2020 A REPLAY OF 1972?

by Andrew Russo

(January 11, 2019) – As the United States advances toward a 2020 presidential election
which promises to be the decisive referendum on the Trump
Presidency, we would do well to reflect on the parallels between
2020 and the 1972 presidential election and the campaigns that
immediately preceded them.

1968 was the year America tore itself apart. Riots, assassinations,
an unending war in Southeast Asia, and continuing turmoil over
civil rights, brought the U.S. to the brink of a Second Civil War.
President Johnson was all but barricaded in the White House with
the Secret Service unable to ensure his safety in any major American
city. The heir apparent to the Kennedy dynasty succumbed to an
assassin’s bullet in June, two months after another assassin’s bullet
felled the leader of the American civil rights movement, Dr. Martin
Luther King, igniting bloody riots in dozens of American cities. These
tragedies engulfed a nation already in chaos over an unwinnable war
in Vietnam that sparked a counter-cultural revolution among America’s
youth that soon spread around the world ( France’s World War II savior,
Charles De Gaulle was nearly driven from power as a result of the May
1968 riots in Paris ).

Flash forward to 2016. Nearly a half-century after our nation’s near-
political and cultural meltdown, another Civil War seemed to be
brewing, not as bloody as the original or the 1968 version, but serious
enough that it threatened to upend the existing political order in the
country.

A peasant revolt of the middle and working classes exploded
across the nation’s political landscape, demanding an end to the
misrule of a globalist political and financial elite that had presided over
the destruction of America’s middle class through open borders and
so-called “free trade,” policies that hollowed out the heartland while
enriching the coastal elites ensconced in their Silicon Valley,
Manhattan, and Hollyweird temples.

Forty years of declining wages, disappearing jobs, shuttered factories,
and an invasion of low-skilled, poorly-educated immigrants from
abroad taking jobs and feeding off an extravagant welfare state had
taken its toll. The American Dream was either dead or dying. This reality
matched with the Cultural Revolution unleashed by our own Hippie-
Yippie version of Mao’s Red Guards in the late 1960s ( now empowered
in the media, universities, and other culture-distorting power centers )
saw the traditional Christian values of America’s middle and working
classes under withering assault, from banning prayer in public schools
to abortion-on-demand to homosexual marriage, transgender
restrooms, and the statues and symbols of its history and heritage
knocked to the ground.

In 1968, Lyndon Johnson who had dropped out of the presidential race
in March, rigged the Democrat Party’s nomination process for his loyal
Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota, thus derailing the
populist candidacies of both anti-war Sen. Eugene McCarthy and the
assassinated Bobby Kennedy. Likewise, in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton
and her loyalists within the DNC rigged the nomination in her favor
over her populist challenger, Sen, Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Richard Nixon who triumphed to win the Republican nomination for
President a second time in 1968 eventually won the November election
over Humphrey and Alabama’s populist conservative George Wallace,
taking just 43% of the popular vote and a little over 300 electoral votes.
Similarly, in 2016, New York’s blue-collar billionaire Donald Trump
eviscerated 16 establishment Republican contenders to take the GOP
nomination decisively, pledging to lead a populist and nationalist revolt
of the middle and working classes against the New World Order.
Defying all odds and with all the armies of the globalist ruling elite
arrayed against him, Trump won the Presidency in a four-way race. Like
Nixon, he won a minority of the popular vote ( 46% ), but took slightly
more than 300 electoral votes.

After the 1968 election, Nixon recognized that the key to his re-election
were the ten million Americans who cast their ballots for George
Wallace. These hard-hat, blue-collar voters wanted an end to the
riots tearing the nation to pieces, an end to the draft-dodging, draft
card-burning, pot-smoking and campus rebellions that offended their
patriotic and cultural sensibilities, and they wanted victory in Vietnam.
They wanted law and order in a nation where cities were being burned
to ashes and overprivileged college brats were occupying college
administration offices.

While failing to adhere to ideological conservative principles on many
foreign and fiscal policies ( as Nixon was no ideologue and neither is
Trump ), Nixon took a hard right on the Vietnam War and on cultural
issues. He acted to expand the war to attack Communist sanctuaries in
Cambodia and blockaded Haiphong ( something that should have been
done in 1965 ), dragging Hanoi back to the negotiating table. When the
Communists appeared to backslide in December 1972, he enraged the
national news media and most of the Washington political class by
unleashing the Christmas bombing of North Vietnam which resulted in
a peace agreement and an end to the war just a few weeks later.

On the burning cultural issues of the day, Nixon campaigned for a
“moratorium” on school busing, denounced amnesty for draft dodgers
and the legalization of drugs and opposed abortion. Nixon was out
to convince the Wallace voters of 1968 that they should be with him
in 1972 ( Wallace had been critically wounded in an assassination
attempt in May and had to abandon his quest for the Democrat
nomination ). He relished the chance to confront the effete liberal elites
and their pawns in the press. He saw himself as the champion of the
“little guy,” reflecting his own “rags to riches” background as the son of
a poor grocer who was snubbed by the college elites and fraternities
because he did not come from wealth. The Democrat Party did Nixon a
huge favor in 1972, it lurched far to the left as a result of a change to
the convention delegate selection rules. The Party handed its
nomination to the candidate of the draft card burners and hippies,
South Dakota’s George McGovern.

McGovern was so out of the mainstream that many old guard labor
Democrats ( like the AFL-CIO’s George Meany ) refused to endorse
him. The Teamsters Union backed Nixon. McGovern wanted to “bug
out” of Vietnam, slash the defense budget by tens of billions, and
“crawl” on his knees to the North Vietnamese Communists to get our
POWs home. He was labeled the triple A candidate: Abortion, Acid,
and Amnesty.

Nixon triumphed in 1972 by the biggest electoral vote majority in
history, carrying 49 states and over 60% of the popular vote.

In 2020, President Trump’s strategy for re-election should closely hew
to the Nixon strategy: stick with your base, stay with those 63 million
Americans who voted for you ( some who had never voted for a
Republican presidential candidate before or who had never voted
period ). The expose of Hillary Clinton’s rigging of the DNC against
Sanders plus the Party’s lurch to the socialist left parallels closely
what happened to the Democrat Party between 1968 and 1972 –
the political bosses were overthrown and the rebels took over. With
a primary process that favors the most left-wing candidates and
perhaps twenty or thirty candidates splitting the vote, it is likely that
a candidate of the Party’s “Venezuela Wing” will triumph: possibly
Sanders or Warren or Kamala Harris.

Although the demographic upheaval that uncontrolled immigration has
unleashed undoubtedly precludes another 49-state landslide for a
Republican, the President can probably again count on at least a
popular plurality and electoral majority, especially if he faces a
Nicholas Maduro Democrat and if the Libertarians and Greens again
siphon off 6% or 7% of the vote.

However, just as Nixon’s re-election in 1972 was assured by his
absorption of the Wallace vote, Trump’s re-election can be assured by
staying close to his base and maintaining a focus on the two primary
issues that energized that base: immigration and trade because those
are the “bread and butter” issues that will determine whether
America’s middle and working classes survive or are simply consigned
to a modern serfdom in the feudalistic system of the New World Order.

America is at a true tipping point. If President Trump fails to secure the
border and end China’s looting of America’s wealth ( as well as
ending the drain of America’s blood and treasure in pointless foreign
wars ), America itself will fail and will be in all-out Civil War in five to
ten years as the globalist elites begin the final phase of their blueprint
for world government. The peasants with pitchforks that Pat Buchanan
spoke of twenty years ago will rise up to overthrow their feudal masters
and regain their country, their heritage, and their culture. It will be a
tragic, yet necessary war but a totally avoidable war if President Donald
Trump succeeds, cementing his profile on Mount Rushmore for being
the second President to save the union.

Andrew Russo is a Republican political consultant based in Hollister, CA. He owns Paramount Communications. He can be reached at russo@winwithparamount.com or 831-595-8914.