Lots of commentary out there about what happened in the elections, most of it rubbish. However, one of the better short pieces is by John Podhoretz, one of the more vehement Never-Trumpers:
The nation’s cultural and political elite has been handed its walking papers by the American electorate.
What just happened is the most momentous shift in American political and cultural life in our time. There’s no way to digest the meaning of Donald Trump being on the verge of victory. Understanding it is the work of a generation.
Of course, we’re seeing desperate and pathetic efforts to declare the results illegitimate. For example, Paul Krugman of the New York Times said last night that Hillary Clinton’s loss was due to conscious efforts to suppress the African-American vote.
That idea is beyond preposterous and intellectually deranged. What we saw was a national wave that turned blue states red, not a case in which voter ID laws and efforts to restrict early voting changed the balance of a state or two.
We saw the populaces of America’s rural counties and exurbs — places Donald Trump visited and said had been neglected and forgotten and mistreated by America’s leaders — rise up practically in unison and vote for someone who said he would be the vehicle of their anger and the tribune of their restoration.
Go here to read the rest. Trump’s concentration on the economic woes besetting much of the middle class and all of America’s working poor is nothing new. Rick Santorum in 2012 in the Republican primaries spoke eloquently on the subject. Cruz was eloquent on the subject during the primaries this year.
Of course much of what Trump says on economics is rubbish. However, he does raise an issue for the Republican party that can no longer be dodged. I am a devotee of free markets. In my law building I have various paintings and prints. I do not have portraits of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman on display, but if I owned such portraits they would have pride of place in my law library. However, both Friedman and Smith were eloquent on the subject that big businesses will often attempt to suborn government into actions against the public good. Such is the case in regard to illegal immigration, opposed by almost all the Republican base as harmful to the ability of Americans to earn a living. The big business donors of the Republican party are in favor of open borders as it is good for their bottom line. Between the base and the donors, the powers that be in the Republican party have always chosen the donors. With Trump in the White House the Republican party has a chance to redeem this by passing measures to seal our Southern border and reduce to a trickle illegal aliens. Do this, and take other measures for the public good opposed by the vested interests, and the Republicans will long enjoy political success. Failure to do this will lead to a wipe out at the polls in 2018. The Republicans snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, courtesy of the forgotten, and often demonized, working men and women of America, and they must be forgotten no more.