Trump and Sanders: Escaping the Matrix

The media Matrix said "take your blue pill — Clinton or Bush." Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the red pill; America has a choice.


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2015 —“I know you’re out there,” says rebel hacker Neo in “The Matrix.” “I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid. You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you.”

“You” are the totalitarian machines that rule Earth. They don’t want humans to know that “reality” is nothing more than a computer simulation piped directly into their brains, while human warmth and bio-electricity are harvested to power the machines.

As Agent Smith, the digital enforcer of the Matrix, says of comatose humanity, “Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious.”

The guardians of America’s Matrix — the mainstream media — told us we had only two “electable” choices for president of the United States: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

But America stirred from its Matrix-induced coma and realized this wasn’t much of a choice at all.

“Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has rocketed past longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a stunning turn in a race once considered a lock for the former secretary of state,” said the Boston Herald a few days ago.

Last May, the Washington Post said Sanders’ presidential bid was “doomed” and did not generate “the sort of media interest in his bid that Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie have, for a pretty simple reason: Hillary Clinton leads him by a bajillion points in the polls.”

In Los Angeles and Portland, people elbowed their way through close to 30,000 souls to hear the old Vermont socialist. Hillary has never attracted more than 5,000.

“An analysis of where [Republican presidential candidate] Trump stands in polling across the country suggests his support is both real and deep, unable to be easily dislodged the way many in the media predict,” said Salon.

In June, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond said as Trump entered the GOP “ring that will become even more crowded before the first televised debate in August, Trump could find himself grinning on Fox News along with the rest of the top 10 candidates who made the cut. Fox is limiting participation in the first debate to the top 10 GOP contenders based on national polling, and Trump is just on the edge based on the latest polls.”

The media and their push-polls were wrong. Americans want candidates who contrast with rather than complement one another. And you can’t get anymore contrast than pitting a billionaire employer and builder of skyscrapers against an empty-handed, parasitic, socialist looter.

Americans forget that our current two-party system coalesced in the mid-19th century around the question of slavery. The party of Lincoln wanted to prevent, at the very least, the poison of slavery from expanding into the territories. Democrats, on the other hand, wanted to preserve and expand that peculiar institution that gloried in the theft of another’s labor.

Not much has changed in 155 years. Slavery is now called “progress” and “compassion,” with its promoters having become more ecumenical. That is to say, they are equal opportunity enslavers.

Republicans, on the other hand, have forgotten why they are here. “In giving freedom to the slave,” said Abraham Lincoln, “we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.”

Donald Trump is drowning out his GOP competition because his stance on illegal immigration seeks to preserve “the last best hope of earth.”

If the remaining 16 Republicans hope to ever step out from Trump’s shadow, they had better stop addressing the media’s concerns over the preservation of America’s progressive, authoritarian Matrix — like Trump — and talk past their accusatory shrieks.

“I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you.”

Republicans, assure freedom to the free.

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