British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his merry band of Brexiteers recently wiped the floor with those who wish to remain in the European Union. It was, as our president is wont to say, huge. In what’s being termed “the largest victory in a generation,” Conservatives picked up 47 seats in Parliament. By any accounting, the people of Britain sent a big, bold message to their representatives: Don’t mess with us.
What’s even more startling is that the “leave” contingent did this without the help of U.K. pollsters and press. Control of the media is by far more strict in the British Isles than here in the United States. Thus, the rank and file voted in mass disagreement with the media elites across the pond.
So how does this translate to the American political atmosphere? Lest we forget, the first Brexit vote was a precursor to Donald Trump’s unlikely victory in the States. It signaled loud and clear that the British had tuned out the arguments thrust upon them by their betters in government and Fleet Street. It was a revolution of sorts that the Brit establishment dragged its feet implementing.
Notice any parallels? The Democrats have done little other than oppose President Trump since day one. This is not hyperbole. Look at the legislative record. Aside from a likely vote to move ahead with the new Trump NAFTA known as USMCA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, little has been accomplished in this congressional session.
The pushback against the Trump presidency has been unprecedented, with one investigation after another, finally leading to articles of impeachment. The toxic political atmosphere in the United States has, if anything, gotten worse, not better, since Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. The American media establishment has hardened its stance against Trump, and the “resistance” movement remains active to this day.
The Press, the Polls, the Pundits
The establishment cabal in America has been engaged in an elaborate Kabuki theater production. Within each 24-hour news cycle, Americans are assaulted with dynamic acting, all done up by the Democrats in sumptuous costumes. The polls have former Vice President Joe Biden beating the incumbent president by seven points, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) trouncing him by six points, and businessman Michael Bloomberg ahead of Trump by five points.
Don’t believe it for a second.
The problem is that the Democrats have been drinking their own Kool-Aid for too long. They rule and reign within the confines of an Ivory Tower from which they seldom depart. Their insular existence attempts to sustain the perception that America is displeased with Trump and can’t wait to give him the boot. When you rig the outcome by pushing your viewpoint through the media and public opinion polls, you fail to look at reality. And the reality, as Liberty Nation’s Washington Political Correspondent Tim Donner wrote, is that “Donald Trump will be re-elected, easily.”
How will this happen? Donner lays out two simple elements that the Dems fail to see: the economy and the Electoral College. Regarding the economy, Donner writes:
“We are enjoying a perfect storm of high growth, low unemployment, rising wages, negligible inflation, and soaring consumer and business confidence reflected in the rising tide sweeping from Main Street to Wall Street. Through more than two centuries of electoral history, in times of peace, the economy has always been both the single most important issue and most reliable indicator of a president’s prospects for re-election. People do not vote against their own financial interests. The only three presidents to be denied a second term in the last 100 years — Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush — were done in by deteriorating economic conditions. The rest, including several who were not all that popular, managed to secure a second term.”
And here’s the sticky situation that Democrats find themselves in regarding the Electoral College:
“[Thirty] States Trump Won in 2016. None of these states seem likely to reverse course in 2020, given that Trump as president has proven to be exactly what he promised as a candidate: a furniture breaker willing to go where no man has gone before, openly challenging the legitimacy of the encrusted and entirely discredited political establishment, promoting a muscular brand of patriotism, advancing America-first policies designed to kick start a stagnant economy, and keeping the nation out of armed conflicts. If Trump does face serious challenges, they would most likely come from the states Trump stole from the Democrats behind the much-vaunted blue wall — Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. But if the Trump coalition remains in place, these states by themselves would give Trump more than 300 electoral votes, with only 270 needed for victory.”
The Democrats’ Kabuki dance may last until next November, but a performance – even an elaborate one – does not make for sound political logic. The Brits have given us the best gift since their surrender at Yorktown. They have provided us with a window to the future by demonstrating that it’s neither the press nor the polls that matter so much as the power of the people.
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