Can Trump Trump [The Ruling Class]?
“The 2016 election is simple; the person who runs on the platform ‘Who do they think they are?’ will win.” Angelo Codevilla
In “his essay-turned-book The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It [Angelo Codevilla] caught the attention of Rush Limbaugh and many others. It argues that our fundamental political problem is not “big government,” but the creation of a ruling class, inhabiting both parties, that is steadily increasing its authoritarian control over the nation.”
[The “ruling class” is “the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world.”]
Please also see Angelo Codevilla’s article “Standing Up to the Ruling Class”
“Does Trump Trump?” focuses on the ruling class and the rise of Donald Trump.
Some pull quotes:
“Donald Trump leapt atop other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination when he acted on the primordial fact in American public life today, from which most of the others hide their eyes, namely: most Americans distrust, fear, are sick and tired of, the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world. Trump’s attraction lies less in his words’ grace or even precision than in the extent to which Americans are searching for someone, anyone, to lead against this ruling class, that is making America less prosperous, less free, and more dangerous.”
“Trump’s rise reminds this class’s members that they sit atop a rumbling volcano of rejection.
“Republicans brahmins have the greater reason to fear. Whereas some three fifths of Democratic voters approve the conduct of their officials, only about one fifth of Republican voters approve what theirs do. If Americans in general are primed for revolt, Republican (and independent) voters fairly thirst for it.”
“The point here is simple: our ruling class has succeeded in ruling not by reason or persuasion, never mind integrity, but by occupying society’s commanding heights, by imposing itself and its ever-changing appetites on the rest of us. It has coopted or intimidated potential opponents by denying the legitimacy of opposition. Donald Trump, haplessness and clownishness notwithstanding, has shown how easily this regime may be threatened just by refusing to be intimidated.”
“Having failed to destroy Trump, Republicans and Democrats are left to hope that he will self-destruct as Perot did. Indeed, Trump has hardly scratched the surface and may not be able to do more than that. Yet our rulers know the list of things divide them from the American people is long. They want to avoid like the plague any and all arguments on the substance of those things. They fear the rise of an un-intimidated leader more graceful and precise than Trump, someone whose vision is fuller but who is even more passionate in championing the many resentments the voicing of just a few channeled so much support to Trump.”
Who can and will lead the second American revolution against the “ruling class”?
Codevilla concludes with little discussion that Trump is not the man to lead the political “revolution” against the corrupt, incompetent, authoritarian, “because we said so” ruling class that is not only lining their pockets but also ruining the greatest country that ever existed in the process.
America was the exception in human history, the result of history and geography. Colonists were allowed to self govern for ~150 years before the American constitution.
America reversed the usual order:
King, government, Pope, high priest etc.
That exception created the most exceptional country in human history.
Underlying everything happening politically, the ruling class is “fundamentally transforming” America from the exceptional exception into the human norm of government over the people. [Part of the process is eliminating or reducing as much as possible the role of God and Christianity, but that is another article, essay or book.]
A second revolution, (which can still be done politically) is necessary to restore the American exception.
Codevilla said recently “The 2016 election is simple; the person who runs on the platform ‘Who do they think they are?’ will win.”
I am not as certain as Codevilla that Trump cannot be that man, but I also have my doubts.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] and Carly Fiorina want to lead the political revolution against the ruling class. Walker has a good record in Wisconsin taking on the unions, but he like the other Rep candidates, is not a revolutionary and is not a visionary.
Cruz is a great American patriot and he may be the one to lead the revolution.
I have heard Fiorina speak twice in person, many times on video and met her twice briefly in person. Of all of the candidates, she comes closest to Codevilla’s description of an “un-intimidated leader more graceful and precise than Trump, someone whose vision is fuller but who is even more passionate in championing the many resentments the voicing of just a few channeled so much support to Trump.”
[I just wish Fiorina would read Ann Coulter’s book Adios America! Because the second American revolution cannot be successful unless we control illegal and legal immigration. Legal immigration brought in 30 million immigrants from 1980 to 2012 and will bring in 14 million more legal immigrants in the next 10 years, who will vote for the Dem ruling class 80%/20%.]
For the moment, Trump is leading the revolution against the ruling class most effectively. If he falters, he may have performed a great and valuable service for America showing the way for the leader(s) who will help lead Americans to overthrow the corrupt, incompetent, authoritarian, “because we said so” ruling class, and even more important, inspiring the American people to live up to their right and restore the American constitutional republic.
Hopefully, Rep presidential candidates, members of Congress, elected officials from the state houses to city halls, and candidates for all of these offices will see Trump stand up to the ruling class and say “I can do that too.”
For the moment, “Fight On Donald Trump.”