Election Post-Mortem: Why Trump Won And Where We Go From Here

The election is now over, and Donald Trump is the new President of the United States. I can’t say I’m surprised, I’ve been writing about Trump’s chances for about 8 months on this blog, and have been in the Trump camp since August of 2015. To me, he was always the candidate with the winning hand, and his victory was only dependent on whether he played the cards correctly.

The same can’t be said of most of the public, particularly the media and the political commentariat. Those entities have been in complete shock in the aftermath of the election. There are countless ‘How did this happen?’ style articles. I’m going to address that, and to the extent that one fails to grasp what I write here is the extent to which that individual will be lost and confused in the coming years, unable to come to terms with some of the trends which are afoot in the Western world.

The underlying theme of Trump’s victory is the breakdown of the concept that the right legislation/mandate from central authorities can cure the world’s ills. In the post World War 2 West, this concept has permeated virtually all areas of public life.

Economically, perceived ills like recessions and falling prices are believed to be ‘curable’ if central banks pursue lower interest rates and expanding the money supply. Socially, ills such as racism, sexism, homophobia and so on can be cured via flooding the culture with positive messages about diversity and tolerance. Militarily, the ills of other nations not conforming to American hegemony can be cured by imposing economic sanctions, or starting a war.

It’s highly unlikely that the average Trump voter understood that concept in the precise way I’ve described, but those voters definitely did feel the consequences. Economically, average people went from being able to afford a middle class ‘American dream’ lifestyle on one income, while saving for retirement, to needing two incomes, plus multiple credit cards to afford the same lifestyle. All of this was leading to rising prices, stagnant wages, enormous debt, and a realization that retirement may never come.

Culturally, the domination of identity politics has divided the country in innumerable ways. When individuals elevate their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation to a level above everything else as the most important thing, you set the stage for nothing but infighting. The commonalities of culture and a singular nation-state are cast aside in favor of a fluid totem pole of victimhood which is constantly changing.

Average people were getting fed up having to determine which of a gay Hispanic male or a white ‘gender fluid’ person was in the more privileged situation and thus more deserving of ostracism. They were tired of being force fed leftist viewpoints in television, movies, music and even sports. When even voicing disagreement with the leftist narrative at work or on social media can become grounds for losing one’s job, an environment ripe for backlash is created.

On the military front,the average person may or may not have known someone who had been sent off to fight in one of America’s many post WW2 excursions, but the effects were felt in other ways. Namely the wastefulness involved in spending millions on fighter jets which drop bombs worth a few hundred thousand dollars on an opposition hanging off the beds of 1990s Toyota pickup trucks wielding machine guns most likely also paid for with American dollars. All of this, while the average person embarks on a vehicular slalom course in order to avoid potholes on the daily commute.

Beyond this, our most recent adventure in Syria, initiated by Hillary Clinton in her Secretary of State days, was leading us into an inevitable war with the Russians, given Clinton’s unequivocal declaration that a No Fly Zone over the country was her aim.

 

Trump’s victory conveyed the public’s strong disappointment with these trends, if not an outright repudiation of them entirely. Change was always coming given the unsustainable nature of those trends, and in this election, Trump was the change candidate.

The immediate reaction to the election results was one of unrest. There have been riots, calls for the Electoral College to be scrapped, stress-induced delays for exam taking at universities, and an outpouring of psychiatric advice to those beset  by depression over the result.

During the campaign, Hillary Clinton often quoted Maya Angelou, saying that ‘when someone shows you who they are, believe them.’ That sentiment applies now to the leftists, who have once again shown us who they are in the reaction to Trump’s victory.

Leftists constantly made Trump out to be an authoritarian fascist during the campaign. Yet post election, they revealed themselves to be…authoritarian fascists. The supposed authoritarian tendencies of Trump and his supporters in their support of traditionalism are actually more applicable to leftists and their support of a Cultural Marxism which requires a total acceptance to avoid social ostracism. That the mere display of resistance to leftist ideas, delivered through the ballot box, can result in riots and the threat of further violence, death and potential revolution, is indicative of where the true fascistic forces emanate from in 2016.

Furthermore, there is something especially hypocritical about a group of individuals who want to eviscerate the second amendment, and view the term ‘states rights’ to be a racist dogwhistle, to then suddenly be prepared to go full Confederate South and agitate for a Civil War 2.0.  A quick perusal of the results of the election by county suggests they wouldn’t fare well.

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As you can see, the vast majority of the US by landmass voted Trump. In addition, the Clinton areas are areas which are less gun enthusiast, hunting culture, and militiamen and more gang culture and drug related violence, if we’re being truly honest. Taking the fight from big cities full of skyscrapers to the Great American Outdoors can only be a recipe for a swift and complete defeat.

That map also brings me to the Electoral College. It looks like Clinton may have won the popular vote and lost the Electoral College vote, which has led to some viewing the result as unjust and therefore overturned. This displays a fundamental misunderstanding of one of the basic tenets of the United States. The US is not a straight democracy, but a constitutional republic. The system was intentionally set up to work the way it did, in that a handful of urban metropolises such as NYC, LA, Chicago and San Francisco don’t decide how the rest of the country should live.

The founding fathers understood perfectly the downsides of a straight democracy, and we should be thankful they set up the system the way they did. The call to scrap this basic tenet of America is a microcosm of the idea put forth by contemporary leftists that we should remove traditionalism in general.  This is exactly the sort of trend that prompted Americans to vote against Clinton.

In addition, the spike in mental breakdowns and general feeling of fear from leftists over the result not going their way is undoubtedly a sign that it was probably a good idea not to have such people in charge in the first place. On top of this, the display by these leftists are coming on the back of months and months of calling Donald Trump unhinged and thin skinned.

In threatening violence over a decision made by The People, and calling for banning a uniquely American aspect of government, leftists have shown that the charges of authoritarian fascism, anti-Americanism and questionable mental fortitude against Trump and his supporters have merely been a giant projection. If indeed Trump represents hate, why aren’t they showing the love they say will trump that hate? If Trump is evil and will cause families to break apart with his immigration plan, why do they respond with the pro-abortion (and thus anti-family formation) slogan ‘my body, my choice’ at demonstrations? Hypocrisy at its finest.

All of this has been aided and abetted by a mainstream media which has not only not seen and not understood the Trump phenomenon, right up until the very last hour, but has been the main megaphone blaring failed propaganda far and wide.

If you spend month after month after month hammering the idea that one candidate is Hitler reincarnated, and that candidate wins, the millions who have been duped by that message will unsurprisingly be upset, perhaps upset enough to riot. However, none of that actually makes that candidate Hitler.

A lot of the blame for the post election violence can be blamed on the media for its constant caricaturization of Trump, using hysteria to manipulate voters who perhaps tangentially paid attention to the election and thus for whom the mainstream media was the main source of information.

What was different about this election compared to others was the fact that social media and the internet generally gave the public access to all of the source material in ways never seen before. You can find every single Trump speech on Youtube, you can find analysis of them from the point of view of every single part of the political spectrum. This meant that one could directly compare the source material to the heavily distorted version the media put forth. To the extent I tuned into the mainstream media during this cycle, it was merely to ascertain how far they were distorting the truth from the source material everyone had access to.

This is why so many voted for Trump despite the media declaring he was Hitler non-stop. I’ve said several times on this blog that ultimately the media would protest too much and overplay its hand with respect to Trump being the ultimate evil. The media’s comparisons to evil would eventually force it into a box in which the label of Trump as evil be labeling the objective good in Trump’s doctrine as evil. The clearest example of this is Trump’s immigration plan, which is mostly already on the books as US law. Yet the media was relentless in calling Trump a racist and xenophobe for it, which meant that basic US law which mirrors laws in most other nations, is also racist and xenophobic. That put the media, and Clinton by extension in the position of being incredibly unreasonable.

In the end, Trump means fundamental change. It is needed, because the path we were on was unsustainable. An economy based on unlimited credit and printed money can’t survive. A society which doesn’t have a common culture, language, values and tradition is a society which has no culture. A country which picks fights with everyone not on board with its unchallenged hegemony will soon pick the wrong fight.

Trump’s victory is ultimately it is an acknowledgement that though there are many positives in society, things are nonetheless trending in the wrong direction and must be remedied. What surprises me is that this acknowledgement is being made before a sort of terminal crisis forces the issue. That is rare thing, because for most people, the present comfort acts as a deterrent to change, even if it was certain beforehand that the current path led to ruin. Voluntarily inflicting upon oneself the discomforts of change is not high on the agendas of most people, yet it is exactly what is required to achieve real progress.

Machiavelli captured this idea perfectly in The Prince:

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it.

Trump will face a torrent of ‘I told you so’ from all angles, particularly the media, every time his system-disturbing moves cause a problem on the surface. Most of these problems will merely be the gears of change grinding past each other. Destroying the political old order dominated by short term thinking and political expedience means taking lumps in the short run for longer term gain. Trump had plenty of experience absorbing such blows during his campaign. Indeed, Trump’s biggest hurdle in affecting real change will be quelling the wails of those who become uneasy over the mid flight turbulence.