When I first started out following politics back in the 2000s, I always felt the system was rigged. Even the election of Obama, the most successful anti-establishment candidate of our time, turned out to be an illusory dream (one which I never really believed). Instead of fulfilling even a single aspect of a genuine progressive agenda that works for all the people of the world, Obama re-created ISIS. Yes, he did use it to bring Iran to the heel, but that was hardly how the restoration of improved relations with Iran should have happened. And, yes, he did accomplish an opening with Cuba. Props to him for that. But that hardly excuses the destruction of Libya, the complete failure to disengage from Iraq and Afghanistan in a spirit of victory, the financing of militant Islam across the world, the encouragement of Black Lives Matter rioting at the expense of the livelihoods of the working class, the refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act contrary to long-standing precedent, and the promotion of anti-meritocratic affirmative action at the expense of a true post-racial American executive promised to us in 2008.
Then came Mitt.
Mitt Romney was everything I despised about the functioning of the American political system. He was a hack; a phony, a man who could never seriously contemplate repealing Obamacare given that he invented it, a man so disgustingly hypocritical and anti-American in action that nobody could believe his claim to be a better Presidential candidate than Obama. The fact that he was elected left in me a deep discouragement in the vitality of the American republic.
Then, we got Trump.
If we got similar anti-Americanism in action, we certainly didn’t get it in rhetoric. And Trump is far more American than Romney. He is a famous actor, a celebrity, a developer, not a financier. Did Trump keep his money in Bermuda and Switzerland? And, best of all, Trump is a winner. A winner who came from the bottom, denounced by every lackey of the establishment, the man who got fewest endorsement points of the three remaining candidates of his party from the professional politicos at the beginning of this month, yet, ended up getting the most votes! He is the man every Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan in the making could once have only dreamed about.
Trump is a genuine inspiration to anybody who believes the American system of government is capable of accomplishing genuine democratic change. If you don’t like Trump, fine. But, please, do not pretend that he is not everything that democracy is supposed to be for. Instead, as in Russia, of simply selecting the establishment candidate and running him against only the least credible opposition, the American primary system is supposed to be one of voters selecting the candidate the majority of them want best without manipulation by party leaders or media hacks. The democratic system is presented by its so-called proponents as good precisely because of its ability to maneuver to change- and change, mostly for the better, is what Trump offers.
And, yes, Trump won’t repeal affirmative action. But he doesn’t like the people I don’t like. And he ticks them off. That’s enough for one anti-establishment presidency, which should prevent him from accomplishing those aspects of his program his core supporters find most unsavory.