The Lesson of Trump

Richard Ruggiero writes: “I think the lesson of Trump is we’re wrong to expect in a leader what we’re unwilling to ourselves become. An ordinary guy with good principles is all we need. As long as he’s not a Marxist, as long as he doesn’t hate America, as long as he’s willing to follow The Constitution and The Declaration and enforce the rule of law and speak honestly and have good sense and care about reason, freedom and individual rights and understand that the only good commie is a dead commie.

We’re looking for a god, but there are no gods and we don’t need a god to be president.”

I totally agree. If I had a dollar for every person who told me, “I love Trump, but I can’t let anybody find out”, I’d be richer than Trump.

One thing that makes Trump so special is that he totally gets the weakness of his opponents. The vast majority of leftists are either (1) emotionally unstable bullies, or (2) gullible people who believe anything they’re told, so long as it comes from “the mainstream”. Accurate, strong, unyielding, productive, rational individualists could easily defeat such people — if they weren’t afraid to speak out, come out of the closet, and simply be who they are.

“I can’t offend my leftist family/friends/neighbors/clients” etc. Why not? Why not let them be offended? They’re offended at the drop of a hat already. Why? Because they are scared to death. It’s GOOD to scare people like this.

Trump became a substitute for standing up for yourself. That’s how the bullies and the ignorant win, no matter what the battle or what the context is. That’s how we got to a point where grotesquely, self-evidently WRONG and utterly STUPID people are now in charge of literally everything. The next time you find yourself thinking, “How is this all happening?” take a look in the mirror and ask yourself: “Have I done anything to stand up for what I believe, and who I am?”

We — the reasonable, the decent, the productive, the sane — have to “come out”, to stand up for what we believe and know to be true. There can be great strength in numbers. We don’t have to do what THEY do: plunder people’s savings, confiscate their wealth, devalue their currency, threaten to lock them up if they don’t go with the Party line, lock them down, force them to wear masks, force experimental vaccines on them … All we have to do is BE WHO WE ARE.

We would win in five minutes, without ever firing a shot. Look at these people, not just in the government, but in the culture: THEY ARE TRULY PITIFUL. If we cannot beat them, then we are nothing. But we are way more than something. Trump understood this. It fuels his fearlessness. His supporters voted for him, but most of those same voters– tragically — won’t do anything beyond that. Witness the results.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

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