Headline on a National Post Kelly McParland column last Thursday. “What Trump Got Right”
His theme for the piece is “He Clearly Sees The Problems. That’s True. He Just Doesn’t Know How To Fix Them.”
The right part is that the political elite have become, as Rex Murphy put it, “know-it-all critics hard to take: a bunch of out-of-touch highbrows who haven’t a clue about the world outside their privileged and protected bubble.” It is difficult to argue with that assessment and the others have figured it out. The reality of politics is votes do count and the vote of “bumpkins” count the same as those resident in the politically correct liberal swamp.
Kelly then itemizes an historic litany of failed empires and the malaise that followed. From Rome to France to China. Interesting, but beside the point. History provides insight,but it does not command reruns.
Kelly has the idea that Trump does not know how to fix the many problems that progressive politics has bestowed. I think it is fair to say that he does know how to solve them. Everyone does. It is simple. It is not a Gordian Knot situation. There need not be an instant fix. It is much simpler and will not take decades to repair.
Enforce laws that exist.
- If becoming an illegal immigrant is near riskless why does it surprise people that there are people who take advantage.
- If cities like San Francisco provide sanctuary to law breakers arrest the administration.
- If banks run scams, arrest the perpetrators and their supervisors.
You get less of what you punish and more of what you reward.
A comment on the column from Brian1 gets it more than the columnist did.
What Trump gets right didn’t get too far in this piece, so here is some help:
- He will appoint up to three Supremes who have read the Constitution.
- He is not in thrall to the climate hoaxers
- He is a grownup on the subject of Islam
- He believes in the nation state and will enforce its borders
- He at least gives lip service to the sanctity of human life.
- He will have a government that does not include Loretta Lynch, and a White House sans Valerie Jarrett
- He will insist on NATO members meeting their obligations
- He will take Debt seriously
- He will appoint Conrad Black as his Chief of Staff.
I don’t know about number 9, but it would not be a bad choice. Number 6 is self-evident and the rest of it is pretty easy to see.
What if he presented a platform that said, “Look, we have had over 200 years of success and have only failed when we stopped doing smart things. The laws are there, I do not need to do much new. Just enforce our old standards.”
John Sowell articulated Trump’s organizing principle in 1993.
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area – crime, education, housing, race relations – the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.
It is a little like the stock market. Listen to the pundits and do the opposite.
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