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Election results leave Americans with questions about populism. Here are some answers

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Populists want the federal government to behave like an adult. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The results are in, and Democrats are shocked by what they perceive as an uneducated mob of populists taking unified control of the federal government. Democrats assume populists are racist and bigoted. In truth, they are neither. They're actually rather boring. What many don't realize is that populists want what most people want.

Populists want the federal government to behave like an adult. This means a real plan to reduce the national debt, controlled sensible immigration, no illegal immigration and higher economic growth to create the jobs they need to fulfill their personal goals for an improved life. They want to live in communities that find the right balance between protecting human rights while giving them the freedom to act and behave according to their beliefs.

But as Americans process the election result, the first question many ask is, "What's up with populism?"

What? Less government?

Many Democrats think progress requires more government and more regulations. Combined federal, state and local government spending in the United States is about 38 percent of GDP. Total federal debt is almost $20 trillion. Populists correctly point out the private sector creates all the wealth that the government spends. The private sector wants the federal government to live within its means and avoid budget deficits. Liberal progressives cannot deal with the hard choices of deciding what spending to cut.

What? Profit is good?

Democrats say the only thing that business people care about is maximizing profits. Profit is a measure of how efficient you are in attracting and serving customers. Maximizing profit maximizes national wealth. Maximizing profit maximizes government revenues. Maximizing profit is where capital comes from to invest in and create new businesses. Maximizing profit is good.

What? Not white and uneducated?

Liberal progressives cannot accept that many African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities voted for Donald Trump. How could these minorities vote for a white, uneducated populist movement? Perhaps the answer is that it isn't a white, uneducated populist movement. Rather, it's a movement of people of all backgrounds who want their government to move toward generating a surplus, to create economic growth and to have a pragmatic foreign policy.

What? Make America Great Again?

The U.S. has an outstanding record as a multicultural society in creating a high standard of economic wellbeing and human rights. The country's mix of government with free market capitalism is an engine for progress.

This election was about many issues. Each voter had their own list, but the race is best summarized by three items.

First, please get your act together, federal government. Come up with a plan to reduce the national debt. Enforce the law or make new ones, but do not willfully disrespect our laws. Re-engineer your vast array of laws, regulations and bureaucracies to try and deliver efficient, accountable government services.

Second, back off in attacking family values. Get off this social justice, ethnic group obsession. We are all Americans. Please treat us equally and speak to us as one class of people with the same aspirations.

Third, the Supreme Court should interpret our existing laws. Do not usurp the role of the legislatures by creating new laws.

Dick Sim is the author of "Freedom to Argue: We the People Versus They the Government." He was previously CEO and chairman of two public companies on the New York Stock Exchange. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.