The Populist Movement is Here to Stay

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Lazzaro Rossi | Patriots Freedom

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. 
– Harry S. Truman

The past four years conservatives have seen a massive rise in populism. This isn’t the first populist wave in America’s history but it has certainly been one of the most energized! Trump was a fearless leader, encouraging us to dream big, after all!

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Populism is a particular “style” of politics that encourages ordinary folks like you and me to mobilize in opposition to the ruling powers of the day. I think we can all agree that there’s a ruling class in D.C. and we’re not part of it. Most populists will claim to speak for the average Joe, not the Hollywood elites or D.C. insiders. I don’t know about you, but I’ve just described myself, my beliefs, my political leanings. I don’t follow the Hollywood crowd, after all! 

If you’re looking for a few examples of populist movements in recent American history, here are a few: 

  • Ross Perot
  • The Tea Party
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Donald Trump

Each of these movements started with participants who wanted to move away from the ruling class and find a way to represent the will of the people. Clearly, populism extends to both sides of the aisle, but conservatives really got onboard during the Tea Party years. And they’ve been anxious to have their voices heard ever since. 

Then came Donald Trump. . .

What we’ve experienced over the past four years under Donald Trump has been a more thrilling than almost any other populist movement in our nation’s history. For once we actually had someone in the White House who represented us. Ironic, since that man happened to be a billionaire. But Trump truly understood (and still understands) the needs of workers, the small business owners, as well as families and churches. 

So, here we are in 2021 under a more dictatorial rule. Biden’s form of leadership flies in the face of all we believe. Instead of freedom, we’re being forced to comply to the whims of The Left and to bend to their tyrannical mandates— in our businesses, in the marketplace, on social media platforms, and even when it comes to our own health. 

If you know anything about conservative populists, you realize they aren’t going to take this lying down. That’s why I’m convinced this movement will not only grow during Biden’s four years in office, but actually morph far beyond what we can imagine.   

Here are seven reasons why I see this phenomenon taking place:  

  1. Conservative populists don’t care for Big Government. They don’t want Big Brother in their pocketbooks and they certainly don’t want him in their personal lives. These days we’re pretty much owned by Big Brother/Big Government and it’s clear Biden wants to tighten those reins even more. Populists will rebel against that in a hurry! 
  1. Populists don’t like to be told what to do. It’s one thing to go along with the crowd when we’re being told to do makes sense. But so many of the mandates are nonsensical and fluctuation and that drives populists crazy. 
  1. Populists want their voices to be heard. They will keep on finding ways to make that happen, even if it means creating new social media platforms, conservative news sources, and so on. Instead of hyper-focusing on their frustration with the current media platforms, for instance, they’re already busy making new ones to ensure their freedoms. 
  1. Populists can’t abide the idea of a ruling class. Whenever they’re in a situation where one group lords over another group, the populists rise up and say, “Hey, what about us?” It’s clear Biden’s administration will be one of “lording over” not “governing with.” And that won’t fly with the populists. 
  1. Populist movements want to get rid of government interference in their businesses. As you can imagine, this is a critical time for such reform. If Big Brother has his fingers in every pie—from our healthcare to when/where we can run our businesses, we’re in big trouble. Populists want to nudge the government out of those personal/business decisions as much as possible, so expect them to come out swinging during the Biden years. 
  1. Populists are looking for permanent change. They’re not easily swayed by a change in administration because they’re looking for long-term solutions. With that in mind, I genuinely believe conservative populists won’t let the current administration stop them from plowing forward. 
  1. Conservative Populists are true Patriots. They care more about individualism and country than D.C. elitism. Unlike their elected representatives, they actually want to see the kind of change they’re voting for. In other words, they want carry-through and they’re not beholden to anyone or anything. So, look for more populists to run for office on the local, state and national levels. 

Some would portray conservative populists as right-wing radicals. I have not found this to be the case at all. Most are simply Patriots who want a smaller form of government and more rights for the people. 

And folks, if there was ever a time when we need those two things. . .it’s now. 

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