In response to reader's letter to the FT on 2nd March 2016, equating the popularity of Donald Trump with 'the tyranny of the majority'
"The type of tyranny the US founding fathers most feared — especially James Madison — was the tyranny of the majority"
Absolute rubbish. The tyranny the founding fathers rose in revolt against, and revulsion with, was the tyranny of government. The constant clacking, whinging and whining of the establishment amounts to this:
'Our power is being threatened - too many people are voting for this guy. Democracy isn't giving us the right result - something's wrong with democracy’
There is nothing wrong with democracy, it is doing its job – sending a message. In this case the message is, in the colloquial, ‘kick out the bums’. The problem is the bums don't want to go.
Donald Trump is a symptom of mounting disgust with a system of insider cronyism that is rotten to the core – not just in need of reform – rotten.
That is the message here. And until the establishment stops hiding behind pseudo intellectual rubbish, nothing will change. We are not far away from concerted attempts to sabotage this election, through rigging the delegate count or some spurious rule change - that's how desperate these fools are becoming. If that happens, there will be an army of Donald Trumps in the 2018 mid-terms.
Martin Wolf doesn't 'get it', and Larry Summers doesn't 'get it'. That is not surprising – when the message is coming from the outside, the insiders are always the last people to hear it. On the strength of your comments, you don't get it either.
This isn’t about Donald Trump. Do you want him in the White House? If so, keep missing the point. Do you want responsible, honest government? If so, buy your establishment pals a mirror, and tell them they need to clean up their act. Hillary Clinton is not the answer to our problems – she’s an example of why we have Donald Trump.