I spent twenty-two years in the U.S. Army. Therefore, the title to this missive may lead some to believe that I am “out over my skis.” However, the image is easy to understand, as a rudderless ship is cast adrift according to the seas and tides. It is unable to control its course and direction. Regardless of having someone at the helm, the large vessel is uncontrollable, and in a dangerous position.
It was not too many years ago that the liberal progressive media was using that metaphor, and many others, to describe the Republican Party. And coming off the midterm debacle of 2006 and then the presidential bushwhacking of 2008, it did appear that a post-mortem was warranted. But something started to happen in 2010, and it was the result of there being a clear understanding of what the “fundamental transformation of the United States of America” meant. More Americans began to read, study, and comprehend the meaning of progressive socialism, as opposed to constitutional conservatism. The ensuing result was a major blow to the liberal progressive left in the 2010 midterms, enabled by the left’s drive towards stimulus spending and Obamacare. That was the first torpedo into the PSS (Progressive Socialist Ship) Democrat Party.
However, the great blue battleship was able to return fire in 2012 as it unleashed the power of a government agency against the constitutional conservative grassroots movement, the Tea Party. It used the IRS to intimidate, coerce, and demonize a liberty movement, and along with a weak GOP presidential candidate – battleship commander – the left’s battleship was able to repair itself, regain power, and sink the GOPs battleship due to a timid commander, lacking bold vision and tactics.
Then came another midterm election in 2014, and the great blue battleship under Captain Barack Obama took another torpedo. The GOP had maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and it had also picked up the senior legislative body, the U.S. Senate. But Captain Obama was a very adept commander, who, along with a crafty crew, still maintained firepower. The Cruisers, Destroyers, and Submarines of the GOP failed to deliver the final blows to a damaged ship. The result was that the PSS Democrat Party was able to maintain a hold on power with increased executive actions, aided by a dedicated propaganda machine.
And so, the PSS Democrat Party found a safe harbor, and again sought repairs in preparation for the next great open seas battle. This time, however, there would be a different Captain, a new commander, and her name was Hillary Clinton. As well, the GOP was searching for a new commander, some seventeen were vying for the position. In the end, a very brash, bold, and unorthodox candidate ended up being chosen to launch a new CCS (Constitutional Conservative Ship) Republican Party battleship. His name was Donald Trump. Even with reluctant subordinate commanders in his battle group, he was successful in defeating the PSS Democrat Party. But new commander Trump did something no other previous GOP commander had done, he pursued the PSS Democrat Party and took out its rudder. Now, for the first time in quite some time, the GOP controls the seas, but the left’s submarines, known as the liberal progressive media, are prowling, looking for targets.
But what is different is that the main firepower of the left is cast adrift at sea. It has not direction, purpose (other than to destroy the GOP Captain), and cannot repair itself.
Consider the issue with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the left has been rudderless, unable to settle on a legislative solution because President Trump has outmaneuvered them. Trump offered something that was above and beyond what they expected, but he realized that he held the open seas and therefore with his guns set on their battleship, made the demands. There will be no concessions for DACA recipients until there is border wall funding and construction, end to diversity visa and chain migration, no more sanctuary cities and states, and there will be an e-verify system. Now we see the rudderless ship of the left cannot respond.
Just the same, the left is out and about castigating the economic condition improvement of the everyday American citizen as “crumbs.” Now, that is rich, coming from someone who is a multi-millionaire. It is as if the rudderless ship of the Democrat Party does not want to see the economic success, independence, liberty, and opportunity for the American people. Their desire is to have more government driven economic outcomes, and they wish to collectively determine who receives the largesse of government by way of wealth redistribution. However, again, their battleship is drifting, has no ability to generate power, and no one is at the helm, well, no one competent.
Lastly, the rudderless ship of the left has completely blown the tragedy of the Stoneman Douglas HS tragic shooting. They inaccurately felt that they had an opportunity to denigrate, demean, and disparage – once again – the National Rifle Association, all before having the complete facts. Now, due to recent revelations, the true outcry is for the resignation of the Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel. The left does not have the power they believe and are failing in their attempt to destroy the Second Amendment and enact more gun control measures. Remember, an NRA member and trained firearms instructor, Stephen Willeford, acted and shot the assailant in Sutherland Springs Texas. The Deputy Sheriffs of Sheriff Israel cowered away and allowed seventeen children and teachers to be gunned down.
The left indeed commands a rudderless ship. From an Army perspective, Donald Trump has ended up being a sort of General George Patton. He was brash, loud, and unorthodox, but he never lost a battle. Donald Trump has gone on the offensive, and at times been offensive, but the end result is that he has defeated the progressive socialists of the left and rendered them, for the moment, combat ineffective, adrift at sea – rudderless and leaderless.
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias.