The Next Trump Is Coming
January 1st, 2021 | CW
In 1964, Barry Goldwater was the candidate for President under the banner of the Republican Party. He edged out long-time Republican favourite Nelson Rockefeller for the nomination, and he was running against Lyndon Johnson in the general election. Barry Goldwater had a lot of populist support, but his message was radical for the party (and the nation) at the time.
Goldwater was unabashedly right-wing. He believed in an aggressive foreign policy that made no compromise with the Soviets. He was rabidly anti-Communist. He believed in libertarian free-market principles. He stood for law and order. He wanted to shrink the size of the federal government and bolster states rights. He wanted to radically cut taxes. People loved it and his critics hated it.
When the dust settled on election night in 1964, Goldwater was handily defeated 486-52 in the electoral college. The Republican party thought that was the end of it. A solid denunciation by the voters would surely prove that Goldwater was the wrong direction for the party to move towards, but something strange began to happen after 1964.
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Little by little, people started to come around to Goldwater thinking. Local politicians and Congressmen started getting elected to office and they were sounding just like Goldwater. Goldwater’s ideology began to spread further and wider.
Ronald Reagan was a big advocate for Goldwater, even giving his rousing "A Time For Choosing" speech in support of his campaign. In 1968, Reagan made an attempt at getting the Republican nomination under the Goldwater banner, but it wasn’t quite time yet. He made a second attempt in 1976, but it was difficult to overcome Gerald Ford who had been appointed President after Richard Nixon left office.
In 1980, the Reagan moment had arrived. For all intents and purposes, Barry Goldwater was now in the White House. Communism was confronted, the Cold War ended, and the Soviet Union was destroyed. American confidence was restored. Taxes were slashed. The military was rebuilt. Deregulation was pursued. Inflation was corrected. Capitalism boomed.
After two terms (the second one was a landslide), George HW Bush won the next election in 1988. People were expecting a Reagan third term, but instead got George HW Bush. He returned the party to an older version of itself. A little tamer and a lot more cucked. Nevertheless, the Reagan revolution continued culturally and it’s greatest effects were felt well into the 1990s.
The Democrats had to turn to a “Third Way” style of politics in order to be seen as reasonable and legitimate. Basically, this means they had to incorporate Reaganism into their platform in order to compete. This fundamentally changed the playing field and set America on a path for future success. All good things must come to an end however, and the conservative paradigms of the 1980’s became stale, out-of-touch and out-of-date with the modern world,especially around the time that George W Bush failed with Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession of 2008.
Meanwhile, on the left side of the spectrum, Obama was bringing a new woke political paradigm into the equation. Progressivism had been succeeding on the social and cultural level for decades, but with the rise of Obama, the new political left was looking to aggressively expand into the economics and politics of America in a big way. Obama spent eight years dragging America to the left and just as every action has a reaction, the right began to stir.
"Little by little, people started to come around to Goldwater thinking."
Donald Trump saw his opening. The Republican Party had grown fruitless. If he brought his charisma and fame and salesmanship to the party and combined the optimism and materialism and patriotism of Reagan with the economics and trade policy and nationalism of Ross Perot, then he could establish the next era of Republican ideology.
And so he did. And it was great. But now it’s over. Now it’s done.
Or is it?
The struggle Trump had to get things done was unbelievable, but what he accomplished nonetheless was remarkable. Many Republicans have embraced and adopted Trumpism. The Republicans learned how to fight. They learned that the media is the enemy. They learned that cuckservatism is a dead end. They learned that the swamp does not want to drain and will do whatever it takes to stay full. They realized that big business would rather control the Democrats than deal with the Republicans. They recognized the deep state. They woke up on immigration and now realize that more and more states are turning permanently blue from the influx. They embrace populism. They champion America First.
Where will this lead?
I suggest that Trump will go down as a Barry Goldwater figure. His greatest legacy will be having inspired a new path for up-and-coming Republicans to follow. America is not quite ready for the Caesar that was promised, but Donald Trump has planted the seeds and only time will tell how they grow. Eventually, however, we’ll get the fruit from the trees that grow from those seeds and when we do, get ready.
The next Trump is coming.
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