I think of Trump as a “last gasp” of a dying movement. But it’s not going down without a fight.
I see the same players in 2020 as I saw in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s.
They’ve been plotting and planning this for decades. Newt Gingrich is who I see as the archetype of this kind of player and he worked hard in the background.
They had a taste of it during Reagan’s time but it wasn’t quite what they wanted.
Rush Limbaugh epitomizes the mindset. I first heard his broadcasts in the early 1990s – 1993 I think – and it was weird to my ears. I had to listen to him at work. My boss hated him and loved screaming at the radio.
“pseudo-conservatism” is what I’ve heard it coined as. They’re not conservative – that’s the funny thing about the name. What they are is quite radical. Fundamentalist in thought but without any real playbook to go by. It’s more of a vague “this is why we don’t want” rather than what they do want. A weird combination of anarchy so they can get wealthy but with power as well to enact unilateral changes nationwide.
Trump is their one hope because they’ve come out of hiding now and brazen.
Either they succeed or fail because they won’t get another chance. You can see the cascading of failures across the USA by ANY politician who tries to IMITATE Trump. It doesn’t work. They can follow his lead – only saying what he wants them to say — but they can’t imitate his personality. They lose their local elections when they do.
And that’s why I know this is a one-time event for them.
Worldwide trust will be difficult but not that difficult. I think the good vs bad players are known now, both in the USA and worldwide.
First order of business for a next presidency will be to restore the diplomacy departments and re-establish relationships with international organizations.