Donald Trump has become the favored Republican choice for president because he threatens the sovereignty of America’s “ruling class”.
Donald Trump’s appeal stirs millions of new voters to register in his support and crosses over multiple boundaries into traditional Democrat areas. He is not seen as a traditional conservative since he does not hold a lengthy record of conservative positions. Nor does his personal conduct and speech always appear to reflect conservative Christian values. This upsets many conservatives. On the other hand, it may account for extending his appeal beyond the normal Republican population.
Many forgive Trump for his offensive speech; they see it as a challenge to the media who would like to censure and control him, but are unable to do so. They believe the media has betrayed its purpose in being a fair watchdog of the political process, and instead have become an advocate for the progressive cause.
The power structure in American politics today stands in the way of meaningful resurgence of traditional American values and principles. Since the last election, the Republican establishment has controlled both houses of Congress but has done nothing to impede the president’s progressive agenda. It is clear the Republicans are not committed to conservatism and have betrayed the voters who put them there.
While most Democrats say they are well represented by their party, only a quarter of Republican voters say the same. This disparity places Democratic politicians as the ruling class’s prime legitimate representatives while Republican establishment remain the junior player.
It also means some two thirds of Americans … comprising most Republicans, all independents, and few Democrats … have no voice in how their money is spent, how America is governed, and her role in the world. Will they get their voice? Or will the ruling class continue to shut them out?
Angelo M. Codevilla discusses the rise and influence of America’s new ruling class in his book “The Ruling Class: How they corrupted America”. As of July 2015 when he wrote his book, Codevilla was not a fan of Donald Trump. Domination by the ruling class helps explain the rise of political outsiders this election cycle.
Who are the Ruling Class in America?
America has always had its wealthy elite. They became wealthy in a variety of ways, locales, and industries. They never sought to become a unified force. They did not seek control Washington or engage in “social engineering.” The schools and universities that educated them did not impose a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, American history, climate change, or how America should be governed. Today, all that has changed.
Today their education is unified by “a social canon” that defines what is good and evil, along with a revised history of America that ignores the crucial role of religion and emphasizes our “sins” against minorities and the environment. Particular tastes, habits, tools, and “political correctness” has become the badge of identity for America’s ruling class.
Europeans are accustomed to being “ruled by their betters”. Not so Americans, at least not yet. Lincoln once said that all Americans “prayed to the same God”. Government was “the servant of the people” from whom it received its power. The ruling class today has little time for the religion of Lincoln. They pray to themselves as “saviors of the planet” and “improvers of humanity”. They had been sinking their roots deep in American society for decades. They began in the universities by first taking control of the social science and humanity departments, followed by the administration. Control expanded into the media, entertainment, and public schools.
Different points of view and values in America’s evolution have never been considered life threatening. They come, leave an impression, but never destroy the body. Like the early stages of a cancer, the true intentions of the ruling class were difficult to discern. Now that they are obvious, they seem lethal and untreatable.
What qualifies a person to become a member of the “ruling class”?
Entry is not based on meritocracy, wealth or professional prominence. Texas oilmen, billionaires, distinguished climate scientists like whistle blower Richard Lindzen, Intelligent Design advocates like Stephen Meyer, or conservative justices like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, or even President Reagan, would not qualify.
Like a fraternity, this class requires above all conformity to the notion that their careers and fortunes depend on government. It is their devotion to government that gives members their identity. Other loyalties may exist, including those to the Constitution, religion, capitalism, and traditional family values, but these must be compromised as needed by their belief and devotion to government. As government fails, truth and transparency must also be sacrificed. In return for loyalty, the fraternity protects its own from “mistakes” … even sexual misconduct in the oval office.
The first unspoken tenet of the ruling class is that they are the “intelligentsia” while everyone else is retrograde, somehow dysfunctional, inferior, clingers of guns and religion, and probably racist. Since they reject the notion man was made in the image of God, they disavow that “all men are created equal”. Darwin must be true; those who believe in Intelligent Design are religious fanatics. Since they reject the intelligence of the common man, they also reject innate “common sense”. In their view, human nature, with its fundamental drives and wants, is not fixed but is constantly evolving.
They believe man’s nature can be molded and “improved” as they see fit. As such, they do not believe government policies should adapt to it. They have a hard time believing higher taxes discourage people to produce, that higher and sustained welfare benefits erode the will to work, or that increasing control discourages creativity and innovation. Ignoring the reality of human nature helps explain the gross failure of big government throughout its history, and why incidentally they despise “freedom of speech”.
The solution to failure is always the same; blame hidden unseen forces and increase the power of government; meaning themselves. They profit from their own failures as much as they do from social ills, economic downturns, and natural disasters. “No crisis is ever wasted”. They profit from those who pay for political support, for privileged jobs and from contracts. As power and money flows to the ruling class, everyone else becomes ever more dependent on those who wield it.
Nowadays, the members of our ruling class admit that they do not read the laws. They don’t have to. The laws they pass are primarily grants of discretion to like minded bureaucrats embedded throughout all levels of government. The potential for “discretion” allows for political support to be purchased to the benefit of the entire ruling class food chain. The model for how the ruling class feeds and grows is the (now) almost 20,000 page Obamacare passed in 2010. As the ruling class fattens … the ordinary citizen withers.
A powerful force is needed to defeat the ruling class that denies voice to two thirds of Americans.
So far Trump has overcome the ruling class in their efforts to make their candidate the Republican nominee. So far, he has neutralized the power of the media in a way not done since Reagan.
Trump’s wealth and street wisdom places him beyond the reach of the power brokers in Washington. By virtue of his wealth, he is immune from the influence of lobbyists who seek to corrupt the political process. He has demonstrated his independence of them by running a campaign almost void of advisers, speech writers, and pollsters. He has confounded the opinion makers, talking heads and writers, proving them wrong on multiple occasions. A candidate normally is subservient to such forces but in the case of Trump, it is they who seek him.
He has no need of them now and should he attain office, he will have no need of them then. The ruling class senses its peril. They do not willingly give up their power, prestige and wealth.
Is Trump a conservative?
In terms of ideology, Cruz is certainly the more conservative candidate. Trump on the other hand calls himself a “common sense” conservative. As a businessman, Trump’s “ideology” was to favor “what works”. If it works, it adds to the bottom line. If it doesn’t, he rejects it. He gave money to both sides of the power system to keep them off his back. This “worked. As president, he favors building a wall on the southern border to keep America safe, because he believes it would work to make America safer. Conservatives also “conserve” things that work; they do not conserve failure. There is common ground between the two. Common sense and conservatism usually arrive at the same destination. With Trump president, and the ruling class neutered, conservatism has a reasonable chance of resurgence.
Men like George Soros and William Ayers are enemies of traditional America and also oppose Donald Trump. They are not fools. The ruling class’s great animosity for Donald Trump should give at least some consolation to those who wonder whether he is a conservative.