[Mr Norm Sauer is a retired attorney, member of The Union Editorial Board, and a regular columnist for the newspaper. He submitted the following article to RR and The Union which also published it today (here). In this piece Mr Sauer reflects on the election's aftermath and its portents; it is posted as received. gjr]
“Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” (Declaration of Independence, 1776)
On November 8, 2016, Americans withdrew their consent to being governed by the elite globalists. The presidential election was America’s Brexit.
Aside from the coastal states, the Democrats and Hillary were crushed. Michael Barone reported in the Washington Examiner, 11/9/16, “The heartland—roughly the area from the Appalachian ridges to the Rocky Mountains, with about two-thirds of the national vote—went 52–44 percent for Trump.”
Voters turned over the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and about two-thirds of the nation’s governorships and half the state legislatures to Republicans.
Nationalism: The American people this election cycle were clearly nationalistic. They felt a bond with their country, believing citizens should love their country and that government is duty-bound to protect its own people.
Voters rejected the belief that comfortable, sexually satisfied consumerism, wedded to gauzy notions of universal brotherhood was all people wanted, thus undermining the drive by the governing elite to integrate world markets, merge populations across borders, and dissolve the sovereignty of our nation.
Trump’s offer of the nation-state and ideas of greatness were more than what liberalism was offering. Voters stopped worrying what was good for other countries and decided it was time to worry about what was good for America.
President-elect Trump: Trump has shown he is one of the greatest intuitive political geniuses in history.
As a wealthy businessman with no political experience, he prevailed over more than a dozen experienced politicians and won the presidential nomination of a major party. He then ran an unconventional campaign and managed to become the president-elect of the most powerful nation on earth. His was an astonishing accomplishment.
In winning, Trump beat back a hostile press, smears by his opponents, outrage by foreign leaders, vast campaign spending by Wall Street and the wealthy one-percent, as well as vows by actors and rock stars to leave the country if he was elected president.
Working to create or keep jobs, he has already kept from moving to Mexico Ford’s SUV facility in Louisville, Kentucky and over a thousand jobs with Carrier in Indianapolis, Indiana. Seemingly tireless, he is out front and does not ‘lead from behind.’
Media bias: Main-stream media was the establishment committed to making Americans believe their elite lies. They laughed at Trump, told us he could never win the nomination, nor did he have a chance to win the presidential election.
On November 8, Trump and American voters rejected media’s fabricated world. Having lost the people’s respect, journalists must learn they need humility, objectivity, impartiality, and elimination of group-think.
The Clintons: After all her years of preparation, the millions of dollars raised, the numerous endorsements, and the multiple consultants it wasn’t enough to put Hillary in the White House. “All the queen’s horses and all the queen’s men could not pull Hillary Clinton over the line.” (National Review, p. 14, 12/5/16)
Her criminal violation(s) of national security, pay to play through the Clinton Foundation, chronic lying, exposure by WikiLeaks, and lack of message to voters worried about jobs and health care, doomed her.
Trump’s win means the end of the Clintons’ era of corrupt power-brokering.
Obama’s legacy: President Obama was a savvy, charismatic, superb rhetorician who tapped into our white-guilt as a black man and knew how to use his charms to win the White House twice.
Once in office he slapped down Republican congressional leaders and the American public with an “I won” philosophy and then relentlessly marched forward with innumerable executive actions on a strictly party-line bent to deconstruct America.
But, Obama could not transfer his personal popularity to other Democrats or Hillary. Consequently, Hillary’s electoral loss was also the loss of Obama’s legacy.
Trump’s win foretells the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank, two of Obama’s biggest legislative accomplishments. Also, Obama’s executive orders on Immigration, environmental rules, and HHS mandates and more, can be reversed with the stroke of President Trump’s pen. The same goes for the Paris Accords on climate and the Iran deal where Senate approval was never sought.
America: As a result of Obama’s far left globally-focused governance, the American working people screamed “enough.” The election of Trump as president is a self-correction of our country back to the center-right, to a state of normalcy, and to our country’s exceptional character under which power lies with the people, not the elites.