The following is by my good friend, Martin Ingall. He is President of Technology Information, which he founded in 1993. Prior to that he was a lobbyist at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Since so many people have asked, here’s my big picture take on the election, with help from the great Daniel Greenfield. His gist, his brilliance, my adds, my subtracts, my edits, my take grafted onto his.
This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution. It began with a protest called the Moral Majority in the 1980s, morphed to a rebellion called the Tea Party within the Republican Party, and finally became a full blown revolution against the entire political establishment.
Two days ago sixty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.
They are fathers who can’t feed their families anymore. They are hard working mothers who can’t afford health care. They are workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries, something I personally have directly watched unfold for twenty years. They are sons who don’t see a future for themselves. They are daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They are legal immigrants, Hispanic and otherwise, who came here through legal methods. They are African-Americans fed up with the empty promises that have led their communities to complete and utter ruin. They are people aghast as they see Europe self-immolating economically, politically, culturally and demographically. They are concerned citizens who’ve watched Americans die in preventable terrorist attacks while the authorities are asleep in their bed of political correctness. They are parents appalled the schools are teaching their children gender fluidity. They are business owners who see their hard earned money taxed away for the pet projects of others. They are church goers who’ve been told to say happy holidays rather than Merry Christmas.
They took a deep breath and they stood. They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.
The Great Blue Wall crumbled. The impossible states fell one by one. Ohio. Michigan. Pennsylvania. Iowa. Wisconsin! Wisconsin wasn’t even supposed to be in play, so we were told by the media and pollsters. Americans who had been overlooked and trampled on for so long got to their feet. They rose up against their oppressors and the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with them.
They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.
They fought and they won.
This wasn’t a vote. It was an uprising. Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, which was truly one of the most extraordinary events in human history, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them. And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been. And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.
Who were these people? They didn’t talk right or think right. They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.
They were wrong about everything. Illegal immigration? Everyone knew it was here to stay. Black Lives Matter? The new civil rights movement. Manufacturing? As dead as the dodo. Banning Muslims? What kind of bigot even thinks that way? Love wins. Marriage loses. The future belongs to the urban metrosexual and his dot com, not to the guy who puts his cahones on the table every day to run a small business or the church-going couple who are raising a family or the man who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.
They couldn’t change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future. Instead they got in their cars and pickup trucks and drove out to vote. And they changed everything.
Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America. A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies and it was no longer your America. It was his. He was JFK and FDR rolled into one. He told us that his version of history was right and inevitable.
And they voted and left him in the dust. They walked past him and they didn’t listen. Obama came to campaign to where they still cling to their guns and their bibles. He came to plead for his legacy. And America said, “No.”
Sixty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media, the emperor with no clothes. They voted because they believed in themselves and their values and the American idea and their children’s futures. And their dedication made the impossible happen.
Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into welfare districts and gangland territories.
It was all impossible. And sixty million Americans did the impossible. They turned the world upside down.
CNN is weeping. MSNBC is wailing. ABC calls it a tantrum. NBC damns it. Oh The Huffington Post is in such a huff. The Boston Globe is flummoxed. The New York Times is farklempte. The Washington Post is flabbergasted. The LA Times is apoplectic. The Chicago Tribune has retreated to a safe space. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations and non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.
Instead the people stood in front of the machine. They blocked it with their bodies. They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless. They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration. They looked at the empty factories and barren farms. They looked at the kids with blue hair in their kids’ schools and the racket called teachers’ unions. They drove through the early cold. They waited in line. They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future. They bet on America. And they won.
They won improbably. And they won amazingly.
They were tired of that grotesque creature from the swamp called ObamaCare. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.
And they stood up and fought back. This was their last hope. Their last chance to be heard.
And who are these people? They are you and me. We are those with graduate degrees and those with high school degrees. We are at all income levels and all tax brackets. We drive all sorts of cars and live in all sorts of homes. We are men and we are women. We are native born and we are immigrants. We are all of the colors with which God has blessed the human race. We are employers and employees. We work at our desks and we work with our hands. We work at the office and we work from our homes.
We are everyone who was told we could not speak our truth, that we could not express our horror at the slow motion collapse of American culture that we see unfolding right before our eyes, that the Constitution and its ideals do not matter, that we cannot inculcate our children with our own creed, that we cannot raise them the way we want to as their parents, that we are oppressive, intolerant, mean, bad people.
Watch this video. See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump. Here’s three ways Samantha Bee broke the internet by taunting Trump supporters. These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is owns the internet. Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters. Watch the ladies shmooze on The View. Watch Katy Perry. Watch Miley Cyrus. Watch Robert Downey Jr. Watch Beyonce campaign with Hillary. Watch. Click.
Watch sixty million Americans take back their country.
The media had the election wrong all along. This wasn’t about personalities. It was about the impersonal. It was about sixty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back. It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump’s star. It was about the lost Democrats searching for someone to represent them. It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures and that of their children.
No one will ever interview all those men and women. We will never see all their faces. But they are us and we are them. They came to the aid of a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible. Semper fi.
America exists because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them that it couldn’t be done.
The day when we stop being able to pull off the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist.
Tuesday was not that day. This week sixty million Americans did the impossible.
This is a great week for America and for freedom everywhere. It could be America’s last chance. Let’s hope we can turn things around and set a new and enduring course.
A new day has come. Buckle your seat belt. It’s not smooth sailing to rollback and undo the damage that has been done. It’s not easy to advance and implement the positive. Expect a lot of turbulence from the entrenched interests, from the elitists who think they should be running others lives, from the politically correct who are everywhere, from the crazed press and from that cesspool we call Washington. Enjoy the sunshine and the new dawn. And hold on to your hats. We’re in for quite a ride.”