The Second American Revolution has arrived. And with it, the opportunity of a lifetime.
On a surreal election night that historians will be studying for decades, Donald Trump completed his miraculous evolution from laughingstock to President of the United States of America.
But once an awe-struck nation processes the earthquake they delivered and witnessed on November 8, 2016 (non-sequitor: it was my birthday), they will understand that they have produced an almost perfect balance with something for all of us: a conservative leader in the House, an establishment Republican leading the Senate, and a populist/nationalist/conservative (multiple choice) holding the presidency,
Paul Ryan himself, a wavering nevertrumper, said it as well as anyone. He called Trump’s victory “the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime…Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard.” And most importantly, “The opportunity is now here, the opportunity is to go big, go bold and do things for the people of this country.”
Indeed, the prospects for substantive change are now boundless. Trump, Ryan and McConnell will check and balance one another as they should, but all in the direction of free people and free markets.
Even the nevertrumpers should be celebrating this most exciting time to be an American. The entire progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lies in tatters. And back before the GOP civil war was on, wasn’t that the point of this election, to end the progressive assault on American culture and values?
Donald Trump will march into Washington owing nothing to anyone, so rest assured he will pursue his own agenda aggressively and fearlessly. But he’s hardly a policy wonk. That’s where Paul Ryan comes in. And Trump is obviously not a parliamentarian. That is where Mitch McConnell can shine. All for one, one for all.
Sure, there will be disputes between these three wings of the GOP, particularly on matters of free and fair trade and foreign policy. That is as it should be, but their goals are in the end almost identical.
While many among the victors persist with their recriminations, it is clear to me that this is no longer necessary. We have won the argument, and won it big.
So celebrate the beauty and power of the central premise of the Declaration of Independence, executed by the American people 240 years later:
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…..whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Lest we had forgotten, we are, indeed, still America. And I am prouder than ever to be an American.