The Tea Party started as a social media phenomenon in February, 2009 and reached the pinnacle of success in November, 2016 as an opportunistic Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Wow! Stop and think about the impact of online networking.
Unhappiness within the Republican Party gave birth to the offshoot Tea Party movement. The staunch, ultra conservative members fought the progressive, moderate members of the party. Middle ground members that identified somewhat with principles of the left took to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Almost overnight a large following shared posts that went viral.
The political elitists scoffed. The movement lost some luster after initial success. Minor impact in the 2012 and 2014 elections upset the GOP diehards as votes vanished from the party.
Enter Donald J. Trump in the first half of 2015. His introduction into the Republican primary was met with laughter. He took to social media and garnered support. Primary victory after primary victory gathered steam. The GOP old school had no choice. He became the Republican nominee for President.
The old timers rejected the idea of a non-politician as a serious candidate. Detractors were in abundance. Previous Republican Party supporters distanced themselves from his unorthodox comments and brash behavior. Democrats did not take him seriously.
But social media was in a frenzy. Immediate hard work on the ground after the nomination packed arenas. The movement's message resonated with a dying middle class who was unemployed and saw no hope for the future. That, coupled with a disastrous Obamacare healthcare program that strapped small businessmen from expanding as well as a daily influx of immigrants that tore into the fiber of American society helped the Trump Train roar across the country.
One by one rural Americans and voters who had become disenchanted flocked to support their candidate. The mainstream media, fueled by the dollars of the Democratic Party, pushed biased propaganda on a daily basis which favored the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. The naive intellectual elitists turned a blind eye to the movement's message. As Trump backed auditoriums the Democrats could barely get voters to turn out for a church social. Pollsters hammered away predicting a blowout Democratic victory without informing the public that the surveys were heavily weighted with a Democratic Party influence.
Disbelief and surprise followed when the results of the November 8 election were posted. The out-to-lunch elitists, devoid of common sense and oblivious to the movement's message, reacted with shock as Donald J. Trump was elected President. The left wing intellectuals did not see it coming. Perhaps they weren't as bright as they thought.
What were they actually thinking in their pea-sized brains? Trump amassed a fortune and succeeded in a tough New York City real estate environment. The guy dreams big. The guy thinks big. The guy wins and wants the best of the best. How could he not be taken seriously? His heart beats for a new challenge. His current goal is to put America back to work. He wants his his thumbprint all over the rebuilding of America.
My advice? Get behind him and let him lead the way. Look what he has done for his family. He will look after the citizens of this country with the same passion. Today there is hope and opportunity in America.
He's going to rebuild the inner cities. He's going to put people back to work. His intentions are to make people feel good about themselves once again and recycle their earnings back into a thriving economy.
Today, my glass is half full. I'm proud to be and American! Our system - the best in the history of mankind - works. It is time to stop the whining and protesting. Put an end to the social unrest. Cease the political correctness which has stifled our Federal government.
Our populace needs to unify under the leadership of Donald Trump and progress into the 21st Century. The next decade will provide opportunity as the infrastructure of the country is overhauled. It is time to jump aboard the Trump Train. The rebirth of the nation is awaiting your positive contribution. Once again there is hope and opportunity in America.
James Ross has penned several novels from the Prairie Winds Golf Course setting. The stories are character-based, cross many genres, and have become Kindle favorites. Visit his website for detailed information, reader comments, and contact links.