Last month, Donald Trump secured the magic number of 1,237 delegates for the Republican National Convention.
The anti-establishment candidate has proven all the naysayers wrong in addition to poetically destroying the careers of countless ineffective politicians.
Many of us remember the maiden voyage down the golden escalator, when Trump announced his presidential run, only one day after Jeb Bush initiated his own “low energy” foray into national politics.
And remember, Trump has already begun making America great again, so let’s review just a few of his achievements during the Republican primaries:
- Attacking the influence of corporate money in politics
- Running the first Internet and mass media campaign in US history
- Manipulating the circlejerk nature of the daily news cycle to his advantage
- Revealing the crimes of the Bush family in the middle of a televised GOP debate
- Ending the Republicans’ embarrassing refusal to accept the mistakes of the Iraq War
- Bringing attention to the illegal immigration crisis
- Attacking secretly drafted free trade deals from NAFTA to the upcoming TPP and TTIP
- Shattering the grip of political correctness on public discourse
- Destroying the toxic alliance between neocons and religious fundamentalists
- Mobilizing more conservative voters than any other Republican candidate in history
It has been amazing watching Donald Trump take out Republican politicians one by one in a brazen torrent of personal insults and political criticisms.
In many ways, Trump has awakened the rightwing of the American political spectrum, yet he is also a reaction to the uncompromising, destructive propaganda of social justice, diversity and globalism.
The nation will never be the same.
1. Trump ran the first self-funded primary campaign since Ross Perot in 1992. Although he will need the fundraising machine of the Republican party, he ensured their public capitulation before taking these steps.
2. While some consider the Facebook chatter of 2008 or 2012 to be significant, I have never observed this level of online political activity in my short history of observing national elections.
Donald Trump supporters have created enclaves on every major social media site in an unprecedented fashion.
3. Trump has mastered the media. Hillary can only afford to make a media appearance once every few weeks.
Her campaign understands how public exposure only harms her standing in the polls. On the other hand, Trump appears on the broadcast television nearly every day in addition to his ceaseless tweeting.
4. On a national debate stage, Trump claimed George W. Bush “lied” in order to invade Iraq.
5. While Jeb whined about attacks on his family, Republicans finally distanced themselves from the military adventurism of the neocon Bush administration.
6. Trump has enjoyed taking credit for pushing immigration to the forefront of national politics after years of open border policies from both Republicans and Democrats. He also could not have chosen a better time with Europe serving as a dark reminder of how immigration can destabilize a Western society.
7. The Republican frontrunner claimed he would “make individual deals with individual countries” and attacked the destructive free trade deals that Obama’s administration has quietly pushed in recent years.
8. It goes without saying that Trump’s language disrupted the grip of political correctness on American culture. After years of creeping safe spaces, the New Yorker’s bombastic persona continues to trigger bleeding liberals and professional victims across the nation.
9. It’s never been “cool” to be a Republican. The frustration of right-leaning voters has only been amplified by repeated failures of the GOP to produce real change in America.
From Reagan’s mass amnesty bill to the Bush family’s neoimperialism in the Middle East, Trump has devastated the neoconservative cabal that poisoned the well for the American Right.
10. I have voted for the first time in my life, because I’ve been presented with a reasonable option for once.
“The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony.”
“We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism.”