Luke, thank you for the kind words. You may have just awakened, but your analysis was quite cogent. Too many psychologists, sociologists, philosophers (and progressives) make the mistake that represents the other side of the coin - they see us as animals without a capacity to reason and choose (or, they see that capacity as a weak force). I suspect that most of us became Objectivists because of a strong attachment to reason and to understanding... and for many as a reaction against emotionalism. And that can effect how easily we can see the different layers and moving parts their are in this long term battle between opposing and shifting political ideologies.
As Objectivists, we know where we want to go. And we love the clarity of that vision and the beauty of the logic involved. We want to share that. We should know that the destination we've chosen won't be reached overnight, so we ought to be focusing on all of those directions that might work. But too often suitable directions are rejected because they aren't perfect and completed trips. And look at the effect that has when getting there requires the support of a great many other people - people we have to persuade. We need to be talking to the crowd in front of us, and not to a crowd we wish was in front of us. It can be a mistake in the immediate situation to try to jump directly to our destination, and therefore a mistake to try to get there by convincing the crowd about the intellectual values of the destination when what we need to do is get them excited about going the right direction. If we don't change the direction soon, we all go over a cliff. If we do start moving in the right direction, we still need to provide that education about the principles of politics while we are walking.
Progressivism is wired into our culture so deeply that we have to take its flaws, and its lies, and particularly those things that arouse the ire of the folks and beat it to death with those shortcomings. Otherwise it will adapt its tactics, change its facade of lies and continue on. It will always be almost unerring in seeking out the strongest and best part of any trend in the right direction as a target to demean and sabotage. Progressivism itself, as a movement, knows very well its destination (which it keeps quiet) and at the same time focuses on getting movement in that direction. This flexible, unrelenting focus on movement, direction and destintation has made it more effective than any opposition.
I don't think Trump has a destination in mind that is much like ours. But it may be in the same direction. At least we know that the progressives were going a totally opposite direction. Today's crowd may be convinced to go in the direction Trump is talking to them about - if he has some successes and if the progressives aren't successful in their attacks on him, his legitimacy and don't succeed in obstructing his efforts.
Even if the progressives don't stop him, it is a very iffy situation because so much of what Trump might do is still unknow, much of his character is still unknown, and without the right kind of principles his direction will end up being irrelevant because, in the long term, you can't get anywhere good, no matter what direction you take, without the right principles. They are the only efficatious way to understand the destination.