“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
I call 2016 the Chronicles Election. The issues discussed in this magazine, often a lonely voice in the wilderness, for more than 30 years finally caught up with the national political discourse and got a president elected. They are bum trade deals, an eroding industrial base, wars costing trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives, tax policies that slammed the middle class, and—especially—open borders and unlimited immigration.
The Chronicles Election caught the ruling elite by surprise. Real conservatives experienced Schadenfreude election night watching Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, and the other avatars of fake news melt down on camera as the returns rolled in from the steppes. Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, and my native Michigan went for Trump, the latter going Republican for the first time since 1988 when George H.W. Bush won on the coattails of incumbent President Ronald Reagan and a solemn pledge (quickly broken) of “No new taxes!”
How could the Main Sleaze Media have gotten it so wrong? The answer was ideological blinders and a failure to do some real reporting in the field. Hermetically sealed inside their TV studios and newsrooms in New York City and D.C., with occasional...