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Trump Frees the GOP to Have a Backbone

Trump Frees the GOP to Have a Backbone
U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks along the West Wing Colonnade before departing from the White House on January 13, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:44 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Both as individuals and a society, just who are we?

Each of us is a summated totality of traits, some more dominant than others, and it is by those that are most preeminent by which we are defined, but defined by others.

This president is noted for a cadre of traits, many of which have been judged to be improper for the office. However, there is one — his leadership — that comes wrapped in an intractable will and need to win. Core to Donald Trump’s inner most nature is an open, standing invitation to competitive dare. And it is his dare that continually hones the third finger from his thumb, which shamelessly ends up in someone else’s eye.

The Trump Presidency will undoubtedly have a lasting and defining impact on American Society, going well beyond politics. It will emerge as the Age of Trump. That said, one thing is certain. Never has there been a more fitting example of Be Careful What You Wish For. The arrival of Trump brought with it unparalleled unpredictability and a frankness that likens him to one’s next door neighbor who speaks his mind, whether someone is listening or not. Trump speaks, observes, and steps with a rank temerity that remains foreign to his Party — an old-world clan that is still reeling from a feeling that makes it hard for one to sit.

For the first time in the Party’s history, its leader has granted permission to its members to find comfort and custom in not only being less civil, but also more effective. Trump and his new breed have taken on a character much more capable of combating the Democrats, in the muddy trenches, eyeball-to-eyeball, with fixed bayonets.

By example, this president has single handedly re-sculpted the spirit and demeanor of the GOP, the Oval Office, and its Executive occupant. He justifies his leadership style by citing a tower of accomplishments which could have remained aspirations, rather than achievements.

If we are to win the current civil war between Conservative Rationalism and Democrat nihilism, more and more of us will be asked to serve on the frontline(s) and behave in ways more akin to Donald Trump, rather than the abidingly civil, but losing nature of the Republican Old Guard.

For Pre-DJT Politicians, winning was to be achieved within certain style constraints. To this president, however, the only style that matters is winning, undisputed. To him, civility is the spoils of losers, especially when it is not deserved by those insisting that it be given.

Milt Thomas grew up on a South-Georgia farm, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, and received his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. After a career as an executive with Cox Broadcasting, WSB-TV, Home Depot, and The Coca Cola Company, he is working to launch a new tech startup to rival social media and elevate the internet’s entire quality experience. He has written and self-published his first book, "Black, Dumb and Barefoot...And Knocked Up By the Democrats." Milt makes his home in the Atlanta Metro. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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