Jul 22 2016
I have no idea where the Donald Trump who delivered that excellent convention speech has been hiding out all these months, but I am very glad to see he showed up when he did. His speech capped a great convention – but not in the politically mainstream or politically correct sense of “great”.
The most jarring aspect of the convention was comparing the politician speakers (obviously the GOP selected speakers) against the non-politicians (probably selected by the Trump campaign). It was no contest. The Americans who were not from the Political Industrial Complex (PIC) outperformed across the board. Poor Hillary – I am sure her convention will tow the conventional convention line!
For the denizens of the PIC the Trump Convention was awkward and different from any convention than they could imagine or desire. One that no sane politically elitist would suffer. Which is why it was so damn good!
Today’s commentary from the News Media wing of the PIC is pathetically predictable:
Trump’s speech proved once again that he would continue to throw out the traditional campaign rulebook that might dictate softer language and broader appeals. Instead, he offered his grim portrait of the country and a law-and-order message in the hope of summoning an army of disaffected and forgotten voters large enough to topple the political status quo in November.
Throughout this election year, it has been evident that the forces of change are in control, which puts Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at an obvious disadvantage. But with questions about his temperament and readiness to be president, Trump has but one way to win, and that was on display Thursday night.
Sounds good, right? Sounds like Trump hit the nail on the head. But there is always a caveat or some strand of false hope that the PIC reality extends to rest of the country:
His target audience remains white, mostly working-class, Americans bruised by economic change and worried about cultural changes.
Good lord, how can you still believe this (especially since the white “working class” has endured Obama’s economic failures better than many minorities)? There is a reason I stopped watching conventions on cable or prime time, because the talking heads do nothing but translate and spin what is going on for the poor dumb masses.
I watch these unfiltered and in the raw on C-SPAN, and I suggest everyone else do the same. Because if you didn’t watch C-SPAN, you missed this purely white working class speech:
Pastor Mark Burns “burned” down the house! He had the place rocking. He had our family room rocking! And he was not alone – Peter Thiel got a standing ovation.
I see echos of Brexit, where the elites kept claiming the populist message was not resonating, how could anyone put their livelihood above such glorious endeavors things such as “globalization”!
Look, the dynamics are not that hard to figure out. Those who have done all the sacrificing – blue collar workers whose jobs went overseas, minorities fighting for ever shrinking jobs with illegal immigrants, small family businesses fighting mega-companies, just about all average Americans – are done sacrificing. They are going to send into DC an outsider to change the direction of this country and call on the PIC to begin sacrificing for once.
The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.
And it is their turn to sacrifice their cushy, crony-built livelihoods so the rest of this country can get their fair share of the American Dream!