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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
It Won’t End Well for Global Elites
J. Robert Smith
Elections aren't about finalities, they're about processes. They may be about departures. Case in point, the 2016 presidential contests, which feature Hillary and The Donald. If Trump wins, the process of the November election might start a departure in more than politics. It could be historic. It won't be good, however, for the global elites inhabiting New York, DC, Boston, and San Francisco -- or wherever else ivory towers, mahogany-paneled offices, pricey secured buildings, and gated communities are found. Trump's election would have reverberations overseas, too, in London, Paris, Berlin -- yes, wherever else ivory towers, et al, are found.
A Hillary victory means there won't be a departure; merely a doubling-down by the elite, as they act with renewed zest to secure their interests -- versus the national welfare. The Great Imposition -- a war waged on average Americans -- will continue with awful consequences.
Impose and divide – divide to conquer. Blacks against whites. (That's more Milwaukees.) Hispanics against Anglos. (That's more illegals and all legalized). Poor against rich. (Lots more free sh*t.) Takers versus producers. (Lots more free sh*t.) Marginalize the working class. (Further cede manufacturing to the Chinese; shut down coal and domestic energy production, generally.) Demean the middle classes. (Who knuckle-drag their bibles, guns, and backwater values through life.)
The worldview among many of our elite is anti-nation -- dare we say -- anti-American, anti-law and order, anti-tradition, anti-faith (with exceptions carved out for Islam), anti-durable values and enduring truths, like marriage between a man and woman, and family, as defined by a man, woman, and children. The elite, so very cosmopolitan, have evolved past antique beliefs and ways.
The dangers are domestic and foreign. President Hillary and anti-nation elites would continue failed policies toward Islamic militants and insurgencies. They'd serve up more perverse rationalizations for why Islam doesn't animate jihadists. More dangers in the offing with rogue nations Iran and North Korea. Mounting danger in Asia, with China, where the PRC is boldly militarizing the South China Sea.
All pose existential threats, to one degree or another. To the elite? Obstacles to the world they've created for themselves. Perhaps to be solved with appeasements, like tribute (it worked for the Romans -- for a while.). Ransoms (monetary and otherwise). Accommodations. Retreats. Misdirection and outright lies.
Peggy Noonan just penned a brilliant analysis for the Wall Street Journal. She captured the global elite, nailing them to a "T."
Referring to the nearly million Syrians (disproportionately males) admitted to Germany last year by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Noonan wrote:
But there was a fundamental problem with the decision that you can see rippling now throughout the West. Ms. Merkel had put the entire burden of a huge cultural change not on herself and those like her but on regular people who live closer to the edge, who do not have the resources to meet the burden, who have no particular protection or money or connections. Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never would be.
Nothing in their lives will get worse. The challenge of integrating different cultures, negotiating daily tensions, dealing with crime and extremism and fearfulness on the street-that was put on those with comparatively little, whom I've called the unprotected.
More from Noonan:
The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this. When the working and middle class pushed back in shocked indignation, the people on top called them "xenophobic," "narrow-minded," "racist." The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called "humanist," "compassionate," and "hero of human rights."
So, too, on these shores, our elite aim to imitate Merkel, from Obama, who aids and abets illegals, and who's pushing the import of Syrians, to Paul Ryan (an elitist on the spectrum), who speaks of compassion and fairness toward illegals and Muslim refugees. Never mind they'll be no costs attendant to the speaker. But Ryan isn't merely being abstract. His favoring amnesty serves cheap-labor business interests at the expense of struggling citizens.
Mind you, a Trump victory bringing about a departure will come with disruptions and conflict aplenty. Wider political and societal changes invariably do. The drama of recentering America will play out over years. The progressives and New Dealers didn't succeed in remaking society immediately. Both had epicenters: industrialization, World War I, and Wilson's presidency for the progressives; the Great Depression for FDR and his New Dealers.
Trump represents an opportunity for a new direction -- a recreation and amalgam of two critical strains. One nationalist; in other words, a reemphasis on the preeminence of American interests and the American people. The other, conservative, as defined practically and politically by diminishing Washington's power internally through reduction and decentralization, with much power returning to the states, localities, and citizens.
And companion social conservativism, which enlists Middle Americans to vigorously battle smothering -- elitist -- PC; which pushes for a reinvestment of traditional values and virtues in the culture and academy and arts; which counteracts cancerous and nihilistic relativism with bold proclamations for "eternal truths"… that asserts the right of the faithful to be openly, proudly faithful.
Ambitious? Right. We can't afford not to be ambitious.
A Hillary win this November assures an exacerbation -- and likely, acceleration -- of troubles and conflict for a decaying, fractious society. Her victory would embolden the elite to greater highhandedness, to greater "bullying" and imposition of its worldview on citizens, who resent the trampling of their beliefs and values, and resent the elites' notion that America is nothing more than an open-air mall, where anything and everything American can be sold, traded, bartered or discarded… where people's livelihoods and welfare are subordinate to a global economy that mostly benefits the privileged... where nation and patriotism are dismissed as the province of yokels.
A Trump win would mark a departure, both destructive and creative. Global elites would have to find new ways in a new world. It's not what they want. With Hillary, though, the fuse will burn down and the powder keg will blow sky-high. That's when, not if. The consequences of an explosion are surely cataclysmic but, otherwise, unpredictable, with one exception: it won't end well for global elites.