WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2015 – Former California Republican Party chairman John Krehbiel thought Ronald Reagan’s chances of winning the GOP nomination for president were slim to none. He famously said the Gipper was “an unelectable two degrees to the right of Barry Goldwater.”
But a man is as defined by his times as he is by his ideas.
It is the late 1970s – the age of President Jimmy Carter: U.S. unemployment stands at 6 percent; the U.S. Labor Participation Rate sits at a low 63.3 percent; inflation rises to 9.28 percent; interest rates hover at 22 percent; the top maximum marginal tax rate is 70 percent; U.S. military strength wanes; Soviet and Cuban military adventurism flourishes; Iran’s pro-Western monarchy collapses; the Iranian revolution disrupts oil exports (4 percent), triggering an energy crisis in the U.S.; donning a sweater and sitting by a roaring fire, Carter addresses the nation to say an energy-starved America requires us to lower our expectations for a brighter, warmer future; the modern world’s first fanatical Islamic regime is born in Iran; and the U.S. embassy in its capital, Tehran, is overrun by mobs of radical Islamists under the sway of ruling cleric Ayatollah Khomeini, who holds our diplomatic personnel hostage for 444 days.
On Nov. 4, 1980, the “unelectable” Republican candidate for president, Ronald Reagan, wins 44 electoral states to incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s 6.
A famous Associated Press photo shows a distraught Jimmy Carter weeping as he exits the voting booth. Early that morning, White House pollsters informed him of his inevitable defeat.
The night before, mainstream media outlets reported the election “too close to call.”
On Thursday, the Gallup organization released a poll claiming 59 percent of Americans have “an unfavorable view” of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, “the most negative of any candidate in either party.”
But a Rasmussen poll released the same day finds 66 percent of Americans agree with Trump’s “proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States” by “a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.”
The political and media elite are arrayed against the candidate and the issue that propelled him to prominence:
- The New York Times: “The time to renounce Mr. Trump’s views was the day he entered the race… The racism behind the agenda of the right wing on immigrants and foreigners has long been plain as day.”
- Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan: “This is not conservatism. What was proposed… is not what this [Republican] party stands for.”
- Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman: “We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values.”
- Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton: “There is no reason to be afraid. When bad things happen it does cause anxiety and fear. But then you pull yourself together… especially if you wanna be a leader of our country.”
GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush, a man of few words – with a meager standing in the polls to match – simply declared Trump “unhinged.”
Whether it’s Mohamed Atta and his gang of Middle Eastern hijackers who overstayed their U.S. visas prior to murdering 2,996 Americans on 9/11, or illegal alien Juan Lopez-Sanchez who shot Kate Steinle to death in “sanctuary” San Francisco, or the female jihadist that came to America on a marriage visa who – along with her husband – murdered 14 Californians, America’s current immigration system is, and remains, an unindicted co-conspirator to mass murder.
Other than Donald Trump, which candidate speaks for America’s dead? Other than Donald Trump, which candidate – despite the relentless attacks – refuses to be dissuaded from discussing America’s deadly immigration crisis?
Like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump is a man defined by his times.