By Colonel Mike Angley
Forget the phony garbage about President Donald J. Trump being a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The left knows its own ‘BS’ about that is untrue. Ignore the lie that he’s some sort of ‘Alt-Right’ White Supremacist (it’s almost obligatory for the left to scream racism with knee-jerk predictability). Disregard the spin that he hates Muslims and Mexicans, women and children, orphans and widows, dogs and cats. None of this is true and even the Democrat Party which perpetuates it knows it is false.
What the left fears most, and what keeps the Democrat Party apparatchiks up at night in cold sweats, is that President Trump will succeed in Making America Great Again as he has promised.
Nothing shines a light on the failures of left wing policies and big government socialism better than the success of its opposition: conservatism, free market capitalism and the private sector. Nothing will strip bare the false promises of Democrat Party politicians faster than triumphant Republicans who’ve replaced them. President Trump is mere days into his administration and he’s already delivering on his promise to jumpstart America’s economic engine, and the wealth and prosperity it augurs has the left shivering in fear under soiled bedcovers.
The Democrat Party is vested in the powerless, in the underprivileged, in a dependent class. That’s s how it maintains power. That’s why entitlements and welfare programs have surged under that party for decades. A permanent underclass is necessary to maintain a solid, reliable voting bloc to elect Democrats into power.
Every four years or so Democrat politicians show up in the inner cities, the modern day de facto plantations. In days gone by, Democrats would provide dingy shanties and a few crops for subsistence in exchange for tilling the soil. Today it’s public housing and welfare checks in exchange for votes. And on it goes in predictable cycles.
But it was different this time around. President Trump visited the same inner cities, entering territory typically off-limits to a Republican. He offered something else. He promised to bring back factories, plants, companies, mills and the jobs they will create. Unlike a government handout, a job provides dignity, self-respect, and self-worth…liberating concepts the Democrat Party finds threatening. His message resonated with the same people for whom the soft bigotry of low expectations by Democrat political masters had become customary, patronizing.
What the left fears is that its permanent underclass is shifting away from the Democrat Party and taking a chance on real hope and change, and not the false promises of a benevolent master. As more people find wealth and self-worth in a job, they will leave the plantation and free themselves of the shackles of big government paternalism that has defined their lives all along.
The more Trump succeeds, the more people will come to realize they have been fooled and seduced by the left. Losing that power base would be a death spiral to the Democrat Party. And they know it.
We saw something like this in the 1980s. Republican President Ronald Reagan took bold, conservative steps to implement tax and regulatory reforms following the disastrous four years of the second-worst president in American history, Democrat Jimmy Carter. The result was low unemployment and surging wealth and prosperity as the engine of America’s free market heated up.
At first, the Democrat Party resorted to its playbook chapter on Class Warfare and began calling the 1980s the ‘Decade of Greed.’ But the left soon realized that people might misinterpret that attempt at a pejorative as praise. After all, what’s wrong with having wealth? Soon after, terms mocking Reagan’s policies flowed: ‘trickle down’ and ‘voodoo economics,’ among others. As it is wont to do, the left revised history to convince people that the 1980s was a decade of economic devastation instead. They had to lie about conservatism in order to make liberalism appealing again.
Even before taking office, President Trump began working deals with American companies to keep jobs and factories in the country. Some foreign companies, sensing the profitability of opening factories in the U.S. with a lower corporate tax rate on the horizon, are doing the same.
Within his first week he’s taken action to jumpstart the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline projects, met with business leaders, met with union officials (something almost unheard of for a Republican president), advanced the border wall project, and taken action to enforce immigration law. The U.S. stock market has surged as a result.
President Trump will usher in a decade or more of wealth and prosperity that by every indication will exceed what President Reagan accomplished. And that was tremendous. Nothing promises success better than conservative principles and policies, and nothing repudiates liberalism better than conservatism’s success.
It is a perverse thing to contemplate, that America’s failure under President Trump is what the left hopes for, but sadly, that is what we have come to know motivates those left of center. The left and the Democrat Party bosses live in abject fear that Trump will be so successful, that for a generation or more to come their party will suffer even greater losses at the polling booth. We can only hope that is one outcome of our renewed prosperity.
Colonel Michael (“Mike”) Angley is retired from the United States Air Force, a published thriller author, and a conservative writer who fashions himself as Attila the Hun with a laptop. Mike wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Peace blogs before the Breitbart consolidation, receiving superb feedback and kudos for typically weaving in pop culture references with his far right perspectives. He enjoys writing about military affairs, national security issues, and politics and is an avid Second Amendment advocate. When he’s not writing, he’s busy annoying liberals with FaceBook posts and Twitter tweets that point out the obvious flaws and fallacies of the left.
During his 26-year USAF career, the Colonel was a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The OSI is a sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and has an identical mission that includes felony-level criminal, fraud, and narcotics investigations as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. His USAF experiences spanned multiple regions around the globe with five command assignments and duties at foreign, regional, theater and national levels.
He is a seasoned counterintelligence and counterespionage officer from the Cold War era, and if you ask him he’ll tell you the spy-vs-spy days were indeed the heady, glory era of espionage. During the latter half of his career he focused on counterterrorism missions in the Middle East and the Far East and operationalized many of today’s concepts for this unique arena while working the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and a few other “choice” locations. When Colonel Angley retired in 2007, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent and was in command of all worldwide OSI matters at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.
Mike Angley is also a published, award-winning author of three thriller novels in the “Child Finder” trilogy. His debut novel, “Child Finder,” received a glowing review from the Library Journal which placed it on its Summer Reading list in 2009. “Child Finder” and its companion sequel novels all won various awards from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Public Safety Writers Association. In 2012, Mike was named MWSA’s “Author of the Year,” largely for work on his third novel, “Child Finder: Revelation.”
As an avid user of social media, Mike can be found and friended on Facebook (mike.angley) and followed on Twitter (@MikeAngley). His website is www.mikeangley.com. Following his USAF retirement, Mike and his family stayed in Colorado Springs, CO where they enjoy daily, majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.