Seemingly poised to seize the Republican nomination, the tycoon elicits more ire than his vulgarity alone warrants. The reason, of course, is that while his stump promises may prove illusory, what he says in pitching them indicts do-nothing professional politicians of all mainstream stripes
Donald Trump is on track to win the Republican nomination despite the machinations of the GOP political elite and the demeaning deal between his competitors, Cruz and Kasich, to split their efforts to prevent him. He is on a roll. Following his thumping victory in the New York primary (April 19), he easily won all five north-eastern states – Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode island, Connecticut and Maryland — up for grabs on April 26. If he were to win Indiana on May 3 it would be almost done and dusted.
The political elite don’t like him. Considering what they have done and are doing to screw Western civilisation that must be a plus. The mainstream commentariat don’t like him. After Trump’s victory in New York, Greg Sheridan writing in The Australian said that many things Trump has said “should disqualify him for from serious consideration from running for the presidency.” The paper’s editorial intoned that “even in New York Mr Trump’s divisiveness was on display.” The evidence adduced for this was that Trump lost Manhattan to John Kasich. The editors couldn’t help themselves by then quoting one unnamed commentator as saying that, “the closer you live to Donald Trump the less you actually like him.” There are cheap shots and then there cheap shots from our only remaining newspaper of any quality.
Perhaps Trump forgot to ask Rupert to a cocktail do. That’s flippant of me. Let’s face it, while the Murdoch press doesn’t like Donald, the rest of the mainstream media positively despise him.
I don’t want to go into the things Trump has said that so offend the sensibilities of numbers of people. Some would have been better not said. But, all I say is this: he hasn’t said anything which compares with Hillary Clinton bare-faced lying to the bereaved families of those murdered by Islamic terrorists in Benghazi.
Perspective is needed across a broad area. The United States has federal government debt of $19 trillion. It has a growing underclass. Twenty per cent of households are on food stamps. The southern border is porous, with large numbers of Democrat-controlled cities offering legal sanctuary for illegal migrants. Pew Research estimated that the ‘illegal alien’ population in 2014 was 11.3 million. The US military is being drawn down at a time when Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and ISIS threaten world security. Islam is plaguing the Western world. Europe is in an economic mess and intent on committing cultural suicide. The UK is only a little better off, courtesy of the English Channel rather than the wisdom of its political elite.
Courtesy in our case of a rich uncle, in the form of a mining boom. Australia’s spendthrift ways have not quite yet wreaked havoc on public finances. But it is only a matter of time now that the rich uncle has passed away. And the clock is ticking on the growing influence of hijab communities.
In this threatening landscape some commentators worry about “the tone” of Trump’s language? Give us people outside of la-la land a break. Nobody who counted much liked the headstrong Winston Churchill, but the times required him. We are in times now where the old formula simply won’t do.
Ask yourself, how exactly are things working out under the political leadership we have had over the past fifty years in the US, in continental Europe, in the UK, in Australia? Would anyone care to imagine what it would be like now if politicians had done their duty by spending, taxing and regulating less, preserving the cultural integrity of their countries and securing their national borders? All of this was eminently possible. And yet it was all too hard for the political elite. There is no reason to think they will change course.
Only the other day, Angela Merkel was presented with the International Four Freedoms Award (whatever gong that is) by the Dutch Prime Minister, presumably for presiding over the destruction of German society. The mainstream Western political elite on both sides of the spectrum have circled the wagons to shut out the desperate pleading of their own citizens. Ordinary people have been sold down the river. Does anyone in their wildest dreams believe that the situation in the United States would improve after four or eight years under yet another politician; a Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, or Kasich?
The faint hope which dwelt in Tony Abbott in Australia was snuffed out by poll-driven political poltroons. Now we have Malcolm in the middle-left, Shorten to the further left and not a hope in hell of getting off a downward economic and cultural spiral. Still, never mind! Gay marriage and LGBTIAs in the defence forces will help us feel better about ourselves. Moreover, the Ts in LGBTIAs swanning around in drag in the barracks and on navy ships are bound to disconcert any enemy with powerful binoculars.
Trump offers hope that he will faithfully represent ordinary people. Of course he won’t represent those on the left – thinking and unthinking — who would tear down capitalism and traditional Western values. Personally I can find nothing amiss in temporarily stopping Muslim immigration into the US; except for the word “temporarily”. Building secure borders is the first duty of any government. From a US perspective, negotiating better trade deals, and getting those living under a US defensive umbrella to stump up more cash to pay for it instead of freeloading, seems unexceptional if ,as president, you are patriotic enough to put the US first.
Would Trump manage to do something about the debt? Who knows? Clearly he is depending on his policies growing the economy and creating millions more jobs. As a businessman, I think he would regard it as a failure if the value of US federal debt to GDP (a whopping 104% in 2015) were not to fall materially over his presidency. His competitors are all politicians. They are well practiced in taking miserable failures in their stride.