In the run-up to the 2022 midterm election debacle former President Donald Trump teased a “big announcement” for November 15. The presumptive “big announcement” is widely assumed to be the informal kick-off of his long-anticipated 2024 run for President.
CHQ readers and friends will decide for themselves whether they think another Trump run for President is a good idea – for our part we think it would be a great idea, but only if the right Donald J. Trump shows-up to run.
One of Donald Trump’s greatest strengths as a businessman was to continually reinvent himself to take advantage of market conditions.
Trump in “The Art of the Deal” could morph into Trump “The Art of the Comeback” and come out a winner. He told Americans to “Think Like A Billionaire” and to “Think Like A Champion,” and most of all to “Never Give Up.”
And in 2015, when Mr. Trump came down the escalator, he was the truth-teller Americans had been looking for in the three decades since Ronald Reagan left the White House.
We knew he was right when he said Mexico wasn’t sending its best in the millions of illegal aliens that had been allowed to flood across our southern border.
And we knew he was right when, in the speech he gave in Monessen, Pennsylvania, he converted us from Trump sceptics to Trump believers, and in the process destroyed the Washington Uniparty and its paymasters in Wall Street – Washington – Silicon Valley axis:
Many Pennsylvania towns, once thriving and humming, are now in a state of total disrepair. This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally, our middle class. It does not have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.
But if we are going to deliver real change, we’re going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pursued by powerful corporations, media leaks and political dynasties. The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly the way they are.
The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge, nothing is going to change. The inner cities will remain poor. The factories will remain closed. The borders will remain open. The special interests will remain firmly in control. Hillary Clinton and her friends in global finance want to scare America into thinking small.
In that, Trump is exactly right, “The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge, nothing is going to change.”
And we knew it wasn’t just Hillary Clinton, it was the entire Uniparty establishment Trump was talking about, then and today: Joe Biden, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Mark Zuckerberg and the Far-Left progressives of the Planned Parenthood Industry of Death and the refugee resettlement industry that was (and still is) using our tax dollars to import Latin American drug dealers and Muslim terrorists to America.
2016 Trump told us what we long suspected: They are all part of a corrupt insider bargain between Big Government, Big Business and Big Lobbying – and they will do anything and say anything to keep things exactly the way they are.
2016 Trump made another point that should be self-evident to America’s political class – or perhaps it is self-evident, and they are so corrupt that they just don’t care – and it is something that every voter needed to hear before the 2016 election:
America became the world’s dominant economy by becoming the world’s dominant producer. You know that from right here, right in this plant.
The wealth this created was shared broadly, creating the biggest middle-class the world has ever known. But then, America changed its policy from promoting development in America — in, in, in America — to promoting development in other nations. That’s what’s happening and that’s what’s happened.
We allowed foreign countries to subsidize their goods, devalue their currencies, violate their agreements and cheat in every way imaginable, and our politicians did nothing about it. Trillions of our dollars and millions of our jobs flowed overseas as a result. I have visited cities and towns across this country where one-third or even half of manufacturing jobs have been wiped out in the last 20 years. Today, we import nearly $800 billion more in goods than we export. We can’t continue to do that. This is not some natural disaster, it’s a political and politician-made disaster.
In this Donald Trump was once again exactly correct – America’s economic meltdown, caused by improvident trade deals, unsustainable deficit spending by Congress, and a regime of unrealistic and uneconomic regulation was, and is, a political and politician-made disaster.
The destruction of America’s middle class, wrought over the past three decades and continuing today, wasn’t caused some inevitable, pre-destined economic force – it was caused by the leaders we elected and entrusted with our government.
In 2016, Trump’s message was all about us – America’s hard pressed working families and small business owners – and it was a winning political, economic, and cultural message.
Today, unfortunately, Donald Trump’s message is all too often all about him. Trump’s grievances with the media, with Democrats deploying all the tools of the Deep State against him and the results of the manipulated – if not outright stolen – 2020 election are real and legitimate, but they are not top of mind to people wondering how they are going to pay to heat their homes this winter.
And too often Trump’s airing of grievances comes across as self-pity, which is not a good look for someone who aspires to be the leader of a movement to restore our fast-failing constitutional republic.
If Mr. Trump is going to announce another bid for the White House today, we hope that it is the 2016 Donald Trump who shows up to lead a movement to take back our country and restore our constitutional liberty. That Donald Trump can win, the 2022 self-pitying Donald Trump we’ve seen recently flailing at friends and enemies alike is destined to lose and take our country with him.
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