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Will the Republican rout be definitive or a ‘bump in the road’?

Written By | Nov 14, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., November 14, 2016 — Rush Limbaugh is warning Donald Trump’s team to beware of strangers bearing gifts. He joins other conservative commentators who point out that in the flush of victory, the incoming team would do well to take caution when former adversaries—Democrat and Republican alike—approach with outstretched palms.

President Obama famously said, “elections have consequences.”

Laying down his presidential executive power marker, Obama proceeded with an imperial “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun”presidency.

His presidency never reached a level that could be considered conciliatory.

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Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” will be easier said than done. Official Washington, Wall Street, sky-is-falling climate watchers, and globalists everywhere are on full alert. Having offered their obligatory congratulations, they will turn their attention to retrenching and regrouping for their next battle. Their enemy is, was, and always will be populists, nationalists, climate change deniers and strict constitutionalists.

The silent majority in so-called “fly-over country” has spoken. The politically naive or congenital optimists may be excused for thinking their victory is obvious and will be respected going forward: “Marginalized middle Americans won this time. And the establishment types will turn tail and go away.”

No. Wrong!

Film buffs know that you don’t knock out a serial killer, then turn your back to him to untie your friend. You make sure he’s dead before you do another thing. This metaphor applied to the socialist left—Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren—is not a stretch. As Limbaugh says, these people never give up. They excel at guarding their own, circling their wagons and being ever the clever, devious souls as they chase utopian statism.

Donald Trump and his team, closeted in a penthouse in Trump Tower, must understand they have won a battle. The war is ahead of them. Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pence and his other advisors must help the president-elect stay the course and man the ramparts.

They must keep sharp eyes cocked for the approach of enemy troops: national media representatives, reformed “Never Trumpers,” Democratic leaders asking him to cross the aisle in a gesture if bipartisan conciliation. The list also includes the Bushes and bratty snowflakes, many funded by George Soros, who seek full repudiation of Trump’s populist law-and-order agenda and a return to political correctness, safe spaces and a ban on trigger words.

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The Trump team might take strength against these remnants of statist globalism by adopting a few principles drawn from the Sun Tzu’s Art of War. Dating back to the 5th century B.C., the military strategist’s sayings have influenced Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and politics:

  • Do not telegraph what you will do or say in advance. By doing so, you lose the element of surprise and give your opponent time to prepare his counter attack.
  • Kill with a borrowed sword.
  • Create something from nothing.
  • Hide a knife behind a smile.
  • Feign madness but keep your balance.

Trump may be a natural. The presence in his inner circle of Gingrich, Giuliani and Reince Priebus, lions of past wars, already shows the outsider’s ability to talent-spot and lay the groundwork for the way ahead.

Buoyed by the perspicacity of Kellyanne Conway in messaging and the absolute rout nationwide of entrenched, liberal Democrats, the wind is at Trump’s back. His tested ability to beware of false prophets and to watch his back will be valuable tools in his arsenal.

President-elect Trump and his spectacularly beautiful first lady, Melania, with her Slovenian, old-world manners, will take Washington and the world by storm. The fuss that’s greeted his brand of populism so far has yet to meet the fuss of a redone, fashionable White House. Rumor has it that the builder wants to add a ballroom to its architecture.

With the arrival of a new, glamorous, and non-traditional first family, watch for a rejuvenated Washington, DC. So long as Trump keeps his wits about him, the externals will be the perfect complement to the return of American jobs, American borders, and American law and order.

Stronger. Livelier. Trump’s America will lead from out front as once it did.

Karen Hagestad Cacy

Karen Hagestad Cacy, of Colorado Springs, is a former Washington speechwriter and transportation lobbyist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, she holds a BA degree in Russian and Middle East Studies from Portland State University (and American University in Cairo.) Her four novels are available on She is also the author of two plays.