Not all of use were thrilled with our choices this election, but I voted for Trump, and there are some things I am optimistic about. I’m relieved that the Supreme Court will not be packed with liberals who disrespect the Constitution like Ruth Ginsburg has done. But my biggest hope is that Trump and the Republican Party makes good on his promise to uplift our inner cities. There are two reasons we must do that:
1. If we conservatives and libertarians want to win future elections and save America’s tradition of liberty, we must capture the votes and good will of the Black Community and the Latino Community. This may be the last election where older white middle class Americans can decide the vote, and if you look at the popular vote, we didn’t even do that.
There’s no good reason for the Black Community to vote Democrat, because they’ve been betrayed by liberals. Dinesh D’Souza calls it the Urban Plantation, the relegation of black people to inner cities plagued by crime, bad schools, and a disintegrating family structure. The far left has led them astray into committing acts of violence, adopting a self-defeating victim mentality, and attacking the police force that tries to keep them safe.
If Trump can make good on his promise to fix these problems, bring safety and security to the inner city, improve schools, and somehow encourage two-parent families; he will have done more for the Black and Latino Communities than 50 years of Democratic rule in our big cities. He could change the mindset and break the choke hold of the Democratic party on minority communities.
More generally, we must educate and communicate our values of liberty and free enterprise and on what is wrong with the left and with cultural marxism.
2. The second reason we should make good on this promise is that it is the right thing to do. It’s the right thing for Americans to do, to bring opportunity and security to all of our citizens. This is not a promise to provide welfare, this is a promise to provide opportunity.
Think for a moment about how you treat people you really care about. Not just people whose votes you want to harvest, but how you think about your own children for example. Do you want to make your kids’ lives comfortable by guaranteeing them handouts? No, you want them to be independent, to find their way, to stand on their own feet. You don’t want them to be perpetual children. And that is how poverty must be approached in America, to put people on their feet, to provide assistance only when it is really needed, not just as a perquisite for being an “oppressed group”.
Republicans now control the White House, The Senate, the House of Representatives, and soon the Supreme Court. If we cannot demonstrate our good will and the rightness of our political and economic philosophy, we may never get a chance like this again. In four years, or eight years, the election will be determined by younger people, by people of color; and the result will depend on whether those people embrace the leftwing philosophy of university professors and Hollywood elites or the American philosophy of opportunity and enterprise and individualism. It must be demonstrated to them, which of these philosophies works best.