Trump Scares the Establishment

Trump Scares the Establishment
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus

It’s February 23rd as I write, and the season when political parties choose their nominee for the office of President is in full swing. Republicans from Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina have catapulted Donald Trump into a commanding lead. And the pundits in all phases of the media are worried.

Frank Rich is a former New York Times columnist whose opinions are now published in New York. He has just written about the worriers who are scratching their heads in discontent about the prospect of Trump winning the nomination and the White House. Rich pointedly cited the seeming desperation among “the Establishment” about the success achieved by the New York billionaire. He stated:

After Donald Trump’s victory in South Carolina, the GOP Establishment is left with what some political reporters have called “an urgent decision: Either destroy Mr. Trump or embrace him…. Far and away the Establishment’s bigger challenge is to destroy Trump.”

The question Rich didn’t answer is: Who are the individuals who form this “Establishment”? He didn’t name any, so let us give an opinion about the people who seem anxious, according to Rich, to “destroy Mr. Trump.”

In December 1961, nationally syndicated columnist Edith Kermit Roosevelt, the granddaughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, gave her readers as sound a definition of this powerful clique as could be found anywhere. Her description made sense 55 years ago, and it is still on target today. She wrote:

The word “establishment” is a general term for the power elite in international finance, business, the professions and government, largely from the northeast, who wield most of the power regardless of who is in the White House. Most people are unaware of this “legitimate Mafia.” Yet the power of the Establishment makes itself felt from the professor who seeks a foundation grant, to the candidate for a Cabinet post or State Department job. It affects the nation’s policies in almost every area….

What is the Establishment’s viewpoint? Through the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations its ideology is constant: That the best way to fight Communism is by a One World Socialist state governed by “experts” like themselves. The result has been policies which favor the growth of the superstate, gradual surrender of United States sovereignty to the United Nations….

Miss Roosevelt’s mention that members of the Establishment are “largely from the northeast” leads to the conclusion that she had in mind the members of the New York City-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). That’s where the bulk of the “power elite” can be found. If indeed members of the CFR and several lesser-known but likeminded Establishment groups “favor the growth of the superstate [and] gradual surrender of U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations,” and these individuals see a need to destroy Donald Trump’s so far very successful race to the nomination, then it would seem that Trump is not one of them. Which, in the view of this prognosticator, is a huge plus. It is also interesting that the people Rich has written about have no similar fears about Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich.

The New York pundit, himself easily linked to the Establishment, says the power elite would like to have all but one of Trump’s competitors bow out so that he would have to face in a one-on-one duel a candidate the Establishment would prefer. It may happen.

Please don’t anyone get the idea that what I have written is an endorsement of Donald Trump. When asked whom I might favor, I always answer, “The one who wants to have the U.S. withdraw from the United Nations.” That means I favor none of the GOP (or Democrat) candidates. But if Donald Trump wins the White House, he might realize the importance of separating from the UN. That would make him the hero of every red-blooded American.

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.

5 Comments on “Trump Scares the Establishment”

  1. Douglas Logan says:

    John, you did a very good analysis. Now we must get the analysis to enough people so they will get involved and help us save our country. You are doing your part, now the rest of us must do the rest. For God, family and country!


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  3. John J. Tobak says:

    If Donald Trump doesn’t realize now that America must withdraw from the United Nations, when will he realize it? How much more damage does the U.N. have to do before he realizes it? The sad reality is that he DOES realize it, but he’s doing nothing about it.

    Furthermore, Donald Trump is a man whose present position is that a woman should be able to kill her innocent, unborn child if she is raped and becomes pregnant. A man like that should not be supported in any way at all. A man like that will never do anything to help America get out of the UN.


  4. John J. Tobak says:

    Donald Trump says that he wants to “make America great again.” The man with whom he talks about foreign affairs, however, has something less patriotic in mind. According to a New York Times article from March 3, Donald Trump “held a private briefing last summer with Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations.” According to the article, when Mr. Trump made a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he said the following about Mr. Haass:

    “I respect Richard Haass, who’s on your show a lot. And I like him a lot. I have a few people that I really like and respect.”

    But what is there to “really like and respect” about a man who says that America should surrender its sovereignty to a world government? In his Feb. 17, 2006 op-ed piece titled, “Sovereignty and globalization,” Mr. Haass doesn’t mince his words. First, he writes that “states (nations) must be prepared to cede some sovereignty to world bodies if the international system is to function.” Then, after explaining to us that sovereignty “needs to become weaker,” he states that “necessity may also lead to reducing or even eliminating sovereignty when a government, whether from a lack of capacity or conscious policy, is unable to provide for the basic needs of its citizens.” This elimination of sovereignty is, of course, a necessary pre-requisite for the emergence of what Haass refers to as a “world government.”

    In the words of the late U.S. Congressman from Idaho, John T. Wood, “Just how careless and unthinking can we be that we permit this band of spies and traitors to exist another day in this land we all love? Are there no limits to our callousness and neglect of palpable and evident treason stalking rampant through our land?”


  5. […] answer to that question is that Trump persuaded voters – and the media concurred – that he was anti-Establishment, that he wasn’t another creature beholden to the ever-present political professionals. Voters who […]


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