As the US elections come down to the wire, there is a palpable sense of dread and panic in the air - no matter who you are voting for. Hillary Clinton voters cringe with every WikiLeaks release. Donald Trump voters cringe every time he says anything that could be used against him. Whether you follow the elections on MSNBC, ABC, Drudge, Breitbart, The Intercept, CNN, Fox News or any other media outlet, I would suggest something bigger is at play in elections - globally. It almost seems to me as though there has been a collective emergence of discomfort on the part of global citizens as we all look around the corner. From British voters that elected to leave the EU in dramatic nationalist fashion to an undeniable massive rise in populism across both Eastern and Western Europe. From France to Hungary. From Belgium to Italy. There is a collective political movement afoot that has the potential of upending the aspirations of generations of globalists everywhere.
Whoever wins the US elections this cycle she or he will have to deal with a new reality in the US and Western political landscape. That reality has to do with national control over borders, taxes, and accountability. Sovereignty. Here in the United States, Donald Trump is an imperfect reflection of that collective passion. He is viewed as being the change agent when it comes to this narrative. Hillary Clinton proudly promotes an ideology and vision that leans heavily on her husband’s accomplishments, President Obama’s eight years in office and her track record. In a world that is rapidly evolving away from the established new world status quo, even if she wins the White House, the battle lines are just being drawn - globally. The sledding for those looking to engineer a frictionless, borderless, progressive agenda is about to run into a buzz saw of resistance from who Nigel Farage calls “the little people.”
I have touched on these themes over the past several months, and increasingly my assessment of the evolving landscape is being validated. In this weekend’s Bloomberg Businessweek, Carol Matlack wrote an interesting article on the subject.
The piece begins with the following introductory paragraph:
“As Europeans assess the fallout from the U.K.’s Brexit referendum, they face a series of elections that could equally shake the political establishment. In the coming 12 months, four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists. Once seen as fringe groups, France’s National Front, Italy’s Five Star Movement, and the Freedom Party in the Netherlands have attracted legions of followers by tapping discontent over immigration, terrorism, and feeble economic performance. ‘The Netherlands should again become a country of and for the Dutch people,’says Evert Davelaar, a Freedom Party backer who says immigrants don’t share Western and Christian values.”