In Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” this early political philosopher set down “rules” for princes-in-the-making, one of which isWhen one rises through much adversity, the ultimate support for that new prince will last far longer than one who rises as a presumptive prince.”

     Let’s take the example of Donald Trump, whose popularity grows despite the attacks on all sides, including his own. He defies the doxy of pundits and DC consultants. They don’t seem to get it. But Kent G. Bailey, Ph.D. does. Dr. Bailey explains in a WND article:

     “...Donald Trump is the prototypical, archetypal and testosterone-driven alpha male who rules by the sheer force of his personality, imposing physique, quick wit, mastery of repartee and almost hypnotic control over his gathering masses of adoring followers. He is Attila to the Huns, Henry V to the outnumbered English army, Winston Churchill to desperate allied forces, and now our fearless leader against the pagan forces of progressivism and political correctness. He is the unapologetic, quintessential warrior male of yore capable of vanquishing any and all opposition in his way.”

     If you doubt Donald, consider this: his IQ, as measured while attending Wharton, one of the world’s top-rated business colleges, is somewhere between 150-160. The Donald ranks up there with the world’s geniuses. Of course, IQ doesn’t necessarily correlate with smarts. After all, folks like Einstein and Casals were rather fumbly and lost outside their narrow fields of endeavor. 

     But Trump also ranks high in Q-scoring... popularity, likability, et cetera. Perhaps even more importantly, Donald is a true self-actualizer. His sense of self comes from somewhere deep inside him, not from what others think of him. He is in many ways a one-of-a-kind who lives on a different plane from most. He is able to think outside the box, and very quickly. Sometimes he says things spontaneously, without the politically correct filters most political candidates employ. Which is why he upsets the fey liberal media, which gets all twittery if The Donald says something that offends their delicate sensibilities. (As I recall they weren’t all that offended when their tight little club dubbed “Dubbya” Bush a dumbbell – whose IQ incidentally easily outsized media club members). Bulletin to little liberal media people: Trump doesn’t give a crap what you low IQ media people think. He has a very big goal – To Make America Great Again – and he won’t be deterred by those whom he considers unworthy obstructionists.

     In the face of a world obviously conspiring to change America into another third world mess, with tribes of illegals from third world nations, culturally off-beat life-stylers, racially disparate groups, even the Pope (!) clamoring for more and more radically liberal changes in America, it seems to traditionalists there was nobody representing their point of view – until Trump emerged as a serious candidate.

     Dr. Bailey continues:
     “Trump is not a clown, a bloviating buffoon, an intimidating bully, [nor] just a really rich guy hoping to buy America as a shiny new toy. He is ambitious to a fault, relentless in his desire to control, own and build, and he has success written into the DNA of every cell of his body. Yes, he is egotistical, over the top at times, and less soft and sentimental than some would like, but I think he would do pretty well in that closed conference room with Putin or Kim. They would respect him but not necessarily like him. These are the ways of the warrior males who have ruled the world from the beginning of time.”

     About a hundred years ago, Charles Fort wrote a series of books cataloging strange events which were documented from the earliest days up until his own era. Many date as far back as the 1600s. Fort’s “The Book of the Damned” is perhaps his best known. “Damned” refers not to damnation of human souls in a religious sense, but to science’s rejection of explanations for events which fall outside their orthodoxy.

             One Fortean notion is that there exists some inscrutable cosmic force which intervenes in the affairs of mankind, as if nature somehow measures an era’s needs and provides what is needed to satisfy its own program. Fort was not a religious man. His low opinion of religionists was outdone only by his even lower opinion of scientists and politicians.

          Examples: in as unlikely a story as any fiction writer might dream up, in the era of the Roman Empire’s devotion to its ancient pagan gods, and its persecution of Christians; Constantine was “provided,” claiming a remarkable Pauline-like conversion to Christianity, thus changing history. The fledgling United States was about to fall apart; Lincoln was “provided.” Hitler’s Nazis were well on their way to establish a New Roman Empire; Churchill’s inspiration was “provided.” Rain falls. Winds blow. New species emerge. All by Providence and its unknowable mechanism. It is worth noting that each of these “saviors” was despised by many of his countrymen.

           Today, traditional Americans know that their nation is in dire straits. Voters have no faith whatsoever that Washington’s career politicians can make things better. When they were holding the reins of Congress, Pelosi and Reid used every cheap trick in the book to push untenable liberal policies through Congress, but now supposed conservative Republicans Boehner and McConnell can’t even figure out which end of the gavel to hold. Accounting for why outsiders like Trump, Carson and Fiorina are attracting much of the public’s attention in the still-early stages of the GOP nomination process.

     Fort surely would contend that Trump has been somehow “provided.” There appears to be a certain implausible success to his campaign. Media sheep continue to predict (or wish?) his falling in the polls based on what happened to other early leaders in past election cycles. What happened to Fred Thompson, they ask; he was an early leader. Or Rudy Giuliani? Or Herman Cain and the other leaders who faded over time. But to make predictions based on convention is to miss the essential point. We may be witnessing the emergence of genuine heroic quality, the object of many a voter’s quest; a tamer, or at least a reformer, of Hobbes’ Leviathan.

           Perhaps Donald Trump has studied Machiavelli’s “The Prince” (the title refers to a nation’s leader whether a king, emperor or president) ...and instinctively or not, Trump has adopted the sage advice. Which perhaps is why he continues to rise through adversity. If Machiavelli is right, the ultimate support for Trump will last far longer than for those who rise as the presumptive prince... or princess.