A gem of a piece coming up from the always erudite Victor Davis Hanson who gets it right from every which way but loose. And that would be his scathing illustration of the establishment elites and their damaging effect on the Republic.
The Democrat Party as it exists has definitely lost its way from the heady days of Hubert Humphrey, ‘Scoop’ Jackson and others, who would hardly recognize it today. Just about all of the points cited by Mr. Hanson in his piece have willfully been neglected by the likes of the Obama administration and would be continued by a Clinton presidency. Just remember that Hillary has supported the worst of Obama’s failed policies.
The expose’ of the hidden Clinton emails, the falseness of the Clinton Foundation, the outrageous sums paid for Bill’s speeches, Hillary’s admission of ‘private’ and ‘public’ opinions on the same issue, Benghazi lies and deception, the protection of Hillary by the Obama administration, are but a small example of what has demoralized a large portion of the American electorate.
While both current candidates come with heavy-weight baggage, the change that is needed will not be effected by Clinton. It is time for serious decision-making: (1) continuity of a failed domestic and international administration via Hillary; or (2) a chance to make the changes that are demanded by a majority of Americans via a Republican administration. Thinking voters must choose between Hillary’s smooth talking lies and deception, against the crudely expressed opinions of Trump whose lack of political correctness too often challenges our sensibilities. There are no other choices.
Every rational person can see Trump’s easily spotted foibles and abrasive remarks and his willingness to ram his head at 90+miles an hour into these entrenched acolytes who serve their own (or at best, others’) narrow interests. Deregulating Obama’s myriad of new regulations alone would bump the GDP a quarter to half-a point.
The ultimate aim should be to get the money/lobbyists out of politics by limiting the outreach of the government. When those special interest groups are denied the opportunity to “pay-to-play” their money, it then becomes a case of competing with the challenger in their respective sector, as opposed to how they now freely pump money into politics to buy themselves privilege, licence or anything else that makes them a monopoly. Corruption to the core described by Mr. Hanson.
Limit the government outreach in the economy, and get it out of people’s lives – that is the only way not to read about emails, scandals and sexual harrassment. So yes, Trump’s popularity has shown us exactly how many ‘nobodies’ think in terms of thrive, survive or perish as a Republic.
Mr. Hanson has outdone even his high standards this time with a wonderful indictment of both the inbred government, business, and media industrial complex, coupled with the Republican Party’s rudderless future. And that’s nothing to sniff at.
An eloquent elegy for America from Victor Davis Hanson…
In theory, there are nominally still such things as a D.C. establishment, the Republican party, still abstractions known as “fact-checking,” still something in theory called “debate moderators,” still ex-presidents’ “foundations.” But, in fact, after this campaign, these are now mere radiated shells. Who are the big losers of 2016, besides the two candidates themselves?
The D.C. ‘establishment’ and its ‘elites’ Collate the Podesta e-mails. Read Colin Powell’s hacked communications. Review Hillary’s Wall Street speeches and the electronic exchanges between the media, the administration, and the Clinton campaign.
The conclusion is an incestuous world of hypocrisy, tsk-tsking condescension, sanitized shake-downs, inside profiteering, snobby high entertainment — and often crimes that would put anyone else in jail. The players are also quite boring and predictable. They live in a confined coastal cocoon. They went largely to the same schools, intermarried, traveled back and forth between big government, big banks, big military, big Wall Street, and big media — and sound quite clever without being especially bright, attuned to social justice but without character.
Their religion is not so much progressivism, as appearing cool and hip and “right” on the issues. In this private world, off the record, Latinos are laughed off as “needy”; Catholics are derided as near medieval and in need of progressive tutoring on gay issues. Hillary is deemed a grifter — but only for greedily draining the cash pools of the elite speaker circuit to the detriment of her emulators.
Money — Podesta’s Putin oil stocks, Russian autocrats’ huge donations in exchange for deference from the Department of State, Gulf-oil-state-supplied free jet travel, Hillary’s speaking fees — is the lubricant that makes the joints of these rusted people move. A good Ph.D. thesis could chart the number of Washington, D.C., insider flunkies who ended up working for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac or Goldman Sachs — the dumping grounds of the well-connected and mediocre.Continues in National Review