Janet Daley no longer understands the world:
Americans are schooled (literally) to regard their democratic institutions and the document that created them – the Constitution – as sacramental …
Something very drastic must have happened to the American psyche over the past generation to have created this paradoxical interpretation of patriotism which can accept contempt for the fundamental national values that once united the population.
So she’s says that people who voted for Trump don’t seem to mind that important, quasi-sacred national institutions, which you’d expect them to value very highly, are being undermined by Trump and the right. But her analysis falls rather short:
Much analysis of the Trump phenomenon … attribute his popularity to the crisis of the “left behind”. The economic stagnation of the Rust Belt and the collapse of working class employment has produced an endemic sense of hopelessness that most Americans have never known or ever expected to know … As everybody seems to agree, this is the secret of Trump: his “make America great again” pitch is a specifically economic one.
This is only some of the story. The bigger story is the leftist capture of these important institutions. They’ve been taken over and weaponised by the left. (Janet Daley used to notice that sort of thing before her 60’s left-wing roots showed and she became a never-Trumper.) That’s why there’s not a lot of respect for these things any more. The left destroyed that respect, not Trump.
People voted for him, despite the fact that he’s not the most polite man, precisely because he was the only candidate (well, maybe Ted Cruz was as well) who seemed to care about restoring these institutions, at least the ones that really matter (so: not the UN). He’s the one appointing a load of new judges to the courts. He’s the one trying to restore the borders. Yes, the borders, those ones that the Democrats opened up. Didn’t Janet notice that?
In other, the left is a serious threat to the country, and the Western world, and Trump seems game for a fight with them. It’s not that hard to understand, and many voters do understand it, but not, it seems, columnists who are living in the past, who don’t really understand the threat facing us.