What is the legacy of the Donald Trump presidency? A year has passed since Donald Trump left office, so the dust has settled somewhat. It is time to have some fun and evaluate the impact Mr. Trump has had on our country’s history.
I was never a Trump supporter. I voted for the Constitution Party candidate in 2016, and wrote in Ron Paul’s name in 2020. For these votes I took some flak from my Aged Parent, and also one friend thought I was making a mistake.
But I had thought about it a lot, and I felt those non-Trump votes were wise at the time, and I still think they were wise. My last vote for a mainstream political candidate was for Richard Nixon. After that I learned my lesson. There is no hope in the Republican Party, at least when it comes to national politics. Granted, they may be far better than the Democrats on the state and local level, but they don’t nominate good people for president.
So I didn’t vote for Mr. Trump, but on the other hand I was never a never-Trumper. I knew Hillary Clinton was a vicious piece of work, and I rejoiced when Mr. Trump defeated her. I was saddened when Joe Biden–with a little help from his friends–was elected in 2020. That was so even though I knew four more years of Mr. Trump were not likely to be an improvement on his first four years.
But let’s talk about Mr. Trump’s legacy.
I completely understood why Mr. Trump attracted support for the Republican nomination in 2016. He was the only candidate who said anything which resonated with ordinary people. He told the truth about a few things. He knew open borders were a disaster, and said so. He seemed to criticize our crazy foreign interventions.
All the mainstream Republican candidates, people like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and a dozen more, mouthed platitudes, whereas Mr. Trump said some things which gave one hope that he might do something to lead the U.S. to a return to striving for semi-sanity–instead of for open borders and for constant foreign interventions.
So his first legacy is that he alerted the world to the fact that there are a large number of great unwashed proles who want to take our country is a direction far different than it has been going for a long time. (Hey, I shower at least once a month, so I’m not nearly as unwashed as you think.)
Unhappily, when he got in office, Mr. Trump was unable and unwilling to try to follow through on his campaign promises. He was a man without strong principles. He had no real understanding of how desperately corrupt is the Deep State. He didn’t understand economics, so he had no quarrel with the Federal Reserve. He was not a thinker, not a man used to taking a principled stand and living or dying by that stand.
One thing seems clear. Donald Trump had the opportunity to be the greatest president in U.S. history. That is true because the forces of evil have grown so powerful in the U.S. Deep State, that a man able and willing to fight against those forces of evil would have shined by contrast. A man fighting for the truth, with all his energy, would have drawn our respect and our love, whether he won or lost. And it would not have been just proles who supported him. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of distinguished people who would have helped him. All he had to do was call on them. They were out there. Instead, he surrounded himself with the Usual Suspects–dreary establishment zombies. I doubt if Mr. Trump ever realized that there are honorable, successful, gifted people who would have helped him! He didn’t move in circles where such people move; he didn’t even know they exist! So he didn’t look for them. As he would say, “Sad!”
So one certain legacy of Mr. Trump’s presidency was that he missed the greatest opportunity in our history to return the country to humbler roots.
Another legacy of Donald Trump’s time in office is that his four years revealed to the entire country, and to the world, how incredibly dishonest and filthy are the people who make up our supposed Elite. Our politicians, our media, our educational leaders–all showed their true colors. They are incapable of honesty.
I suspect many thousand people have begun to wake up to the despicable nature of our Elite, largely because ordinary people have seen how the Elite behaved during the presidency of Donald Trump. It is a good thing when people begin to wake up.
Another possible legacy of Donald Trump was that his victory in the 2016 may have been the last free presidential election in our nation’s history. The Deep State was overconfident in 2016. They permitted an honest election. They learned their lesson! They were ready in 2020.
Granted, there is a possibility that a free election may be permitted again some day in the future. If the Republicans nominate an establishment globalist, and the Powers That Be don’t feel threatened, a free election may be allowed to take place. But an honorable man will never be permitted to win the office of the presidency. Such a man is too threatening to the power of our Elite.
Donald Trump’s legacy was not so much as an acting politician. He legacy was that he was a catalyst for demonstrating that the U.S. experiment in civil government is nearing an end. That is a good legacy to have, because it is way past time that American people, of Christian and/or conservative principles, begin to plan for self-government. We can be parts of many much smaller countries, where freedom and responsibility are respected.
Mr. Trump’s four years taught us that there is no going back. The loony left want everything, and will settle for nothing less. Fine. They know what they want. Good for them. If we unwashed proles are unwilling to try to carve out a few places where we are left alone, then maybe we deserve that the left end up with everything.
I’ll end with four quotes, three famous and one less famous.
John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Touche. If we the people are not moral and religious–and by religious it seems likely that Adams meant people believing and acting in accordance with the teachings of the Christian religion–then no written laws are going to protect us or protect our neighbors.
Nehemiah lamented a situation in which things had gone badly downhill in Israel. Because the people had not obeyed God’s law, things had gone in a rotten direction. This is Nehemiah 9:36-37:
“Behold, we are slaves today,/And as to the land which Thou didst give to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty,/Behold, we are slaves on it./And its abundant produce is for the kings/Whom Thou hast set over us because of our sins;/They also rule over our bodies/And over our cattle as they please,/So we are in great distress.”
We in the U.S. have begun to become slaves to the Deep State, but it is because of our sins.
In Acts 13:46, we hear Paul and Barnabas tell the unrepentant Jews,
‘”It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.”‘
Have we American people judged ourselves unworthy of freedom? We have put into office lawmakers who hate freedom and responsibility. We put in office people who promise to steal from our neighbor and give us stuff. Wasn’t John Adams correct? If we are not a moral and religious people, we are judging ourselves unworthy of freedom.
Finally, here is the lesser known quote. It is from Tros of Samothrace (1934) by Talbot Mundy. This is from the epigraph to Chapter X; the epigraph is from the Sayings of the Druid Taliesan. I have corrected one typographical error.
“If ye were men, who would rather die than eat the bread of slavery or bow the knee to arrogance, none could conquer you. Nay, none I tell you. If ye were steadfastly unwilling to enslave others, none could enslave you.” (p. 75)
We’ve been willing to enslave others. We wanted our free public education, our Medicare, our Social Security, our unemployment compensation. (And so on, world without end, amen.) Which is why the Deep State has made us slaves on the land where we used to be free people. John Adams, Nehemiah, Paul, and Barnabas would not disagree, I think.
Donald Trump’s legacy is “sad,” and disappointing. He spoke a few words of truth, but failed to stand by them. But because the Deep State responded to Donald Trump with such dishonesty and vituperation, we all had a chance to wake up and see that we are slaves on the land we used to live on as free people.
Mr. Trump may have been the last freely elected president in U.S. history. So be it. History will go on. As Taliesan says, if we are unwilling to enslave others, we can never be slaves. Oh, our bodies might be enslaved, but our spirits can still be free.
The war is not over. We’re just beginning to figure out that we’re in a war, and that a lot of battles are going to need to be fought.
As the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” says, “Let courage rise with danger.”
World history is just getting started. The Deep State has won some battles. The war is far from over.