Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
The drama playing out in Washington is striking, something out of Shakespeare. In the press Trump is portrayed as the ineffectual Richard II, the scheming and illegitimate Richard III, the lost and aging King Lear, the arrogant Caesar and the lustful and intemperate Henry VIII. The opposition sees Trump as irredeemably flawed. His leadership in their vision can only bring political disaster and a series of impending future political tragedies of monumental enormity.
The Never Trumpers see the flaws as well, magnified and monstrous. In their worldview, political winners must be heroes and not just be virtuous now, but always. There is no room for the penitent, much less the continual, sinner. Superior virtue should always trump grandiosity and ugly self-promotion. To the Gary Robbins’ (@garyrobbins) of the world, Trump is a poseur, a promoter, the PT Barnum of modern politics, feckless, unworthy, a travesty really, a mockery to those who want their presidents to be made of, not have, brass.
But like all of Shakespeare’s titled characters, Trump is nuanced. He’s a family man despite his divorces. He’s funny. He’s glib and remarkably unfiltered. He’s likable. He doesn’t pretend to be perfect, and at times can seem humbled. He is relentless and undaunted. Trump’s the real thing. And despite all his opposition, he is implementing the policies he articulated when he won office. And those policies are working. We are no longer dependent on foreign oil. Our taxes are lower. Our wages have risen. Businesses are expanding. We’re making progress in securing our southern border. Markets are up. ISIS and its leadership have been delivered to the devil. Trade relationships are more favorable to US interests and trade adversaries are chastened. Allies are no longer ignoring their fiscal commitments to defense. People are getting off public assistance. Unemployed and under-employed Americans are getting back to work. Interest rates remain modest. And our judiciary is more constructionist in direct conflict to those who would like a judiciary that is inventive and adventurist when it comes to testing the constitutionality or application of the law.
The tragedy that the Democrats are trying to avert is their own; with Trump they are losing the court as an arbiter of their opaque ideas of fairness and justice. The Left has been eroding our constitutional liberty and cementing in the bureaucratic state since the days when Wilson and his war council took the lead from El Duce and seized control of our government. FDR, a war council member, learned. With ending the depression as his calling and with help from an overwhelming Democrat majority, FDR started the country down the path to statism.
The policies being touted by today’s Democratic presidential hopefuls are neither new nor unique. We had 70% tax brackets before Kennedy dropped them in the early sixties. The socialization of medicine has been a staple of every left-wing politician’s promise over the last 75 years. Wealth confiscation has been in political conversation since Robin Hood holed up in Sherwood Forest. There is nothing new to see here. Why are Democrat politicians so blatantly expostulating these unpopular and unmanageable Leftist policies? There was a time not long ago when Democrats had to speak of their statist tendencies in hushed tones and soft denials. Abortion should be rare, they said. Gun ownership should be legal but controlled. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. We believe in the sanctity of marriage. Now, they are almost shrill. They support abortion, any reason, any time. Everyone is entitled to free healthcare. Guns should be confiscated. A church that does not sanctify gay marriage should lose its non-profit status, etc. It’s like the last gasps of a dying man to his wife, Mary, setting the record straight: I always loved Alice.
The Democrats want to turn this plot from their tragedy to Trump’s, making it, for them, a sweet comic ending. No, Hillary will not seize the opportunity and lead the Democrats to victory. Her tragedy has already played out. Joe Biden is a prototypical Shakespearian tragic hero and as a result, there is only one ending for him. As for the rest of the candidates, no Shakespearian drama can be both tragedy and comedy. They have all already rehearsed their last words in public, so we know what they really loved all these years.
Trump will win a second term and the Democrats will be left to wonder where they went wrong. He’ll never be a perfect President, but neither will this play end a political tragedy.