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The Republicans have been “over the target” for three years, led by President Donald Trump, and that’s a great outcome. Their efforts have been hit and miss (such as not getting a healthcare bill and immigration bills passed). But it’s been clear for a while that the Democrats’ hysterical and irrational behavior is an indicator that the swamp is being drained, bit by bit.
For many of us, watching this slow, chaotic process unfold is unnerving. So much can happen while policies, traditions, and plans are being disassembled. Yet this slow-motion unfolding, when studied carefully, is encouraging for the future.
When Donald Trump was first elected, the protests were loud and unremitting. They still are, and in fact, are increasing in their intensity and confusion. The disorder is enough to drive a sane person over the edge, and I believe that the Democrats are hoping for just those outcomes. Although to a great extent, I don’t think most of them are that devious; they just don’t like what is happening to the status quo.
So for those of us who prefer that politics unfold in a sensible or at least strategic way (that we understand), we’re going to need to find an ocean of patience for the next five years. I say five years because I believe Donald Trump will be re-elected, and there is no reason to assume that the climate will improve; the weather looks unceasingly stormy from here on out.
The reality of the future is emerging out of the chaos. Trump’s disruption is actually working, as unpleasant as it can be. Some Republicans hoped for these outcomes out of anger and vengeance. Other Republicans were more aligned with Democrats, although not fully on board with them; they preferred keeping the status quo, which was not only profitable for them, but familiar and comforting.
And then there are the Republicans who do genuinely understand that the future of the Republic is at stake. You might even say that we are witnessing a period of “creative destruction.” There is no way to move forward without annihilating some of the underpinnings of the administrative state and the Progressive movement. As much as I despise disorder, I’m convinced we have no choice but to keep hacking away at the foundations of those premises and structures that have been in place for the last 100 years.
It’s frightening to contemplate. We always risk destroying the ethical with the immoral; we might go too far and wipe out tenets that benefit the country and our citizens. The prospect of watching the future unfolding is painful because we really have no way of knowing how far we must go. But we must continue to move forward; if we don’t, we risk losing everything for which this country stands.