By Andrew Bolt ~
Here in Australia, there has been more interest in this Presidential Campaign than at any other time in recent history. It is all media driven, and why there is interest this time is most probably down to two things, the presence of Hillary Clinton on the Democrat side, with the possibility of the first female U.S. President, and the presence of Donald Trump on the Republican side, and with greater emphasis on Trump. As is most probably the same in the U.S. Donald Trump has been made out to be something he isn’t, and again, that is all media driven as well. Take what is happening in the U.S. with virtually every report about Trump, mostly negative, and exactly the same thing is happening here in Australia. The average person will see these media reports and come to a false understanding that he is in fact what he is being made out to be by the media. However, what is happening now is that people are slowly beginning to realise that perhaps Donald Trump is not as bad as he is being painted to be by those left leaning media outlets, both in the U.S. and also here in Australia. Very early on in this video clip, some of the people being interviewed say exactly this same thing, that the media is portraying him to be something he isn’t. Watch the video and then read what Andrew Bolt has to say…..TonyfromOz.
I have been very dubious of Donald Trump. Where are his policies? What Trump would emerge – the Democrat of the past or the alleged Republican now? What damage would his anti-free-trade policies cause?
Yet I can understand his appeal: he dares to speak his mind and defy the political-media pack that has cowed so many. He also has the smarts and the confidence to survive the media mauling that all such mavericks attract. In that alone, he gives the marginalised the hope of change and of a taking down of the class that hogs such much power.
But is there even more to him than that?
What an indictment of the mainstream media the Donald Trump phenomenon is. How is it possible to so misunderstand the mood of the American people? …
What the mainstream media misses is that a very large number of Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had enough of the establishment’s political dynasties.
They reject political correctness, illegal migration and the crony capitalists who use Wall Street to make a fortune at their expense, particularly when their incomes are basically frozen. They believe the government manipulates the unemployment numbers and, as they struggle to find and hold permanent jobs, they know welfare cheats and disability fraudsters are gaming the system with impunity. They see government waste everywhere and think Obamacare is a failure. They resent President Barack Obama’s condescending lectures and his use of moral equivalence when comparing Islam to Christianity.
They are mad as hell.
American political scientist Charles Murray says: “The central truth of Trumpism is that the entire working class has legitimate reasons to be angry at the ruling class.” …
America’s enduring exceptionalism rests on foundations of egalitarianism, liberty and individualism. Author Samuel Huntington calls it “the American Creed”, from which flows equality before the law, equality of opportunity, freedom of speech and association, self-reliance, limited government, free-market economics and decentralised and devolved public authority. He thinks the creed has lost its “authority and substance”. Why? Because too many liberties have been surrendered to those trusted to protect them and the people now feel powerless and betrayed.
Of all the candidates, Trump understands this. He is anti-establishment and someone the establishment can’t control… He speaks the language of the people. Trump gets their anger and frustration at being marginalised financially, socially and politically.
I felt, and still do, that Trump is far too impetuous and thin-skinned in his amusingly rambling, improvisational style. The American president, who can spook markets or spark a war with a rash phrase, must be more coolly circumspect. And aspirants to the presidency shouldn’t care what small fry like bobble-head TV hosts say or do. A leader must have the long view and show an instinctive capacity to focus and prioritize.
Nevertheless, Trump’s fearless candor and brash energy feel like a great gust of fresh air, sweeping the tedious clichés and constant guilt-tripping of political correctness out to sea. Unlike Hillary Clinton, … Trump is his own man, with a steely “damn the torpedoes” attitude…
Primary voters nationwide are clearly responding to Trump’s brand of classic can-do American moxie. There has been a sense of weary paralysis in our increasingly Byzantine and monstrously wasteful government bureaucracies. Putting a bottom-line businessman with executive experience into the White House has probably been long overdue…
Trump is a blunt, no-crap mensch…
(Via Steve Kates, who has defended Trump consistently on Catallaxy Files.)
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.