Amen Amen well said as always! I will stand with Trump as long as he remains the LION!
A tidal wave of trouble approaches. It will swamp the cowards and may overwhelm the courageous. As they did during his campaign, President Trump’s supporters will stay with him if he meets it forthrightly. If he loses his nerve, he’ll lose his support and his presidency. On the other hand, if he can, as Rudyard Kipling wrote, force his “heart and nerve and sinew to serve” his “turn long after they are gone” (“If—”), he may be remembered as this generation’s FDR.
Truth is the enemy of hypocritical regimes, which makes telling it, as George Orwell noted, a “revolutionary act,” bold and dangerous. President Trump spouts his share of nonsense, bombast, hyperbole, and lies, but it’s not those excesses that frightens and enrages the regime. Rather, he has shattered the veneer of respectability that cloaks its incompetence, corruption, and carnage. He challenges elite consensus on interventionism, immigration and trade, and the whole canon of political correctness.
Exposure is not Trump’s worst transgression. He’s got balls, the exposed don’t, and at a primal level, the neutered reflexively resent the testicled. Since rulers began ruling, courage, at least of the physical variety, has been a primary job qualification. Much of human history is not far removed from Game of Thrones-style intrigue and bloodshed. Those who couldn’t screw their courage to the sticking place found themselves in a dungeon or on the gallows. Machiavelli advised leaders to cultivate fear, not love. At the Al Smith dinner and his inaugural address, Trump displayed a full frontal fortitude never seen among the high and mighty he challenged.
Balls explain two well-recognized sociological phenomena. Warriors challenge death, knowing they may not win, which is contrary to every biological imperative hard-wired into the human species. Demanding and relentless training, complete immersion in follow-orders and brotherhood indoctrination, and the exigencies of life-or-death situations override instinct and inculcate martial courage. With rare exceptions (see “Much More Than Trump,” SLL), societies pay homage to the warriors who defend them, saluting that courage.
It all comes down to balls.
Courage is abhorred more than admired, because cowardice is far more prevalent. Physical and moral courage require commitment to an objective or principle. Cowards abandon their objectives or principles at the first sign of pressure, resistance, or opprobrium and hate the steadfast, even if they’re ostensibly allied in the same cause.
Political venues are nowhere to look for courage. Politics is a popularity contest and its winners lie, flatter, and pander. They don’t generally stand for anything grander than their own advancement. The venal pursuits of politicians and bureaucrats—power, money, sex, intoxication—don’t lend themselves to stirring moral defenses. Power ebbs and flows, but there’s a community of interest—perpetuation of a corrupt system. They’re all “part of the same hypocrisy,” and revelation of it serves no one’s interest.
Truth is the enemy of hypocritical regimes, which makes telling it, as George Orwell noted, a “revolutionary…
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