Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
On a street corner in Virginia Beach, a group of Trump supporters gather with US flags and homemade signs on a May afternoon. They come from all walks of life. They are old and young, they are gay and straight, they are women and men, and they are every color of the human rainbow. They don’t share the same religion, the same tax bracket, or the same upbringing. But they do share a love for three things: A love of America, love for one another, and love for their president, Donald J. Trump.
In another time, if you had said a group this diverse was Republican, you’d have been laughed at. Prior to the era of Trump, the Grand Old Party was known for being mostly white, mostly wealthy and mostly Christian. The Democrats were the party who laid claim to qualities of diversity. They were the party of racial unity, of the working class, and of multiple faiths. Or so they claimed. They didn’t used to be so embracing of difference, as the Democrats were historically the party of slavery, segregation, and the KKK. But somewhere along the path of history, they managed to convince the American people that THEY were the party of diversity and it was the Republicans who were the racists.
The Democrats succeeded in this switcheroo or political 3 Card Monty using the tactics of Saul Alinsky. Alinsky taught that in order to defeat your political opponent, you must accuse him (or her) of heinous things. Racism, sexism, fascism and hate became words used as political weapons against Republicans. It didn’t matter if it was true, Alinsky claimed, what mattered was that your accusations were fired at your enemy again and again, viciously and ruthlessly. Alinsky didn’t teach his followers to fight fair, he taught them to win at all costs. The Republicans didn’t stand a chance against these brutal tactics, and fell for the Alinsky trap. Rather than fight with equal ferocity, Republicans found themselves on permanent defense, and tried in vain to defeat these Alinsky-ite Democrats through logic, reason and fair debate. Standing up for the values of the Republican party became secondary to avoiding the Democrat’s vile accusations. The GOP would do anything to prevent being labeled racist, sexist, fascist or hateful, including adopting the “values” of the Left at the expense of their own values.
Then came Trump.
Like every other Republican candidate before him, Trump was accused of all of the Democrat’s “greatest hits”. He was called racist and sexist and fascist and hateful.
But unlike previous Republicans, it didn’t stop him.
So the Democrats doubled down. Like good Alinsky-ites, they screamed their accusations louder. Trump wasn’t just the usual “Republican racist”, he was the ultimate white supremacist. He wasn’t just sexist, he was an assaulter of women. He wasn’t just fascist, he was “literally Hitler”. He was hate personified, the Democrats claimed.
But it still didn’t stop him. Trump continued to rise in the polls, defeat his primary challengers and grow a massive base of supporters. The Democrats were baffled. Their usually effective tactics of hateful labeling didn’t work against Trump. No amount of name-calling or character assassination seemed to have an effect on him. He wasn’t just Teflon. It wasn’t that the labels just didn’t stick to Trump, they did. It was that they didn’t scare people away from supporting him, and that left the Democrats with only one choice left.
They had to attack the supporters of Trump directly. They had to start a second Civil War.
Much like the first Civil War, the Democrats turned brother against brother, wives against husbands, fathers against sons. The political became personal. It was no longer about policy, candidates and platforms. Each Trump supporter became an enemy to be destroyed, became a manifestation of an oppressive regime come to “steal” their way of life. It was “kill or be killed”, claimed the Democrats, and the rules of a “fair fight” no longer applied. Anyone who supported Trump was an enemy, and their homes, businesses and livelihoods were the new battlefield. Violence was no longer avoided or distained, it was relished and celebrated. As long as you were attacking a Trump supporter, nothing was too cruel or ruthless. And anyone who didn’t stand with the Democrats was considered an enemy.
Like the first Civil War, the “Union” was a reluctant combatant. In fact, it was hardly a union at all. Many wanted no part of this new war. They didn’t consider themselves “union soldiers”; they didn’t see themselves as part of the fight. Many didn’t support Trump at al...at first. But as the hate and vitriol of the Left grew stronger, those who the Left had labeled ‘enemies’ found that they shared a common vision: to preserve the United States of America. People who before the war would barely consider each other neighbors grew to call each other brothers and sisters in arms. The new “Union” was born.
It was comprised of something old, the traditional Republicans and of something new, the independents and first time voters. It was made of something blue, the countless (now former) Democrats that crossed over to vote for Trump. And it borrowed from the Left: the tactics of Saul Alinsky, the unification of an otherwise diverse coalition of “have-nots” joined together to gain social, political, legal and economic power. The use of a common enemy and symbol construction became unifying factors as people from all walks of life donned the symbolic “Make America Great Again” hats and chanted “Lock Her Up” in their quest to defeat Hillary Clinton and the “Swamp”. People of all colors, races and creeds, all faiths and lifestyles joined together in “direct action” at rallies, counter-protests and on social media. “Over the top demonstrations that could not be ignored” were no longer just a tool of the Alinsky-ite left. Trump and his supporters out-Alinsky-ed the Democrats, and elected Trump to the highest office in the land, the President of the United States.
The Rules for Radicals have become rules for Trumpers. Making the enemy live up to it’s own rule book, Trumpers use nearly every one of Alinsky’s rules to fight the #NeverTrump and #Resistance. Most notably, Alinsky’s rule “the price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative” became the “winning” that Trump and his supporters talk about each day. Trump (and his people) WON, and each day new constructive alternatives to the all too (so called) progressive politics of the Left “maintain a constant pressure on the opposition.”
The Democrats have still not fully recognized that they have been beaten at their own game. Though their numbers of “diehard soldiers” continue to dwindle, they still feign to have the high ground. In reality, their hate and vitriol create new Trump supporters daily. Their identity politics have become racist and oppressive. Their myopic agenda has become obvious for what it is: cultural Marxism. Their rage and outrage have become fodder for memes, jokes and ridicule.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Whenever the Left wants to surrender its call for political secession and rejoin the United States, we are ready to embrace them. Trump and his supporters stand waiting like a bridegroom for a bride, in eager anticipation of the unity and a new life the future will hold. We already have something old, and something new, something borrowed and something blue. We are just waiting for the father of the bride, perhaps Saul Alinksy himself, to walk the Democrats down the aisle and give their hand in union to the new man in their life, President Donald J. Trump.
We won’t even mock them for choosing to wear snowflake white.
Suzzanne Monk has written “Rules for Trumpers – A Strategy Handbook for Defeating the Left’s Attack on President Trump” available at Amazon.com.