On the ground out on the fruited plain, We the People, the deplorable, know that three years of President Donald Trump and his policies and enthusiasm has gone a long way to restoring prosperity to the nation. The disastrous trade deal known as NAFTA is a thing of the past, as is Chinese theft of American intellectual property – especially in light of the coronavirus causing American vendors to drop producers of Chinese goods as sources for product.
The reality is that while everyone has benefited from the Trump Administration’s efforts to cut red tape and restore a level playing field with the rest of the world, no group – as a group – has benefited more than blue-collar workers who have now seen the return of American manufacturing and the reopening of heavy industry that once was thought to be lost forever.
This surge has been labeled the “Blue Collar Boom.” Writers at the Washington Times are claiming credit for the phrase, but it was President Trump himself who used the slogan to great effect, thus embedding it into the American lexicon.
But, that is not the best part. The best part of it all is that the Blue Collar Boom looks to rewrite presidential politics as we know it.
Bottom line, 2020 is already shaping up to be a fundamental realignment election landslide, much like Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide over Walter Mondale, who ran promising to reverse Reagan’s historic tax cuts. Blue collar workers, once the backbone of the Democratic Party, now scorned by Democrats as deplorables, will gleefully switch to Republicans, proud to have them.
African-Americans will begin their realignment back to the Republicans as well, the party that literally fought in the Civil War to free African-Americans from slavery. Not to mention Jim Crow segregation, and the Ku Klux Klan, further Democratic depredations.
Indeed, Hispanics benefitting from jobs and soaring wages will also begin their realignment to Republican this year. Americans will look back to 2020 as the year that Mr. Trump finally brought Americans together, in the Republican Party.
What had been known as the blue line in the upper Midwest, and as traditional constituencies of the Democrat Party are now in play. How this manifests, in the end, remains to be seen, but it is promising a change in the electoral landscape like we have not seen in over a generation.