Halfway around the world, we are engaged in a great struggle
in the skies and on the seas and sands.
We know why we’re there: We are Americans,
part of something larger than ourselves…
What is at stake is more than one small country;
it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together
in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind:
peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law.
– George H. W. Bush, State of the Union Address (January 29, 1991)
The great battle of our day will not unfold in distant skies and sands. No, the greatest threat to the new world order is home-bred. After decades of falling living standards, de-industrialization and offshoring, mass unemployment and broken promises, the common people are mad as hell. A part of these angry, disenfranchised people in America came together over the last year to combat the new world order’s globalist agenda that has been failing them; the weapon they are creating is not a wall, but more of a wrecking ball: Donald J. Trump.
Yes, he’s brash, saying Mexico is sending their rapists to the U.S. He’s dreadfully rude, calling critics like Rosie O’Donnell a fat pig and a slob. He personally and ruthlessly attacks anyone who gets in his way, demolishing the candidacy of Jeb Bush by branding him as “low energy”and mocking him in a debate, saying “Oh, you’re a tough guy Jeb.” He has the class of an insecure middle-school bully, boasting about the size of his manhood in the opening minutes of a nationally televised debate. And he might be America’s last chance to change course.
The typically cautious D.C. crowd that passes every line and narrative they use through focus groups are going berserk, decrying what they view as a circus beyond their control. Failed Republican candidate in 2012 and leading voice in the very vocal #NeverTrump coalition Mitt Romney said Trump has “a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world.”
I believe the contrary: by challenging the established rules of etiquette and the religion of political correctness, he is elevating the level of public discourse. Americans are now able to venture into subjects that were previously out of bounds: immigration, free-trade deals, and the role of the U.S. and NATO in world affairs. In fact, as Murray Rothbard noted, demagoguery is the only means by which an individual in the minority can triumph over a determined and organized ideological majority:
The demagogue possesses that quality of mass attraction that permits him to use emotion to stir up the masses. In going to the masses, he is going over the heads of the respectable intellectuals who ordinarily guide mass opinion. It is this electric, short-cut appeal direct to the masses that gives the demagogue his vital significance and that makes him such a menace to the dominant orthodox.
And really, should we take pause at every declaration and every public outing of the president as if he was the Father of the Nation? Why is it that a whole nation is shocked when a Congressman shouts “You lie” in the middle of the president’s speech when heckling the executive is standard fare in other parliaments? Maybe it’s time to stop worshiping the presidency as if he were a Sun King on Earth. I personally look forward to the office of the president being downgraded in the esteem of the people.
If Republicans were really concerned about their public image being tarnished by an anti-intellectual candidate making crude, not well thought out remarks, then they would not have nominated George W. Bush by a landslide. There is something markedly different about Trump and his mild-mannered Establishment counterparts beyond the cosmetics.
I think Trump himself best highlighted the dividing line when accepting the nomination at the Republican National Convention on July 21 2016, saying these momentous words “The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America first. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.”
Which brings us to the current bizarre spectacle of a former reality television star, Donald Trump, waving the America First banner, the first time such a creed has taken a central role in a presidential campaign since Warren G. Harding’s Return to Normalcy remarks in the 1920 election: “America’s present need is not… submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality.” Since then, the elite political dynasties of the U.S. the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, the Bushes and the Clintons have contained and crushed such anti-globalist sentiment.
Also on July 21st, the New York Times published the full transcript of a breath-taking interview with Trump on foreign policy. In it, he says he would not promise defending NATO allies who have not upheld their obligations to NATO, he says “we are spending a fortune on military in order to lose $800 billion” in annual trade deficits, and when asked about whether or not the U.S. should get itself mixed up in the chaos of the Turkey coup, Trump says something remarkably wise that has never been uttered by anyone in Washington or Bruxelles: “I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country.”
And it looks like Trump’s deeds back up his acts. The Trump campaign intervened in Cleveland during a committee to define the GOP platform to stop anti-Russian propaganda, disavowing any more support the Ukrainians may have hoped to receive from the U.S. in their struggle against the pro-Russia rebels.
The Globalist War Party on both the left and right wasted little time in firing back on the latest sacrilegious incursions by Trump. Clinton is calling Trump Putin’s lapdog. Drumming up a new Red Scare, head neoconservative Bill Kristol is calling for a Congressional investigation into whether Putin is interfering in the American election. Neocon James Kirchick is out with an article in the LA Times, incredibly titled “If Trump wins, a coup isn’t impossible here in the U.S.”
Get out your popcorn, folks. Over the next three months, we have front row seats to watch the world’s greatest demagogue, entertainer, persuader and deal-maker go head-to-head against the powerful proponents of history’s greatest empire who have billions of dollars and most of the world’s media at their disposal. His odds are not so bad. But word of the wise to the political outsider Republican nominee: tread carefully.
Teams of hundreds of people are already working overtime to assassinate Trump’s character as a sexist and a racist. Trillions of dollars are at stake for the entrenched military-industrial complex, multi-nationals and banks, political leaders and public intellectuals. The campaigns of RFK and Governor Wallace were ended early with much less at stake, and they had not already escaped attempts on their life, nor did Mexican drug lords put $100 million bounties on their heads, nor were they subject to vitriolic two-minute-hate stories broadcast by the media every day with journalists joking about how to end their campaign.