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.