elites

The Elitists’ Trump Excuse

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

The people aren’t stupid. The 63 million Americans who voted for Mr. Trump—some as an unappealing but better alternative to Mrs. Clinton, but many with gusto—recognize that what is going on here is a concerted effort to overturn the results of a legitimate presidential election. Is it really unreasonable to ask whether this might be as much of a threat to American democracy as anything Mr. Trump has said or done?

'America First' in Davos

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump is neither a political philosopher nor an economic theoretician. His policy views vary from month to month and issue to issue. So, in practice, his nationalism boils down to the simple idea that the federal government ought to be serving the American people. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," said Trump succinctly and eloquently.

Sen. Tom Cotton: Immigration In The National Interest

On September 18, 2017 Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered the address at Hillsdale College’s Eighth Annual Constitution Day Celebration. His address “Immigration in the National Interest” is one of the most powerful analyses we have seen of why President Trump won the election and the power of economic nationalism.

One Year Later, Coastal Elites Still Don’t Understand Why Voters Turned To Trump

John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

Lost in all of this are the people across the Midwest who actually voted for Trump. They had their reasons, some of them good and some of them terrible. But a common theme was a seething discontent with the status quo, and not just the political establishment of the two major parties but also the media, which many people told me was part of the problem.

The Unserious ‘Serious’ Discussion About Guns

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

It is insensible to think that good laws can protect the innocent without a functioning civil society that reinforces them. It is precisely the fruit of that civil society, a culture of self-control, that the liberal elite has done the most to poison. Liberals favor “gun control” without self-control. In the end, this just means more and more government control — an endless cycle of relativism leading to totalitarianism.

Virtual Virtue

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

The more prominent persons voice virtual virtue at no cost, the quieter ones know better and make the necessary adjustments that fit what they see and hear and conclude. The result of our two worlds is that the virtual virtue signalers grow ever louder only to reach deaf ears; while the quieter become even more cynical and detached in having to live what increasingly seems a charade.

It’s the Hypocrisy, Stupid

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

An elite’s lectures on melting ice caps, transgendered restrooms, or Black Lives Matter are progressive versions of an unapologetic sinner’s singing hymns in church on Sunday; the harangues bring them closer to their social-justice deities and apparently give personal meaning to their otherwise quite non-transcendent lives. In all their own manifest hypocrisies, Americans take for granted that elites of the Left have become the Jimmy Swaggarts of our age.

Why Elites Hate

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

The great irony here is that this has left Democrats increasingly choosing undemocratic means to get what they want. From President Obama’s boast that he would use his pen and phone to bypass Congress to the progressive use of the Supreme Court as its preferred legislature to the Iran and climate deals that made end runs around the Constitution, it all underscores one thing: The modern American progressive has no faith in the democratic process because he has no trust in the American people.

The lawless obstructionism of Beltway elites

Hugh Hewitt, Washington Post

There is a deep divide in the United States, and it isn’t blue-red or liberal-conservative. It’s between those who believe in applying the law as it exists and those who think they have the right — through various government authorities — to ignore laws they don’t like. Once the law is whatever any authority says it is, the result is chaos. Let’s stick with the Constitution. It has worked since 1789.

Is the American Elite Really Elite?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The public no longer believes that privilege and influence should be predicated on titles, brands, and buzz, rather than on demonstrable knowledge and proven character. The idea that brilliance can be manifested in trade skills or retail sales, or courage expressed by dealing with the hardship of factory work, or character found on an Indiana farm, is foreign to the Washington Beltway, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley.

The Last Shall Be First

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

What upsets the ruling class about Trump is not his “indecent” past but his infidelity to it. They liked him better when he was supporting abortion and appearing on the Howard Stern show. Now that he is undoing the Mexico City policy and appearing in the company of Christian pastors, he is intolerable. How dare his press secretary call on the Christian Broadcasting Network before CNN, pundits pouted on Monday.

Donald Trump’s New Culture War

Rich Lowry, National Review

Trump's emphasis on borders, cultural coherence, law and order, and national pride will engender a particular fear and loathing. It is an article of faith among the cultural elite that these priorities — despite what they consider the aberration of November’s election — are the relics of a rapidly disappearing America that can’t possibly represent the country’s future. Trump and his supporters beg to differ.

Robert Reich Plots to Help Trump

Jeffrey Lord, The American Spectator

The Democrats have become a political party run by and for elites. The cries from liberals to abolish the Electoral College are nothing more than an admission that they want the country to be run by elites in New York and California and screw the rest of the country — the rest of the country being the basket in which all those “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” deplorables reside.

Did The Smug Liberals Of The Media Get Our Message?

Many in the liberal intelligentsia penned morose letters to the future about what a Trump victory might mean and a few, such as National Public Radio personality Garrison Keillor, delivered vitriolic attacks on their fellow Americans for electing Trump. However, a few, such as Michael Wolff and Glenn Greenwald, seem to get the meaning of the Trump movement and victory.

The Moral Depravity of the Anti-Trump Power Grab

Did this lewdest, crudest and most putrid behavior (not talk), ever drive the press and Democratic party elders to call on President Bill Clinton to resign? Never.

Trump Prevails: Fights Clinton, Media And GOP Establishment

Trump made creditable, if somewhat disjointed, statements of his core policies, but policy details weren’t the most important things he communicated; his most important point was stressing time and again that he is the candidate of change and ending the destructive policies of Clinton, Obama and DC’s self-appointed establishment elite.

Donald is winning because official Washinton is losing

R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr., The American Spectator

For September Donald gave his audience quite enough. There are two more debates for him to outline the full case against Hillary. As for Hillary she has made her case. She has more experience governing than Donald. Another way of putting it is she is part of the problem. America is, as the pollsters say, on the wrong track.

Hillary’s Deplorables Remark A Dog Whistle To The Leftwing Elite

Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" remark was not merely, as her campaign later tried to explain, a criticism of the #AltRight, it was a dog whistle to the Leftwing elite that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are not admissible to polite society and are to be shunned as holding illegitimate views that are unworthy of discussion.

About Those Loser 'Trumpkins'

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

On TV, through Twitter and in person Mr. Trump has long made clear that his epithet of choice for those who disagree with him is “loser.” How ironic that the same people most loudly complaining about what a vulgarian Donald Trump is are now using the same insult to dismiss the ordinary Republican voters who happen to disagree with them.

A Republican “Surrender” To Hillary?

Jamie Weinstein a “senior writer” at The Daily Caller proposes another #NeverTrump fraternity house prank: Republicans simply "surrendering" our country to Hillary Clinton.