Last year, for the first time in the history of the US, the American people elected as President someone with no high government experience – not a senator, not a governor, not a cabinet secretary, not a general.
They did so because they lost faith in the intentions and competence of the political class that makes up government.
The “working man,” in the phrase used by Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, has seen wages stagnate while the top four richest counties in the US are each inside the Washington Beltway, the great American ringroad. It will be the same in Canberra.
And he and she have seen that it is the children of this working class who fight the seemingly endless wars and they who battle rioters and criminals in the streets; providing by their sacrifice the security blanket under which the political class sleeps.
Trump understood these things, he saw the multiplying failures and arrogance of the political class would provide the conditions for a revolution.
Immigration is the best example of this and, though Trump constantly deviated from political orthodoxy, immigration was the big issue, the defining issue where he broke away. Exactly as the working man and woman in Britain broke away with Brexit.
The Poms had the same gutful of amnesty for illegals, mass immigration, loss of sovereignty and open borders in perpetuity.
Trump and they saw the stupidity of fighting and dying for oppressed Middle East populations while offering the oppressors sanctuary and the nation’s wealth.
Clinton campaigned on the opposite – not just for mass immigration but also on a policy of no deportations of anyone, whoever, who was illegally in the country. Trump was “racist” and “xenophobic” but he beat her by winning states that no republican had won in 30 years. Note that it was not just border states that carried Trump to the White House.
No one captured the orthodox political class better than the incompetent lout Obama when he famously called himself “a citizen of the world”. With that he encapsulated the deep misunderstanding of the political – and media – class of what it means to be an American or an Australian or a German.
This globalist bullshit is not only foreign to Americans; it is foreign to everyone, but it has a special resonance for the Americans.
In the preamble to the Declaration of Independence they wrote that when it becomes “necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands,” they were not saying “all people,” not “citizens of the world” but one people, real people, real men and women who live in an actual place with actual, not virtual, ground under their feet.
They finished the Declaration by saying that they had appealed to King George and also to their fellow citizens “who had been deaf to the voice of… consanguinity.” ‘Consanguinity’ – blood ties, ties of family, one people.
That is pretty much the opposite of being a citizen of the world.
And the framers of the Declaration didn’t leave it there either. When they debated immigration for the very first time the debate centred around that they should hold out inducement to induce the “worthy part of mankind” to come and settle. Not everyone on earth – the “worthy” people. People who would fit in. Also people who had something to contribute. People who would become Americans, who would be loyal to America.
Trump has brought the idea of “one people” (sounds a bit like One Nation) back into public debate. He legitimised talk on immigration. Immigration was a topic everyone shied away from until Trump.
In this respect Trump is a revolutionary.
A revolutionary, but not racist. Wherever he goes in the world, he praises the country if appropriate for its patriotism and its long struggle for self-determination. He lays wreaths at the memorials of those who fought for their countries independence.
And when he talks of ‘draining the swamp’ he is essentially saying that the Americans as a people have slid back 200 years. They threw off the aristocrats who ruled and oppressed them, and they have replaced them with a political class who by and large do the same.
In this respect too, Trump is a revolutionary.
Something we sorely need here.