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Pat Buchanan - The anti-politician

At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust. Though he has been a hugely successful builder-businessman, far more successful than, say, Carly Fiorina, who has been received respectfully, our resident elites resolutely refuse to take Trump seriously.

They should. Not because he will be nominated, but because the Trump constituency will represent a vote of no confidence in the Beltway ruling class of politicians and press.

Votes for Trump will be votes to repudiate that class, whole and entire, and dump it onto the ash heap of history.

Votes for Trump will be votes to reject a regime run by Bushes and Clintons that plunged us into unnecessary wars, cannot secure our borders, and negotiates trade deals that produced the largest trade deficits known to man and gutted a manufacturing base that was once "the great arsenal of democracy" and envy of mankind.

A vote for Trump is a vote to say that both parties have failed America and none of the current crop of candidates offers real hope of a better future.

The first book in Arthur Schlesinger's trilogy about FDR's ascent to power was "The Crisis of the Old Order." That title is relevant to our time. For there is today a crisis of the regime in America — a crisis of confidence, a crisis of competence, a crisis of legitimacy.

People are agitating for the overthrow of the old order and a new deal for America. For there is a palpable sense that the game is rigged against Middle America and for the benefit of insiders who grow rich and fat not by making things or building things, but by manipulating money.

Americans differentiate the wealth of a Henry Ford and a Bill Gates from that of the undeserving rich whose hedge fund fortunes can exceed the GDP of nations.

Trump says America is becoming a "dumping ground" for mass immigration from the failed states of the Third World, that Mexico is not "sending us her best and finest," that China is stealing American jobs, that invading Iraq was a blunder.

Politically incorrect and socially insensitive certainly, but is he entirely wrong?

Was not the Iraq war a disaster for which our foreign policy priesthood and journalist-acolytes never paid the price that would be exacted in other societies were thousands of soldiers to die and tens of thousands to be wounded and maimed in so predictable a blunder?

Is it not true that among the millions of illegal immigrants who have broken into our country the great majority has illegitimacy rates, delinquency rates, dropout rates, drug use rates, crime rates, and incarceration rates far higher than those of native-born Americans?

Is Trump wrong on this, or simply wrong to bring it up?

Has not mass immigration brought to America old diseases we once stamped out and new diseases we had never heard of? Do Americans not have the right to decide who shall come to our country, how many, and whence they shall come?

Is there no correlation between a decrepit Maoist China rising to become the greatest manufacturing power Asia has ever seen — and the $3 trillion to $4 trillion in trade deficits we have run with Beijing — and the disappearance of a third of all American manufacturing jobs?

Who negotiated those deals? Who paid a price for the misery they brought to Rust Belt America?

There are precedents in U.S. history for outsiders — Norman Thomas and Henry Wallace on the left, George Wallace and Ross Perot on the right — to enter the presidential lists. And across the pond a similar crisis of the old order is calling forth new people and new parties.
As in America, dominant parties like the Tories and Labour in Britain are losing loyalists to the "a-plague-on-both-your-houses" dissident parties.

Millions in Europe now want out of the EU. Old nations are coming apart. Leftist parties like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain have arisen to defy Brussels and Berlin.

The Scottish National Party is of the left while the Independence Party in the U.K. is of the populist right. In Southeastern Europe, there have arisen parties of the extreme right.

This endless proliferation of parties, like the welcome being given to Trump, testifies to the new reality: Everywhere, including here, old parties are losing the people in whose name they presume to speak.

And the specter of Republicans, who just won an historic victory by promising to do battle against President Obama, colluding with Obama to surrender Congress' right to amend trade treaties and sign on to a Trans-Pacific Partnership pact that looks like another transfer of jobs and factories to Asia, has re-enforced these sentiments.

If Trump wants to stake his claim as a different kind of Republican, he will go to Washington and pound the Boehner-McConnell Congress until it gives up on Obamatrade and fast track.

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

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Do we see same kind of crime & poverty among Asian Americans?

To The Daily Sun,

Watching the news over the past months and hearing the same excuse from the left for the riots in black communities, the arrest of disproportionate numbers of blacks and we keep hearing one thing. "White privilege, white privilege, white privilege." What a crock of BS, all white privilege is, is that a higher proportion of whites get an education. Far too many whites still do not, and the fact that those who do not are no less well off then blacks who do not, proves the white privilege excuse is a lie.

Do we see the same kind of unrest, crime and poverty among Asian Americans? No! Because they value education and are among our most productive and successful citizens. How about Jews, though most are white, Jews have been discriminated against for centuries, and often still are. But again they value education and are among our most successful citizens.

Why is it only blacks who continue to wallow in poverty, illiteracy and victimhood? It's because liberal Democrats couldn't win political power without keeping blacks down and dependent on their shallow, empty promises.
No, really? Then how come cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, just to name a few that have been run by Democrats for decades with liberal policies and promises are in such bad shape? Why is it the black communities there are no better, if not worse off then before the civil rights laws were passed and administered by liberal progressive Democrats. To be clear I'm not talking about your local neighborhood working Democrats, I'm talking about the big shot political types who amass power for the sake of power and administer and ration rights like they own them. Then when questioned about their failures hide behind lies like "white privilege".

The only privilege around us is the privilege of the permanent political class which has evolved in this country. It reminds me of the nobility classes in Europe. Year after year, decade after decade it's the same names front and center in politics, the same families by linage or marriage. The same big money backing them up and the same big promises and ultimate failures year after year, decade after decade. We are doomed to repeat this cycle over and over unless we can break free of it.

Term limits is a start but more we need a way to remove failed laws, policies and yes, officials from power separate from their centers of mutual protection and funding. Frankly I hope someone a lot smarter then me knows how that can be done because I do not.

I only know what the problem is, which I have described. I do know it isn't to continue with these false narratives like white privilege.

Steve Earle


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