Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
received widespread condemnation for his refusal to prematurely accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Trump told moderator Chris Wallace at last Wednesday night’s final debate that he “Will look at it at the time. … I’ll keep you in suspense.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton warned Trump was “talking down our democracy” while The New York Times called it a blatant “contempt for democracy” and many others were infuriated that a presidential candidate would have the gall to publicly pronounce a distrust of government.
In fact, these divine notions of American governance couldn’t be further from the truth.
America’s Founding Fathers predicated the Constitution on the notion that citizens not trust its government and distrust of government is fundamentally enshrined in America's governmental institutions and traditions — government being a necessary evil that needs to be suspect, supervised, curtailed and restrained.
As abolitionist writer Wendell Phillips once wrote, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” and Trump’s response was strategically brilliant as it was patriotic — let me explain why.
This election is a vote on globalism versus nationalism; a corporate oligarchy versus the will of the people or, simply put, the anti-establishment versus the establishment.
Like him or loath him, Trump is the anti-establishment candidate rising up against a decaying, corrupt elite — embodied in Hillary Clinton. Trump is taking on both the Democratic as well as the Republican Party establishment which he has all but usurped. Trumps revolutionary proposalsinclude a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress as well as what he calls “draining the swamp” of lobbyists in Washington DC.
With a Trump presidency, a lot of insider’s livelihoods are at stake.
Throughout his campaign Trump has asserted that the system was rigged — meaning one side acquiring an unfair advantage over another.
During the GOP primaries Trump asserted the process was rigged and he was right — in some states the Republican nominating rules are designed to ignore the will of the voters and to promote certain candidates.