White America wakes up at the 11th Hour
G.K. Chesterton would have relished last night’s political earthquake! I don’t know whether Donald Trump knows Chesterton’s 1907 poem, The Secret People, but changing just one word its opening lines could describe today’s America.
Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget;
For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.
Last night White America spoke: Wall Street and the world were forced to listen.
Hillary Clinton was the ultimate candidate for those Chesterton described as “new unhappy lords”:
They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,
Lords without anger or honour, who dare not carry their swords.
They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
Last night those lords were confounded. There will be time for analysis in the days ahead, and perhaps time for caveats. Most urgently, we must hope that President-elect Trump will confound the Islamophobe faction’s hopes, and make clear that he endorses Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran – by far the most important foreign policy issue.
Sadly last night did not see the political renaissance of David Duke, who was defeated in the Louisiana Senate race. But Duke’s message resonated throughout America. The Trump Revolution is a phenomenon more in tune with David Duke’s America than Sheldon Adelson’s America. And for that we can rejoice!