America has always been a nation that rejects Establishments of all stripes. From the moment they broke away from Europe during the American War for Independence, to the day the founding fathers — taking their queue from Montesquieu — insisted on a separation between the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, to the year Bernie Sanders stormed the presidential primaries with his amazing insurgent campaign, Americans have always been willing to give the finger to the powers-that-be.
The American founding fathers knew that it was important to prevent power from concentrating in the hands of one group of people — in other words, to prevent a big, bloated Establishment from developing.
This spirit returned in 2015 with the Bernie Sanders campaign — “Break ’em up” was one of the major Bernie campaign slogans. When Bernie Sanders was fighting for the presidency, a particularly attractive aspect of his platform was his support for bringing back the Glass-Steagal Act. Glass-Steagal is another ingenious bit of separation-of-powers wizardry — the legislation prohibits banks from gambling with the money of ordinary Americans (it does this by insisting on a strict separation between the speculative and non-speculative activities of banks). Glass-Steagal was abolished by Bill Clinton in the nineties — another bit of evidence that the Clintons are tight with Wall Street — and that paved the way for the financial crisis of 2008. Without any checks on their activities, the banks drew up bad mortgages with aplomb, gambled with the savings entrusted to them, and paved the way for the mega-collapse that crippled middle America.
Donald Trump has been celebrated in some quarters as an anti-establishment candidate — independently wealthy enough to shake off the influence of donors, confident enough to brush off accusations of racism and sexism and continue using the sort of colorful language that resonates with many Americans, patriotic enough to reject unchecked immigration, and audacious enough to tell us that not only will he build that wall, Mexico will have to pay for it. Many who support Trump see him as the face of the coming era of American greatness.
Cultural critic Camille Paglia once said that “every generation hits some ossified ideology that must be overthrown.” Are Trump’s supporters right that he is the only one with the confidence and cash to break through all the things that are currently ossifying in Washington — embrace of identity politics without real social change, political figures who kowtow to ungrateful foreign powers, big business in the pocket of presidents and senators, and a failure to check the influx of dubious foreign influences in the name of PC?
This week, supporters of Donald Trump have been circulating an excerpt from a speech Hillary Clinton gave in 2013. In the speech, Clinton said that she wants to see more business people enter politics because they “can’t be bought.” Clinton said that successful business people enjoy independence from the parties in Washington who might try to influence them.
“You can be rented but never bought.”
In a private speech Hillary Clinton stated "You know, I would really like to see more successful business people run for office."— TrumpWeLikeYou! (@TrumpWeLikeYou) October 17, 2016
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“You can be rented,” Clinton admitted, acknowledging that cash from wealthy donors would be tempting for anyone, but personal wealth gained outside politics will give Trump “a certain level of freedom.”
Many publications have pointed out the potential pluses of a Trump presidency. DiscussMuch states that Trump “doesn’t buy into the victim mentality,” demonstrating instead a confidence and swagger that will be refreshing after a long era of identity politics, victim feminism and rampant PC.
“America today has become a nation where you’re only entitled to make someone of yourself if you’re a victim with a hard-luck story. While it might seem like Trump was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s actually fought through bankruptcy and has had to start over a couple of times. Unlike Obama, whose social justice beliefs dictate his actions that are geared toward wealth redistribution, Trump is more about wealth creation and personal drive to accumulate wealth. This is something America sorely needs.”
A writer for Quartz praises Trump for advocating for the poor by demanding that American jobs be brought back from overseas. The writer counts Hillary Clinton’s “experience” as a mark against her, saying that “experience hasn’t worked out that well in Washington lately.”
“His urban upbringing gives me hope that he might actually fight for compromise on common sense issues, such as… increasing opportunities for the poor by taking back jobs from overseas and reforming the H-1B visa program…. These might be lofty expectations for a man with no political experience. Then again, political experience hasn’t worked out so well in Washington lately.”
Daily Caller has published an amazing report comparing Trump to Julius Caesar and saying that Trump has succeeded because Americans are waking up to the fact that there is a chasm between the official version of events and the reality of their daily lives. With his straight-talk, swagger and refusal to kowtow, Trump has demonstrated that he is not fully enmeshed in that Washington clique, who mouth prepared PC speeches to their constituents then ink corrupt deals in the backrooms of Wall Street. The report also notes that, like Caesar, Trump is excellent at communicating with ordinary people.
“Like Julius Caesar, Trump has exploded onto the stage of history at a time of economic turmoil, civil unrest, falling moral standards and a sense of widespread decline. There is a yawning gap between the official version of reality put forward by the establishment media and people’s everyday experiences.”
SwissInfo praises Trump, saying that because he is not a career politician he will shake things up, and we definitely “need a new start.” Breitbart notes that on November 8 Americans will be electing a First Family — not just a president — and they could definitely do worse than Ivanka, Melania and co. Even Hillary Clinton admitted, when she was asked to say something nice about Trump, that “his children are a wonderful reflection on him.”
Is it time for a Trump presidency?
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