Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not

Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not
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With the midterm election a week-plus behind us — well, mostly behind us, as Democrats continue to try to steal seats in certain locations — it is time to take a look ahead at what we are facing over the next two years.

For those who, like me, are supporters of Donald J. Trump, I’d like you to take a few days off. Run personal errands, read the book that’s been waiting patiently by the side of your bed, have a staycation with your family.


Do whatever you need to do to get caught up and rested up because the Trump re-election effort starts right after you give thanks on Nov. 22. If that seems too soon, I think I’m being generous in giving you a few days to rest up. There is no time to waste.

The “blue wave” didn't happen. Although the Democrats did take back control of the House, they did not capture the Senate and they lost some key elections elsewhere. (Anyone besides me grateful that Disneyland isn’t being renamed Marxland just yet?) This is good news when placed up against what could have happened, but it should not be taken as being comforting.

In the election results we can clearly see just how unclear is America’s future. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House to convene social media summit after new Trump attacks GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats O'Rourke on Senate bid backer Beyoncé: I will have to 'earn her support' for 2020 MORE (R-Texas) narrowly won reelection against an open-border extremist. In Florida, despite an economic boom that is fueled in large part by defections from big-government states, the people nearly elected the same kind of big-government governor.

Or they may have elected that governor, if all those bags from Broward County were filled with phantom Democratic votes instead of letters to Santa. As of this writing, it is not yet final.

In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership MORE to become the first Democrat to be elected to the U.S. Senate from that state since 1988. (I have to fact-check that.  I thought Jeff Flake was a Democrat.)

Regardless, nothing is over.


Ever since Donald Trump descended the escalator in Trump Tower in an effort to become President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE, a continuing referendum has been held on the fundamental questions of our time: Who are we as a country? What does it mean to be an American? How far will we allow the sinister force of collectivism to push us toward the loss of individual liberty?

Since he took office, the president has been relentless in his pursuit of re-establishing the primacy of the United States as the greatest of all nation-states ever created. “Making America Great Again” isn't a campaign slogan; it is Trump administration policy.

In fighting the culture war, he has been especially energetic. When celebrities, commentators and social media zealots whine about the president’s strong language on Twitter or at rallies, they conveniently ignore the blind rage and hatred openly expressed against him and traditional American ideas by his opponents. The recent bellicosity of CNN’s Jim Acosta at a press conference is a solid example; despite everyone watching what happened, Team Left’s members all rallied to support Acosta and make ridiculous charges that the video had been altered.

They are rabid.

They also have taken ground. The House is now theirs, with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Pelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE vowing to link the president to the Romanovs and have him impeached. (Ms. Pelosi may want to read up on the Senate role in removing a president.) Whole states are now lost; California, Illinois, New York are gone for at least another generation, if not forever.

Our universities, where Turning Point USA fights everyday, have turned into socialist assembly lines. Conservative speakers are not allowed on campuses, and students who want to express traditional ideas are herded into “free speech zones” like lepers (can I refer to lepers anymore?).  Pop culture shuns and ostracizes any performer who won’t move in lockstep with globalist ideology.

There is so much work to be done against a force that runs counter to an America that was envisioned and designed by our Founding Fathers.

In a sense, the next two years won't be too terribly different than the past two. Since President Trump took office he has been dealing with an adversarial relationship in the House and the Senate, even though both were controlled by Republicans. With the only significant legislative accomplishment being the tax cut, the president has had to go it alone through the executive branch.

That will continue to be the case through 2020.

The media and the Democrats are anxious to paint the gains made by Democrats as being a direct rebuke of President Trump and his policies. Certainly, that was part of it. But the other reason for Republican losses was a lack of enthusiasm for Republican candidates who have been distancing themselves from President Trump for the past two years. Conservative voters are starting to say that being a Republican in country-club-name-only isn’t good enough anymore. They want warriors. They want elected officials who are willing to fight back.

Which leads me back to where I opened this piece: Nothing ended Tuesday. In a sense, nothing has even really started yet. Our opportunity to address the questions posed about America’s future that are inherent in Donald Trump’s presidency comes with his run for a second term, not this one.

So rest up and buckle up. Our job is to convince American voters and current and erstwhile Republican candidates to get aboard the Trump train for 2020. Take the mixture of hope and fear generated in these 2018 results and turn it into a political energy drink.

I'll see you after Black Friday — on the campaign trail.

Charlie Kirk is the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a conservative nonprofit that aims to educate students on free-market values. You can follow him on Twitter @CharlieKirk11.