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Forgotten Americans Find Their Champion

Last night Donald Trump punched the corrupt and selfish elite of this country right in the nose and the crowd at the Republican National Convention and on social media across the globe gave him a standing ovation. 

The establishment media and the globalist elites who own them, ahh, not so much. 

The echoes in Cleveland’s Q hadn’t yet died when CNN’s panel of political “experts” began to speculate how Trump was going to “move to the center” after the speech and the New York Trump Convention speechTimes’ alleged Republican columnist David Brooks pronounced the speech “dark” and “dystopian” and compared its central premises to the “the argument of nearly every demagogue since the dawn of time,” including Senator Joe McCarthy. * 

To her credit CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash told it like it was in the hall as Trump spoke; the audience, she said, was “mesmerized.” 

For those of us who were there, it was mesmerizing. But probably not for the reasons that Ms. Bash thought. 

Donald Trump’s acceptance speech was the most profound indictment of America’s ruling elite to be delivered since 1980 when Ronald Reagan took the stage to say this:

The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership--in the White House and in Congress--for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. 

My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves. Those who believe we can have no business leading the nation

In Trump’s formulation the crisis and its authors were similar:

And that the Republican Party would get 60 percent more votes than it received eight years ago. Who would have believed it? The Democrats on the other hand, received 20 percent fewer votes than they got four years ago, not so good. 

Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order. 

Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country

And more to the point from our perspective here at CHQ, this was the speech we asked for a month ago in our column, “Trump Fall Campaign Key: Law And Order Versus The Elite.” 

And far from being dystopian, scary and dark as David Brooks characterized it, we found it to be uplifting and optimistic. 

And the optimism was not the kind whistling past the graveyard the Republican establishment does when presented with the litany of problems Donald Trump reviewed – it was in Trump’s recognition that the time to fix things is short and his unequivocal promise to do so that optimism shone brightly. 

But the key to Donald Trump’s campaign, and indeed a key to his entire political world view, may be found in a few paragraphs of the speech he addressed to America’s working men and women, and especially this:

My dad, Fred Trump, was the smartest and hardest working man I ever knew. I wonder sometimes what he'd say if he were here to see this tonight. It's because of him that I learned, from my youngest age, to respect the dignity of work and the dignity of working people. 

He was a guy most comfortable in the company of bricklayers, carpenters, and electricians and I have a lot of that in me also. I love those people. 

Ask yourself if Hillary Clinton has ever even met a bricklayer, carpenter or electrician that was an actual working guy, not a highly paid union official?  

Not in a million years. 

And that knowing and that connection between Donald Trump and working America is key to Trump’s message and key to his strategy for victory in the 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. 

As a matter of fact, last night Donald Trump was not in the least bit bashful about explaining it in detail, in essence challenging Clinton to throw down with him in the Rustbelt states that Democratic Party policies have devastated:

America has lost nearly-one third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997, following the enactment of disastrous trade deals supported by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Remember, it was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA, one of the worst economic deals ever made by our country. Or frankly, any other country. Never ever again. 

I am going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America and I am not going to let companies move to other countries, firing their employees along the way, without consequences. Not going to happen anymore. 

My opponent, on the other hand, has supported virtually every trade agreement that has been destroying our middle class. She supported NAFTA, and she supported China's entrance into the world trade organization. Another one of her husband's colossal mistakes and disasters. She supported the job killing trade deal with South Korea. She supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership which will not only destroy our manufacturing but it will make America subject to the rulings of foreign governments. And it is not going to happen. 

Finally, some of Donald Trump’s most compelling and poignant words were directed to those forgotten Americans whose lives have been devastated by the flood of illegal aliens unleashed upon our country by Obama and Clinton:

I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. 

I have no patience for injustice. No tolerance for government incompetence. When innocent people suffer, because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws, or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash I am not able to look the other way. And I won't look the other way. 

Of all my travels in this country, nothing has affected me more, nothing even close than the time I have spent with the mothers and fathers who have lost their children to violence spilling across our borders, which we can solve. We have to solve it. These families have no special interests to represent them. There are no demonstrators to protect them and none too protest on their behalf. 

My opponent will never meet with them, or share in their pain. Believe me. Instead, my opponent wants sanctuary cities. But where was sanctuary for Kate Steinle? Where was sanctuary for the children of Mary Ann, Sabine and Jamiel? Is so sad to even be talking about this. We can solve it so quickly. Where was sanctuary for all the other Americans who have been so brutally murdered, and who have suffered so horribly? These wounded American families have been alone. But they are not alone any longer. 

The emotional appeal of Donald Trump’s message on the devastating effects of illegal immigration on real Americans is something for which Hillary Clinton has no counter, just as she has no counter to the emotional appeal of the law and order message when its face is the wives and children of murdered police officers and the national security and trust message when its face is Pat Smith. 

The establishment media no doubt sees Donald Trump’s message as dystopian and dark because it promises an end to the disastrous vision for America that they have helped Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton impose upon an increasingly hard-pressed and restive citizenry. 

As for us here at CHQ, we found in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech the first glimmer of hope for the restoration of our country and the real change we’ve been campaigning for: My message is that things have to change and they have to change right now. Every day I wake up determined to deliver a better life for the people all across this nation that had been ignored, neglected and abandoned

Last night Donald Trump showed us that he understands what needs to be done, now it is up to us to build the conservative – populist coalition that can win this election and then make sure, as conservatives did after they elected Ronald Reagan, that Donald Trump fulfills the long list of promises he made last night. 

*Brooks buys the arguments of the Left that Senator Joseph McCarthy was a demagogue, but modern scholarship has shown he was right about the Communist penetration of the government of the United States.

George Rasley is editor of ConservativeHQ, a member of American MENSA and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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