Sunday, 30 July 2017

Here’s the Answer to “What Happened”

By having What Happened as a title of her memoir on her failed  2016 campaign for White House, Hillary Clinton has established beyond doubt that she is totally confused about why she lost to Donald Trump.

She can make any number of excuses about Russia, sexism and much else in her book, but what happened is that she lost because she was totally clueless about the issues that were at the forefront of voters' minds.

The mainstream media seems as confused as Clinton is. During the election campaign, most mainstream media organizations threw journalistic ethics into the garbage dump and did an almost totally one-sided propaganda for Hillary Clinton. They tried to send out the message that Trump is unfit for president’s job.

But people saw through the collusion between the elite journalists and the Clinton machine. Trump won and he shattered the fragile ego of many politicians, journalists and intellectuals. The shrieking hordes of never-Trumpers can’t understand how he made it into the White House despite being demonized  by most TV channels and newspapers. Well, if they wish to know the reasons behind his victory, they ought to get out of their echo chambers and start speaking to some “normal people”—people like Walter Donway.

Donway’s book Donald Trump and His Enemies: How the Media Put Trump in Office, which is a collection of his articles written between March 2016 and June 2017, can serve as a good educational material for the clueless leftists who are shellshocked by Trump’s rise to power. In his Introduction to the book, Donway says:

“The media mantra had been: How could any decent, intelligent person support Trump? What must they be thinking? And the media told them what they were “thinking” by characterizing their candidate as racist, xenophobic, sexist, misogynist, anti-Semitic, insensitive to the disabled, insensitive to the bathroom preferences of transgendered individuals, and standing for nothing but white nationalist desire to build “the wall” and wreck health care for the poor.”

In the book’s Chapter 1, “I Need an Interview with Donald Trump,” (The Savvy Street, March 17, 2016), Donway points out the most appealing positions that Trump took during the election campaign or in the past. Here’s the list:
1. Cut the entire Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Education. 

2. Black lives matter, but we need a strong police presence; police are the most mistreated people in America. 

3. Climate change is a hoax. 

4. Oil is this country’s lifeblood. 

5. When you love America, you protect it with no apologies. 

6. Better to have Middle East strongmen than Middle East chaos. 

7. Get rid of the regulations that are destroying us.
8. Replace ObamaCare with health savings accounts. 

9. ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed and replaced. 

10. Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight. 

11. Don’t raise the minimum wage, it makes us non-competitive. 

12. Full and unequivocal support for the Second Amendment—I don’t agree, but many readers will. This is one of Trump’s most consistent positions.
This list of Trump’s positions shows how politically incorrect his campaign was. He spoke against BLM, he insisted on better law and order, he opposed ObamaCare, he opposed illegal immigration, he rejected minimum wage, he blasted Islamic terrorism—and yet he won. He won precisely because he did not sacrifice sensible political ideas on the altar of political correctness.

Donway has been a follower of Ayn Rand’s philosophy for close to five decades. In the chapter 15, “Driving Trump from Office: The First Skirmish,” (The Savvy Street, February 23, 2017), he says that Ayn Rand did not champion Nixon in Watergate, but she did say that this was a lynching. In an Ayn Rand Letter, dated April 9, 1973, entitled “Brothers, You Asked for It!” she said: “I had hoped to write a letter, someday, entitled ‘Why I Will Not Write About Watergate’—and explain that “I do not take part in lynching.”

In the article, “Still Waiting for America To Become “Intellectually Polarized,” (The Atlas Society, April 8, 2017), Donway makes an interesting comparison between the rise of Trump and Ayn Rand’s sense of life. Here’s an excerpt:
“Donald Trump energized that sense of life with his fabled business success in the heart of New York City, his celebration of his wealth, his brashly confident gamble to seize the Republican nomination, his unapologetic lifestyle of glamor, his blunt patriotism, and his feisty “Don’t push me around” response to critics. Add to that his unshaken confidence in the face of squalid, literally unprecedented personal attacks by the media—many of them false, out of context, or dependent upon a grotesque double standard. These have made him a paladin of the American sense of life. And if, as Ayn Rand asserted, the last remaining asset of American philosophy is the American sense of life, then Mr. Trump’s victories are the re- assertion of that sense of life after the Obama years and faced with the prospect of their continuance by Hillary Clinton.”
The bogus analysis and the pathetic excuses that Clinton will offer in her memoir What Happened is not tell the clueless folks what really happened in the 2016 election, but Donway’s Donald Trump and His Enemies: How the Media Put Trump in Office, which is filled with information on the political and social realities that drove tens of millions of voters to support Trump, will.

1 comment:

WDonway said...

Let me be first, then, simply to thank you for a masterful review of the kind that makes any writer experience the deep pleasure of being understood.