It never was. It’s always been about preserving the nobility for those who control the levers and exercise power.
As Peggy Noonan wrote two weeks ago, there are two classes of citizens – the protected and unprotected. The former makes the rules and the latter lives by them.
Ms. Noonan wrote, “The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful–those who have power or access to it.” They are protected from the ‘roughness of the world.’”
The issue of immigration made Donald Trump. “If you are the unprotected American, one with limited resources and negligible access to power you have absorbed” some lessons of illegal immigration. You know, as Ms. Noonan writes, the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you. Both parties refuse to control the border.
“Many Americans suffered from illegal immigration, its impact on labor markets, financial cost, crime and the sense that the rule of law was collapsing.” Yet, the protected did fine. Low wages helped their business and public schools were for the unprotected. So as public education declined, their children thrived attending private schools.
The political movement that has swept across America was not created by Donald Trump. It was created by the protected class through their disdain for those who they see as inferior. These are the people who make you promises knowing full well they have no intention of caring them out.
In 2010, American voters gave control of the House to Republicans. After that they gave the Senate to Republicans, who promised to repeal Obamacare and Dodd Frank. Republican politicians were to defund Planned Parenthood, enforce immigration laws and close sanctuary cities. They would investigate “fast and furious,” IRS abuses of conservative groups and what really happened in Benghazi, Libya. They would stop executive amnesty and orders and the abuse of recess appointments.
Any action was mostly symbolic, with little to show for the effort.
Ms. Noonan concludes with, “This is a terrible feature of our age that we are governed by protected people who don’t seem to care that much about their unprotected fellow citizens. In wise governments, the top is attentive to the realities of the lives of normal people and care about their anxieties. That’s more or less how America used to be.”
But not any more. It’s about personal privilege and keeping the status quo going forever. No one who lives in the Beltway wants it otherwise. If your political party is out of office, you are still part of the establishment.
A good case in point would be Elizabeth Dole, wife of Senator Bob Dole, former Majority Leader and Republican standard bearer. When Mrs. Dole wasn’t a North Carolina senator, she ran the American Red Cros,s earning a seven-figure salary. Why would anyone want such a life to end?
That example is replicated a thousand times across Northern Virginia. Both parties’ political elite will not go quietly into the night. They will do whatever necessary to protect their way of life even thwarting the will of the people.
What Donald Trump represents is a threat to their power and they will do whatever necessary to cut him down.
What Donald Trump is – in reality – is the little guy’s lobbyist. He sees consumer sentiment fall. He is the one against unfair trade agreements and open borders. He is the one who will return education to state control and keep promises. Which candidate is more conservative than that?