Overcoming the Leftist hegemony
"President Trump". What a magical sound those words are! I was intermittently laughing and crying with happiness for a couple of hours after listening to his inaugural address. It is so good to have one of ours in the White House again. It's been a long time. The two Bushes were OK but you have to go back to Reagan to get a really revolutionary President in the White House.
Revolutionary? Yes. A believer in the American revolution and a counter-revolutionary against the Leftist hegemony; someone who will smash the Leftist ratchet: The process whereby the government and society get steadily more Leftist year by year, with no going back even being considered by the governing elite. Note the excerpt from his speech at a pre-inauguration concert below. Trump speaks there of drawing on the past, of reverting to proven ways as the change that he has in mind. What a horror for the Left!
To this day Leftists characterize conservatives as people who are opposed to change. They can't accept that it is just Leftist change that conservatives find wanting. They do that because they have to defend themselves mentally from any suspicion that conservatives may have well-founded objections to their madcap schemes. Their claim has been an obviously false charge ever since Reagan and Thatcher but it is good to see Trump reinforcing the real story.
Why is Trump so different? Mainly because he isn't. What he says was obviously close to the hearts of the millions that voted for him. But he does differ in saying out loud what a lot of other Americans were only thinking. He completely ignored political correctness when most others feared to do so. How come? How come he is so free from the mental and verbal shackles that the Left have managed to place on most people? Even the GOP in recent years have just been Leftism-Lite. How come Trump escaped that?
It's got to go back to his upbringing as the son of a very rich man. His riches would have freed his father from much need to seek the approval of others so he did not inculcate young Donald with the then current middle-class notions of what is acceptable and what is not. Donald grew up as something of a "natural" child. His instinctive feelings were minimally suppressed. So he is rude to those who are rude to him and is annoyed by the rudeness. He has not been taught not to sweat the small stuff and has not been taught that "A soft answer turneth away wrath" (Proverbs 15:1). As a kid, he went to a Presbyterian Sunday school, as I did, and he had a Scottish mother so he obviously got a lot of wise guidance, but it was not enough to suppress who he is.
And the charge that he is a rude man is one-eyed. He certainly is rude to those who abuse him but he seems also to have learned long ago the two most important words in the English language: "Thank you". He spends a lot of time thanking people. In his inaugural address he even thanked Mr. Obama for smoothing his transition to power, which visibly moved Mr Obama. Obama seems to be basically a nice guy but he has just never managed to break the mental shackles placed on him by his Marxist upbringing. He is probably not terribly bright. It was just a nice guy in a black skin that people voted for.
Trump's emphasis on the centrality and importance of the ordinary people is rather reminiscent of another great conservative, Benjamin Disraeli, who led Britain at the time of Britain's greatest eminence -- in the late 19th century. Disraeli was himself a Jew (superficially converted to the Church of England!) but he greatly extolled the wisdom of the ordinary English people, and put his money where his mouth was by greatly expanding the franchise, so that more of those he extolled could vote in national elections. Disraeli was a great success in leading his nation and Trump will be too
Thousands of Donald Trump supporters have gathered near one of Washington’s famous landmarks for a concert celebrating his upcoming inauguration. The president-elect is embarking on a day of inauguration activities
The president-elect has spoken to the crowd at the inauguration concert.
We’re going to unify our country,” Trump told a crowd of thousands in front of the Lincoln Memorial after a pre-inauguration concert.
“We’re going to do things that haven’t been done for our country for many, many decades,” he added. “It’s going to change. I promise you.”