The rise of Hanson.
And now Trump.
Every time, the elite ran a campaign of entitlement. Every time, both major parties derided the ‘bigots’ with contempt. And, every time, the elite were left shocked.
Every. Single. Time.
Trump, as a leader, is not a sure thing. It is not really clear how America may change, or by how much. I myself have questions and queries.
If there is one thing that is certain it is that we are set for uncertainty. I guess that also means we really are facing an exciting time to be alive; now is the time to be agile and innovative.
Americans knew this about Trump and they voted for uncertainty anyway. That’s because they were also just as certain that the status quo of the ‘elite’ had to go. As Mark Steyn noted so well, American voters delivered this much needed result out of anger – anger that they and their ordinary American families had become unimportant in this new age of tolerance of everyone else. So they fought back after:
“…endless taunting that everyone matters more than you. So that, in nothing flat, transgendered rights suddenly become a huge urgent public-policy priority requiring instant federal bathroom ordinances and congratulatory calls from the White House to Caitlyn Jenner. And you’ve never met a transgendered person or know anyone who’s met one – and yet they matter, and you and millions like you don’t. And both the left’s social-justice warriors and the right’s psephologists are insisting that you’ll matter even less next time.
Yesterday, the dispossessed said they’re tired of being told they don’t count – and, in terms of the electoral arithmetic, demonstrated that in fact the experts can’t count.”
Mark Steyn has also correctly identified the key point driving ordinary Americans to Trump: his clear and unequivocal message to protect America. And they voted for him in the millions, even though he fought this campaign against the media, against both the Democrats and Republicans, against Hollywood and against the pollsters and even though his credentials as a ‘conservative’ were confusing:
“The rap on Trump is that he’s not a conservative – and, to judge from my inbox and Twitter feed, that he is in fact a liberal Democrat. On the first point, I would argue he’s a conservative in the most basic, primal sense of national sovereignty, which is the organizing principle of the functioning world.”
Professional politicians – even conservatives – are unable to utter the ‘M’ word. Trump stated that he would stop Islamic immigration and now he is to be the President of the United States. This issue, more than any other, defines the growing gulf between the political class and ordinary citizens in Western nations.
Western voters don’t hate Muslims. They just don’t want them in their backyards, streets and cities. That is because ordinary citizens know that trouble will follow. The politically-correct elite refuse to accept this reality.
All the other PC issues – transgender rights, endless demands for rainbow acceptance, open borders, government-funded late-term abortions, illegal immigration, increased debt, the creation of a welfare class, climate change – feed into this basic concern about security because they demonstrate to ordinary voters that the ruling class have lost all sense of priority.
When voters are told that they cannot express an opinion about these issues, they see red. When they are ridiculed, they fight back. Forget all the talk that the FBI ruined this election for Hillary Clinton. Her run for the presidency ended with this statement:
Voters are fed up with the ‘progressive’ narrative being shoved down their throats from on high. It is a narrative that decrees that ordinary citizens can’t have a say. That they should leave the difficult issues to those who ‘know best’. That they cannot express politically-incorrect views.
The Trump election might be a world away from the debate in Australia about 18C, Bill Leak’s cartoon and three uni students. But in many ways, they are also the same thing.
On one hand, there is an elitist, activist bureaucracy. It’s supported by an out of touch media class that believes its own views, rather than reporting the real news. And it’s backed by leftist politicians who simply cannot fathom the possibility of dissent.
All of them believe that the government should increasingly control what ordinary people can and can’t say, what ordinary people can and can’t think and what ordinary people can and can’t do.
On the other hand is someone who has looked at the PC rules imposed and simply ignored them. And the ordinary people have backed the latter in a big way.
Americans have voted for Trump. And if Australians were given a choice of voting for Bill Leak or Gillian Triggs the result would be the same. But we haven’t been given that choice. At the last election the major parties gave us a choice of two different versions of Gillian Triggs.
However, the Trump election has just shown that in America – the land with most entrenched ‘two party’ system of government in the Western world – an outsider can win.
So we should all expect similar ‘shocks’ in future Australian elections. And if the major parties refuse to listen to ordinary voters, then they’ll only lay the way for an outsider to rise.
One further point: consistently we are told the majority want one thing. And consistently the majority actually vote for another.
Polling is not dead. But it has become a dead art, killed by activists seeking to manipulate public opinion.
We have been told time and time again that the majority of Australian support homosexual marriage. Yet proponents for it have run from a plebiscite as fast as they can. They know that the polls are wrong and they simply did everything they could to ensure that ordinary Australians could not have a say on this most important of institutions.