Bookworm reviews Don Surber's newest book, Trump the Establishment,
that examines, not just how the establishment erred, but how desperately, dishonestly, and viciously the establishment (again, both Left and Right) did its level best to undermine Donald Trump.
Given that the same establishment that attacked Trump during and immediately after the campaign (especially on the Left) has now doubled-down to destroy his presidency, Don’s book could scarcely be more timely. In one well-documented chapter after another, he looks at the forces out to destroy Trump, from the establishment pollsters; to the monied (and, for conservatives) ineffective cadre of well-paid campaign advisers, none of whom Trump consulted; to the race hustlers; to the media (and, a subset of the media, the women defending Hillary); to the Bush family; to the feminists and genderists and Hispani-cists; to all the other establishment figures and institutions that understood that Trump wasn’t going to stop with rocking the boat — he was going to tip it over and sink it. Reading Don’s book, you’ll be amazed at the panoply of forces across the political spectrum whose vested interests lay, not in the best candidate for America, but in the best candidate for their own interests.
…Trump’s titanium backbone, which Don reveals so beautifully in Trump the Establishment is precisely what we need. Trump’s been in office three weeks and the opposition is already talking about (a) impeaching him; (b) having him declared insane; (c) assassinating him; (d) initiating a military coup; and (e) opposing him at every turn no matter what he does. And, of course, the usual so-called Republicans in and out of Congress continue to be the quislings they were all during the Bush years. They’re already trying to reverse Trump’s promise to repeal ObamaCare, to stall the wall (which Congress authorized and theoretically funded years ago), to bow to extremists who insist that Muslim are harmless, to yield to teacher’s union money, and generally to block the people’s will.
After reading Trump the Establishment, however, I’m more sanguine. If Trump can maintain the ingenuity, intelligence, persuasiveness, and strong principles that got him into the White House in the first place, he stands a darn good chance of erasing the anomalous Obama years (and the wishy-washy conservativism of the Bush years). He may be our Winston Churchill, the unexpected and often reviled figure who nevertheless stepped up to save the nation. I can see him returning America to a country with strong national security; a sound, market-based economy; and a constitutional underpinning throughout all branches of the state and federal governments.
If you want to be cheered up by a reminder that President Trump does not back done, no matter the forces arrayed against him, get yourself a copy of Don Surber’s Trump the Establishment: The Elitists Never Learned in 2016. You’ll enjoy reading Surber’s sprightly, face-paced, periodically sardonic writing, and you’ll end up feeling that you did the right thing when you voted for the Donald (or, if you didn’t vote for him, you might be pleased in any event that this fighter for America is in the White House).
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