Why Trump?

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Angelo Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University, at The Federalist explains why an ignorant blowhard like Donald Trump stands a moderately good chance of being our next President:

This style of politics has grown, along with a ruling class that rejects the notion that no person may rule another without that person’s consent. As I have shown at length elsewhere, America is now ruled by a uniformly educated class of persons that occupies the commanding heights of bureaucracy, of the judiciary, education, the media, and of large corporations, and that wields political power through the Democratic Party. Its control of access to prestige, power, privilege, and wealth exerts a gravitational pull that has made the Republican Party’s elites into its satellites.

This class’s fatal feature is its belief that ordinary Americans are a lesser intellectual and social breed. Its increasing self-absorption, its growing contempt for whoever won’t bow to it, its dependence for votes on sectors of society whose grievances it stokes, have led it to break the most basic rule of republican life: deeming its opposition illegitimate. The ruling class insists on driving down the throats of its opponents the agendas of each of its constituencies and on injuring persons who stand in the way. This has spawned a Newtonian reaction, a hunger, among what may be called the “country class” for returning the favor with interest.

Ordinary Americans have endured being insulted by the ruling class’s favorite epitaphs—racist, sexist, etc., and, above all, stupid; they have had careers and reputations compromised by speaking the wrong word in front of the wrong person; endured dictates from the highest courts in the land that no means yes (King), that public means private (Kelo), that everyone is entitled to make up one’s meaning of life (Casey), but that whoever thinks marriage is exclusively between men and women is a bigot (Obergefell).




Go here to read the brilliant rest.  Trump is riding the initial wave of a revolution that is building force throughout the West.  The policies that have been embraced by liberal elites throughout the West in the current century have proven disasters, most notably the idea that the West can accept endless waves of immigrants from third world nations and not be irreparably harmed by it.  The epidemic disease of political correctness takes away the personal freedom so prized in the West.  Alternative points of view are hooted from the public square by a media serving as a propaganda organ for the powers that be.  The Courts function as would be oligarchs, also supporting the powers that be.  Large corporations discriminate in employment against those holding traditional beliefs.  The West proves itself to be completely incompetent in fighting against militarily weak terrorist groups.  Prolonged unemployment and welfare dependence are offered to the young as a way of life.

Needless to say Donald Trump, avatar of crony capitalism, has no clue to how to deal with any of this.  However, with his newfound stance against illegal immigration, and his unwillingness to accept the sacred politically correct pieties of the ruling class, he is, for now, the ignoble figurehead of the American portion of a mass movement that may lead to revolutionary change throughout the West.  Like most revolutions, much of it may be disastrous, but revolutions are inevitable when those at the top are blind, and that basically is a good summary of the leadership of the West since the ending of the Cold War.



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  1. I think this article explains very well why people such as myself are just sick and tired of the GOPe. Although I voted for Cruz in my state primary during the early voting period, I have been won over by Trump. I will vote for him in the general election over Hillary or whoever else the GOP puts up. For the past couple years I had to pinch my nose and vote for McCain then Romney and now they are pushing Rubio down my throat. Sorry, I am done with this nonsense.

    This article by Laura Ingraham

    The Suicide of the GOP Establishment


  2. “McCain then Romney”

    You do understand of course that compared to Trump either of the above men is Ronald Reagan reincarnated? That is the odd factor about this movement: Donald Trump would fit right in with the Republican establishment except that he would be too far too the left on some of his views. I am of course referring to his real views and not those he picked up the day before yesterday for this race.

  3. If Donald Trump wins the election, afterwards reverting to the positions which he held for the majority of his life previous to the election, then he may sadly meet the same fate which befell Gaius Iulius Caesar. People do not like to be betrayed.

  4. Well, I don’t “trust” Trump any more to do what he says he will than say….. Cruz and even less so Rubio. I am not going to go out on a limb and defend Trump except to say like it or not he has tapped into something, and I am starting to understand why. When some republican pundits start saying they would/might/could support Hillary over Trump if he “hypothetically” got the nomination, it plays into the “vast GOPe elite party structure” being on the same page as the democrats.

    In addition to the Ingraham article this one articulates the thought process of voting for Trump better than I could.

    ….after several Republican governors caved to pressure from gay rights agitators and corporate interests regarding state legislation designed to “restore religious freedom,” it’s clear that “the institutional Republican Party will do whatever its donors tell it to do on religious liberty and gay rights.”

    the “trumpening” and conservative christians


  5. McCain, Romney etc– did not prevail, could not carry the country on a more conservative path. So people are mad.
    But still, that’s our goal, right? – a more conservative path?– so we are going to fix that by going with Trump whose only known identifying markers in his life are very liberal?
    Very juvenile reaction- we will cut off our noses to spite our face and
    The Trump voters are not conservatives- might not want a nanny state, but they do want a sugar daddy.
    People can’t be conned if they don’t go along with the con, finding something they want in the deal.

  6. Voting for Trump is the most sensible alternative–at this time–for challenging the corrupt status quo as outlined in the article above. We desperately need a third party to give some power back to the people as both the Republicans and Democrats are fundamentally the same in the outcomes of their policies. The middle class is hurting and losing and Trump appears to be the only port in the storm.

  7. both the Republicans and Democrats are fundamentally the same in the outcomes of their policies

    So let’s vote for the guy whose policies are no different. Logic!

  8. I’m a Cruz man.
    I’m thinking in terms of “Irish Democracy” and the zombie apocalypse.
    The pro-amnesty, donor class, K Street, chamber of commerce, too cowardly to oppose Obama, no different than a Democrat establishment GOP gave us Trump. He is their Frankenstein’s Monster.
    God help us. Trump’s only asset would be that he is not Hillary. It’s all over for America.
    Here would be the peak of establishment GOP arrogance/hubris. A brokered GOP convention puts up Romney. I will not again vote for him.

  9. Imagine a “regular” American as a fifth grade boy walking to school… Along the only sidewalk available to him are gangs of “toughs” one on his right and another gang on his left…. Both gangs pressure him for his lunch money. A powerful man claims he can take care of boy and make sure the boy can get his needs met in a huge unbelievable such a great way. Like a capo offering protection.
    All these days the boy has been faithfully trudging to school, bolstered by the traditional wisdom freely and substantially given him by his saintly Mother. He cherishes the prayers and poems of his grandparents and holds the written words and encouragement close to his heart- taking strength from them as his father before.
    But – a wind began to blow his papers away. Voices in the wind howl: “grandpas words can’t help you today sonny- ”
    So stay tuned – next episode the boy turns to Jim Bakker for help.

  10. Peggy Noonan’s latest column falls along similiar lines; she posits that Trump represents the rise of the “unprotected” classes against the “protected” classes who make public policies without ever having to suffer the consequences of them:


    Of course, the $64 billion question is whether Trump really will do anything for the unprotected classes or whether he is just exploiting them for his own gain. But for now, at least, the unprotected folk seem to THINK he’s their best hope.

  11. “But for now, at least, the unprotected folk seem to THINK he’s their best hope.”

    How about: THINK he’s their ONLY hope against the infamous quintet of The Government, The Politicians, Big Business, Big Media and Big Religion (USCCB) who exploit the common man for power and riches.

  12. He is not the only political hope, Michael. There are more Godly choices among the political candidates.
    We can’t disparage political candidates for being political candidates! They serve a role that is is basic part of the structure of our society . We can not always disparage an impugn everyone who tries honestly to serve God and his people. Do we not want good leaders to rise up ? Our hope does not lie in turning to a self referential tough man who has no humility before God.
    Our help is in trying stay closer to God- not going away from Him.

  13. Whether Hillary or Trump, we doubt either would thwart what seems the current drift of the country toward Corporate Statism. Trump proffers a Nationalist version, and Hillary an Internationalist.

    Curiously, the Dictionary dot com word of the day is rodomontade. Mr. Trump?

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