World must prepare for Trump’s second term

World must prepare for Trump’s second term, by Paul Kelly.

Having declared Trump unfit to govern, a law-breaking president and morally corrupt, the Democrats are locked in a confused contest to find a candidate who can save American democracy from the crisis they proclaim….

As for the impeachment, … that removal should come only by the democratic vote of the people at an election. The Democrats risk being exposed as frauds — seeking to remove Trump in a trial because they cannot beat him at an election. They disguise their weakness with a flawed moralism.

Trump represents the “racists” so he should not be allowed to govern, says the left. Meanwhile, the left trashed Martin Luther King’s dream and are promoting anti-white discrimination. Then they cannot work out why they are not so popular anymore!

Trump’s removal in the impeachment process would have had a potentially catastrophic impact on US democracy — the entire pro-Trump populist right would have declared they were robbed and their president sacked by a partisan Washington establishment that could not defeat him at the polls. …

[Trump’s] State of the Union speech that saw Republicans breaking into their “four more years” chant revealed the superiority of his political skills.

“Three years ago we launched the great American comeback,” Trump said at the outset. “Tonight I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging and our country is thriving and respected again.

“The years of economic decay are over. The days of our country being used, taken advantage of and even scorned by other nations are long behind us. In just three short years we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny.

“Our agenda is relentlessly pro-worker, pro-family, pro-growth and, most of all, pro-American. …

“After decades of flat and falling incomes, wages are rising fast — and, wonderfully, they are rising fastest for low-income workers who have seen a 16 per cent pay increase since my election. This is a blue-collar boom. Since my election, US stockmarkets have soared 70 per cent, adding more than $12 trillion to our ­nation’s wealth, transcending anything anyone believed was possible … wealthy people and companies are pouring money into poor neighbourhoods or areas that haven’t seen investment in many decades.”

Trump is running a cultural campaign appealing to the nobodies against the somebodies. Peggy Noonan, speechwriter to Ronald Reagan, said in The Wall Street Journal: “This was the President putting the Republican Party on the side of the ­nobodies of all colours as ­opposed to the somebodies. (Van Jones on CNN had it exactly right: Trump is going for black and Hispanic men and the Democrats are foolish not to see it.)…

Trump is now creating a movement for the times based on the resentment of the economic disadvantaged, the lure of economic revival, renewed patriotism, cultural tradition and a populist war on his opponents that aims to split the country, with the Democrats locked into an electoral college minority.

There are many differences between Trump and Johnson. But their radical, reinvented conservatism shares a conspicuous strategy: their penetration into the working class and lower middle class, non-tertiary educated, often non-capital city base that once belonged to the Democrats and the British Labour Party but now feels betrayed by parties that have become socially progressive. …

But the difference with Morrison is conspicuous. The Prime Minister is an incrementalist, a function of his temperament of the times in Australia. At home there is no existential crisis like Brexit. There is nothing like the depth of middle American ­resentment of elites and the ruling class.

Morrison won last year because he discerned the Australian people opposed radical change, as offered by Labor, and actually wanted reliable, competent government. While Morrison penetrated the Labor base at the last election there is little evidence of any realignment in Australia comparable to the situation in the US and Britain.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Stephen Harper