In the article Peggy paraphrased Trump’s inaugural message as: “Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all.” I think she finally gets it, gets the message Donald ran on. That message was above all a message of honesty and that he is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
Now I hope that she comes to understand that his inaugural message was not one of conciliation over the victory achieved but one for the “ordering of his Taking America Back” battle.
Look no further than our nation’s battle for its freedom and Trump’s method. After we won our Independence in a few short bloody years, we next “ordered” our government to secure our “Noble Experiment in Self Governance” by writing the US Constitution and ratifying it in a few more politically charged years. Implicit in the Constitution was the American People’s responsibility to keep Freedom self-sustaining. Or as they called it at the time self-perpetuating. That was what the “Noble Experiment” was all about. Not winning the Revolution or writing the Constitution – that was just the process, but actually taking part in the day to day stuff of self-governing our Republic.
After Trump won the bloody election, his battle now is now to re-order the government bureaucracies to enable his policies and promises to the public to be implemented. With his cabinet nominees and their confirmation he is setting up the process he needs to “Re-Order” the bureaucracy in what will be a never ending battle empowering average Americans to control their government again. To enable “the people” to control the process once again. Implicit in that is people are willing to share in and take up that battle.
Trump is offering a path to freedom for the people. If they are willing to take up his offer and do the work is the big question. He knows the biggest perhaps non ending battle will be to talk the country into helping him to fight the uphill battle against the 4th branch of government, the bureaucracy. He knows that this fight will take a few years like the election fight before it.
I emphasize with Peggy Noonan and a lot of my friends for being taken aback by Trump’s “bluntness” and coarseness as politically she was formed during the Ronald Reagan era. She was a speech writer for him. He was the “Great Communicator”. He communicated with a self-deprecation and folksy humor that none since have been able to match. It is in the realm however of actually getting things done today that the true test lies in the fight for self-government.
Will the “….plain, unfancy and blunt to the point of blistering.” President Trump be more effective in achieving his goals than was President Reagan’s calming, humor filled attempt at accomplishing the same thing. I really don’t know the answer to that. Time will as always tell that tale. But we are dealing with apples and oranges in that comparison.
What I do know is that the culture of Reagan’s time was different than it is now. I’m afraid that if Ronald Reagan would have run in this election and primary things may have turned out different for Reagan than they did for Trump. Again I don’t know – nobody does. Apples and Oranges. What I do know is that the media and academia back then were not so overtly anti conservative/pro big government. They since have had a couple of decades to hone their skills, so has the bureaucracy in its own self-interest.
Big Government, big Media and big Academia have formed an alliance so strong that no Conservative has been able to make a dent in it until Trump came tweeting along. I believe Trump’s “blunt”/honest delivery was exactly what was needed to marshal the forces outside of the mass media. He is gathering his forces as best he can, through tweeting and bluntness he is forcing what is against him to at least put out the news. Remember this is new territory.
I believe now he is trying to “re-order” the power base through new methods outside of what Peggy Noonan calls the norms to enlist his base of support and drive them to action. He didn’t invent tweeting, what he did was to gather an army of millions of tweeters enabling him to do an end run around the “Media” becoming in essence a media source himself. Those who he is aiming to influence are those scattered pockets of people not totally dependent upon government for survival or upon the media to think for them. They look at government as an obstacle to be overcome. I’m talking the average working class family struggling to make ends meet, trying to get ahead on their own. I’m talking of those without a voice or anyone to represent them and their needs. I’m talking about the forgotten majority of this country that the Media has ignored, belittled and condescended to for so long. You find these pockets sitting around kitchen tables and in small bars and restaurants, hanging out at local hardware stores and beauty parlors, and sometimes crudely discussing their struggles. The odor of non-political correctness wafts from them as a breath of fresh air. FDR found those same people, then Reagan did, now Trump has.
Three different people, three different means of messaging, the same message –“I care we can help make things better.” Now it is Trump’s turn. I hope and I think Peggy Noonan secretly is hoping that Donald Trump in his charge to become President Trump did not burn too many bridges to be able to win the fight for the things she believes in. How else can Trump communicate with the people that elected him? The Media won’t, how can Trump force them too? So far he is finding a way.
All the media elites, the big shots will put a negative spin on whatever he does or says. How else can he get his message out? Rural/middle America has no one blaring out its message for them, to the extent the Mass Media does for the left. In order for this new form of “self-governance” to work, new tools are needed.
Trump is the first one to use the weapons the Left popularized and the right reviled – bluntness, coarseness, irreverence, but what makes him different and what people admired in contrast to the blaring from Politically Correct religious like whacko’s was his honesty and his willingness to risk all to be honest and fight against those who weren’t.
What does Trump lack, what is he fighting? Here is what Peggy had to say about that in her article. “Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media — the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left — the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing.”………. Then she said “He really has no one but those who voted for him.”
“He really has no one but those who voted for him.” Who is that? Did you vote for him?
I believe President Trump knows all this instinctively and is doing what it takes to win his battle to reorder the government so he can go about his major business of making the government a tool to make the people’s freedom self-sustaining.
I ask the American’s who voted for Donald Trump, do you really want what you said you do? Do you really want government to leave you alone? Do you want all the things you heard Trump promise? If so what are you willing to do to help the man out? Are you actually willing to sacrifice for your freedom?
You are his only support in this battle to re-order and diminish the top heavy government that more often than not stands in the way of common sense and our ability as a nation to get things done.
“If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide."
He said that nearly 180 years ago. Thomas Jefferson had died only 20 odd years earlier.
Young Abe Lincoln at 28 years of age shortly after becoming a lawyer and moving off the land into the smallish city of Springfield gave a speech to a local gathering of like-minded people, a conservative party group. In it he said the above quote, and also.
Lincoln’s speech is well worth the reading if for no other reason than to marvel at the level of beauty the English language can evoke. Newt Gingrich said Trump’s speech was great, and also that it was written at the 4th grade level. Both speeches were great and both were written for the common man and media of the time. For those of you who think we are far smarter now than 100 years ago – well we are not in many ways.
Lincoln lamented nearly 180 years ago in that speech. “Such are the effects of mob law; and such are the scenes, becoming more and more frequent in this land so lately famed for love of law and order; and the stories of which, have even now grown too familiar, to attract any thing more, than an idle remark.” Wow what would Lincoln think if he was alive today in our “Progressive make the world perfect” New Society ruled by feelings and not the rule of law?
What would he think of the “Occupy Movement”, of masked thugs dressed in black throwing rocks and bricks at police while burning cars and breaking store windows with baseball bats? What indeed! He would be outraged. He would also be mocked and scorned by the media.
Peggy Noonan again put it pretty well when she asked Trump voters. “Do they understand what a lift daily governance is going to be, and how long the odds are, with so much arrayed against him, and them?”
That will be the true test of whether Trump voters will stand behind Trump and to what extent. Will they be the “fair weather Patriots” or the actual Revolutionaries.
As with all my blog posts I try to take the National down to the local. Check out Newt Gingrich’s Heritage Speech from a couple days ago.
As always a great speech, wish I could come up with ¼ the stuff he does. Great comparisons with Trump and Reagan and why they are different yet alike and the best was the comparison with Margaret Thatcher. But at the end of the speech he brought it back down to the individual citizens. He asked what can we do to help Trump? Here are the things he said we at a local level could do.
1. Noisily support Trumpism.
2. Scream at the Media when they make a mistake.
3. Talk to our Senators and Congressmen and let them know we will not support them if they don’t back Trump.
4. Do all we can to defeat Anti Trump Democrats, especially in States where Trump won. (Michigan is one of those states with plenty of Anti-Trump Democrats running in 2016.”
5. Back efforts to “crowd source” regulation reform. (I.e. Set up a mechanism to ask people what the silliest regulations out there are and then pick them off. Reward people for doing that.)
6. Help our state government start and enhance regulatory reform as well as Medicaid reform.
7. Help support the Heritage Foundation and other think tanks who can do the research necessary to create such reform plans. (They for example put together a budget plan that Trump is using as a source for his new budget)
From me – I like to find candidates at a level that I can actually help them directly, not so much with money as I am poor but through other ways. I get a kick out of meeting them and hanging out with them. I am helping a former State Rep. in his upcoming 2018 run for the State Senate. He will have a primary battle against the “Poster Child for Republican Elites”. I am setting up his campaign parade schedule in Muskegon. So far there are around 12 parades and we are looking for volunteers to “March” in one or more. It usually includes walking a mile and giving out candy to the spectators and wearing a t-shirt with his logo on it.
Any local candidate is dying to have volunteers help them out. Door to door events are always being held especially as it comes closer to the election. Lots of different ways to help a candidate out. If you are an organizer type of person, get some friends together for a “Meet and Greet” at your home or wherever is handy. Help out at fundraisers.
Before that do your homework, decide how you want to be a part of “self-governance”. Become a candidate yourself at any level. Play to your strengths.
Above all - participate and do your duty to help make the Freedom which self-governance offers us self-sustaining
Regards, Bob Carr
Live Dangerously, Tell the Truth