WASHINGTON — It had to happen. The United States of America has been the most desirable piece of real estate to inhabit for more than 200 years. It was only a matter of time before outsiders took note of our open borders to the north and the south and decided to enter without proper documentation. Those borders have been sparsely patrolled. And so, they entered by the thousands, probably by the millions, some bringing garbage, as commentator Tucker Carlson recently observed, others bringing criminal records, virtually none bringing documents attesting to their legal entry. What was to be done?
Well, in 2016, a candidate for the presidency, a builder and developer who had seen enough of our open borders, promised to build a wall across the 1,954 miles of our southern border to keep the illegal aliens out. If he could build behemoth buildings in New York City, he could build a wall across the open spaces of our southern border. And in 2016, he was elected president. Donald Trump was elected for many reasons, but one reason he got to the White House was he promised the wall, and a caravan of thousands of unruly Central Americans demonstrated as recently as a few weeks ago why we need that wall.
I suspect one of the reasons that Trump is so easily provoked to anger by the governing class in Washington is that the governing class brings to foozle endeavors that Trump knows are easily accomplished in the world of business. He built Trump Tower in New York. He can build a wall across our southern border. That is the way to shut out the caravans. Let Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi wrangle with him all they want. They never built anything.
Now my friend and my colleague in various subterfuges Frank Buckley has weighed in with a book explaining why Trump won and the condition America is in. It is called "The Republican Workers Party," and it comes with my highest recommendation. Frank was born in Canada and came here in 1989 to teach at George Mason University. He believes that Americans "are the most generous and admirable of people," and remember he is a born Canadian (though now a legal citizen of these United States — I have seen his papers). So when he speaks of a generous and admirable people, he knows whereof he speaks.
Yet when he speaks of America as "a country of people hard on the outside and soft on the inside," there is some irony here. He goes on to say Americans are also "among the worst-governed in the First World." The problem is with — simply stated — the people who provoke Trump's most intemperate tweets. He means the governing class, the people — both Republican and Democratic — who oppose his wall, his tax cuts and his deregulation. I guess, if the truth be known, they oppose his economic growth, too. They extend beyond the governing class. They are the elites who spread our politicized culture, our political correctness, our reorganized public restrooms. They spread our Kultursmog.
Trump ran against all this in 2016. As he told a reporter back then: "You're going to have a worker's party. A party of people that haven't had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry." He promised to re-vivify the American Dream, and he is making good on his promise.
Yet he has disturbed the upper classes of our society. He has disturbed the governing class, the elite class, the patrollers of political correctness, the keepers and formulators of the Kultursmog.
One of the most pompous, albeit most lonely, of America's elites is the never-Trumper. Recently, a subcategory of the never-Trumpers found itself bereft of a rich benefactor to fund its vanity projects. The benefactor was Philip Anschutz, whom the never-Trumpers now call a public "murderer." They are not very subtle. William E. Simon Jr. and James Piereson have responded that those calling Anschutz a murderer would benefit by reading William F. Buckley Jr.'s book "Generosity." Anschutz is a loyal patron to those with whom he agrees, but after spending tens of millions of dollars on a magazine that was going the way of George Soros, he thought he would let George do it.
Those who now inveigh against him are mostly editors of what were once thought to be influential political magazines. For 50 years I have been one of these editors, editing a small but influential magazine. Now thanks to their recklessness editors, I will have to rebuild the repute of our magazines all over again. The never-Trumpers have revealed that their claim to influence was mere guff. Their magazines were simply vanity projects.
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and the author, most recently, of "The Death of Liberalism," published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.