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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: America’s lesson for all complacent elites

Voters in the world¿s most powerful democracy chose a man who by any yardstick should be patently unfit to hold any office ¿ let alone the Presidency of the United States
Voters in the world’s most powerful democracy chose a man who by any yardstick should be patently unfit to hold any office – let alone the Presidency of the United States

Comment from theunituk:

112719086_File_photo_dated_13-10-16_of_a_person_under_an_umbrella_carrying_the_EU_flag_outside_the_H-large_transZgEkZX3M936N5BQK4Va8RQJ6Ra64K3tAxfZq0dvIBJw.jpgThis photograph on the left typifies the still prevalent attitude of some of Britain’s Establishment Elite.  Yes, many of them are paying tacit lip service to ‘the will of the People’ in order to keep their well paid jobs whilst all of the time trying to undermine what the majority of the British population’s wishes.  This is not just those that have been overtly Europhile in ‘Her Majesty’ Loyal (sic) Opposition’, but also those now in Government that would put the wishes of their own Party cohesion before the welfare of their Country.  

The man on the right has now given them timely warning that Brexit is not just a British phenomenem;  it is a growing trend in much of the West that the ordinary people have reached the end of their tether and will not accept being governed by people who put their own self interest before the welfare of the majority.

All Nations should be aware of the best known part of Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’: “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”.  All Western countries would do well to introduce these words into their written Constitution.



It is impossible to overstate the implications of yesterday’s extraordinary and historic election.

Voters in the world’s most powerful democracy chose a man who by any yardstick should be patently unfit to hold any office – let alone the Presidency of the United States.

They did so in protest at a complacent liberal elite that had ignored them for too long. On both sides of the Atlantic, this result should have profound repercussions for the way we are governed.

For confounding the pollsters, the pundits and the sneers of almost all the US media (not to mention the BBC), Donald Trump’s victory sounded an unmistakable warning to the West’s ‘we know best’ political class.

Indeed, the wails of disbelief from bien-pensant politicians and the massed ranks of luvvies (Madonna, Lady Gaga, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lily Allen etc) lay bare their utter incomprehension and contempt for the ordinary people whose interests they profess to hold dear.

They simply fail to understand voters’ rejection of all the ‘isms’ beloved of the Left (multiculturalism, militant feminism, internationalism and social liberalism) or Trump’s appeal to the most enduring ‘ism’ of them all – old-fashioned patriotism.

They did so in protest at a complacent liberal elite that had ignored them for too long. Pictured are Hillary and Bill Clinton


And this result was not merely the revenge of the white, middle-aged, blue-collar men crassly dismissed by Hillary Clinton as a ‘basket of deplorables’. Indeed, Trump succeeded in increasing his party’s 2012 share of the vote among blacks and Latinos.

Mrs Clinton even lost support among her own sex, with fewer women backing her than voted for President Obama – while 45 per cent of college-educated white women opted for Trump.

From Britain¿s point of view, his election offers great opportunities. He is a staunch anglophile
From Britain’s point of view, his election offers great opportunities. He is a staunch anglophile

But then didn’t the Left display the same stunned reaction to Brexit?

The parallels are too glaring to miss. In Britain, as in America, voters were fed up with having their concerns about mass immigration ignored. They were sick to death, too, of a political class bailing out super-rich bankers while family budgets were relentlessly squeezed.

For his part, Mr Trump’s faults are too numerous to list. In the course of the campaign, he made many ill thought-out or downright crazy pledges while shooting from the hip. But he said sensible things too, promising to mend fences with Russia and cut taxes and red tape.

And from Britain’s point of view, his election offers great opportunities. He is a staunch anglophile, who has said the UK will ‘certainly not be at the back of the queue’ for a free trade deal.

Indeed, those with most to fear from his Presidency are the blinkered elites of the EU, whose own hopes of such a deal have gone up in smoke.

They should worry, too, about Mr Trump’s dislike of footing most of the bill for defending our continent through Nato while Germany and France pay nothing like their share.

But here, again, is an opportunity for Britain – Europe’s biggest military power, with the most advanced intelligence-gathering centre – on whom our partners will depend more than ever. We have to play the defence card in the Brexit talks.

As for Mr Trump’s prospects, we must hope he grows into his office – and that sound judgment prevails in Congress and the US Supreme Court. Don’t forget the Left was similarly aghast at Ronald Reagan’s election, before he turned out to be a hugely effective president.

But whatever the future may hold, this result is a warning to all liberal elites – including the French, Germans and those who seek to frustrate Brexit – of the penalty for ignoring the electorate.

If they don’t want demagogues to triumph at the polls, they must listen to the people.

In short, the president-elect’s support base is far broader than his mockers admit.

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