this country, those glorious magnates of free enterprise who invented a modern empire of trade and voluntary exchange are told by government hacks Obama and Warren "you didn't build that." Our nation's young men who are broken and domesticated like wild horses under the thumb of the feelings fascists in public schools and liberal universities grow up into hot chocolate drinking pajama boys generously allowed by the nation-healer himself to remain dependent on mommy and daddy for healthcare until their late 20's. The baby boomers had Clint Eastwood, we have Seth Rogen. They played cowboys and indians, we play pokemon go. Men used to work with their hands, entrepreneurs were respectable men who created jobs and built cities and advanced the species, the best we have today is that phony clown with a vague speech impediment Mark Cuban and the flip-flop wearing punk globalist Mark Zuckerberg.
The Democratic Primary saw Sanders and Clinton traveling state to state in a sick bidding war for ignorant millennial voters of which populist crony can give out the most goodies; all at the expense of dignity and self reliance, a pair of anachronisms lost in the newly evolved underclass of human invertebrates. Should this regressive civilizational suicide cult claim the Oval Office they will impose a tragic epilogue to the American story of feckless, government-dependent man children.
This of course is only the present vision of the dominant party. If Hillary Clinton is the champion of feminization, emasculation, and dependency, does there exist in the history of the sun and the planet earth which revolves around it a more perfect opposite pole than Donald J Trump? A man who, in case anyone has forgotten, clotheslined Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania? Donald Trump, though not a perfect opposite in ideology, is the purest and most biblical foil in cultural vision. On the left is the livestock trendy, smugly retweeting "I'm with her" from a Starbucks while wearing an ironic t-shirt; on the right is a Christian farmer earnestly driving 50 miles in a tremendous red "Make America Great Again" cap to see a rich New York jerk say what he means. Hillary Clinton has been both literally and figuratively (but for a long time just literally) in bed with big government and special interests her entire life, a career built on sycophancy and lies, distributing wealth and creating none. Donald Trump is the third generation in a family real estate dynasty, a man who changed the face of America's empire city through sheer will and wit. Having mastered the most cut throat market in the world, he decided to sit down and write the greatest business book of all time about how he did it; and when he got bored again after a roaring comeback from financial ruin, he created an enormously successful reality TV show which paid him to advertise his brand to millions of people.
And of course this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hillary Clinton's campaign is manifested in the scolding mother, pacing up and down the alleyway to reprimand neighborhood children. That's racist. That's sexist. That is unacceptable. Trump does not have the temperament. No no, black lives matter, not all lives. A wrinkled political zombie from yesteryear, Hillary Clinton now seeks to reign over the nation as its wise matriarchal chief elder. Donald Trump is America's cool uncle. He's rude, obnoxious, crass, but funny as hell. He has that old school charm of a culture founded in sound morals and righteousness as opposed to the flimsy house of cards crudely constructed by philosophy majors on top of the prevailing penchant for moral relativism. He thinks big! His slogan is unapologetic and as bombastic as America was when she was awesome. Paul Ryan tweets about "confident America." I can think of few things less confident than that widow's peak from Wisconsin modifying a civilization's striving for greatness in order to attract less criticism. We're going to make America great again! We're not going to pursue "comprehensive immigration reform," which we now know is a meaningless phrase cooked up by Washington spin doctors as a facade for policy which solely benefits special interest donors. We're gonna build a wall! A big, beautiful, tremendous wall! We're not going to "degrade" ISIS, and we're not going to ridiculously deploy a token special ops force to create the political illusion of winning a non-war. We're gonna knock the hell out of em!
Trump has become the Larry Flynt of the 21st century, although ironically the grown up children of the sexual revolution have become the very moralistic speech police that they sought to destroy. As Trump becomes more sensational and outrageous, CNN sees a desperate campaign floundering under a drunken madman. Those on the Trump Train know that our madman has never had a drink, and with each wild outburst we only see the umbrella of protected speech expand even further, protecting politically incorrect expression from the corrosive acid rain of feigned outrage.
But the death of political correctness is only one thing to look forward to in a Donald Trump administration. In all honesty, PC culture has expanded primarily to the detriment of men. Though there are many women fed up with the approved liberal lexicon, it is the men on ESPN and Fox News and other places being taken down and forced to bend a knee and apologize who suffer. It is men who are portrayed in countless commercials and television shows as listless bumbling doofuses who wouldn't know what they'd ever do without their sweetheart. On college campuses we are approaching the point where some universities are aiming to enforce written consent contracts on drunken coeds. The absurd statistic is promulgated that some 20-25% of women are raped on campus by a barbaric race of sex crazed white men apparently more effective and pervasive than the Taliban. Carly Fiorina says that men only talk about problems, women solve them. Can anybody imagine the outrage if the reverse were uttered in broad daylight? Far worse than the explicit beat down of dads, uncles, and real men is the disgusting coddling by the beta male culture celebrated by the media. Watch Buzzfeed for too long and you'll be convinced that men are crying, sensitive, sassy babies no different than their female counterparts with the rogue exception of anatomy.
Masculinity and young men have been under assault for a long time, and to even suggest that this is the case elicits eyerolls, sarcasms, and demeaning hashtags from supposedly tolerant liberals. Though there are no shortage of concrete issues that must be addressed in the wake of the devastation wrought by Barack Obama, this cultural crisis facing our men is for many, myself included as an 18 year old young man, the most visceral. It also happens to be among the most important for the preservation of a free society and a competent civilization. America achieved greatness because of strong men and women who understood the differences between each other and made each other better. There was no black cloud of feminism policing the excesses of masculinity and there was no shame to actualize into the age old traditions of masculine virtue.
Donald Trump reminds us of a time when men acted like men. Granted he can be vulgar, juvenile, and act like a tough guy, but consider that all of the mild mannered "mature" men that so many adults prefer have not been remotely as successful as Trump. The man is a caricature, absolutely, but as a caricature he becomes a symbol, something greater than himself. He has come to represent wealth, honesty, entrepreneurship, winning, success, competency, strength, and an appropriate degree of chauvinism that exudes confidence. All of these qualities have been hunted down and exercised from popular culture by the self righteous egalitarians giving out participation ribbons and propagating the absurd claim that real men cry often. Ironically the very champion of those virtues used them to punch through such a sappy, weak culture to personify those values when men needed them the most.
The battle between Hillary and Trump will decide much more than just policy, troublingly, the culture itself. Will we continue down the path of genderless government supplicants and weeping male feminists led by Barack Obama and now Hillary Clinton? Of European snootiness and snobbery? Of manicured hands and polite, cultured up-talking men? Or will we restore a society of two distinct genders and of men with balls; a country whose men see a gorgeous billionaire with a super model wife in the White House and become inspired rather than purse their thin lips; a nation of men dedicated to making America great again by making themselves great? If Trump wins, he will make men great again. If he fails, his campaign will be discarded atop the ash heap of history, his movement a solemn requiem for the American man.
Donald Trump is slowly proving himself to be the most masterful politician in the history of the United States of America. We all remember the excited anticipation in the spring of 2015. With the end of the disastrous Obama administration fast approaching and the momentum of two landslide victories by the GOP in the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, the White House felt ripe for the taking with the coming election in 2016. For months we caught glimpses of an enormous and diverse field mobilizing for a possible bid for the highest office in the land. Will we see a rematch of Bush vs Clinton? What will become of the most interesting man in politics, Rand Paul? Will Chris Christie capitalize on his exposure from the 2012 Republican Convention? Who the hell is John Kasich? The instability wrought by two successive defeats at the hands of Barack Obama tore the Republican Party in half, leaving a power vacuum so large that 16 individual candidates accepted the call to fight. Conservatives knew they had a good shot; but they only had one shot, as the fate of the nation was (is) hanging in the balance. Uncertainty gripped conservatives nationwide.
And then there was Trump. Those on the Trump Train, myself included, have grown fond of reliving and retelling the glory of Trump's march to the nomination. For months we watched that long-shot reality TV star singlehandedly end campaign after campaign from center stage of each Republican debate and behind that charmingly ridiculous profile picture on Twitter. Because we do not have the historical luxury of retrospect, the vast majority of people cannot comprehend and thus have not acknowledged the impossibility of what we witnessed just months ago. The contentiousness of the primary and of the general now has blinded the electorate with their political prejudices to the gravity of Trump's victory, not for himself, but for us. Does anybody remember what politics was like before Trump? Does anybody remember what Republican meant before Trump? Does anybody remember what the media was like before Trump?
Trump said at the celebrated conclusion to his Republican National Convention, "I am your voice!" And what a biblical proclamation. To a country held hostage for decades by a fascistic political correctness omerta enforced by the green-haired lesbian Gestapo of Twitter, a statement like that should rival the Declaration of Independence. What hope was there in 2016, except for a Republican President? We asked for at the very least a Democrat-lite mulligan for the Bush family and The Donald gave us a promise to "smash through" the entire political machine of the liberal media-political-financial cartel. In 2014, totally sensible and maybe borderline racist discussions about the politics of immigration, race, and terrorism took place behind closed doors at family holiday parties and golf outings. "America first," "border wall," and "Muslim ban," were phrases considered uncouth by even the conservative party in the bourgeois cesspool of internationalist Washington DC. Today the common sense of the everyman is broadcast on television every night in the throaty voice of a New York madman. The uncomplicated, unapologetic voice of the American people rising up to take their country back.
But of course no odyssey is complete without its monsters. Many times in the Homeric quest of our champion, the monied interests declared victory over the voice of the people in silent headlines and through the quiet, cultured mouths of mainstream talking heads. Ted Cruz's upset win in the Wisconsin primary had the #NeverTrump mob salivating, surely there was no path forward to the then fabled and now forgotten magical number, 1237! Before the week was up, Frank Sinatra's New York, New York played as The Donald emerged from his ragtag indie staff to claim a landslide victory in the empire state, 1237 in striking distance.
Fresh off of securing the required amount of pledged delegates in June, the most ardent passengers of the Trump Train gasped as our embattled conductor's poll numbers began to drop for the first time in a full year. Outclassed in fundraising, surrounded by media lapdogs leashed by Democrat handlers, and now losing against the only opponent that mattered, it appeared to most that the great populist experiment of 2016 had derailed. Bill Kristol groomed a spoiler, historical footnote David French, and a counter coup consolidated behind Lyin' Ted Cruz to unseat the presumptive nominee in Cleveland. Was this the final hour? Within the month, Trump's monthly fundraising totals increased by 5000% and he overtook Hillary Clinton in nationwide polling and in most battleground states. By the time of his coronation at the RNC, Trump had the Clinton camp on the ropes and reeling from revolt within her own party; the White House was in sight. A Trump Presidency became the likely outcome.
Enter the present crisis. The Clinton DNC pulled no punches and scored more hits on Trump than all of his primary opponents combined. A disabled girl, an illegal immigrant, the parents of slain BLM poster thugs, token homosexuals, Michelle Obama's arms, a confused Irish racist, a confused Arkansas rapist, and the President of the United States. All of this followed up by a concussed bag of meat that we're not entirely sure wasn't being propped up by a couple of goons like in Weekend at Bernie's. Then of course there was the Muslim gold star father with the Democrats' favorite political prop: the Constitution. The perfect victim, the perfect poison pill; and Trump took the bait. Even though Khan turned out to be an actual Islamic supremacist and Saudi based Islamist operative, Trump learned the hard way that the truth has no practical political value if it's only written about in Breitbart.
His first fumble sent his odds on FiveThirtyEight to single digits once he bottomed out. Trump continues to poll behind nationally in battleground states and nationally. Far behind. For the first time since June, there are murmurs within elite Republican circles about replacing Trump as the nominee. Paul Nehlen, Paul Ryan's primary opponent, ran on a platform singularly consisting of support for Donald Trump (and Chicago based bloggers getting in fights with Janesville municipal officials) and was soundly defeated only after Trump was cornered into endorsing Ryan just days before the election. Even Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich begrudgingly acknowledged the state of a failing campaign in free fall.
And now, once again, the odds are stacked against Trump. The media narrative for weeks has pronounced the madman DOA and Hillary Clinton is favored overwhelmingly in almost every traditional measure for predicting the outcome of presidential elections. But there is evidence already of another comeback. Beginning with a speech last week in Ohio, a refined message has begun to take shape. In it, he laid out a more comprehensive and sensible strategy to foreign affairs with an important and politically brilliant emphasis on the rejection of Bush-era neoconservatism and the Iraq War. This week he continued with another speech delivered from a teleprompter in Milwaukee; possibly the first speech in modern history in which a Republican appealed explicitly to black voters. The speech was widely praised by conservatives of all stripes and set the foundation for the necessary target constituency to win in November.
With a mainstream and moderate, yet populist message, it is apparent that Trump is deliberately changing method and message to fight a winning general election campaign. New campaign additions such as Roger Ailes, Kellyanne Conway, and Stephen Bannon have been recruited this week and are rapidly refocusing Trump on a streamlined message. Today, the campaign's first television ads will air in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of this has come as Hillary's lead in the RCP polling average has fallen from eight to six points, and Trump is capitalizing on this cyclical swing with brute force and cold precision. Yesterday in North Carolina, he expressed regret for his misstatements. We are in the midst of another miracle.
Each Trump comeback, each Trump readjustment only proves that not only is this man capable to occupy the Oval Office, he is perhaps the most capable man. For starters, he is a 6' 2" American titan who, at 70 years old, sleeps only four hours a night and without drinking coffee or alcohol runs a $10 billion empire and flies from city to city each day to give 60 minute extemporaneous speeches in an historical bid for the most powerful office in the world. This compared with Hillary Clinton who is overcome with exhaustion after short speeches, cannot stand for prolonged periods of time, cannot sit up for prolonged periods of time, is prone to seizures, has trouble climbing stairs, is "often confused," has not hosted a press conference in 8 months, and is paralyzed by anxiety when heckled. How will she fair against a man who once clotheslined the founder of WWF at Wrestlemania?
Aside from the physical wonder that is Donald Trump, his pending comeback perfectly demonstrates the pragmatism which qualifies him for the presidency. With each crisis presented, Trump has either punched through when the challenge was unserious or methodically calibrated an unbeatable tactic when the challenge is real. As detailed earlier, Trump won the pre-primary media contest, the primary election contest, successfully adjusted to the general, ascended to new heights with his RNC, and now is poised to defeat the American media in a fist fight. Obama got elected with the assistance of every political institution in the country including the opposing party. If Hillary gets elected, she will have been handed the job by a political machine that buried the visible reality that she is dying and that she should have been indicted by the FBI. Donald Trump, if elected, will have taken on the Republican Party, Fox News, the mainstream media, Wall Street, the federal government, Facebook, Twitter, the President, three former Presidents, and the continent of Europe, and won.
He has not gotten this far because "he says what people are thinking." Andrew Dice Clay says things people are thinking. Donald Trump has gotten this far, and will be the next President of the United States, because he is supremely pragmatic, ruthlessly calculating, and quite possibly the most brilliant strategist in the world today. He is sizing up yet another miraculous comeback; and though it may not be the last, thought it may not be decisive, it will prove that this election will not be decided until November 8th. And it will be decided on Trump's terms.
There is not much left in to say in America's "honest conversation about race" which has not already been said. It has become apparent that the inauguration of our first black President eight years ago did not herald the country's ascension into a new egalitarian consensus, as liberals, moderates, and the youth believed back in 2008. Rather, the election of a President based solely on the historical novelty of the color of his skin punctuated the long and precipitous fall of the American polity back into a pathological race consciousness. There are many separate but overlapping patterns and problems which have hindered a coherent approach to what many are content to label a real "sticky wicket" and abandon. This op-ed is obviously written in response to the Milwaukee riot. There is no shortage of opinion pieces on this incident in particular and the facts of this case in particular; but because this is obviously no isolated case, the only sensible way to approach the latest episode of misguided black rage is to address the ongoing race crisis in general; and I will attempt to diagnose its one cause.
People are quick to point fingers at a variety of "root causes" from Bill Clinton's crime bill to Richard Nixon's war on drugs to Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty, and on and on ad infinitum. It is very easy for politicos and pundits to put the sole onus of a nationwide epidemic on the other team's leader as we gear up for the big game in November. But before anything else can be considered, it must be firmly established that only individuals are responsible for their own actions. There is nothing more racist than the presupposition that one race of people is so helpless or stupid that they do not bear the same responsibility for their actions as any other race. When anybody riots, let's call it what it is: primitive barbarism that has no place in a free and civil society. While liberal Democratic mayors, political correctness, a pandering media, and the progressive welfare state have all lent a hand in instigating racial tension, black looters and rioters must be held fully accountable.
In this country, violence is only in very dire circumstances an appropriate form of political expression - this is not one of those circumstances. As Americans, we should all be ashamed that a group of our compatriots must be coddled like children lest they be so consumed with passion for the failed vision of Martin Luther King that they smash the windows of a Best Buy and snag a few TV's.
After every video is published and after every race riot, from Ferguson to Milwaukee, we hear the common refrain from cowardly news media "We must have an honest conversation on race." This is a great way to say something without saying anything. To say anything of substance has become risky; because a small band of shrill, whiny anarchists on Twitter and phony progressive Utopians on NBC will brand any dissenters to the politically correct narrative as bigots. And of course we all know this. Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro have made their entire careers traveling the country to say this and finding new angles and different words to write this. But although much progress has been made in announcing the very uncontroversial sentiment that the media is biased, there has been very little success in following up by speaking the controversial truth. Well I am about to wade knee deep into these murky waters. I will be a pioneer in this uncharted territory for the adoration and praise of my loyal readership.
The rotten core at the heart of all of the ridiculous race politics of the last 20 years is slavery; and really, this is the only logical conclusion. There has been discrimination against Irish, Italians, Chinese, Japanese, Hispanics in general, Puerto Ricans in particular, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Atheists, adulterers, homosexuals, women, smart people (see Adlai Stevenson), disabled people, communists, fascists, rich people, and poor people. And yet, there is only one group of people which continues to bear this cross of social stigma as the overriding excuse for cultural stagnation. This group also happens to be the only one which came here involuntarily as slaves by the millions (excluding Irish).
It has been 151 years since the end of slavery in America and yet it is all Kanye West and Michelle Obama can talk about. The black rage of Spike Lee, Michael Brown, and Larry Wilmore is not "nuanced" or "righteous" as guilty white liberals have it. In the year 2016 America is the most tolerant, pluralistic, progressive, and egalitarian country on planet earth and everybody alive in this country today has a fair shake. Accusations of "institutional racism" fall flat when no racist institutions can be found. We live in a country where the most pressing civil rights issue of the year was the lack of black Oscar nominees. We live in a country which chose its leader, in large measure, to prove it wasn't racist anymore. An entire sector of the economy is invested in promoting diversity. There are more people enrolled at my high school than there are members of the Ku Klux Klan.
If we respect our equals, we tell them the truth. And the brutal truth for black America is this: get over it. Life isn't fair, history was bad, and slavery was very cruel; it is beyond time to move on. Slavery was a crime perpetrated by no one currently alive or the parents of anyone currently alive or the grandparents of 99.9% of people currently alive. Conversely, nobody has been a slave since the year 1865. This is common knowledge. And I will not hedge this argument with a detailed preface pandering to sensitive minds about the cruelty of slavery, because every sensible American alive today knows without my prompting that slavery was an evil institution.
All too often blacks and whites see each other, or more accurately are portrayed as seeing each other, as two camps divided by race: there is white America descending from the slave owners and black America descending from the slaves. But this picture is wholly misleading. Whites and blacks today have more in common with each other than either race with their ancestors of the 19th century. The real division is not between #BlackLivesMatter and the nonexistent #BlackLivesDontMatter but rather between the whites and blacks of the past, still obsessed with race, and the whites and blacks of the present, who are truly apathetic about skin color.
Every group of people has had hardship at some point in time. If there is only one human race, then surely both blacks and whites, liberals and conservatives, ought to be able to recognize that the few constants in our cosmically brief time on this hostile planet are war, death, and tyranny. No race is privileged when examined with a scope unconstrained by the necessities of a political narrative. It so happens that slavery came about only with the collusion of African despots. Only 4% of Americans owned slaves. There were thousands of black slaveowners and millions of white slaves sold by the Barbary pirates. Irish slaves in America were treated worse than black slaves; and white serfs in Europe treated worse than slaves in the Ottoman Empire which reigned in the Maghreb. Every country in the world had slavery, every country in the world had racism. These facts are served only to illustrate that the contrived dichotomy of the oppressed blacks versus the privileged whites is only honest within a narrow lens.
Moving forward, we must acknowledge that for a time the American government stole much from the slaves it imported. But by the same token, it must be reaffirmed that only individuals can act, institutions such as government are merely instruments. The government today is not the government of 1860, the whites of today are not the whites of 1860, the blacks of today are not the blacks of 1860, and the America of today is not the America of 1860. There is no legitimate beef anymore; but if blacks or anybody else still have trouble reconciling the evils of the past, if America is still a "racist" country, then they ought to find a more enlightened place. It just so happens that Africa is the only continent in which legal slavery still exists.
We will not resolve race relations in this country until we reconcile the original sin of slavery. Tragically, there will not be true equality between blacks and white until this happens. We had a real shot at something like this with 2004 Barack Obama the uniter but lost it in an instant when that demagogic Senator became the fraudulent President. Senator Barack Obama talked about an end to white and black America, about a return to a United States of America. Barack Obama said his son would look like Trayvon Martin. The country desperately needs a healer to bridge the gulf between us not with handouts or hashtags but with a genuine commitment to the spirit of our founding principles.
For those that have not been on Facebook today, a post by the Harvard Republican Club (a real thing apparently) has been making the rounds among liberals and conservatives alike. The HRC declared that they will not be endorsing the Republican nominee because "racist," in elitist Rockefeller Republican fashion. The NJF offers an unsolicited response:
This week has been an unmitigated catastrophe for Donald Trump, so the mainstream media
narrative goes. He yelled at a baby! He attacked the mother and father of a slain war hero! He took a purple heart from a veteran! The Republican Party is creating a contingency plan in case they have to sack him! He won't endorse the Speaker of the House in his primary! The President called him unfit to serve - and this President never politicizes anything!
If you've been on social media or seen the news this week, it would seem as though the Democrat media-political establishment has finally stumped the Trump; maybe there are brakes on the fabled Trump Train after all, Newt Gingrich thinks to himself as he breathes a heavy sigh. Recent polling does not make a case for optimism either. The legendary Nate Silver gives Trump only a 20% chance of winning in November compared to his peak of 50% only last week. Gloating MSNBC geeks and the wounded #NeverTrump crowd rise from the ashes of the RNC blast to reap the fruits of 13 long months of denial. It would seem as though Bill Kristol, having declared "peak Trump" every week since June of 2015, has finally had his day. This of course is the narrative that has played in perpetuity since the Democratic National Convention which initiated the most concerted and successful assault on Trump so far.
It is always darkest before the Don. If this were any other election year, the Democrat political machine would have buried the Republican nominee with a comparable assault. But this isn't just any election year. This is 2016. This is a year of open revolt against Washington DC, against the media, against political correctness, against downright politeness. Nobody believes the narrative anymore, as the reality is streamed in real time on Twitter and on Facebook and on Reddit every minute of every day. Nate Silver and his up-talking progressive sycophants can demote Donald Trump's chances of winning in November to 1% if they cared to; but very little can be done from the media establishment to take any energy from the Trump camp. The polling, which is conducted by media organizations openly coordinating with Hillary Clinton, has Trump spiraling out of the race; meanwhile thousands of people are being turned away from his rallies that are announced less than a week in advance. In the month of July alone, Trump raised $80 million, contributing to his war chest of $90 million of which 97% was accrued from small donations. Other polling has Trump winning by a significant margin with veterans, unaffiliated voters, and independents. The truth is coming out.
When Barack Obama tilts his chin high above the masses to pontificate about a President Trump's fitness for office, those hacks at Politico are the only fools still listening. We the People know that this Marxist fraud who has never held a real job in his life has nothing on a man who has actually created thousands of jobs. Eight years into this failed presidency with an incompetent ideologue at the helm, the people that have been paying attention could care less what this classless, petulant narcissist has to say about the future of the country.
With the media now blatantly and openly colluding with the Democratic Party, We the People don't really care what George Stephanopoulos has to say anymore either. The DNC email leaks only confirmed the widespread collusion between the Democrat establishment and the media that ordinary Americans have been waking up to for years. As Trump himself said, "We have to punch through the media!" And this is exactly what he's doing. When Kizhr Khan went on the attack at the DNC, to the shock of cuck pansy Ezra Klein, Trump threw a counter-punch right back. While the mainstream media narrative has Trump disrespecting a gold star family and a vet, Breitbart and the real journalists left in America have exposed Khan as a radical Islamist who associates with the Muslim Brotherhood, works for Saudi Arabia, and has written academic papers on the supremacy of Sharia Law to the Constitution.
The Democrats cannot suppress the truth forever. The American people have gotten wise to the con being perpetrated by the media and they are only beginning to realize their power to resist the narrative. Trump isn't going anywhere. Pundits on both sides have been quick to offer their two cents on what needs to happen in the Trump camp to "save" his bid for the White House; but Trump didn't win the nomination by letting the transient tides of polling dictate his strategy. Many are eager to call the race for Hillary, but there are 95 days until November 8th. There are three debates, three cage-matches yet to be fought. They can't hide Hillary for that long. Trump is the most dynamic figure in American politics so far in this millennium and this could not contrast more starkly with the static, politically ancient Hillary Clinton.
This week we have seen the worst of what the Democrats can do. With the highest office in the land precariously close to slipping into the hands of an outsider, politicians and media operatives alike have swarmed like white blood cells rejecting an infection in a frenzied mob. But Trump is a man who has been thinking strategically for 30 years, he can smell the blood in the water. He can sense the panicked desperation, the fear in a criminal political machine battling a slow death by exorcism from the public square. Trump will maneuver comfortably within the 3 months he has to put Clinton away. He is in no rush to recover polling numbers or allied pundits because successfully navigating and dominating New York real estate hones the art of timing. Have faith my fellow Americans, it's always darkest before the Don.