The analysis of why Donald Trump won the bid for President in 2016 is a study of the struggle between globalism and nationalism. The Trump victory is a radical change from both the Obama and G W Bush administrations. The roots of this go way back to the birth of our nation and other world stuggles. Read this for a great understanding.
As Written By Joshua Mitchell for American Affairs Journal:
However sudden and momentous be events that have just taken place so swiftly, the author can claim that they have not taken him by surprise.” So wrote Tocqueville in the Author’s Preface to the Twelfth Edition of Democracy in America, on the occasion, in 1848, of the final political repudiation of the effort to restore monarchy in France. America, of course, has had no monarchy. The Trump ascendancy, nevertheless, was the repudiation of the Bush and Clinton family dynasties—no small accomplishment, and something that would have been inconceivable two long years ago. Most did not see this coming. The few who did were either ignored or excoriated. France found itself in new political territory after 1848; America finds itself in new political territory after 2016.
What happened? By what light should the election of Donald Trump and our abrupt national reorientation be understood? Those loyal to the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party see Trump’s election as a reversion to the racism that was only partially masked by the election of Barack Obama in 2008. In short, they continue, after the election, to double down on the identity politics trope that lost them the 2016 election in the first place, by 74 electoral votes—306 to 232. The election results by county show an even starker margin of victory for Trump. Is this racism? Perhaps populism? Perhaps something else? My remarks here will be concerned with how we should think about what happened—not just in the abstract, but with a view to how the Republican Party should go forward from here.
National Sovereignty, Not Populism
For several generations conservatives have thought that the domestic enemy was progressivism. Now they imagine they face a new problem: populism. True, what has happened in America in the last few years looks like a populist uprising against bicoastal global elites. Populism in America, however, historically has been a domestic matter, inscribed from the founding of our country in the alternative visions of Jefferson and Hamilton. When Hamilton gets the upper hand for a few decades, Jefferson protests. The recent uprising, while leveled against bicoastal elites, is not a protest in the name of a faction of America, but in the name of American sovereignty itself. The Washington and New York elites are not proxies for a faction of America, but proxies for globalism. To call what has happened “populism” is to miss the real issue.
What we are witnessing is less Jefferson versus Hamilton than Tocqueville versus the cosmopolitan idea that the French Revolution set in motion.
The proof, I think, is the description we are hearing of this so-called populism. If you listen to the consensus among the…….
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