Two years ago in the summer of 2016, Donald Trump was everyone’s favourite clownish buffoon and laughingstock. As a political novice and long-standing butt of many jokes, Trump had no chance of being elected US president against the formidable and accomplished Clinton political machine.
When Trump announced he was running for president, I admit that I didn’t take this millionaire, hotel magnate, reality TV show celebrity as a serious candidate. I doubted his ability to do the job. So I drew him as a clown. In fact, my cartoons were as critical of him as many of my liberal cartoonist friends.
In July of 2016, Trump was a clown to almost everyone. It was only when he began making substantive personnel choices and policy decisions that most members of the public became capable of seeing the mostly coherent vision of reclamation and rebuilding behind the gruff and buffoonish exterior.
But two years later, the social engineers of the radical left are in full panic mode. They have pulled out all the stops in their “shock and awe” propaganda campaign being waged from broadcast and cable news to late night “comedy” shows … to leftist-mogul controlled publishing empires and internet vox in the boxes.
Unfortunately for the radical leftist social engineers, almost all of their efforts are having either no effect — or the opposite effect to that intended. Trump’s first 500 days seem to represent a mere warmup to the main act in the making.
The election of Trump combined with his many substantive actions while in office, seem to be acting as triggers for broader-scale societal effects. In a previous posting here, I pointed to the Trump-enabled expansion of free speech and thought taking place on the internet, on campuses, and across North America and beyond.
As people discover that important knowledge and seminal ideas exist in society-at-large and not just in universities, think tanks, foundations, media, government, and large corporations — the bolder among them will begin to take some bigger chances, some of which are likely to pay off under the current regime.
As we have seen in the fields of microprocessors, telecomm, biotechnologies, robotics, space launch and technologies, nanotech, additive manufacturing, etc. etc. … core innovations can lead to interacting explosive and disruptive innovations in other areas.
Anything that expands risk taking in society at large, is likely to spur new and unexpected innovation of a generative nature.
For all his faults, Donald Trump is a walking representative of risk-taking and constructive enterprise. One of the few US Presidents of the last 100 years who was not merely a career politician, Trump brings skills and competencies to the table which most journalists, professors, and late night “comics” could never comprehend in 10 lifetimes.
Mr. Trump is taking the world on a wild ride. This ride is nothing like what is represented in the news and entertainment media, and shares almost no resemblance to what students are being taught about it by their professors. But that is the way of many genuinely constructive revolutions. Most people don’t even know what is happening until they feel the thing slipping into the dark spaces between their legs.
You can’t always get what you want. But if you try some times, well you might find . . .