I have been watching Donald J. Trump play “mind games” with the media and public for some time, and it begs the question: Have our President’s daily tweets grossly disaffected our nation? Or are they a purposeful counterintelligence strategy? Trump’s desire to circumvent the media to deliver pithy, provocative, and occasionally wildly confusing statements has had a permanent impact on the trajectory of this nation. No one would argue that Trump’s impact on politics and the public has been “Yuge!” He has over 33 million Twitter followers, and his Tweets are vigorously discussed daily. But what hath his plethora of “mini-manifestos” wrought? Let’s examine the intellectual and strategic merits of his new enterprise in our political discourse.
A disclaimer. I am not defending Trump or his Machiavellian tactics. Instead, I am evaluating his effectiveness and aggregate consequence on our nation. Are his words divisive and toxic to our national harmony? Of course they are. But they are no worse than the parlance spewed by a pervasively left-leaning media institution, one that fails to scrutinize the consequences of left-oriented political decisions forced upon half country that not only heard Donald Trump through his use of their own absolutely free service, but also voted for him in places no one anticipated. The media, political analysts, and almost the entire nation failed to recognize how radical Trump’s impact would have been on the hearts of Americans. Neglect is akin to active abuse in a dysfunctional relationship, and the Obama administration together with the Democratic Party abandoned the economic needs of many Americans, a cohort who still took pride in what America once valued.
Trump is no Reagan—he is the most improbable President in the history of the United States— but his message resonated enough to win the Presidency by a considerable margin. To validate the argument that his methods were transcendent and “genius” beyond the perfunctory sense is that before Trump dismantled the Clinton Political Machine and Democratic Party (backed up intense main-stream media support), he used the exact same method to lay waste to the entire GOP field of well-funded, experienced politicians the same way. Sure, a large factor in this analysis comes from how far the Democrats have moved to the left with identity politics and a social justice agenda, but would Trump have even been heard had he not challenged the establishment and tried to communicate how Romney did in 2012?
The brilliance of Trump’s strategy is simple. He constantly changes the point of focus at a whim, and this tactic continues to day. Liberals who believed they controlled the thoughts of Americans via our academic, educational, and media institutions are undone by a series of 144-character reminders to think for yourself and not believe everything you are told. Trump’s recent tweet of the “CNN Head” being taken down wrestling-style was brilliant in quelling the fury of an unhinged media chasing any charge against his administration. Does he always execute flawlessly? No, but even his catastrophic missteps seem to work in his favor: people talk more about his Tweets than the direction of the country. In fact, his missteps seem to grant him greater license to diffuse intentional attacks by the Democrats to foil his agenda. Trump has inoculated America from accepting what we are told to believe, and for that we owe him a debt of thanks. America needs a lot more scrutiny.
I believe the only curative long-term solution to our nation’s woes is ideological compassion, compromise, and cooperation. Apathy has wreaked havoc in our political system and has divided us into two staunchly divided camps with little common ground. We can only pray for someone to emerge from the middle and bring workable solutions to our debt, jobs, healthcare, economic future, and changing geo-political landscape. Trump has proven an outsider can win with a bold new strategy, and this may embolden the right person. May the next candidate learn from this newly established paradigm and lead us back on course with humility, compassion, and strength of character.
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