Originally posted November 17, 2016.
What just happened in America? Down here in Key West, over 40 causeways and 135 miles from Miami, faces are long and shock is the pivotal word of the day as the literary crowd attempts to regroup with the recognition that the hated Donald Trump will now be calling the shots in Washington.
I ask, why the misery? For the most part the answers come swiftly: Trump hates people, women’s rights, the poor, LGBTs, etc. Not a peep about Obama driving the country over the economic cliff or America’s lost AAA-bond rating or the catastrophe that is the Fed or nearly two decades of intervention in a Middle East Muslim world in which America has neither a place nor any national interest or America’s burgeoning budget, trade deficits, and debt or Obamacare (imploding under Americans).
It appears that a wide swathe of the American public cares not a rat’s keister about the basics of a sound economy, sound money, or a foreign policy based on realism and restraint.
Progressive liberalism has dragged America a long way down the path to ruin. The same course has been pursed in Europe, as Debbie and I have found out first hand over the last six years of on-the-ground fact finding. We moved our international research and fact-finding base to Paris and have continued to use our Paris launching spot to meet with international business leaders and sophisticated travelers from around the world. We have reported to you with consistency that the ruling parties all over Europe have lost their grasp, with hardline right groups moving in for the kill. It’s no more business as usual.
Muslim immigration is front and center dividing Europeans. And the anti-Muslim immigration forces are rapidly consolidating their position and gaining ground. England departed the EU largely on this issue. And we have witnessed a firming of hardline positions from Hungary through Slovenia, Austria, Germany and France. In Paris, it’s not unusual to see the military armed with automatic weapons near any corner café or bistro one wishes to visit. And the Eiffel Tower? In October, it was surrounded by barricades, fences, security entrances, bomb sniffing dogs and teams of unpleasant no-joking military guys with guns, it looks like a battle zone. Sound cozy? Well no, and business is in the tank, to be kind.
So why are so many Americans so exercised that the country just elected a most outspoken fellow voicing exactly the same message that has been resonating in Europe for years. To Debbie and me, the election of Mr. Trump was a foregone conclusion. Trump simply got a wet finger in the air and properly concluded that the wind had changed and that his fellow countrymen had had it. We saw the change coming on the ground in Europe. And the change was magnified after many weeks on the road in the eastern United States. We did not need to take America’s pulse on the West Coast or in the heartland because positions are largely engraved in stone. California, Washington and Oregon are examples. We felt the 2016 battle would be won or lost along a stretch of highways and byways from Pennsylvania through North Carolina and Florida.
The national print and electronic media and the bought and paid for polling outfits chose to B.S. Americans that Hillary Clinton, a disgraced liar and national security risk programmed by Middle East oil tyrants and assorted Clinton Foundation rabble, was the likely victor.
Our 20 days of road trips through small towns and the interstates of the Maine to Key West corridor produced a 20-to-0 margin of victory for Trump. Clinton won not one counting of lawn signs. I know, I know. Not very scientific, but zero? And not a single Clinton sign, banner or poster in some of the most progressive liberal strongholds in America! Sure didn’t make one think Clinton.
We concluded that the Electoral College vote could go to Trump if he took Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida. And such certainly looked likely by what we witnessed. All of which of course could have simply been our lying eyes, which, of course, would turn out to be not the case.
Today Debbie and I are turning our focus to the emerging Trump governance team with an eye on advising you whether the selections appear to match with the promises Trump made to Americans on the campaign trail. Besides Rudy and Newt, two hardliners that perfectly fit the mold is one John Bolton, a foul ball doctrinaire neocon of disappointing proportions. If you begin to read more on Bolton, make your feelings known to people who count, and fast. This guy is a big time interventionist who will keep America in the Middle East until the end of time. Vote NO on Bolton.