I’ve spent the last two months analyzing polls.
After taking a long break from politics, my interest in the subject returned with a vengeance when Donald Trump exited the White House. I’ve spent the last two months trying to grasp the contours of the post-Trump political landscape which appears to have shifted in a number of positive ways.
In 2016, I said on this blog that my top five issues were immigration, political correctness, globalization, foreign policy and campaign finance. I said in interviews with the media that I had concerns about Donald Trump when he was a candidate. I was concerned about his tax plan. In the final event, I took the plunge and strongly backed Trump in 2016 and voted for him in both the primary and the general election.
As soon as Trump became president, I began souring on him. It began during the transition when Jared Kushner started to become more prominent. The fact that he named Gary Cohn as his Chief Economic Adviser was a major disappointment. The Alt-Right was thrown under the bus during the transition and Trump embraced Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and agreed to push their agenda on health care and tax cuts. I was extremely critical of these early moves and only became more so over time. Then came the Syria Strike in April 2017 which was the turning point which confirmed that we had just been duped again.
What are my top five issues in 2021?
If I was forced to prioritize my issues, immigration and political correctness/wokeness would still be my top two issues. The first because Trump never found a permanent legislative solution to the problem and resorted to executive orders which were predictably reversed by Biden. The second because the cultural atmosphere of the country has the greatest negative impact on people like me who are outspoken in defense of White people in light of all the malicious attacks from the media. My third biggest concern is Big Tech censorship which has also had the greatest negative impact on people like me who have been hounded off the internet. My fourth greatest priority is still globalization and the way it has gutted our economy and enriched the oligarchy that rules us. My fifth priority is also still campaign finance and the ability of wealthy donors to corrupt our political system with campaign contributions and PACs.
Does any of this mean the GOP is the solution to these problems? This is where I part ways with the populist Right. I was deeply skeptical of Donald Trump in light of previous experience with conservatives who have a track record of exploiting these issues to get elected and turning around and governing on behalf of the interests of wealthy donors. I’m far more educated than the typical working class populist voter who shares these grievances. I consume more political information on a daily basis. I never tuned out of politics and paid attention literally every single day to what was going on in Washington.
If the GOP can convince someone like me that they understand these issues and have a plan to seriously address them and that they are not just trying to pull a fast one on the rubes again, they can convince almost anyone. I’m far from being persuaded though that we are seeing anything but political theater. I want to see real solutions to these problems and the political will to solve them.
Note: It goes without saying that blocking this garbage that Pelosi is about to try to push through the House is the first step. I’m not convinced that the Democrats ought to retain control of Congress in 2022. Then again, I am not convinced that the status quo is all that bad for us either.