President-elect Trump will enter the White House with one of the rarest occurrences in modern politics – a red house, senate, and presidency. Trump continues to do the impossible as he’s already taken down the two most powerful political families in America (namely, the Bush’s and the Clinton’s), destroyed all credibility of mainstream media, demolished the two party system, and finally said NO to political correctness. Any of these accomplishments in isolation would be a great feat, yet Trump managed to pull them all off.
But now what’s next?
Will Trump continue to smash the vicious machine or will the deep state consume him as we see him turn from a businessman into a warmongering politician?
We can only hope the former, but I am convinced that unlike most politicians, – seemingly because they go their entire lives with stealing from the people (taxes) rather than providing value to people (voluntary exchange) – Trump’s desire isn’t to rule over us, but to fix great tragedies in our government.
The bizarre reality of Donald Trump is that he lacks ideological stances deeply rooted in philosophical understandings of economics and politics in exchange for keen business insights and efficacy. The Wollman Rink example highlights Trump’s ability far surpasses that of government. From Wikipedia,
The rink was closed in 1980 for a proposed two years of renovations at $9.1 million. Six years and $13 million later, after the problem-plagued work was still not completed by the city, Donald Trump persuaded Mayor Ed Koch in 1986 to let him complete the work in four months at $2.5 million in order to have it open by the end of the year.
Trump finished ahead of schedule, and with a surplus on the budget. It should come as no surprise to my readers that the private sector is much more efficient than the bureaucratization of the government, but too seldom do we fail to recognize the potential Trump has to Make Liberty Great Again.
In his 100 day plan, Trump attempts to recapture his idea from 1986, namely involvement from the private sector in infrastructure reform. From Trump’s contract [American Energy and Infrastructure Act]:
Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over ten years. It is revenue neutral.
Other key highlights of Trump’s contract is the repealing of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), an audit of the Fed, and huge tax cuts all around the board – among many other pro-liberty stances.
With a Congress controlled by Republicans, whether Trump accomplishes his goals or not, will fall on Congress. Which means if Trump fails it’s because Republican hacks have failed, and the American people may be more susceptible to electing either real conservatives or libertarians that will help Trump succeed. This paints a beautiful picture for the cause of liberty.
Of course, this is all hopeful speculation but my cynicism on the political landscape has, at least momentarily, evaporated. Liberty lovers Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash have all claimed their respective seats and present a real opportunity to work with a president(-elect) who understands common sense applied to the private sector.
It must fall on us to pressure Trump into supporting liberty at every turn. He’s not a philosophical libertarian, but his common sense approach naturally aligns with the libertarian philosophy. If a relationship is able to develop between him and Rand Paul, Trump might just go down in history as being the unlikely successor of Ron Paul’s Revolution.
We’ll have to see how time pans out, but we have the ability to keep Trump’s feet to the fire. I do believe that the libertarians supporting Trump was what pushed him over 270 electoral votes. Our movement is growing, and as a result, we’re gaining more of the precious influence we’ve been so desperately searching for.
If we can harness that influence, we have a real chance to create a libertarian Trump that really would Make America Great Again.
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