When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 he was met with a flurry of accusations from “Democrats,” including some of his possible opponents in the election, media personalities (and even some “Republicans”) including Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Chuck Schumer, Leon Panetta, Mitt Romney’s campaign chief and several useful “journalists,” that he is “not qualified to be President”. Similar accusations were repeated when he ran again in 2020. It is worth pausing here to consider how curious that accusation is.
First, most of these critics, like Hillary Clinton, fall on the opposing side of one political aisle or another and are, therefore, not unbiased observers. Each has a very large stake in the matter. Second, it appears that these critics have forgotten that there is only one body empowered to decide who is qualified to be president, namely, “the American people,” and, in the Nov. 2016 election, they decided that Trump is qualified to be the President. One would have thought, in a real democracy, that should have settled the matter but, unfortunately, it did not. One wonders where the “Democrats” got the idea that they have the right to decide who is permitted to run against them?
Perhaps they would like to choose their Republican opponents themselves? Further, after his election in 2016, in defiance of the will of the American people in 2016, a succession of failed efforts, one after another, were made to remove Trump from the presidency by impeachment and other means. This anti-democratic behavior of the “Democrat” Party and their allies in the “news” media and in the Republican Party is so unusual that it demands explanation.
I suggest that there is one clear explanation for this curious behavior by the “Democrats,” their “news” media allies and some elitist Republicans, to circumvent the will of the people, namely, that they are afraid of Donald Trump. I suggest, second, that the reason that they are afraid of his Trump is precisely that he is qualified to be president. The case is not complicated.
It is not surprising that when the elites in both political parties decide who is qualified to be the president they decide, unsurprisingly, that only other members of their own group of political elites are qualified. For example, the “Democrats” agree that John McCain or Mitt Romney are qualified to run against their candidate because McCain and Romney are members of the political elites first and “Republicans” second – and, as such, the “Democrats” are quite sure that a McCain or Romney presidency would not seriously undermine their shared elitist agendas. They understand that a McCain or Romney presidency might take a few modest steps at the southern border to placate the Republican base that they would not have taken themselves but they have no fear that they would actually try secure the southern border. McCain and Romney are acceptable to the elites because they understand that much of the job is theatre.
That is, the “Democrats” understood that McCain and Romney would do precisely what the “qualified” candidates on their own side of the aisle would do, namely, get on the phone and ask their donors what they are required to do about the porous southern border. Since the primary criterion for being “qualified” is that the candidate would do what they are told by their donors, the “Democrats” agreed that McCain and Romney were “qualified” to run against the “Democrat” candidate, thereby preserving the addictive and lucrative status quo.
Donald Trump’s candidacy, by contrast, has generally been misunderstood because he did not run against the “Democrats”. In fact, Trump ran against the elite class as a whole, many members of which are “Democrats,” but many of which – like John McCain, Mitt Romney, Liz Cheney, and Matt Luntz – are, so to speak, “Republicans”. What made Trump’s victory so astonishing in November 2016, therefore, was that he won, not merely against the ”Democrats” but against the “Democrats,” most of the “news” media and more than half of his own party. The only constituency Trump had on his side on election night in 2016 was the American people.
Thus, when, on election night 2016, after his election, Trump spoke directly to the “forgotten Americans,” forgotten by the elites in both parties, and told them that “you are forgotten no move,” the elites in both parties were in a panic. Imagine that! No more illegal aliens streaming across the border to provide cheap labor so that the elites in both parties could earn 3 million dollars a year in each of their business instead of a mere 2 million (thereby depressing the wages for minority and poor Americans about who they allege to care so much). The calls for impeachment, with well-practiced feigned moral outrage, began immediately. A mere 19 minutes after Trump was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, before Trump had any chance to do anything wrong, the Washington Post, owned, not by a poor black man but by Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, ran the headline, “The Campaign to Impeach President Trump has Begun”.
The explanation for this unprecedented effort to prevent “the people” from being permitted to choose Donald Trump as the president is not hard to find. Trump spent a long and successful career in the rough private sector, the New York construction business, hotels, and the competitive “reality TV” business, where one must actually have real skills and imagination in order to survive, the skill and imagination to build things, create jobs, and make payrolls – skills not shared by his political opponents, Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and the like, who have all spent most of their lives in government where people are hardly ever held accountable for their history of failures.
Rather than spending his career, like the political elites, mechanically smiling on cue, kissing babies, reading speeches written by somebody else, and asking his donors what he is permitted to do, Trump proved in the unforgiving “free market” that he knew how to solve problems, that he knew how to build things that people want to live and work and play in. He was, therefore, an enormous threat to an elite class that is not interested in problem-solving but only in maintaining the status quo that has been so good to them. In other words, in our Orwellian age, the elite class, aided by their shills in the “news” media, settled on the narrative that Trump is not qualified to be president precisely because he is qualified (or, at the minimum, because he is more qualified than they are).
Trump’s extensive list of real accomplishments, not sound bites, that the “Democrat” Party, the “news” media and Liz Cheney appear not to have noticed, is documented by one of the remaining actual journalists, Sharyl Attkisson:
By Richard Michael McDonough
Richard Michael McDonough is an American philosophy educator. His achievements include production of original interpretation of Wittgenstein’s logical-metaphysical system, original application Kantian Copernican Revolution to philosophy of language; significant interdisciplinary work logic, linguistics, psychology & philosophy. Member Australasian Debating Federation (honorary life, adjudicator since 1991), Phi Kappa Phi.