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Did Donald Trump unite the American Silent Majority behind things true and shared?

These are economic prosperity, national pride and unity, recognizable neighborhoods—a yen that demands an end to the transformation of neighborhoods through centrally planned, mass immigration—and an end to gratuitous wars.

Those were the questions asked in “The Trump Revolution The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June 29, 2016), and answered in the affirmative.

Unlike America’s self-anointed cognoscenti, some of us saw this coming. The former recognize truth only once card-carrying members arrive at it independently, grasp and broadcast it, sometimes years too late. Not so America’s marginalized writers. Not in 2012, but in 2002 did we pinpoint the wrongness of the Iraq War. And not in 2016, but in July of 2015 did some of us, not fortuitously, finger Trump as “a candidate to ‘kick the crap out of all the politicians’” and “send the system’s sycophants scattering” (August 14, 2015). His appeal, as this writer has contended since late in 2015, transcended left and right.

Conversely, vaunted statistician Nate Silver “calculated, last November, that Trump’s support was ‘about the same share of people who think the Apollo moon landings were faked.’” (Professor Tyler Cowen of George Mason University properly downgraded wonder boy Silver’s intellectual prowess. His prose, wrote the good teacher, was a sprawl that “evinces a greater affiliation to rigor with data analysis than to rigor with philosophy of science or, for that matter, rigor with rhetoric.”)

Given the disparate groups that rooted for Mr. Trump’s candidacy, it would appear that he did in fact awaken a historic majority. You could say Mr. Trump was an “omnibus candidate,” a concept floated by historian David Hackett Fischer. An omnibus campaign is one that appeals in all cultural regions. Back in the 1840 and 1848 elections, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, respectively, proved to be “omnibus candidates,” popular across cultural regions. In his ability to run strongly in almost every cultural region, Trump is the closest the country has come in a long time to an “omnibus candidate.”

President-elect Trump answered the many prayers of very many people.

The establishment’s reaction to the Trump revolution comports with “the conduct of elites,” also traced by Hackett Fischer in his towering text, “Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America”: “There is a cultural equivalent of the iron law of oligarchy. Small groups dominate every cultural system. They tend to do so by controlling institutions and processes, so that they become the ‘governors’ of a culture in both a political and mechanical sense.”

“The iron law of cultural elites is an historical constant,” posited Hackett Fischer in his magisterial account of American cultural and social origins. “But the relation between elites and other cultural groups is highly variable. Every culture might be seen as a system of bargaining, in which elites maintain their hegemony by concessions to other groups.”


These old bargaining processes may have worked in New England’s town system, where each community enjoyed a “high degree of autonomy and also a common interest in supporting the system itself.” But “reciprocal liberty” in early America’s “back settlements” has long since given way to elite solidarity, hegemony, log-rolling and collusion with favored interests.

In virtue, the American oligarchy currently in control of the intellectual means of production bears no resemblance to the natural aristocracy, the object of Thomas Jefferson’s lauding reflections. Likewise, Sir William Berkeley’s concept of a society governed by “gentlemen of honor, courage and breeding” is nowhere seen in the fragmented, faction-based politics of America. This is not to say that Mr. Trump exemplifies these lost qualities, but, as “The Trump Revolution” contends, there is a distinct element of gruff, made-in-America noblesse oblige to Trump’s political crusade.

Put it this way, President-elect Trump is unlikely to be caught off-guard mouthing his contempt for small-town America, as Barack Obama did in depicting potential voters as clinging to their guns, god and other “bigotries.” It’s hard to imagine President-elect Trump ever demonstrating the cruelty and hypocrisy of a Gordon Brown, Great Britain’s former prime minister. In May of 2010, after hearing Mrs. Gillian Duffy’s worries over deficits and immigration, the pompous, two-faced boor of a prime minister retreated to his limousine, and, microphone on, proceeded to berate this perfectly decent lady, calling her “horrible,” “old woman,” and “bigoted.”

The Trump presidency is the last heave-ho of America’s Mrs. Duffys; of America’s historic, founding majority.

Almost 200 years on, Albion’s seed is scattered, diluted and demoralized. More so than cultural identities, issues have come to dominate elections. The Trump revolution boiled down to fundamental things like Islam (“no thanks”), immigration (“much less”), and a government that refused to heed.

In the short term, the success of this majority awakened and its candidate will depend on President-elect Trump’s ability to beat back the sprawling political machine that makes up the D.C. Comitatus, now writhing like a fire breathing mythical monster in the throes of death. Or, so we hope.

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  1. Trump won well, but it still hinged on a few states.

    If he does what he said he would do it will be a revolution.

    I personally think the tipping point of left wing persuasion has been reached, from now on they will have to rely on brutal corruption to win. They will all be like the Clinton’s and Obama now.

    The internet has changed everything, the MSM no longer has a monopoly on what options we can consider. The emperors nakedness is constantly being revealed by increasingly sophisticated bloggers. They make the MSM journalists look like lying milksop servants to leftwing parties.

    Personally I hope Trump does everything he says he will do. It would be great to have a leader who actually speaks the truth as they see it and acts on it.

    The left wing politicians keep their truths very secret and seem generally to live a lie as well as speak them.

    Still if Trump turns out to be a liar as well……. it could be very bad.

  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Gordon Brown, Great Britain’s former prime minister. In May of 2010, after hearing Mrs. Gillian Duffy’s worries over deficits and immigration, the pompous, two-faced boor of a prime minister retreated to his limousine, and, microphone on, proceeded to berate this perfectly decent lady, calling her “horrible,” “old woman,” and “bigoted.”

    It’s impossible for the non-privileged to figure how out-of-touch privilege can turn people.

    Probably, Marie Antoinette never said [If they have no bread] Let them eat brioche. But it was easy in that time to believe she had. And the same rumor was spread about many other nobles. Even if none ever really said it, it was a prettily descriptive, easy-to-believe rumor.

    The élites have apparently feared nothing for too long time.

  3. Anonymous [AKA "Everyman\'s Heretik"] says:

    “I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” ~Thomas Jefferson

    Lady llana Mercer,

    You continue to be a rare National Treasure on behalf of We the People…

    Please don’t stop or even decelerate to any degree your God given, insightful brillance to continuously and tirelessly land your axe blows squarely at the root of ungodly evils, whether in season or out of season.

    I submit that you are possibly quite underappreciated as a living force with a pen, mightier than a sword to be reckoned with…

    Godspede to you dear Lady!

    “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

  4. John Jeremiah Smith [AKA "Kip Russell"] says:

    You’re pegging the Over-Intellectualization Meter, Ilana. Lordy, you Russians and your penchant for long-winded and unnecessary explanation ….

    Just thank your lucky stars that enough Americans live in flyover states to overcome the pure idiocy and mendacity of New York, Illinois and California. We gained, but Spanish still threatens to be the national language in four years. Let’s get the Mexicans packed-up and gone before self-congratulation begins.

  5. Svigor says:

    Not in 2012, but in 2002 did we pinpoint the wrongness of the Iraq War.

    White Nationalists were in absolute lockstep against that war (yes, in 2002). They were in absolute lockstep against that war when the rumors started, never mind when it actually took place.

    I love pointing that out to anti-war types, who had no more loyal constituency. Libertarians came in second, as there were some who were more tepid in their opposition, and some who weren’t opposed.

    For my part, I’ve decided to end support for the anti-war types. They never reciprocate my support (say, in regard to ending mass immigration).

  6. Anonymous [AKA "Omnes Omnibus"] says:

    You were dead right on all counts. You are among the very few who paid attention to what was happening and you know History. Brava! Nature demands balance; every action has an equal and opposite reaction (however long delayed). One can call a dog a mongrel, nasty cur or filthy stray; but it’s wise to remember every dog will have it’s day. My epiphany came around the 3rd Republican primary, when it was briefly mentioned by one report that Trump was bringing out more republican voters to the primaries than anyone else ever had. That’s when I knew that he’d woken the sleeping and quite angry giant; he was going to win. In the end, it was the hubris, contempt, intolerance of differing opinions and the out of control bullying of political correctness by an overwhelming percentage of the left for the last 30 years that produced these results. That’s why these intellectually bereft spoiled brats are so angry. They brought themselves down and they will never be able to admit or accept that, especially to themselves.
    At least the death-watch beetle has been slowed a bit. I hope. There is another scenario, though. If, as seems possible with these nits who can’t think but just react emotionally because they have never been taught any coping skills, this comes to fighting in the streets these infantile (“I need a safe place!”) fools will not be amongst those left standing. Conservatives and Traditionalists* (*as I consider myself) consider violence to be the failure of Reason and the court of last resort. We have patience, restraint and a moral code but our patience and restraint are not unending. Our moral code accepts and approves self defense. Now, we will see; whether or not Trump is a man of his word and if the leftists can conquer their hatred and fear. It’s even money, I think.

  7. Ben Frank says:

    Middle America hopes for “economic prosperity, national pride and unity, recognizable neighborhoods—a yen that demands an end to the transformation of neighborhoods through centrally planned, mass immigration—and an end to gratuitous wars.”

    But Big Finance, Big Media and Big Government will continue to viciously attack Middle America and the new President for his entire term.

  8. OutWest says:

    The talking heads failed. Now the Bigs are attacking with their hordes of useful idiots on the streets. And there’s still war to quiet the upstarts.

  9. what is a paleo-conservative? someone who binge reads ayn rand & lord of the flies?

  10. Rehmat says:

    Any American voter who thinks Donald Trump will bring dignity and pride or even economic relief to the miserable 99% Americans – must be living in FOOLS PARADISE.

    Just look at his White House Team in making to find out that United States will remain an Israeli colony for another four years.

    After Barack Obama signed $38 billion military aid to the Zionist regime two weeks ago, King Netanyahu decided to visit US colony to choose the next Viceroy, who would be more willing to attack Iran.

    Netanyahu arrived in New York on Sunday and held a 90-minute very private meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, New York. Trump’s campaign released a statement after the meeting, saying the two men spoke about terrorism, Iran, ISIS and cybersecurity. There was no mention of the two-state Palestine solution.

    The PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat, who reportedly had sex with Israel’s former justice minister Tzipi Livni, slammed Donald Trump over his ignorance of Jerusalem status….

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  11. @Rehmat

    It has occurred to me that Netanyahu could be behind the “election” of The Donald. I can’t think of any reason for Netanyahu to want Hillary’s war with Russia and China. Trump wants to leave the problems in Syria to the Russians. Putin is a practical man and on good terms with Netanyahu. So maybe Israel gets the Golan and Zionism lives on. That’s fine with me considering the alternative.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  12. @Lawrence Fitton

    Ayn Rand has nothing whatsoever to do with paleo-conservatism. She is the darling of libertarian objectivists. Libertarianism is not compatible with conservatism (or with reality for that matter—on this point I differ from Ilana Mercer). Any true conservative has to regard libertarian ideas as heretical and dangerous.

    I’m not sure what The Lord of the Flies has to do with this, unless you’re making the Hobbesian point that human society will degenerate into chaos unless there is a plenipotentiary strongman to enforce law and order. On this I would agree, but there are far less oblique wys of making that point than TLOTF.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  13. @Intelligent Dasein

    Ayn Rand hated libertarians. She thought they were skimming off the political aspects of her “philosophy” without paying her the honor of swallowing it whole.

    But since Anglo-Saxon history, particularly its American branch, often revolves around issues of liberty, our conservatism will always have a strong libertarian streak. Liberty is much of what we want to conserve.

    Where the libertarians are wrong is not that liberty isn’t a good, but that it’s not the only good. The paleolibs at least sense this.

    It’s also fun to see a consistent and ethical libertarian call out the fair-weather pseudolibertarian arguments by others. Doris Gordon slammed feminists (who are normally as illibertarian as you can get) for their obsession with legal abortion. Jennifer Roback Morse has done the same with “marriage equality” and third-party reproduction.

    And plenty have pointed out the libertarian holes in subsidized immigration.

  14. Rehmat says:

    I know why it’s fine with many westerners because in 1948 they succeeded in dumping their centuries old unwanted garbage into Arab land.

    On September 16, 2014, Janet C. Phelan, an investigative journalist and author, published an informative post, entitled, The United States and Israel: A Dance of Deception in which she shed some light over the European’s hatred towards Jews, Zionism, Israel, Israel’s Dumb Iron Dome and the new Jewish religion, the Holocaust…..

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