Well, it seems almost like a dream, as though the world has turned upside down and conventional wisdom has been thrown out of the window. But one thing has not changed: Voters want politicians to live up to campaign promises and pursue an agenda in the interests of the electorate. Otherwise they would not have voted for their chosen candidate.
It might seem weird to say this, as though there are paradoxes at play at every level, but Donald Trump now assumes the position of someone with authority and power. People want him to execute his position in their favor. The paradox involves calling him the New Establishment. But we all know that the President cannot wield his power as though her were God. There are always multiple vectors of influence imposing themselves upon him. But the president and his power is itself a vector of power. That’s why being the president does not necessarily mean that he becomes a fully fledged defender of all vectors.
But certain people will always consider him fully responsible for the condition of the country, and living up to campaign promises while improving the condition of the country is bound to resound in favor of his reputation.
What would allow the public to breathe a breath of fresh air and welcome the change embodied in a Trump Presidency?
First, we have to have normal relations with the rest of the world. As much as I used to believe in its ideology, but neoconservatism has run out of historical force. Liberalism is also in decline as a sustainable project. We cannot therefore be grandiose about imposing a grandiose vision of the world. The American public is also quite fatigued and cynical and disheartened by our many Pyrrhic victories abroad. It would do Trump well to abide by his nationalist foreign policy.
There are many groups of people, particularly among the white working class, who have been taught by their parents to expect a bigger and better future of their own. But that is turning out more and more not to be the case. In fact, it has crushed many souls, allowing the Devil to take command of their unoccupied hands. Many white men figure that the elites find them dispensable. This has to turn around. What is needed is a leader to give them back their livelihoods and sense of purpose. If Trump would be able put this in effect, he would be rewarded with the loyalty of a great swathe of people.
Drain the swamp. Politicians have always had a certain reputation, with many jokes told about their lack of frankness. This does not even touch the level of cynicism right now, though, with the institutions we hold in common. Congress often polls in the single digits. Interest group after interest group gives their talking points while experiencing media coverage. And don’t forget all the lobbyists that patrol the halls of Congress and write legislation. A change in this system would strike a blow against cynicism. If Trump were to actually fulfill many of his campaign promises, it would give the public reassurance. Prosecutions for extreme conflicts of interest would also tell the public that there were things that would not be tolerated any longer. This would reawaken the spirit for public service.
These three issues, if pursued with purpose, would put Trump in the favor of more people. It would mean that people could see their whole outlook on live transformed after Trump’s attack upon the systemic consensus that had emiserated their lives. They will see in Trump the possibility of something besides upside-down decline that had begun to sieze them. Trump must earn this mandate.