Nothing changes until the culture changes. That is an important lesson that people seem to have a hard time grasping. We want things fixed, and we want them fixed now. We think in terms of a four-year presidential term when we should be thinking in terms of decades and generations. We miss the lesson of the Reagan Revolution: it was pushed through by a small group of dedicated activists, but the cultural foundation needed to sustain it wasn’t there. It collapsed and is now just a footnote in history – a golden opportunity lost because the foundation to support it was not in place.
Have we learned that lesson or do we still place our faith in politics? When will we learn to stop looking for one great high profile leader to fix all our problems? When will we learn that we need not one great high-profile leader, but many great leaders who will inspire people and change the culture?
The most important accomplishment of President Trump will have nothing to do with politics or “The Wall” or the presidency – it will be the new-found empowerment of what used to be the foundation of America. If nothing else is gained from the Trump Era, it will be remembered as the reawakened spirit, the sense of pride in who we are, in what we believe, in what we honor and cherish, and a determination to do something about it. The Trump Era is not Trump. It is not about Trump-the-man; it is about Trump-the-symbol to rally around. The closest it comes to Trump is his Make America Great Again slogan. MAGA is a call to restore what we wanted America to be. It is a call for cultural restoration.
Was America ever really as great as we imagine? Probably not, but it was close enough. Every nation has its dreams, legends, and myths that drive it forward. American has not been a “nation” for a very long time. It has been a country, but not a nation, and that is much of the problem. Part of MAGA is about returning America to a nation, in the truest sense of the word.
The Trump phenomenon is not about Trump – it is about those who voted for him – The Deplorables. Trump is just the focal point – the primary target – for the Left. In either 2020 or 2024 (or maybe sooner if the Left follows through with various “nuclear options”), Trump will be gone. What happens then? It is clear that we cannot simply wish for “another Trump”. It’s not going to happen. There is no one on the scene that could fill his shoes, and we should not be looking for a hero to ride in on a white horse to save us.
We need to look beyond Trump and accept the fact that restoring our nation – our people – is our responsibility. It is up to us. Yes, we will need a high-profile leader to inspire and guide us, and to work within the political system, but the primary responsibility is ours and ours alone. We must find and encourage many local leaders among our people. Perhaps one of those leaders will be you.
“At some point, Donald Trump will be gone. The rest of us will be too. The country will remain. What kind of country will be it be then? How do we want our grandchildren to live?”