WHAT IS POPULISM
Populism refers to a range of political stances that emphasize the idea of the "people" and often juxtapose this group against "the Elite." Wikipedia
a group of persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence
the socially superior part of society Merriam-Webster
POPULISTS SERVE THE PEOPLE.
ELITES SERVE THEMSELVES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS
Populists love America, the American flag and all American people.
By in large, Americans love their country and their flag. After all, it is our American flag. It is disturbing to read of cases in which sight of the flag on public display sends shivers of fear and disgust through the hearts of Elite bureaucrats and politicians. There has been a concerted effort to discredit words like Patriotism and Nationalism as somehow less than honorable. Populists reject these notions because to Make America Great means to make the American people great. We stand for all American people and the people of our communities.
Populists love the Federal Constitution and their State Constitutions
Our Federal and State Constitutions are controlling documents that set the structure for the rights of the people versus institutions. America is all about the rule of law as defined under the Constitution. Anarchy and Separatism has no place among populists.
Populists are committed to their communities
Populists are strong supporters of community and the specific communities (religious, social, service) to which they belong. People best thrive is strong communities. Community is the answer to an all encompassing big Government that wants to do all and be all for its citizens. Community can provide support to the people within its purview, usually at lower cost and more direct compassion than Government. Extreme libertarian and authoritarian advocacy has no place among populism because although polar opposites, they both reject community.
Populists favor limited government
Populists recognize the government provides essential public safety and social services to society. Populists also recognize that growth in social services provided by the government comes at the expense of limitations on personal freedom and through confiscation of wealth (taxes). Populists also recognize that social services can be provided by other means (community organizations, commercial and nonprofit enterprises, self) often (but not always) at lower costs and limitations to freedom.