Revolutionary change

This is Conrad Black, in the #NeverTrump National Review of all places, discussing the Lights Out for the Old Order. What he describes is what most of us hope will be a reality we can look back on in four years’ time. It was a close run thing but all such changes are like that in the first instance. Once Trump is president and the game plan unfolds, there will be massive shift in sentiment. This is a revolution that will become irresistible since it will be nothing other than governance in keeping with the sentiment and wishes of the governed.

In place of the scrimping Mother Hubbard Pentagon of Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ashton Carter, we will have combat military officers rebuilding a military capability adequate to all reasonable needs, accompanied by a prudent foreign policy that rejects George W. Bush’s hip-shooting nation-building and Barack Obama’s phantasmagorical conjuration of a friendly Iran and Hamas — a vastly increased strategic capacity to achieve much more realistic objectives.

This is a revolution: There has not been such a transition since Roosevelt in 1932. Each major domestic-policy department of government is being entrusted to people dedicated to radical change, to the uprooting of a whole generation of error. Education will go to a great champion of chartered schools (Betsy DeVos), in the hope of wrenching the country’s failed public-education system from the palsied hands of the Democratic party’s decayed allies in the teachers’ unions.

Labor itself will be in the hands of someone (Andrew Puzder) who supports the workers by guaranteeing their rights and liberating them from the corrupt enemies of workplace efficiency and cooperation in organized labor – a barely living group reduced now to the infestation of public-sector unions (only 6.7 percent of the country’s shrinking work force is now unionized).

The Environmental Protection Agency will be in the hands of someone (Scott Pruitt) who does not believe the unsubstantiated ecoterrorism about global warming and will protect the environment without throwing millions of people in carbon-related energy into unemployment in the fatuous professed expectation that they will be reemployed building windmills and solar panels.

Health care will be in the hands of the greatest expert in the Congress (Tom Price) on how to introduce a dual-payer (where affordable to the insured family) universal-health-care system that does not lie to the taxpayer, separate the patients from their doctors, or preserve statewide insurance fiefdoms.

Taxation, campaign-finance reform, and the budget will be in the hands of people (Steven Mnuchin at Treasury) who will raise revenue from elective transactions and reduce taxes for small personal and business income earners.

In the meantime, in the words of our most recent Nobel Prize winner for literature, get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand. The notion on the left that a re-run of the election would see Hillary win is so ludicrous that it is almost impossible to imagine how people can say they have an interest in politics and get things so completely wrong.

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