Ambulances line up near the scene of an attack in the French resort city of Nice, southern France (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
As one who went out on a limb to say the presidency was Trump's to lose way back in August 2015, I am going to go further out on that limb -- and offer others a saw -- by saying that not only will Trump win the presidency, he will win in a blowout.
I don't necessarily mean a blowout of Nixon-McGovern proportions, but by a significant margin. Even in the last week, the polls are beginning to show this. But now everything is intensifying.
The reason should be evident. This is going to be a national security election. I started writing this article before the horrifying news started coming in from Nice, but even then the situation couldn't have been more obvious. As anyone paying the slightest attention knows, Islamic fundamentalism is at war with Western civilization. It's not just ISIS, but unfortunately many continually metastasizing organizations based on the same ideology. (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula recommended using a truck as was employed in the Nice attack in its magazine Inspire in an article titled "The Ultimate Mowing Machine.")
Barack Obama's response to our civilizational enemy has been a disaster. Because of the president's deep neurotic ambivalence about his own Muslim background, he is incapable of confronting, let alone naming, the evil of jihadism. In reality, he made the problem worse and encouraged the rise of ISIS through the abandonment of Iraq.
His anointed successor, Hillary Clinton, is a "congenital liar" -- as William Safire said years ago (1996) in the New York Times -- who seems to have little concept of the difference between right and wrong, and most people know it.
I suspect that number is going to reach an astonishing level as the majority already think she should have been indicted for her email activities and more shoes are yet to drop. Yes, there are some in the Democratic Party with so little moral compass they are willing to vote for her anyway, even though she has lied to Congress, among many other crimes (what do these people say to their children?), but the die is cast -- while the jihadist death toll grows across the world.
Will America trust such a person with the presidency in such a time? Finally, I think not. That's why I am increasingly convinced that Trump will prevail. And solidly. The presidency, as I said of the nomination, is his to lose.
Let us hope and pray he is up to it because we have reached an amazing moment in all our lives. Imagine a truck plowing across Times Square the way that one did down the Promenade des Anglais. How many people would be mowed down? It would dwarf what happened in Nice where, it has been reported, bodies flew like bowling pins.
Could it happen here? Of course. Was Barack Obama right to allow so many Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees to come to the United States virtually unvetted? Is Hillary Clinton right to actually increase that number by some huge amount? Are these two leaders crazy -- or sadistic?
No, they are hungry for votes - and that's worse. In fact, it's beyond reprehensible. Not just the votes of refugees but of the brain dead morally narcissistic morons who support this policy and risk all our lives.
So my prediction is not just a prediction. It has an element of wish and a certain urgency. Donald Trump must be the next president of the United States.
Some people are going to have a great deal of trouble dealing with this. He's not a movement conservative. This is not for me to say, but I will anyway: so what? As a onetime leftist, let me say this from hard experience about ideology: it's useful up to a point, but it can make you blind. Yes, yes, it's good to have some background, but you don't need ideology. You need common sense.
Does Trump have it? At times I worry, but for the most part, I think so. And his common sense seems to be growing, with some retreats, under the fire of the election season. Indeed, it is long since time for the NeverTrump people to give up their fight. We no longer have the luxury for such internecine battles. We must unite behind a leader in this crucial time. As Bill Bennett said on The Kelly FileThursday night, "Time for America to start acting like a superpower." He's right. I don't see Hillary doing that. Trump can.