I used to love the sport of boxing. Even before my time, the history of boxing was filled with big names and marquee match-ups. I don’t need to list the names or match-ups but there is no doubt that it was a sport with much drama, flair and excitement. Good fights used to happen and they had passionate fans. And there were actual knockouts, not quick stops by the referee when the fight becomes an actual fight. But for the last 20 years or so, boxing has had very few great fighters and even fewer match-ups worthy of a pay-per-view audience. It’s become more about the money and less about the fight. Unfortunately boxing now more resembles an elegant dinner party, where there’s a lot of money thrown around and very little excitement. In a lot of ways, politics has taken a route very similar to boxing.
For years now…check that…for decades, conservative voters, like me, have been perplexed, puzzled, and frankly, pissed off at the lack of political punch by Republican elected officials and their dinner party pals (a.k.a the establishment). For as long as I can remember, and my political cognizance started in 1992, the elected right and the elitist right have been cowering away from real rhetorical sparring with their leftist counterparts, save for very few who have.
What this has done is allowed the very powerful media on the left to control the political narrative when it comes to political talk, ideas or scandal. Now, enter the heaviest “right-handed” hitter in some time, Donald Trump, and predictably those who have stood in the ring for us on the right are now afraid to admit what he’s doing is quite effective; he’s actually punching back.
Before my digits meander down the keyboard road in complete defense of Donald Trump, I must admit that not only did I not think he’d get the nomination, I wasn’t a huge fan of his lack of political style or his oral blunders (which I now might call courageous, even if not intended as such). I allowed myself to be directed by the usual crowd of self-ascribed cerebral political thinkers on the right. These are the “large vocabulary but small knowledge of real-world” people on my side of the isle. They were distracting my instincts to stand up and applaud Trump for not only not parsing his words through a politically correct strainer, but for not apologizing for calling out the media, the liberals and the hierarchy of conservatives (the ones that think they know best what works for people they know the least about).
I must also admit that I think Trump could have benefited from, and could probably still, shaping his rhetoric to be less flaky sounding and more pronounced with his denouncement of ridiculous Democrat solutions; but I’d say he should certainly keep his sarcasm and iron chin. What Trump has been able to prove is that if only the Republicans would have fought back at the outlandish, hypocritical nonsense that they were often labeled as having said, wrote or had once thought about, they would be in a much more mainstream and unbeatable position politically. But when faced with any kind of adversity, Republicans always went back to their corner and ceded that round to the left.
Look no further in the past than the candidacy of Mitt Romney. The left successfully exploited very small and out-of-context utterances on his part about “liking to fire people” and the infamous “47 percent” of people who would vote Democrat because of a dependence on government. Unfortunately, neither Romney himself nor his dinner party Republicans thought to maybe double down on that because, well, why not? Yes, fire people that aren’t good at their jobs and admit what even most left-leaning people know in their heart of hearts: there are too many people dependent upon the public dispensing of money.
What the dinner party folks failed to realize is that while they find machismo in telling the waiter to take back a dinner that’s not to their liking, the people eating most of their meals at home want someone to step up and defend their paychecks. There is simply no reason to have 47 million people on food stamps. None at all. That money is free to people who purposely live a life under an inflated threshold of what the dinner party folks call “poverty.” (It’s so nice to feel sorry for those who cannot spend $1000 on a dinner….at any time).
There is no doubt that Trump has been taken completely out of context often. And to be sure, he has at times set himself up to be. However, the issues need not be pussy-footed around. Everyone knows there is a problem with immigration, for example, but they’re afraid as hell to say it. Because by saying it they are immediately thrust into the category of hating browner people, or people with less opportunity.
Most people are good people and don’t want to be labeled as elitist themselves, and by agreeing that immigration needs to be addressed, they’re labeled. Thus immigration is an impossible subject, until now. Trump has not only addressed it, but done so in a way that is uncomfortable. And I don’t mean that he’s racist, as the media has tried to portray him, I’m simply referring to his tone and his boldness in not wanting to address it with white gloves on; rather with boxing gloves…as it should be.
I’m not so naïve, however, that I don’t understand the initial uncomfortable feeling some on the right had or have with Trump. I was there. And I understand why those on the left, on the working left, might be led to think that Trump is some kind of radical, racist buffoon; he’s been successfully labeled as such. The difference for most conservatives this time around is that the buffoon is not only not afraid to address really touchy issues with a sledgehammer, he’s unwilling to apologize for things he ought not apologize for.
As well, I know why the conservative brain-powers are jumping like grasshoppers onto the wagon that allows only Trump haters to ride. They don’t like Trump’s simplicity and are frustrated that he doesn’t care to capitulate to liberal emotional finger pointing. Thus they jump on board with the overreaction to out-of-context (and some in context) quotes the media takes from him. They’ve spent all of their political energy trying to out-intellectual liberals into understanding why conservative politics makes more sense.
But the secret is that you can’t. Liberalism isn’t based on result oriented logic as much as it is in image-oriented effort. In other words, liberal politicians use the resources produced by a few to outsource their appearance of do-gooder. They don’t really care that Obamacare is a complete failure, the fact is the merit is in the act of acting noble; again with other people’s money. So there is no arguing logic with them, they’ll use emotion to shut down conservatives every time; and until Reagan and now maybe Trump, it doesn’t work as planned.
For Donald Trump, saying things a little off-the-cuff and not so politically correct does not make him an incompetent candidate. Obama had very little political experience and zero capitalist market experience. In fact Trump’s Trumpisms makes him a darling among mainstream conservatives who for too long have seen candidates like Packwood, Lott, McCain, Romney, and Bush, to name a few, go down in flames over similar issues or utterances that have been glossed over by the media from people like Bird, Clinton, Biden and Reid on the left.
As conservatives we want to hold our candidates to a high standard, I get that, but some of the things that our folks have been crucified for fall far short of an out-and-out scandal; certainly not worthy of the hype the media gives it which ultimately ends in the shaming of the candidate. So as Trump says some things that make the squeamish look away, the way some might a blood-drawing right hook in boxing, some of us conservatives are saying “it’s about damn time!”
It’s that time; the time when conservatives bring a glove wielding boxer to the dinner party. We want a candidate that will be bold and get away with it. We need a candidate that can “stick and move,” instead of being jabbed or laughed at to the point of political annihilation for no other reason than they allow themselves to be. It’s time that real change came into the world of politics. Change that hearkens back to a time when passionate people got into politics, not just the over-educated crowd that looks at politics as yet another intellectual badge.
Politics used to be a heavy-hitters game until former lawyers and social workers started becoming congressmen and presidents. Real passionate people fight, they don’t compromise and then duck and run. We’ve seen the political landscape turn into a giver’s game with the end result being reelection and not results.
It absolutely took Obama’s administration to bring about the “hope and change” we all knew needed to happen. It’s just ironic that the realization of such has become apparent only after a very typical politician-like presidency we have now with this president. Win or lose for Trump, the Republican elites and the squeamish, intellectual right-wingers should learn what it looks like to fight back. It’s a much better tactic when the left hits us hard with phantom punches.