I’m not a big fan of blowing up our two party system, as some are; I just think that we are in the middle of a massive and overdue realignment. This kind of thing takes place from time to time in the life of our democratic republic (no we’re NOT a democracy). However, there is a theme emerging that is completely unacceptable: our political elites do not respect us, or our vote, and this will destroy democratic government in America and the world. I call your attention to just three examples of this disdain by our leaders: the midterm election primaries this week, The DNC rule change that I call the “Bernie Rule,” and the handwringing, long drawn out Brexit process in the U.K.
Brexit may have been the canary in the elite mine that showed us their disdain first. On June 23, 2016, the U.K. people voted by a small margin (51-48%) to leave the EU. The initial reaction in London and on the BBC was shock. Polls were released from London’s wealthier boroughs and the areas surrounding universities, places that all voted heavily to remain in the EU. At one point, Radio host James O’Brien (LBC), actually said that maybe people without education should just accept the guidance by the people who have gone to University (I heard it myself and almost crashed my car!).
Since the vote was counted, there has been a resistance movement by the “Remainers. The Brexit is supposed to happen next year and with all the infighting in Parliament and their placating of the Remainers, it’s not clear how all of this will shake out.
The people of the U.K., in a rare parliamentary sanctioned, direct vote, made their choice clear, no matter what the margin was. The elites have decided they don’t like the outcome of the vote so they’ve decided to fight it. They’ve even demanded a second vote!
If this doesn’t sound familiar, it should. Resistance to Trump the candidate, started in his own party with the “Never Trumpers,” and continues to this day.
The shock of our elite political class following President Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton have started a resistance that is dividing the country more every day. It may even be responsible for the Mueller investigation of Russian collusion. People on the Left refuse to this day to accept the results of the election. They have an undisguised distaste for their fellow Americans (63million of them) who voted for Trump.
The DNC is no stranger to disdain for their people in their party either. Much like the opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Democrat leadership made sure that Bernie Sanders, that plucky socialist that caucuses with them, and who had the temerity to challenge the Queen, never had a chance. This is my second example. I am reminded of Red Klotz, the earnest captain of the Washington Generals, who were the loveable losers to the Globetrotters in every game. They were good actors who never let on that they knew the outcome. The many Democrats who supported Bernie zealously didn’t know the game was fixed either. The DNC didn’t give a damn about their vote.
This week, the DNC voted in a new rulethat effectively closed the door on another Bernie run in 2020 by stating that no one who isn’t a Democrat could run in a primary in the future. This effectively says: “Take that you upstart Sanders supporters! We’ll choose our candidates, thank you very much.” It’s laughable that these poor voters thought they had a vote. The Democrat elites still don’t get it.
Not to be outdone, the Republican elite had to show their own disdain for the people of their party and so they are the third example. On Wednesday this week, Senator Bob Corker (R. TN) compared Republicans who support The President to be kind of “cultish.”He said this in response to the defeat of his Senate Colleague Mark Sanford (R.SC) at the hands of upstart Katie Arrington, who was backed by Donald Trump. Maybe you see nothing wrong with Corker having his own view, but I believe it’s a symptom of an out of touch Senator and speaks to a much larger issue, which is the Republican party establishment’s continued disrespect for the people who voted for Mr. Trump.
Of course, this led to great press coverage by the media outlets that are at the ramparts of the resistance and continued to show disdain for Trump voters. So Corker got a two-fer; all of the political elites won.
There is a danger in all of this that I hope you can see. Our Republic is strong and fragile at the same time. What do I mean? It’s just that we must rely on the fragile notions of freedom that are supported by free and legal elections and free speech. If we don’t do that, we will fail as a nation.
Ask yourselves, Trump Resisters, what if the outcome of the 2016 election had gone the other way and Republicans took to the streets? What if the same thing happens in 2020? I don’t know the future, but the more that political elites and resisters continue to diss their fellow countrymen (that voted for Donald Trump), the more likely it is that Trump will be re-elected. Right now, I’d say he’s going to be elected in a much greater margin than in 2016.
You can’t go on rooting for the economy to tank, that the President will be impeached and that the Korean Peninsula resume the war, for two more years - can you?
Jon Saltzman is the Publisher of Political Storm and he hates elitism.