How Trump Could Save America

Donald Trump could save America if he were willing to be truly bold and brash instead of being the sort of docile, predictable milquetoast that we have seen so far this year.

First, consider the path that Trump has taken in his quest to save America: he has joined the large cattle call for the Republican nomination.  How very ordinary!

Although we conservatives like to complain about the danger of RINOs – and that danger is real – the greater danger is the Democratic Party now utterly in thrall to an anti-religious, anti-American, anti-liberty animus.  When Democrats win half of the presidential elections and when Democrats in the White House appoint radical hacks to the Supreme Court and pursue utterly unconstitutional executive actions, then America as we know it is doomed.

The real and desperate need is to liberate the Democratic Party from the clutches of totalitarians.  Donald Trump could do that, or at least begin to wage that war, which must be won.  If he wants to seek the Republican nomination, fine, but at the same time he ought to seek the Democrat nomination.

There is nothing improper about seeking multiple party nominations at the same time.  Consider that in her Senate elections in 2000, Hillary sought and received the nomination of both the Democratic Party and also the Liberal Party, and in her 2006 re-election bid, Hillary sought and received the nomination of the Democratic Party, the Independence Party, and the Working Families Party.

Or consider who is pressing Hillary hard right now: Senator Bernie Sanders, who is not a Democrat, but a Socialist formally registered as an independent.  Is anyone suggesting that Sanders lacks the right to seek the Democratic Party nomination for president?  If Sanders, by some miracle, wins the Democrat nomination, is there any doubt that he will also receive the Socialist Party nomination?  Indeed, the Social Party of America is already urging Sanders to run for president even if he loses the Democrat nomination.

Trump himself sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, and he has contributed money to candidates of both major political parties.  When he sought that party's nomination in 2000, he told America: "It's not so much the Reform Party, it's really the fact that I'd want to make that if I ran and spent a lot of money I could actually win, I could beat that Democrat-Republican apparatus."  Trump, then, is on record as believing that the problem is the "Democrat-Republican apparatus" and that his wealth uniquely enables him to challenge that apparatus because he does not need to raise campaign funds and so can defy the establishment. 

Why, then, run for only one of the two parties' nomination, the Republican nomination, if the problem involves both major political parties?  Moreover, which of the two parties today has a candidate whose nomination is much more like a coronation?  Hillary, specifically because of all of the insider money she can command, can violate ethical rules, circumvent the law, and arrogantly disregard even the media because she and her husband are right at the nexus of shadowy political machinations.

Surely a true political revolutionary who wished to challenge the hegemony of both political parties would do so by explicitly taking on both parties.  And if he felt the need to seek the nomination of just one of the two parties, why not seek the nomination of that party that seems most pathetically subordinate to Washington insiders? 

If Trump sought the Democrat nomination, too, then he could insure that Hillary face a well-funded and well-organized campaign in caucus and primary states.  He could press her relentlessly on the Clinton Foundation, her use of private e-mail servers for official business, and all the many lies and contradictions in her public career.

The same arguments Trump is making in the Republican Party – he is so rich that no one can buy him – would apply to the Democratic Party as well, and through this appeal, Trump might win Democrat primaries by attracting a substantial number independents and cross-over voters.

Might Trump actually win the Democrat nomination?  Hillary is so pathetically weak even against a geriatric socialist that nips at her heels.  Yes, Trump might do just that – and if that happened, as titular head of the Democratic Party, he could push a rational agenda for real reform in Washington that Democrats could not publicly oppose.

The drift of Democrats into a sort of Orwellian totalitarianism is the great threat to our nation today.  Trump, and perhaps Trump alone, could halt that drift with money, pizzazz, and guts.  If he succeeded in that mission, Donald Trump could save America.