Nationalism and Populism Propel Trump–Despite GOP Elites Delusional Flailing

A SEA CHANGE? Nationalism and Populism Propel Trump–Despite GOP Elites Delusional Flailing, by Pat Buchanan. Media commentators on the Replublican primaries are praying that that all the non-Trump voters are anti-Trump voters.

Late in the last century, when Robert Bartley was editorial editor, The Wall Street Journal championed a constitutional amendment of five words — ”There shall be open borders.”

Bartley, who [said] “I think the nation-state is finished,” wanted U.S. borders thrown open to people and goods from all over the world. To Bartley and his acolytes, what made America one nation and one people was simply an ideology.

But what was silly then is suicidal today.

Trump is winning because, on immigration, amnesty, securing our border and staying out of any new crusades for democracy, he has tapped into the most powerful currents in politics: economic populism and “America First” nationalism. …

For Trump is not only a candidate. He is a messenger from Middle America. And the message he is delivering to the establishment is: We want an end to your policies and we want an end to you.