J.G.A. Pocock once wrote that the Machiavellian Moment was when we are at the cusp of a crisis, there needed to be someone of cunning to revive the idea of classical republicanism. Pocock thinks this is possible. Assuming he’s reading Machiavelli correctly, this is our moment.
The media is trying to swing the election who, in league with other fifth columnists, are running a narrative that is all about Trump’s alleged “vulgarity.” It is almost as if they forgot that they once had an intense love affair with 50 Shades of Grey. Back then, they loved Dominants, and Dominant men in particular. Only they appeared to forget that consent was the linchpin of it all.
But this is entirely beside the point, and the regime is at stake, for the larger issues as it pertains to Hillary Clinton, her fleecing the American public both for the Clinton Foundation, and while losing $6 billion as Secy. of State (where is the public’s money?), or vowing to keep the status quo in foreign policy, in the economy (did I mention she thinks the economy is really not that bad?). We could go on, of course.
No matter the scandals and manufactured scandals about potty mouth presidents–like that’s never been a reality because no president would boast publicly he likes to have sex with girls(?) in his car–this election is about the regime. We are at a moment, and it is a moment before the decline. It is a moment before the beginning of the decline. We are at Cataline. But that is an opinion, my opinion, and an opinion meant to be stated as such because much of what passes as “news” these days is really propoganda. Hillary is Cataline for she has for all intents and purposes trying to overthrow the United States for a common government that is borderless, while also doing so for her own gain, thus bypassing the consent of the governed (voter fraud anyone? Most of the illegal activity is in favor of Clinton presently). She also seeks to evade taxes and pocket foreign donations (Snopes by the way lied about this and focused on the strict use of words, the only time the Democrat organization has believed in strict construction, as Chris Plante–former CNN employee–has noted nearly every week on his show). ALL of her actions are an example of power over republicanism. Nothing Trump has said jeopardizes the Republic; everything Clinton has done puts us closer to the demise of it.
If it is true that we are at this moment, then it is up to Trump tonight to set things right, in speech, public speech, to persuade the public the stakes at hand. Trump needs to perform like Cicero. However, Trump is different. He is the only one, as we have argued for over a year, that has the shamelessness to expose the Clintons in their endeavor. Like Cicero he is nouveau riche.
We live in the modern world. To suggest that we can wax piety over of the way people talk today–and they are more than the pious left or right–is a fantasy. To persuade, Trump needs to appeal to the modern voter, and sink in the rhetorical dagger.