In my lifetime, I remember when Republicans thought flag burning should be illegal. Even Hillary Clinton thought so ten years ago. Now they faux opposition is going ape on Trump for daring to demand basic loyalty to the country and respect for her flag.
The interment camps of Japanese (and the forgotten German and Italian internees) are bandied about as a horror symbol. But they’re not. They are a symbol for what a self-confident and effective America looked like. An America that won wars. And an America that wasn’t tied down by a million sensitivities that stop it from achieving greatness.
America was quite simply better in 1945. And yes Jim Crow was bad. Unjust even. But we’ve paid and paid and paid for that injustice to death. Ferguson and Watts and the 92 LA Riots were also bad, and so was what happened to George Zimmerman and the five cops killed by a Black Lives Matter terrorist in Dallas.
We remember Emmett Till. Who even knows the name of those Dallas cops, which should be enshrined in glory?
So Trump appeals in a way apparently offensive to the elite of both parties to the passions of alienated Americans who know the past was better and who know that the world we’re living in is in many ways a dysfunctional cesspool. And he has exposed repeatedly, whether on immigration of Muslims or respect for the flag or immigration, that the “conservatives” don’t mean to really conserve anything but the victories of yesterday’s liberals.