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I have never been a fan of Trump’s. However, I do believe that his brashness and bombast have been useful. As the now nearly former president leaves Washington (it is still pretty early in the day) and the new president gets ready to be sworn in, we have been treated to a forecast of what is to come. Leftist overreach has already begun in earnest. They can’t control themselves. Their calls for reconciliation committees and bannings and every other typical leftist maneuver started almost immediately following election day.
On the other hand, Trump set an example of a behavior that Andrew Breitbart began in his dealings with the left. He simply refused to be cowed by their opprobrium. No matter what they said he seemed to walk through it much like a stream flows around rocks in its course. Breitbart, a far more intellectual man than Trump, understood exactly what he was doing. Trump simply did it, but not without effect. And now, with the obvious support of somewhere around 74 million Americans, he may not have won the election, but he proved beyond a doubt the impotency of the left. He walked away unharmed from his first impeachment, and will likely do the same with the second.
Revolutions happen not when people are oppressed. They happen when freedom begins to grow, when the bonds of oppression begin to loosen. That happened during the Trump administration. By example he demonstrated the inability of the left to harm him meaningfully by their absurd charges of racism and sexism. The obvious support of very nearly half of the population of the country showed unquestionably that those claims had little or no power. My sense is that this is or will be the beginnings of a new revolution against leftist political correctness. The pot is boiling over and there will be no putting the lid back on.
We are all tired of being threatened with cancellation, with having our social networks driven off the web, of people like Tim Cook, who has done a far less than adequate job of running the greatest computer company in history nearly into the ground, telling the rest of us how we are to think and speak. We are tired of media hypocrisy, of double standards and lockdowns. We are Americans with a long history of freedom, and Donald Trump, for all his faults, reminded us of that heritage. Coming from one of the most oppressive cities and states, he has an understanding of what we have been losing through increased governmental power. He sought to bring that awareness to all the people during his term in office. I don’t know that it was a conscious thing with him, but having grown up in that same place at the same time as Trump, and having left it long ago, I shared his sense how overweaning our leaders had become.
I suspect that, like me, many of the 74 million who voted for Trump weren’t exactly on the Trump train. However, we all felt something, a growing sense of freedom to express our views in public and private that has been diminishing in recent years. That growing sense of emancipation is now, suddenly, being threatened as the Biden Administration takes office and the leftist overreach begins in earnest. I don’t think that those feelings are going to be put back in the box. I suspect that we are at the start of a new uprising, and the reset isn’t going to be the one planned in Davos.Published in