(On this Election Eve, I want to flash back to something I posted to Facebook last October, when I shared my thoughts about what might happen in the months before and after the 2020 election. Forgive me, please, for not having predicted the coronavirus, the “pandemic” nonsense manufactured by government or the widespread unrest beginning mid-year.)
October 9, 2019
The 2020 presidential election is still over a year away, but it’s not too early to peer into the fog and make some informed (if unpleasant) forecasts about the road ahead.
Trump will run. (No, he won’t be removed from office.) We don’t know who the Democrats will nominate, whether from the current crop or someone who hasn’t yet declared.
The truth is that it doesn’t much matter.
Naturally, the next year will be volatile. Partisan divisions will become more stark, the rhetoric more vitriolic. One side, the fearful and angry progressive side, will ramp-up its war on American culture — in legislatures, in the courts, in the marketplace and especially in the media. The other side, the Trump side, will aim to hold and defend that culture, probably spending most of that time on its heels.
It’ll be ugly, but it’ll be a picnic compared to what’ll happen once the results are in — no matter who wins.
If Trump wins, and unlike 2016, the Left’s collective apoplexy will turn violent. It’ll happen fast. It’ll be widespread. And the brutality will visit unexpected places — rural areas and small towns, even churches and community groups.
There will be no sanctuary.
If Trump loses we’ll also see violence from the Left, but of the celebratory, vindictive kind. It’ll kick off four years (at least) of the emboldened victors setting fire — literally and figuratively — to American life and culture.
When the smoke clears, what remains will not resemble our country as we once knew it. Progressives will see to that.
I know I’m not the only one making such dark predictions. I’d like to take it a step further.
Say Trump wins next year. The Left continues waging its war on the culture. And then, four years from now, we find ourselves contemplating the 2024 election. What happens?
Don’t kid yourself — there’s not another Trump.
Establishment Republicans will trip over themselves to put forth a candidate who’s dignified, reserved, presidential. And Democrats will nominate a progressive, populist firebrand who’ll amp the base and win in a walk.
It’ll be 2008 all over again, but this time with savage enforcement of The New Rules.
And America will be lost.
It’s a dim future. To be sure, there are off-ramps all along the way — are we smart enough, principled enough, American enough to take them?
I don’t know.
Honestly, I don’t think so.
So here we are. We have four years — or one.
Maybe we have no time at all.
Ready? You’d better be.
You damned well need to figure out who you are and what the hell you stand for. And be prepared to fight for it.
It’s coming. Lock and load. Be smart.
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