Against all odds. Against all the pundits and the pollsters, against the Democratic and Republican establishments, against the liberal media and the globalist elites, against the banksters and the corporate oligarchs and even the ‘purists’ in the conservative camp who would rather have seen Hillary Clinton win than support someone they deemed not good enough, Donald Trump stepped forward as a champion of the American people…
And this night, the American people won.
For months, we heard about how a crude-talking, politically inexperienced businessman criticized one or another unassailable paragon of virtue or engaged in crude locker-room talk. For months, we were told these things were more important than policies on trade, on border control, on foreign affairs, policies that would actually put the American people first for the first time in a generation.
We were told he could never win, that he couldn’t even carry traditionally red states like Utah or Georgia, that the gigantic “blue wall” was so insurmountable, so impenetrable, that any effort to scale it would end about as well as General Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg.
And yet, with our backs against the wall, reeling from decades of lost jobs, stagnant wages, burdensome taxes, excessive regulations, and the jeers and heckles of “our betters” who essentially told us to “sit down and shut up” and accept defeat and the yoke of tyranny like good little peasants, the American people rose up and took a stand, Brexit style.
Turns out, the issues were bigger than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. As it happens, those empty factories and shuttered coal mines spoke louder than hysterical, hypocritical howling about Trump’s various gaffes along the way.
Remember that Oscar-winning movie Braveheart, the scene where the beleaguered, rag-tag Scottish army faces a seemingly invincible English force at Stirling Bridge? Just when the Scots are about to surrender to their fears and retreat, William Wallace, portrayed by Mel Gibson, rides to the fore and gives his troops inspiration and hope with these words:
“Fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live — at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
In the movie, the Scottish army took Wallace’s message to heart and won a great victory. For us, despite many of our reservations about Trump the individual, “many years from now” the last thing we wanted to do was look our grandchildren in the eyes and tell them that we didn’t do everything we possibly could to preserve our American Republic.
And at least for now, at least for a little while, we did just that.
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