PowerLine blog points to an excellent video, “Deplorables,” that highlights that the populist movement that elites so decry is really about the need to wrestle the power from the self-appointed and deliver it to the people’s choice. The video looks at the political earthquakes that Brexit and Trump represented in 2016. But such is the strength of the swells that both Britain and America continue to fight for implementation of the people’s choice.
I am not sure that the resistance in both Britain and America understand how deeply offensive their reaction is to legitimate democratic processes. Maybe they are living so cosily in their intellectual bubbles that they cannot see it. I can only pray that when the next national referendum (or whatever stands in for one) in each country occurs, that the elites get another, more sound, drubbing.
Brexit and Trump are not about race and fear. They are about fulfilling the promise of self-government. Heaven knows I don’t like some of the decisions that self-government brings. But if it is truly self-government, and not the preferences and wishes of those who “know better” and for whom I have never had an opportunity to vote, then I am prepared to live with it. Unelected, unaccountable policy-makers are not self-government. Period.Published in