Conrad Black: Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are signs of hope for fresh thinking in the U.S. and the U.K.

The greatest single political problem in the Western world is sclerosis of the imagination. In Congress, on the hustings, and in the media, the United States is reduced to two camps. One side is calling for swingeing strokes of a spending scythe on the government with the threat of a shutdown behind it, and the other side is offering more redistributive taxing and, through the quaint and incompletely recycled ex-communist Bernie Sanders, a trillion-dollar bribe in the forgiveness of all student loans. In the media, we have shrieking heads with very few people saying anything intelligible.

Boris is not fresh thinking. He is simply Boris, as mealy mouthed as his buddy Cameron.

Trump is at least saying the things that normal people do about immigration and the economy. Whether he follows through remains to be seen.

h/t Ontario John

  • john700

    My impression is that Trump is a Clinton plant, his role being to make some good ideas look bad and to pave the way for Hillary. The last debate showed he has no clue about anything, he is not able to defend his good ideas (illegal immigration, Muslims). I wondered from the beginning of his campaign why the leftist media (CNN, MSNBC) was giving him so much coverage. It’s not about the ratings he brings, they are fanatics, they care more about their leftist cause than the economic wellbeing of their corporation. The idea is to support Trump to get the nomination and then he intentionally blows it vs. Clinton.
    I hope I am very wrong.

    • I think he is brighter than you give him credit for.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They are all waiting for Trump to say the first politically incorrect thing and then that one thing will scuttle his campaign.

        • ntt1

          they keep pouncing on every fabricated instance so far yet they have gained nothing but crushing disappointment , reduced regard for the media and the donald soaring in the polls.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      That’s some “Clinton Plant” she picked there!
      Most “plants” don’t vow to throw their planters in jail once they win.

    • mauser 98

      not after Jeb pulled out.. he was to be the anointed one

    • Brett_McS

      The media like The Donald for all the obvious reasons, and because they think they (ie the Democrat/media alliance) can beat him in the general.

  • john s

    You just summed up trumps appeal in one sentence. He says the things normal people do. That is also why he should be president. Confident people dont need to be ruled by their ‘betters’. They will be better represented at least by one of their own.

  • Spatchcocked

    Clinton plant?
    You been into the camel piss already! Kinda early isn’t it?

  • simus1

    The biggest RePubDemRat “Go along, Get along” rent seekers are afraid of Trump.
    That suggest he has the cajones to not only win but to make it very hot for any of their bought and paid for boot lickers in the Senate and House who try any funny stuff.

  • Brett_McS

    Same hair stylist?

  • ntt1

    All that distinguishes Boris Johnson from his political elite drones is his sporadic humour and that is not enough to avert the disaster progressivism has unleashed on Britain, with in or with out the EU.

  • mauser 98

    now reports of KKK support for Trump
    pure Karl Rove

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “Whether (the Trumpster) follows through remains to be seen.”
    That would mean the fix is *not* in for Hitlery, something I desperately hope is so, and yet …