"Trump’s a symptom, not the disease." -- Instapundit on Sunday.
At the risk of charges of heresy, Glenn Reynolds is wrong. Trump's not a symptom; he's the cure for a government of the government, by the government, and for the government. Don't sell short his supporters just because they are not credentialed with a college degree.
As my niece (a grandmother) told me in March: Trump's crazy -- like a fox.
His supporters get that Trump is not only a successful businessman, but a showman. They understand the difference between "Celebrity Apprentice" and how he actually runs a business. They know "You're fired" is just a tagline, and that he would never publicly humiliate someone like that.
I doubt his critics have watched the show, which is fine. They do not like the man. But if they have not watched the show, then they should not cite it.
The federal government is broken. Congress ceded too much power to the federal bureaucracy, giving it the power to write laws by promulgating regulations. But under civil service the president has too few appointees to control this Sorcerer's Apprentice of regulation. They wish to create a utopia where no one dies, no one cries, and no one is ever hurt -- all the things that make life "life."
With government on all levels now generating one-third of the economy, businesses would be irresponsible not to cater to that sector. According to Atlantic Monthly, this year's election is a $6 billion industry. Consultant fees skimmed off can reach the seven figures.
That money comes from investors. For example, George P. Kaiser of Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised $100,000 for Barack Obama in 2008 -- and walked away two years later with a $535 million federal guaranteed loan for one of his companies.
That's quite a return on investment.
Gaming the system like this goes on only so long as you take care of the voters. Washington stopped doing that. Or rather, Washington stopped taking care of voters who were not the core of the Democratic constituency. Democrats pandered to voting blocs. Consultants told Republicans to pander to those same voting blocs or be consigned to be a minority party forevermore. The damage done to the country by the political consultants cannot be ignored.
Into this failed system enters Trump. He is not going to be bought off. He has all the money he needs. He is not going to pander. He is not going to pay the trolls in the political consultancy class.
Of course, the consultants have buddies in the media, from reporters to Rupert Murdoch. Trump is the No. 1 threat to their game. They are the tailors without any thread from The Emperor's New Clothes. They have on the one hand created trouble for him by turning the media against him, while they aided him by turning the media against him. Trump's favorables may be in the 40s, but the news media's is in the single digits.
The system is rigged. Trump will un-rig it simply by winning on November 8. To be sure, they can stop him after the election. After all, they control a $3.8 trillion enterprise called the federal government that chews up and spits out guys like Trump every day. But his election breaks the fever. I hope against hope that Trump actually beats the system after that.
How appropriate that a sick little old lady -- Hillary Gollum Clinton -- is the champion of the system.
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