CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 17, 2016 – Donald Trump is living proof of the age-old adage, “history repeats itself.”
In 1917 a pair of revolutions in Russia dismantled the tsarist autocracy. A century later, Trump is undoing President Obama’s tsars (Friends of Barack) who claim to be “advisers” while cashing fat checks for doing nothing.
The peasants are unhappy and they are fighting back. Obama’s tsars are symbolic. The system is broken and has been for a long time. If Donald Trump is the Frankenstein monster of politics, he is the creation of the Republican party.
The GOP was given a mandate in 2010 and did nothing.
American voters sent the same message to Washington in 2014, and the Republican elites squandered that opportunity as well. Now, as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright would say, “The chickens are coming home to roost.”
Love him or hate him, with no in-between, Donald Trump has exposed the ruling class of Washington for what it really is, an elitist club that “speaks loudly and carries no stick.”
The French Revolution was an uprising against the monarchy that began on July 14, 1789, when downtrodden citizens stormed the Bastille in Paris. The biggest difference in Trump’s revolution is that a member of the elite is leading the middle-class charge against the establishment.
Given Trump’s brashness, most people would hardly label him an aristocrat, but his financial strength does elevate him to a status that American “peasants” are buying into.
What the establishment apparently fails to recognize is that Trump is merely the catalyst for the message. He has become the Spartacus of politics.
What was confounding at first was that Trump’s approach is basically what the Republicans have claimed to seeking for decades; a strong coalition spanning all demographics. Trump has managed to reach that goal, and suddenly many mainstream Republicans are rejecting it.
One aspect of the Trump philosophy that may have slipped under the radar is the loyal conservative media that have frequently provided “cover” for Republican elites. If the conservative press by and large is attempting to defeat Trump, it can only mean they have been as much a part of the problem as the establishment themselves.
Republican politicians make claims and fail to follow through, so conservative media step in and “explain” the philosophy, and both sides pat themselves on the back at how they fooled the American public again.
It’s an incestuous relationship that neither the politicians nor the media are willing to concede without a fight.
When Barack Obama coined his ambiguous campaign slogan of “hope and change,” voters bought into it. However, Mr. Obama was never vetted properly. He had no experience to prepare him for the presidency, yet he “sold” the voting public on his rhetoric and charisma.
Trump’s bombastic style may be a full 180-degrees from Obama in terms of communications, but he, like the president, has charisma while also offering “hope and change.” Trump supporters are hell-bent on the idea of “hoping things will change.”
Should Trump become the Republican nominee, everyone knows he will not govern in the same manner that he has campaigned. Trump himself admits as much by often referring to his book “The Art of the Deal.”
You must first win before you can deal.
The question in everyone’s mind seems to be just exactly how will Trump govern? On the one hand, he could go completely off the farm like Obama and give us four more years of the same disillusionment.
Conversely, he could go in the opposite direction and actually keep, or attempt to keep, his promises to fundamentally change Washington instead of the United States. That is what his loyal supporters believe and are counting on.
Donald Trump did not build his business empire by using the same behind-the-scene tactics we have witnessed on the campaign trail. In that sense you have to believe he will be better at governing than the disaster his critics are frantically claiming will result.
For the moment, the Republican establishment in Washington has come down with a severe case of the DTs and they don’t have a cure.
In 1862, Victor Hugo wrote his classic historical novel “Les Miserables.” The American middle class has been “Miserables” for too long, and they are fighting back.
Middle-class America is fed up. As Jean-Jacques Rousseau attributed the phrase “Let them eat cake” to Marie Antoinette, the American middle class is now demanding to “have their cake and eat it too.”
The establishment’s good old boy’s club in both parties is in danger of falling, and they don’t like it one bit. That’s where the Trump revolution is gathering its strength and, it now just may be too late to stop.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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