One of the most fascinating aspects of this train wreck presidential election is how a billionaire can position himself as the champion for the common, middle class person. His appeal has stumped both political parties and the media.
I do not profess to have the answers to this vexing question but I have a few ideas.
First up is our bitter resentment towards elitists. Here the media and the political ruling class take center stage. Hillary Clinton, the epitome of elitist, professes Donald Trump is not fit for office. Of course, her media lap dogs echo that sentiment. What they do not understand is that view, by default, implies the rest of us are too stupid to know better. How many people do you know enjoy being insulted on a daily basis?
Ironically, the class warfare practiced by politicians is the underpinnings of the resentment most of us feel towards elitists. They did it to themselves yet are too tone deaf to realize it. Even if their assessment is right, they have angered the populous so much that some will vote for Trump to spite them.
Dr. Ben Carson summed it up best “It is obvious that the media has decided who the winner of this election should be; but by so grossly overplaying its hand, the media has lost all credibility as a source for objective facts and surrendered its role as a neutral arbiter of political discourse.”
The irrefutable evidence coming from WikiLeaks proves Clinton and the Democratic National Committee conspired to steal the nomination from Senator Bernie Sanders. Do these political elites believe the diehard Bernie followers will say “Oh gee, that sucks; let’s vote Hillary!”
They have made Trump’s conspiratorial rantings of election stealing sound plausible. How scary is that? Even scarier: I fear he is right.
Trump has also exposed the cronyism of both political parties. The Republicans paraded 16 candidates – most of whom are “polished” politicians – during the primaries. He ran circles around them and won the nomination. The bitterness has grown to a crescendo with both parties coming out against him. The scare tactic they use is a Trump presidency is bad for the country. No. It’s bad for them because they fear he will end the cronyism and their golden parachutes.
Here is a man who donated money to both political parties throughout the years. He switched party affiliations when it served his purpose. He’s a crony. But these fools are so caught up in their egos they are failing to see the opportunity of business as usual. They just want to do it on their terms.
The bottom line – an educated electorate is a politician’s worst nightmare. Both parties believe we are the uninformed masses. That may be true in some pockets of society but despite what politicians say and the media misreports, the one thing we all know is whether we are doing better today than yesterday.
If the answer is no; guess who will not get a job come November. In one sense, I do not care who deleted what and who said what. Those issues speak to a person’s character and integrity. Anyone in politics has no character or integrity so it boils down who will make my tomorrow better today.