Recent events have me wondering who, exactly, is Donald Trump? Is he a man of conviction who stands on principle in the face of being labeled a bigot, white supremacist, and worse? Or is he an unprincipled sellout who caves in to the Radical Left in order to curry favor with his enemies?
Many of Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters have expressed disappointment — even outrage — over his actions (not to mention lack of actions) during the past several months. And with good reason. His staunchest allies in the White House have been banished, he continues to fudge on the wall, and he appears to have become soft on the DACA issue.
All this has brought about the oddest war imaginable — Trump loyalists like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and other Make America Great believers versus Trump himself. These are the people who are intent on supporting the agenda that got Trump elected, even if he himself abandons it.
This confirms what I’ve been saying all along — namely, that while there is no question Trump is beloved by his base, his astonishing 2016 election victory was about much more than just him. It was about a fed-up electorate and the freedom revolution it began in 2009 as the Tea Party. It was about taking back America from the Washington establishment and its Radical Left allies. It was about holding elected officials and bureaucrats accountable for their criminal activities.
While the odds against the freedom revolution’s success are great, there is no longer any doubt that it’s a force to be reckoned with. The only question is how many Trump voters will stick with the revolution even if they throw in the towel on Trump.
Let’s face it, it would take a person with very strong ideological beliefs to have the courage and conviction to stand up to the establishment, ignore the braying of the Radical Left, and act on principle. And, unfortunately, principle is where Trump falls short. I believe he has the courage to do the right thing, but not the conviction, because he has no hard and fast ideological beliefs.
That said, and in all fairness, considering his apathy when it comes to ideology, Trump does deserve high marks for at least trying to take on the establishment and the Radical Left. As we are now seeing, however, his softened approach of late clearly makes it doubtful that he will ever make a serious attempt to drain the swamp.
Realistically, it’s highly doubtful that the swamp can ever be completely drained by anyone, given that so many millions of people are dependent upon the government corruption that provides them with their comfortable lifestyles. Remember, every one of the millions of overpaid rank and file government employees is beholden to the status quo, and you can be sure they will fight to the death to protect their largesse.
Nevertheless, any inroads the freedom revolution can make when it comes to draining the swamp are better than nothing, and a good start would be to purge swamp creatures like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and John McCain.
Perhaps more than any other member of Congress, McConnell represents the rotten nature of government. That’s why I believe the people of Kentucky should roll up their sleeves and start working on a serious recall effort to yank him from his comfy perch atop the Senate. The country simply can’t afford to wait for his current term to expire.
Ditto with Arizona Senator John McNasty, the biggest fraud on Capitol Hill. I use the word fraud because he pretends to be a Republican while repeatedly siding with Democrats. The man is totally devoid of morals, which is why I don’t believe the freedom revolution can afford to wait until he dies to vanquish him from the swamp. He has so much vindictiveness in his heart that he might just find a way to stay alive until his term expires in 2022.
Jeff Flake, Paul Ryan, and a number of other Senate and House members can be terminated via primary challengers, which I think could happen in 2018 if members of the freedom revolution take the initiative and not wait for Donald Trump to become involved.
In addition to ridding the Republican Party of its most vile swamp creatures, the freedom revolution should start pushing — hard — for the prosecution of Dirty Dems who have thus far been given a free pass. This is the most overlooked issue in today’s world of politics, yet Trump seems to have no interest in it.
Nevertheless, the first step toward bringing about equal justice under the law is to put pressure on Trump to stop pussyfooting around and fire Jeff Sessions, the Trojan swamp creature who has been AWOL since his appointment. His recusal from the fake Russian collusion investigation was a preview of how he would go about doing (and not doing) his job.
Since then, he has totally ignored the long list of Obama acolytes who have been caught red handed engaging in illegal activities. Some of the more obvious lawbreakers include:
Eric Holder, Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Lois Lerner, John Koskinen, Cheryl Mills, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, James Clapper, James Comey, Huma Abedin, Crooked Hillary, and, above all, Barack Obama. And as the phony Russian-collusion investigation continues to unfold, I may want to include pompous ass Robert Mueller in this list as well.
The fact that Hillary is not in prison underscores just how rotten the justice system in Washington is. I said some years ago that her prosecution should be a top priority for the Trump administration, because her crimes are a such a glaring symbol of what the freedom revolution is all about.
Nevertheless, as of today, Horrible Hillary continues to roam the countryside without a care in the world, flaunting her crimes on one left-wing show after another, dismissing her 33,000 deleted emails as much to do about nothing, and mouthing off about overturning the 2016 election results and getting rid of the electoral vote to boot.
Which brings us back to Trump. Ironically, while his supporters are concerned about his abandoning the agenda he ran on, half the country is now up in arms over his outspoken criticism of the NFL. Which means Trump has the worst of both worlds: His supporters think he’s become too soft, while his critics believe his attack on the NFL shows once again how extreme he is.
Trump, of course, is right in his views about the NFL, and you can be sure that millions of Americans share those views. But the pragmatic question is, why would he bother to chime in on such a dumb issue just when his favorability ratings have finally begun to climb?
There’s gold in beating up on Rocketman, repealing Obamacare, and giving Americans a big tax cut — but taking on the NFL, not so much.
So here I am, more than two years later, once again asking: Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?