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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:28 pm    Post subject: Lights out for the old order: Conrad Black says it all. Reply with quote

This is Conrad Black on his appraisal of the Trump election, and the course he seems to be charting. It is published in the National Review, the home of the #NeverTrump movement. Give them credit, they published this.

The article opens with his memories of two other dramatic 'change' elections of the recent past. This is a bigger turnabout that those. The cited part picks up after that extended introduction.

Lights Out for the Old Order

[....] The transitions of 1960 and 1968 were dramatic. That of 1980 was momentous as well: It was clear that Ronald Reagan’s defeat of President Carter would result in a sharp change in taxation and defense spending. There was a generational and psychological transition in 1960, a straight but uncertain change of policy in 1968 to fresh eyes and fresh minds from the discredited “Best and Brightest,” and a distinct policy shift in 1980 to supply-side economics and peace through strength. The 1960 and 1968 elections were decided by a hair’s breadth; 1980 was a decisive Reagan victory.

Yet this election in 2016 is producing a much more profound transition than any of those three did. Though the losing candidate won the popular vote by over a million votes, it was, as the president-elect has called it, a landslide. Donald Trump is the only person in history to be elected president of the United States without having held a prominent public office or military command, the only one to have paid for his own campaign for the nomination, the only one to have run successfully against the leadership and all the principal factions of both parties, the oldest and wealthiest person to be elected, and the first of a business background. He ran against the system, both parties, and almost all the media and the polls, to “drain the swamp,” against the OBushtons: all the Clintons and Obamas and Bushes and the Republican and Democratic lookalike also-rans (Carter, Dukakis, Quayle, Gore, Kerry, McCain, Romney). The only alumnus of that latter school still in good odor is the 93-year old Robert Dole, vice-presidential candidate in 1976 and presidential candidate in 1996. Trump is not a new broom sweeping clean; this was the big wolf blowing the house down into rubble and splinters and shards.

In place of the scrimping Mother Hubbard Pentagon of Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ashton Carter, we will have combat military officers rebuilding a military capability adequate to all reasonable needs, accompanied by a prudent foreign policy that rejects George W. Bush’s hip-shooting nation-building and Barack Obama’s phantasmagorical conjuration of a friendly Iran and Hamas — a vastly increased strategic capacity to achieve much more realistic objectives.

This is a revolution: There has not been such a transition since Roosevelt in 1932. Each major domestic-policy department of government is being entrusted to people dedicated to radical change, to the uprooting of a whole generation of error. Education will go to a great champion of chartered schools (Betsy DeVos), in the hope of wrenching the country’s failed public-education system from the palsied hands of the Democratic party’s decayed allies in the teachers’ unions. Labor itself will be in the hands of someone (Andrew Puzder) who supports the workers by guaranteeing their rights and liberating them from the corrupt enemies of workplace efficiency and cooperation in organized labor – a barely living group reduced now to the infestation of public-sector unions (only 6.7 percent of the country’s shrinking work force is now unionized). The Environmental Protection Agency will be in the hands of someone (Scott Pruitt) who does not believe the unsubstantiated ecoterrorism about global warming and will protect the environment without throwing millions of people in carbon-related energy into unemployment in the fatuous professed expectation that they will be reemployed building windmills and solar panels. Health care will be in the hands of the greatest expert in the Congress (Tom Price) on how to introduce a dual-payer (where affordable to the insured family) universal-health-care system that does not lie to the taxpayer, separate the patients from their doctors, or preserve statewide insurance fiefdoms. Taxation, campaign-finance reform, and the budget will be in the hands of people (Steven Mnuchin at Treasury) who will raise revenue from elective transactions and reduce taxes for small personal and business income earners.

Apart from 1960, 1968, and 1980, all transitions from 1932 to this one have been mere changes of personnel. This is a revolution: There has not been such a transition since Roosevelt in 1932, if not Jackson in 1828, when the new president sacked much of the senior civil service and eventually revoked the charter of what was in effect a national bank.

Donald Trump’s landslide is in the profundity of his mandate to institute massive changes, not the margin of his victory over a terrified coalition of lookalike candidates. It does not serve his purpose to expound the extent of the changes that are about to be wrought: tactically better to say little of it as the Republican leaders in Congress prepare a blockbuster legislative session, and the concussed survivors of the old order and the dazed Washington press corps mill about like grumpy sheep complaining of Trump’s status as proprietor of his television program, and his betrayal of laissez-faire economics in incentivizing the retention of jobs at the Carrier air-conditioning company.

As there was never any serious argument for reelecting the Democrats, their whole campaign was to defame Trump as a sexist and a racist. There was never a jot of truth to any of it, as his cabinet appointments are showing. Trump’s popularity is rising steadily and most Americans think Obama has already gone as president. The president-elect is driving a bulldozer at 60 miles per hour toward the wreckage of decades of misgovernment and misinformation, while the departing incumbents crawl around on their hands and knees complaining that the lights have gone out. For them, they have.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/.....revolution

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conrad Black had alot of really good and interesting columns in the national post about the US election , I haven't read this one but he seemed to have a much better feel for what was going on there than a lot of the other writers who though Clinton was a shoe in

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, He has a sense of history that few journalists could be expected to have. He lays that on his experience swimming with the sharks of the corporate world, so he knows how decisions are made. And he's made his own fortune. So he has his priorities right.

But the genius of this article, it seems to me, is that it discerns the pattern of Trump's appointments. Many of them are the foremost critics of particular parts of the federal government where overreach is most evident, particularly as detected by high unemployment rates. So, the EPA gets a leading skeptic. The Dept of Labor gets a fast-food CEO who knows that a minimum wage is a job-killer. He wants to fix things for inner city people, so he gets the biggest critic of the public schools to take over on Education. He wants to warm up things with Putin (thank God!) and he gets a Secretary of State for that.

Black sees how the pattern of appointments reveals the direction of the new administration. It amounts to an 180-degree turn!
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