We’re a year removed from the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. As such, many people are reflecting on the shockwave his campaign brought to the political landscape. This is an article for those who opposed and half-heartedly endorsed Trump assuming he’d lose.
The first thing I’d like you to ruminate on is how, despite being someone who works in politics, or spends hundreds of unpaid hours being an informed and engaged citizen, that you were completely wrong. Despite holding yourself up as a font of knowledge of political wisdom and common sense, you not only failed to see the seismic shifts in the electorate that led to Trump’s victory, you never thought there was a possibility of a Trump win. This should be a humbling experience where you realize that your so-called expertise doesn’t mean as much as you think it does, and in fact, it may have blinded you from understanding reality.
I know many of you weren’t willing to accept that your understanding of the world and reality didn’t match up in fundamental ways. Instead you opted to form conspiracy theories about Russian interference that explained how you could be so wrong. Until you can learn to accept that Trump won, and why he won, you’ll never understand the country well enough to win an election.
Let’s not forget the factors that led to Trump’s victory. It started with a growing tide of Americans are tired of political correctness being used, like 1984’s newspeak, as means to control the debate. Debate over issues of immigration, economics, foreign policy and culture are stifiled in America and dissent is shunned as impolite and unbecoming of a politician. Trump expressed something that none of the twenty other people running for president did, dissent from the bifactional ruling party on these issues.
Trump was the only candidate available to primary voters who opposed open borders. He was the only candidate who expressed skepticism of free trade and the economic policy that leads to the disparities Bernie and friends gripe about. He was the only candidate who said American foreign policy should be directed towards the best interest of American citizens. He was the only candidate to speak to growing atomization and the downsides of modern hedonistic materialism. If another candidate has spoken to these deep concerns, they would have won. But none of the other candidates had the vision to expose the divide between the positions of the Davosie and the citizens of the country. And you, who opposed Trump or supported Trump out of anti-Clinton sentiment didn’t see it either.
Now that Trump is in office, the dividing line between the few in power who support an agenda to change the direction of the ship of state facing off against an establishment united around open borders and corporate libertarianism.
What Trump is doing, or why he won isn’t my concern here. What is my concern is what you, the apphrensive supporter of Trump, or his opposition, should be feeling one year after the election. You should have done some serious reflection about how well you are able to understand what is going on in the world. You should have reflected on if Trump, who has managed to unite the worst elements of both parties, is on to something with his platform and framing of issues. Not only that, you should be asking yourself how you let the country get to the point where the electorate decided that their best chance at reasserting themselves as sovereign in America was by electing Donald Trump. Why was it that no one else spoke to the very real issues Trump tapped into? Why was Trump able to win on issues that opinion editors throughout the nation wouldn’t print?
If you haven’t given thought to these issues yet, you still haven’t processed Trump’s election, even a year later.