Donald Trump Was Not A Fluke
Donald Trump Was Not A Fluke by Monty Pelerin – Economic Noise
Donald Trump was not a fluke. His win was unexpected but someone like him was inevitable.
The 2016 election shocked the political class, the political pundits and the “learned” media. Shock is not understanding and they still do not comprehend what happened. For those not too close to the situation, the message was clear: America is fed up with Washington.
An outsider, a man not of Washington but of America, was chosen over the handpicked candidate(s) of the Ruling Class. This was not supposed to happen. This was not supposed to even be possible.
Washington vs America
The political class, the political pundits and the “learned” media never took Trump seriously. In their eyes, he was a rube, a novice and a terrible candidate. There was no way he could win.
Whether you love or hate Donald Trump is irrelevant to understanding the election. Americans voted against Washington. Donald Trump was merely the vehicle that offered them the opportunity to do so. It was not complicated. It had nothing to do with Russians, abrasiveness or a candidate not polished enough for the office.
The so-called experts are of Washington, and little more than echoes in a fantasy land. They meet hang with people afflicted with the same attitudes and assumed superiority. They socialize. They don’t think, they pontificate. Echo chamber pomposity is no substitute for logic and debate. Uniformity is not a virtue.
They look down upon the masses, believing themselves to be superior and endowed to take care of the rest of us. Not interacting with the masses only compounds their sense of entitlement and superiority.
The masses are of America, not of Washington. The masses are where the votes are. And the masses disapprove of Washington and have for decades. Polling shows politicians rated below used car salesmen in integrity. Only the media ranks lower than politicians.
The arrogance of the elite was re-inforced by the inability of voters to change the system. They forgot that masses ultimately win over minorities. At some point the masses overthrow the minority regardless of how rigged the system is. Ask former members of the politburo of the old Soviet Union. They too thought they were immune for the longest time.
The Turning Point
The election of 2016 was expected to be more of the same. Jeb Bush was expected to run against Hillary Clinton. Both members were members of the ruling elite. The contest would be one of interest for the elite but of little consequence. The masses would vote, believing that they were effecting change. But it didn’t matter who won. The policies would be virtually the same.
So long as the ruling class controlled the candidates no meaningful change could occur. Politics was the equivalent of professional wrestling. It was not real and it didn’t matter which party won. The predation of the productive would continue.