This is the look of defiance.
Sure it’s a miscarriage of justice, we all know that. But here’s what we also know: the mask of American Civics 101 has been stripped from the face of the Deep State once and for all.
These guys have the tiger by the tail and they’re going to regret it. Big time.
Some of them are so deluded they think the average Republican or Independent is going to look at this mugshot and think, “Hmm, maybe it’s not such a good idea to vote for a man whose been impeached twice and indicted four times”.
No one in their right mind believes that what they’re doing to him resembles anything close to justice. But they’re so afraid of Trump, they don’t care. He is a giant in their eyes. Someone they have to bring down because for him to be right, they would have to be wrong. About everything. And this terrifies them.
Anybody who enrages the Deep State on this scale has got to have something good going for him. Impeachment (and now indictments) from the Unipartyists is a badge of honor at this point. We now we know where they stand.
More importantly, we know where we stand. In opposition to them, every step of the way.
The Establishment has proven that it can’t run a two-car funeral. The pretense of fairness is finally gone. To the extent that they rule at all, they use anarcho-tyranny: anarchy for them, tyranny for us.
Therefore, the situation is untenable. The center cannot hold because there is no center. Once a country reaches that point, it’s on the downward path. Because once they take an election away from one candidate, they’ll have to take it away from another candidate. And another. In going down this path, legitimacy –which is what every government needs to survive–will be gone.
Here’s the thing: they’re not trying to take the election away from Trump. They trying to take the election away from us. If this could happened to one, it could happen to all. No American wants that. Sure we like to win —a lot–but not like this. Not by jailing a candidate and former president. Because to win this way doesn’t feel like a win. It feels like cheating. It’s dishonorable. And at heart, I think we are an honorable nation. Going down this particular path is just not honorable and we know it. We feel it. It’s like winning a game in which you know you cheated and your opponents know that you cheated.
So does this mean Trump will win? I think it’s a distinct possibility. But make no mistake, if harvesting the necessary ballots doesn’t put Biden over the top, they’ll ratchet it up. The question becomes what are they willing to do to keep Trump from office? Their resources are considerable in this regard.
So why do we fight?
I’ll tell you why. Because we have no choice. If we don’t fight, we will most assuredly lose our nation. No two ways about it. America as we know it, our constitutional Republic, will be over. We don’t have the luxury of waiting around for something to change for the better. It won’t. We either win our country back now or prepare to abandon ship. We’ve lost the respect of the world. Our greatest cities look like Calcutta. People everywhere are struggling just to get by. And we’re facing yet another deep recession if not an outright depression. And there is nothing left in the coffers to tide us over because like desperate gamblers, we went all in on Ukraine.
We’re facing an abyss on all fronts and we don’t have that much longer before we succumb. Think that won’t happen? I’ll bet none of us thought we’d be here four years ago, either. It seems like an eternity, doesn’t it?
So as long as there’s a chance, we have to try. Four more years of the same is going to buy us another four years of this –only worse. Even if we win back our country, it’s no guarantee things will ever be the same but at least we will have tried. Trump says he can do it. He’s done it before and he says he can do it again. He even says he can do it better. Why would he say that if it weren’t true? So he could go out in disgrace? No. This man isn’t done.
He may not be everybody’s “dream guy,” but he doesn’t have to be. He just has to be right. He was right before. And we’d be stupid not to give him another chance to be “right” again, because let’s face it, who else have we got? More importantly, who else do we trust? It’s not a fair question. Some of the people on the other side are positively evil.
And say what you will, Trump is not that. He is not an evil man. And this matters. It’s all that matters, frankly. If you’re going to fight to the death for something it might as well be in opposition to evil. This may sound trite but future generations are counting on us. Their lives will have no meaning or value if we don’t fight this. Right here, right now. The young, the old, and everyone in between has to pull together on this. When a mob jails a man for running for office (which is what this is really about) it’s time to to take the gloves off. Because that’s Trump’s crime. He is running for office. If he chose to spend the next several years on a golf course somewhere, no one would bother him. But he’s all in and they know it.
They also know he’ll never give up.
The closest narrative which approximates this present time that I can think of is Ragnarok. In Norse mythology, Ragnarok was the dread final day in which the Aesir (gods) would fight to the death against the frost-giants. It was going to be a cataclysmic battle and Odin, the All-father, knew the outcome was fore-ordained and that the gods would lose.
So did Thor, Tyr, Heimdall and the rest. But fight they did. They made no side-deals with their enemies. The glory was not in the surety of victory but in the battle itself.
I, for one, am all in for Trump. And not because there are no other choices. In point of fact, there are none. The other GOP candidates are either RINOs, cucks, or country-clubbers. I stand for Trump but because Trump is the only one who has shown the grit and fortitude to fight this to the end.
He will not go down graciously.
And why should he? In its present formulation, the Democrat Party has shown that it’s not worthy of graciousness or loyalty. Its office-holders are inept and venial (and that’s being charitable). Their stewardship of our economy makes the days of Jimmy Carter look like a golden age. Their capacity for indifference toward their own voters (e.g. Maui) would embarrass a courtier at Versailles.
They have broken the social contract that has existed between the rulers and the ruled since time immemorial. They have sent tens of billions to Ukrainian oligarchs while tent cities are popping up all over America. Did I say “broken the social contract”? It’s more like they shattered it into a thousand little pieces.
Will Trump win? I can see it. If so, will he succeed in turning this country around? It’s possible, as he’s done it before.
What I can’t see is any other candidate –Democrat or Republican–being able to tight the ship. As it is, we’re on the Titanic and choosing between these other guys would be an exercise in rearranging the deck chairs.
MAGA populism is the future whether the neoliberals or neoconservatives like it or not. It’s either that or plunging headlong into the iceberg. That’s our choice, either reelect Trump and give him the opportunity to succeed or keep on listening to the orchestra while they play “Nearer my God, to Thee” and hope that there are enough lifeboats for the women and children.
A better man is not on the horizon; he may arise but as of yet, I can’t think of anybody who can pull off what Trump did. And when he says, “I can do it again, only better” I believe him. And that’s what this is really about. Believing in something enough to fight for it.
All one has to do is look at his mugshot. This is a man who is going to go down fighting. Those of us who believe in America have no other choice as well.