The Establishment Is In a Panic

Following the last debate on Oct. 19, the establishment has been in a tizzy over statements made by Donald Trump, who said he would not accept defeat to Hillary Clinton. The fear is that this revolution is bigger than the Donald and that growing numbers of Americans now reject the legitimacy and moral authority of the federal government.

By Patrick Buchanan

Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

“That’s horrifying,” said Clinton, setting off a chain reaction on the post-debate panels with talking heads falling all over one another in purple-faced anger, outrage and disbelief.

“Disqualifying!” was the cry on Clinton cable.

“Trump Won’t Say If He Will Accept Election Results,” wailed The New York Times. “Trump Won’t Vow to Honor Results,” ran the banner in The Washington Post.


But what do these chattering classes and establishment bulletin boards think the Donald is going to do if he falls short of 270 electoral votes?

Lead a Coxey’s Army on Washington and burn it down as British General Robert Ross did in August 1814, while “Little Jemmy” Madison fled on horseback out the Brookville Road?

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What explains the hysteria of the establishment?

In a word, fear.

The establishment is horrified at the Donald’s defiance because, deep within its soul, it fears that the people for whom Trump speaks no longer accept its political legitimacy or moral authority.

It may rule and run the country, and may rig the system through mass immigration and a mammoth welfare state so that Middle America is never again able to elect one of its own. But that establishment, disconnected from the people it rules, senses, rightly, that it is unloved and even detested.

Having fixed the future, the establishment finds half of the country looking upon it with the same sullen contempt that our Founding Fathers came to look upon the overlords Parliament sent to rule them.

Establishment panic is traceable to another fear: Its ideology, its political religion, is seen by growing millions as a golden calf, a 20th-century god that has failed.

Trump is “talking down our democracy,” said a shocked Clinton.

After having expunged Christianity from our public life and public square, our establishment installed “democracy” as the new deity, at whose altars we should all worship. And so our schools began to teach.

Half a millennia ago, missionaries and explorers set sail from Spain, England and France to bring Christianity to the New World.

Today, Clintons, Obamas and Bushes send soldiers and secularist tutors to “establish democracy” among the “lesser breeds without the Law.”

Unfortunately, the natives, once democratized, return to their roots and vote for Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, using democratic processes and procedures to re-establish their true God.

And Allah is no democrat.


By suggesting he might not accept the results of a “rigged election” Trump is committing an unpardonable sin. But this new cult, this devotion to a new holy trinity of diversity, democracy and equality, is of recent vintage and has shallow roots.

For none of the three — diversity, equality, democracy — is to be found in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers or the Pledge of Allegiance. In the pledge, we are a republic.

When Ben Franklin, emerging from the Philadelphia convention, was asked by a woman what kind of government they had created, he answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Among many in the silent majority, Clintonian democracy is not an improvement upon the old republic; it is the corruption of it.

Consider: Six months ago, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton bundler, announced that by executive action he would convert 200,000 convicted felons into eligible voters by November.

If that is democracy, many will say, to hell with it.

And if felons decide the electoral votes of Virginia, and Virginia decides who is our next U.S. president, are we obligated to honor that election?

In 1824, Gen. Andrew Jackson ran first in popular and electoral votes. But, short of a majority, the matter went to the House.

There, Speaker Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams delivered the presidency to Adams — and Adams made Clay secretary of state, putting him on the path to the presidency that had been taken by Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Adams himself.

Were Jackson’s people wrong to regard as a “corrupt bargain” the deal that robbed the general of the presidency?

The establishment also recoiled in horror from Milwaukee Sheriff Dave Clarke’s declaration that it is now “torches and pitchforks time.”

Yet, some of us recall another time, when Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote in “Points of Rebellion”:

“We must realize that today’s Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.”

Baby-boomer radicals loved it, raising their fists in defiance of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

But now that it is the populist-nationalist right that is moving beyond the niceties of liberal democracy to save the America that they love, elitist enthusiasm for “revolution” seems more constrained.

What goes around comes around.

Pat Buchanan is a writer, political commentator and presidential candidate. He is the author of The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority and Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?


5 Comments on The Establishment Is In a Panic

  1. America has become the “joke” of the world as the international community laughs at what is going on. We have someone under FBI investigation who is running for President at the same time. Are WE as a people joking? This is OUR country as it sure doesn’t feel like mine. Democracy is NOWHERE in our constitution except in the mouths of the Political cartoons we have in place.

    The Joke is also on those who believe we EVER separated from the Brits…c’mon the world’s War machine at the time that had never surrendered just tired of sending supplies so far and negotiated a settlement…but by whose authority?

    Once prosperous and now being thrown toward 3rd world status…when will OUR PEOPLE wake up and stop this nonsense. Every Constitution states at the beginning that ALL Power resides with the People…so let’s take back our Power county by county until we have our States back.

    Being a voter in this country requires you claim you are a US citizen and you give up your sovereignty…did you also know you are giving your Power of Attorney to your State Representatives?
    Your signature MUST be guarded with a watchful eye…Yet The People have signed their consents to unknown undisclosed contracts that have stolen everything from us. When are YOU ready to BECOME the Kings and Queens again. I’ve stepped up and suggest you do, too!

  2. The useful idiots lack the intelligence necessary to understand that the murderous fake Jewish Oligarchs keep screwing with Hellary’s Emails by pulling the strings of the Congressional puppets Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and FBI Jewish pawn James Comey in order to maintains the useful idiots bamboozled and in constant suspense.
    While the murderous fake Jewish Oligarchs and their lying paid whores of the Mainstream News Media get ready to perform their magic act on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and install Hellary Clinton in the White House as scheduled, right in front of millions of useful idiots.
    Just like the Oligarchs installed Obama and his predecessors, all the way back to and including President Woodrow Wilson, with the help of their lying paid whores of the Mainstream News Media.
    The only exception was President John Kennedy, who for twenty-four months slipped through the Oligarchs fingers.

  3. The Empire which rose up from an old empire shall be soon dead.And whole world will enjoy! No more terrorist Empire,the corporate US attacking other nations! We all wish to your Empire violent and bloody revolution….

  4. Here’s my comment to the NYT article by Ashley Parker, “Some Trump Voters Warn of Revolution”:

    “The New York Times and Ashley Parker, in this NYT article (and on CNN this morning) are doing a great and dangerous disservice to the American people in ‘ginning-up’ the “dark fear … of violence” that Revolution is inexorably violent.

    The First (and only successful) American “Political Revolution against EMPIRE” 240 years ago was initially and attempted to stay a NON-violent Revolution in separating from the British Empire for very justifiable, and very carefully articulated, reasons —- as defined in our ‘Declaration of Independence’ from EMPIRE.

    Just as Bernie Sanders’ well inspired, but weak and incomplete, “Political Revolution” (although missing an ‘object’) —- “against what? Against WTF? Bernie” —- was partially focused on firing a; loud, sustained, public, but peaceful “Shout (not shot) heard around the world”, which “coulda been a contender” if Bernie had completed the non-violent progressive ‘action sentence’ to ignite a Second American “Political Revolution against Empire”
    —- this time against this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire that has ‘captured’, controls, and merely ‘poses’ as our formerly proud and sometimes progressive ‘experiment in democracy’.

    I hate to be a Paine, but, “Give me Liberty from Empire, or Give me Death”

  5. Great article but how much of the Democratic Party and establishment outrage about Trump’s statement is actually real. My bet is that at this very moment somewhere in the back-blocks of Hollywood they are shooting the protest scenes depicting rabid Trump supporters kicking in shop windows, and preparing the scripts for news anchors to tell us that the havoc has made it necessary for a state-of-emergency to be declared and martial law imposed. Order out of chaos – even if it is manufactured.

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