Donald Trump is not a man for all seasons. Donald Trump is a man for this season. And what season is that? We are in the “winter of the America last" season.
Donald Trump is trying to get us to the spring of the America first season.
What are the characteristics of this America last season?
For starters, it's a national inferiority complex fed by our highest elected officials. It's a can't-do homeland mentality backed up by a leading-from-behind foreign policy. It's an apology tour culminating in the recent humiliation of our sailors by a rogue Iranian regime on the open seas.
It's the federalization of education, student loans, and healthcare; knowing ahead of time that we will continually make each one worse; higher costs, lower value.
Let's look at some of the specifics of our America last season.
President Obama bows to foreign kings. He openly refuses to accept the concept of American “exceptionalism,” suggesting that the Greeks must think they are equally exceptional. Really?
It's having a policy of destroying working automobiles so that people will buy new ones.
Who are the real clunkers?
It's red lines washed away by the first rising tide. It's disarming our allies while protecting the military buildups of our boldest enemies. It's trading five enemy terrorist generals for one American deserter. It's our over regulation, over taxation, and over litigation that is sucking the lifeblood out of our most promising entrepreneurs.
It's praising an economy that now kills more businesses than it creates; and a workforce of part-timers searching in vain for well paid career opportunities. It's third world illegal immigrants taking American jobs with no official push back.
It's too much crime in too few communities; all of it blamed on the police. Clearly the list is endless. If you are reading this post you are qualified to add to it.
Why the rehash? Because without understanding the seasons you cannot understand the Trump phenomenon. Trump is not the classical conservative riding in on a white horse to conquer the evil progressives. Trump is not the answer to George Will's yearning for a movement conservative like Barry “39 percent” Goldwater.
No, Trump is the springtime of the next America first season, committed to “Making America Great Again.”
It starts with a simple belief: America is for winners. Our roots of exceptionalism, rule of law, limited government, We the People, faith, freedom, and family are way too powerful for the weak America last agenda; an agenda of high taxes, open borders, unilateral disarmament and a “stand down” mentality.
When the springtime of America first arrives next November, America will have a new giddy yap in her gait, a lilt in her voice, a glint in her eye, and a steely resolve in her heart.
The policies will come fast and furious. The rule of law means the end of “a pen and a phone” tyranny; the reemergence of a constitutional republic; secure borders; the denationalization of healthcare, student loans, and Common Core; the repatriation of trillions of overseas dollars; lower taxes; greater investment opportunities; free speech; a stronger dollar, and renegotiated trade deals.
An American first agenda is a winners first agenda, followed by the more traditional left/right skirmishes.
Nobody knows what will happen next November.
But everybody knows what is happening now. The stadiums are full of Trumpsters, tens of thousands of American firsters longing to get their mojo back. Trump looks like springtime.
He has a bounce in his step, a smile on his face, and the brightest comb-over in Western civilization. Hillary is all winter all the time; the emails, the old Clinton girlfriends fighting back, the new normal of a perpetually depressed economy, the pandering, the resets, the world's longest unbroken streak of foreign policy blunders. She even looks like winter.
So, yes, to understand 2016 you must understand America last versus America first.
There's no middle ground.
You're either old man winter — or the renewal of spring. Tell your friends.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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