As usual: Nail. Head.
The corruption might not seem directly relevant to the rise of Donald Trump, but it’s there, implicitly. The present arrangements work for the political class, the permanent bureaucracy, their client groups, and the lawless. But not for millions of the law-abiding. … Victor Davis Hanson writes:
“Something has gone terribly wrong with the Republican party, and it has nothing to do with the flaws of Donald Trump. Something like his tone and message would have to be invented if he did not exist. None of the other 16 primary candidates — the great majority of whom had far greater political expertise, more even temperaments, and more knowledge of issues than did Trump — shared Trump’s sense of outrage — or his ability to convey it — over what was wrong: The lives and concerns of the Republican establishment in the media and government no longer resembled those of half their supporters.”
That’s exactly right. This time last year, to prevent Trump all you had to do was convey that same sense of outrage. More.
Reality check: Unstoppable corruption is simply an indication that the United States is declining in moral capital.
But here’s the rub: Corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are almost always benefiting others as well as themselves. People choose to be the beneficiaries, instead of indignantly rejecting the favour. Eventually, in my view, it will end in assassination of political foes where everyone knows who did it but that person is not indictable. Roundups of opponents on pretexts. People getting “fixed” for revealing corruption.
That’s been normal through history. What was abnormal was the relatively clean administrations that North America and much of Europe enjoyed for centuries, which was one reason we were outrageously prosperous. And much hated as a result.
Sense of outrage? The GOP elite could not convey an outrage they do not feel. They make money even when they are losing and can sneer at their little-people supporters who would prefer not to be Big Governed into oxycontin dependency but have no one to turn to, so they don’t matter.
Any talk of the survival of the Republican party is now superfluous.
No, the United States needs, as does Canada, a party that actually represents the little people of North America, of every race, creed, and color, who do not want to be Big Governed – and represents us openly, honestly, and without apology. A party that can ask questions like
1. “Is globalization good for us (little folk)?” We know it is good for big donors, but that is hardly our issue.
2. “Why should new immigrants not be expected to accept our values? Do we really want to fight battles like ending slavery or the right of men to beat their wives all over again? Why should we, just so some high-maintenance big shot can pursue her global philanthropy hobby? ”
3. Environment issues? Why is the human environment of long-term structural unemployment, sometimes created by cocktail circuit environmentalism, not taken seriously as a topic for discussion? Why does every environment matter except ours?
But the Republicans would far sooner lose and go under than address questions like that, apart from slogans, mantras, sneers, and betrayal.
In my experience, the Republicans actually do a better sneer at their own supporters than Obama did or Clinton will.
See also: Survey results: Political correctness makes people stupid: Part I – the CBC
Survey results: Political correctness makes people stupid: Part II Maclean’s