WASHINGTON, November 9, 2016 – President Elect Trump. Those three words have a nice ring to them.
It wasn’t supposed to happen. The New York Times said he had too much money, took too many legal tax breaks, insulted too many women and used too many politically-incorrect words – “anchor babies” – much to the consternation of, well, The New York Times.
Trump undermined tons of ink expended by the Gray Lady in endless attacks using nothing more than a limited, 140-word Twitter account.
Unlike the hapless Mitt Romney in the presidential contest of 2012, Americans never considered billionaire Trump a tool of Wall Street’s crony capitalists. Instead, the passionate leftist followers of Vermont’s democratic socialist senator, Bernie Sanders, helped to tag the “pay-for-play,” Goldman-Sachs-speech-giving Hillary Clinton as a stooge of the government-connected beneficiaries of the largest wealth transfer in world history – a.k.a. taxpayer bailouts.
The vast, gooey, soft-center of the country – the non-ideological majority – believed Secretary Clinton to be, in the words of President Elect Trump, a “crook”; one capable of surpassing the wildest machinations of President Richard Nixon or her insidious, predatory husband.
For his part, President Obama helped insure the Clinton electoral disaster by insisting a vote for Hillary was a vote to preserve his cherished legacies: Obamacare and its ever-rising premiums, a nuclearized Iran, a rampaging ISIS and a no-growth economy.
For her part, Mrs. Clinton added fuel to her funeral pyre by telling the nation, “We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t understand.”
Voters took that as their cue to place said legacy in the hands of someone they believe will kill and bury it.
Another big loser Tuesday night was the tired left/right, conservative vs. liberal paradigm. “Conservatives” like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz got no traction in 2016. Their solutions for illegal immigration and economic growth weren’t all that different from those of their cheap-labor seeking billionaire donors or the vote-buying billionaire donors of their so-called Democratic Party “opponents.”
Stevedore philosopher Eric Hoffer once said, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
More than a century after our two-party system solidified into its present form and then fossilized, the Republican base, as well as a majority of Americans, see the collusion between politicians in both parties as a degenerate “racket.”
In a radio address last weekend, Trump told the American voter, “It’s time to close the history books on the Clintons, and to open a bright new chapter focused on the great citizens of our country.”
Tuesday, they did more than reject the malignant and corrupt Clinton duo. They rejected both dishonest party establishments by electing Donald Trump America’s first genuinely post-partisan president.