Why the left hates pros­per­ity

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Stephen Moore

Here is Moore’s rule of mod­ern day pol­i­tics: The bet­ter the econ­omy per­forms un­der Pres­i­dent Trump and the more suc­cesses he racks up, the more un­hinged the left be­comes. It’s a near lin­ear re­la­tion­ship. And it goes for me­dia as well. That’s why the monthly jobs an­nounce­ments and the quar­terly GDP re­ports, like the one re­leased on Fri­day, are the un­hap­pi­est days of the year for the Trump haters. News of 3.5 to 4 per­cent growth and seven mil­lion sur­plus jobs are the bane of the re­sis­tance move­ment’s ex­is­tence.

So with the econ­omy fly­ing high, the pun­dits who all pre­dicted Mr. Trump would shut down the world econ­omy, have had to con­tin­u­ally in­vent new rea­sons that Don­ald Trump is the worst thing to hap­pen to the United States since ty­phoid fever.

Con­sider the lat­est group rant by the left: Don­ald Trump has moved the GOP to the far right and has hi­jacked the prin­ci­ples of the Repub­li­can party. What­ever hap­pened, they ask, to the good old days when mod­er­ates in the GOP used to com­pro­mise, cut deals with Ted Kennedy, and ca­pit­u­late?

Lib­er­als want a re­turn to the days when the GOP’s stan­dard bear­ers were peo­ple like Ge­orge H.W. Bush, Bob Michel, Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Rom­ney — and most re­cently, John Ka­sich.

Think. What do all these Repub­li­cans have in com­mon? Los­ing. Sure, ev­ery­one likes playing with the lov­able loser who comes each week to the poker game ev­ery Thurs­day night and blows $200.

My in­ten­tion isn’t to dis­par­age these men. I have known all of them and re­spect them all — es­pe­cially the noble war heroes, Mr. Bush, Mr. Dole and Mr. McCain. Bob Michel was a Repub­li­can mi­nor­ity leader beloved by the left for years and years, pre­cisely be­cause he kept the House Repub­li­cans where they be­longed — in the mi­nor­ity.

It was only when the mean Newt Gin­grich “hi­jacked” the party with a hard-charg­ing con­ser­va­tive po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­form agenda that the GOP blasted out the Democrats with dy­na­mite and won the House for the first time in a half-cen­tury.

Or con­sider Messrs. Bush, Dole, McCain and Rom­ney. They all lost the White House and now are treated as states­men and po­lit­i­cal icons. Lov­able losers. Mr. Trump’s crime is that he’s a win­ner. Which is why the left now pines for, as The New York Times re­cently put it, “prin­ci­pled Repub­li­cans.” The party has “lost its way and aban­doned what it stood for.” Ni­cholas Kristof writes in The Times that “sure there are prin­ci­pled peo­ple left in the Repub­li­can party” — by which the left means peo­ple who op­pose Mr. Trump — but “as a na­tional move­ment the GOP is hol­low.”

Wait a minute. Aren’t pros­per­ity and op­por­tu­nity two of the most cher­ished Repub­li­can prin­ci­ples? What in­fu­ri­ates the Trump haters is that Mr. Trump fig­ured out how to win over tens of mil­lions of dis­af­fected work­ing-class vot­ers with an unapolo­getic Amer­ica First plat­form. These vot­ers aban­doned the union lead­ers and the party of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Bernie San­ders in fa­vor of an agenda of bet­ter trade deals, border en­force­ment, lower taxes, less reg­u­la­tion and more coal, oil and gas jobs.

Mr. Trump found the fault line in the Demo­cratic coali­tion and ex­ploited it like the bomb­ing of Dres­den. He per­suaded blue-col­lar work­ers that they have noth­ing in com­mon with the rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, peo­ple like Tom Steyer, who have taken over the reins of the Demo­cratic party and want to de­stroy their man­u­fac­tur­ing, min­ing and en­ergy jobs as a sac­ri­fice to the gods of global warm­ing.

Be­cause Mr. Trump has taken on the left’s sa­cred cows of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, vic­tim­iza­tion, open bor­ders, and racial pref­er­ences, he’s la­beled a racist, xeno­phobe, lslama­phobe and woman-hater.

It turns out though that a whole lot of vot­ers agree with Mr. Trump. If Mr. Trump is a bigot for ar­tic­u­lat­ing his Amer­ica First par­a­digm, doesn’t that mean the mil­lions of for­merly Demo­cratic vot­ers who crossed over to vote for Mr. Trump, must also be nar­row-minded and cul­tur­ally in­fe­rior red­necks too?

In other words, lib­er­als re­ally do hold the view that blue-col­lar vot­ers are a gang of “de­plorables.” Good luck win­ning back their votes. Iron­i­cally, as Democrats keep com­plain­ing that Mr. Trump’s Tax cuts only ben­e­fit the rich, ac­tu­ally the wealth­i­est coun­ties in Amer­ica are now over­whelm­ingly vot­ing Demo­cratic and the poor­est coun­ties and states are more likely to vote Repub­li­can.

Pol­i­tics is a con­tact sport. And yes, it re­ally all does come down to win­ning. There aren’t too many moral vic­to­ries in pol­i­tics. As two-time win­ner Bill Clin­ton used to say, you can’t change the coun­try if you don’t win.

The prob­lem for the Trump haters and the rea­son they are so spit­ting an­gry is that Mr. Trump is chang­ing the coun­try — for the bet­ter. Seven of ten vot­ers rate the econ­omy as good or great. Lib­er­als are dou­bly an­gry and frus­trated be­cause they were so sure he would fail. Hmm. Per­haps they are the ones who are in­tel­lec­tu­ally in­fe­rior.

What in­fu­ri­ates the Trump haters is that Mr. Trump fig­ured out how to win over tens of mil­lions of dis­af­fected work­ing-class vot­ers with an unapolo­getic Amer­ica First plat­form.

Stephen Moore, a colum­nist for The Wash­ing­ton Times, is a se­nior fel­low at the Her­itage Foun­da­tion. His new book with Arthur Laf­fer is: “Trumpo­nomics: In­side the Amer­ica First Plan to Re­vive the Econ­omy.”

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