Degrees of terrible. That’s what we were faced with with in 2016. We were faced with a choice that was so ill, that it turned my stomach. Oh did you think I was talking about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? No, I’m talking about what we almost had: Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush. In the early stages of the race, Jeb Bush was the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. He was the one with all the money, all the backing, and the one assumed to take up the mantle of the Republican Party. For some time, I and a lot of others assumed we’d be looking at Bush vs. Clinton. Again. It was about to be some sort of Dynasty Wars, almost like a terrible television show. Instead what we got was Destroying Dynasty starring Donald Trump, a far more entertaining show, with a far more satisfactory ending. Destroying Dynasty was so good it made the Apprentice look like Looney Tunes.
I think about this now because both former Bush Presidents have recently come out with criticisms that Donald Trump doesn’t know what it means to be a President, or that he’s a “blowhard”. Even going as far as to reveal voting for Hillary Clinton. Bush 43 said he feared he’d be “The Last Republican”, which sounds like a low budget Star Wars fan fiction sequel. If Bush, McCain, Flake, and their ilk are “real republicans” then I say good riddance. The two Bushes both set the table for the administrations that came after. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are extremely charismatic, but make no mistake their presidencies were enabled by the Bushes being as terrible as they were. Obama in particular was the recipient of a gift wrapped opportunity. Bush 43 handed him the presidency on a silver platter, because he was so reviled by a significant portion of the country, including me. Unpopular wars, weak economy, and awful immigration policy set the table for a change election. In retrospect, McCain had zero chance of ever winning the presidency in 2008. He represented the same neo-conservative, pro-immigration Republican establishment his predecessor did, which explains why he’s so pathetic these days and takes every opportunity to trash Trump.
We don’t run a monarchy here in America. You don’t get to be President because it’s your turn, or because your dad or husband was before you. Donald Trump, for whatever faults he has, saved us from the corrupt establishment dynasties of the Bush/Clinton eras. Watching George Bush and John McCain smear us all in recent speeches as protectionists, reactionaries, nativists, isolationists, nationalists, racists, islamophobes, and whatever other “ists” I missed makes me so happy Trump is in power and not one of them. If being against insanely weak immigration, shipping off jobs, and starting a bunch of useless wars under false pretenses makes me all of those things, then so be it. People always want to find a way to slap some sort of label on you, so I’ll take all of those labels, and then I’ll slap one on them.
They might have 50 different words for me, but I only have one for them, and it’s globalist. Globalist covers the Bushes, Clintons, McCain, Flake, Schumer, and all of the establishment. The ones that totally sold this country out via immigration, trade, and the economy. The ones that started a bunch of wars trying to nation build overseas. In my mind, if you are a globalist, you are the enemy. I don’t care if your name is Chuck Schumer or Jeff Flake. There is no difference. If we had gotten Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton the end result 20 years from now would have been exactly the same. All of these establishment characters have been selling the American people down the river for decades. Regardless of what one thinks about Trump, he was the one chance this country had to extricate itself from the Bushes, Clintons, and institutional corruption.
If you asked anyone, conservative or liberal, before the election if they thought our government was corrupt, the answer would easily be a resounding Yes. Everyone knew it, but no one had the mechanism to change it. The only way to change it was to elect someone who wasn’t part of the globalist establishment. Someone that had so much money that they couldn’t be bought. Someone with an iron will and a vision for the country. For every single small thing that Trump does that’s sort of inappropriate, I say it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because all that matters is tearing down the establishment and ensuring we never have a corrupt globalist in the White House ever again. Even if Trump didn’t enact one policy, just his existence is enough. People always say Trump supporters are like a cult, some call us “Cult 45”. What they don’t understand is that Trump is not our cult leader, he’s the manifestation of exactly what we needed to get rid of all these corrupt globalists.
We had chances to clean these globalists out a couple of times before. Two men came along and told us all of this: Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot. They told us everything Trump is telling us now, we just weren’t ready to hear it. In addition, they weren’t the fighters Trump is. Listening to Buchanan talk immigration and Perot talk NAFTA and outsourcing is like listening to Trump now. They understood, and were the original insurgents against a corrupt bureaucracy and globalist establishment. The Bushes and Clintons can’t stand us because we specifically rejected their ideology for the first time in decades. Their presidencies will not be looked at kindly in the years ahead, because we now realize what they did to the country.
Destroying Dynasty was an amazing show. Now it’s time for a new show:
Gutting Globalism. It’s gonna be a great one.
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Steve is the author of Forging the Iron Mind, and is the founder and CEO of Americana Prime.