Thomas Lifson suggests that it's a failure of business as usual that has led to this insurrection among Republican primary voters (including more than a few crossover Democrats.)
America has been locked into a downward spiral under the permanent lock that a corrupt system has had on power. Politicians bent on reform, representing voters demanding it, arrive in Washington, DC only to discover the impossibility of breaking the hold of lobbyists, bureaucrats, and politicians in their pockets on the levers of governance. Washington, DC thrives, becoming the richest city in the country, as most of the rest of the nation stagnates and declines. Businesses discover that it is far more important to cultivate government support than to innovate. Rent seeking becomes the path to riches.Indeed. The past quarter-century, since the end of the Soviet Union, has brought us A Place Called Hope and Compassionate Conservatism (or was that National Greatness Conservatism?) and Hope And Change and none of it has gone well. Yes, Mr Lifson concedes, Mr Trump is a rent-seeker. And yet, in strong and simple words he's tapped into a sentiment ready to be tapped.
Donald Trump uses a surprisingly small vocabulary, something that I am certain annoys many pundits. He repeats himself, driving home his points with repetition. And for a public that adores reality television, at which Trump has proven himself a master, it works."Biggest victims of educational rot." I like that. Liberate the Democrats' base from their politicians. Now that there's no contested convention, the platform drafting promises to be interesting.
Trump is very explicit that he is assembling a new coalition for the Republican Party, one that has a distinctly populist character. He is appealing to those who feel locked out of the opportunity for advancement that has been the foundation of the American Dream. That includes many traditional Democrats. His appeal to union members and working class people is very clear from a cursory look at the huge crowds that have attended his rallies.
Trump’s bluntness and disregard for political correctness have the potential to break the stranglehold the Democrats have had on the black vote. The deep truth of the uncontrolled immigration that has added millions of unskilled workers to the labor force is that it has kept down wages for those with few skills, a condition which sadly includes a disproportionate share of blacks, who are the biggest victims of educational rot. Trump has the ability to point this out in ways accessible to the audience that needs to hear it.
There are plenty of risks for conservatives in the rise of Trump. His devotion to the Constitution is uncertain. He is not well grounded in the intricacies of national security, though he does understand the rise of Islamism in ways that the GOP establishment has preferred to ignore. He shoots from the hip on the podium.
But for all those uncertainties, Trump is a patriot and a man who sees the devastation the bipartisan DC power structure has wrought. The fate of the Republic will be in either his hands or Hillary Clinton’s. Choosing between them requires no more than millisecond of thought.
Trump is the chosen vehicle of the rebellion against a system that has failed us. If he is as smart as I think he is (and look at all the really smart people he has outsmarted), he will rise to the incredible challenges ahead for a reform presidency and a reformed GOP.