This post is for Gates of Vienna’s historical record but it can’t chronicle anything substantive.
The ‘debates’ have long since become scripted farce. Less and less do they deal in reality. Instead, they are performances designed to reassure the mainstream media that it’s still relevant. For far too long the political stage has been a vaudeville performance with our mainstream media acting as the managers of farce.
Why do we continue with the show? Debates clarify nothing. They change no one’s mind. They do nothing to return us toward a more “republican” (make that a small ‘r’, just as the original meaning of democrat requires a lower case ‘d’) form of governance. You remember what comprises a republican way of governance, right? That’s where the Constitution is the gold standard — to coin a phrase — by which we measure the worth of our public servants. Sadly their worth now lies in their (literally) stolen wealth, what they have scraped from the tax trough and the
bribes fees they collect after leaving office. That applies with few exceptions to both parties.
For the last seventy-plus years the Democrat party in America has owned our large cities. Those places are in serious trouble precisely because of this exclusive ownership. We used to understand the value of competing ideas and the dangers of corruption and slavery without the regular infusion of innovation. Now we simply turn away from the insoluble problems fomenting in the inner city cages or we pass judgment on those who find themselves trapped in those hellholes.
Here’s a brief video which sums up the process of September 26th’s vicious encounter:
After watching this latest performance I went to bed disheartened, mad at myself for wasting my time. I hadn’t watched one of those things in years, for the reasons outlined by Brian Lilley in that video.
That was no debate; it was a beatdown. It was injustice in the flesh: the ruling class in the form of Hillary Clinton and her journolist-servant moderator, Lester Holt. Holt (who called Trump a racist and accused him of lying) proceeded to bully one candidate whilst playing softball with the other. Trump’s a big boy; he hardly needs my sympathy. However, I will note that Trump has voiced repeatedly a central concern many others share — i.e., that this election will be rigged. I thought so when Obama was re-elected in 2012 after a first term marked by failure in his foreign policy and socialist chaos in his domestic schemes. He effectively used the Executive branch as a bully pulpit to cut the Legislative branch out of the loop. Now, after eight years, he is leaving our country in a shambles.
What transpired in that ‘debate’ was merely more of the same make-believe we’ve had forced upon us for well over a generation now. Just to name one federal bureaucracy which rules through fear and intimidation, look at the odious
KGB IRS. The Internal Revenue Service has unconstitutional seizure and arrest powers far worse than many totalitarian governments… and now they’re armed. Just ask Tea Party organizations how they’ve been harassed by the IRS. You won’t see any leftist orgs, the kind George Soros uses to foment chaos, at risk of an audit. No business should be held under a microscope for decade, yet Donald Trump has been audited every year for more than that time.
The same treatment will never apply to the Clinton Foundation, even though the latter never seems to do anything beyond collect cash for obscenely expensive “speeches” by the Clinton machine. Even The New York Times has questions about the former Secretary of State’s dealings with Russia’s acquisition of uranium.
But that subject never passed the moderator’s lips during the Monday Night Fight.
What was particularly ugly in that debate was the aftermath. I haven’t seen this incident remarked upon elsewhere, but what happened afterwards was the perfect coda to the whole encounter. In those few moments after the candidates left their lecterns to shake hands with one another and then with the moderator, both families came up on the stage to congratulate their respective warriors. Then, somehow, Clinton followers completely filled the front rows in the audience, deftly managing to prevent Trump followers any access to the stage or to Trump. The Trump family was treated to the full monty awkwardness of a public cordon sanitaire, forced to wave to a few distant faces we were never permitted to see, though you could hear a few voices of encouragement. As Trump looked over at the stage business with Hillary’s family, you see him ‘get’ the message; he turned and quickly herded his family offstage. Here is one version of the debate which shows that bit of theatre (the one I watched appears to have been removed). Scroll to the end of the video and roll back until you see the candidates shake hands with Lester Holt… then watch carefully to the end… That’s the petty level of optics at which the Clinton machine operates. However, Trump is a quick learner. Madame Secretary & Co. won’t get the opportunity to finesse that power-play a second time.
As for the moderator, Lester Holt, let’s compare and contrast his previous history with the candidates. Here is an interview he did with Donald Trump back in May. And another in June, where Holt is even more aggressive.
In contrast, here’s ol’ Lester “interviewing” Hillary in July. He throws softballs and then lets her ramble without interruption.
Compare and contrast and ask why this man was chosen as the purported “moderator”.
America is a mess precisely because those in power, politicians and their handlers, make facile, ignorant judgments about affairs domestic and foreign. Those judgments and their subsequent actions have earned America her current sad reputation. Our supine Congress forces us to live in servitude to extra-legal judgments and decisions. To add insult to injury, this legislative branch spins its wheels while passing more regulations. As the Baron often says, “justice has to be seen to be done”. For several presidential reigns now justice has been hiding. Or perhaps The Powers That Be knocked her off her pedestal and left her in the outer darkness along with the bust of Churchill.
Below the fold are a variety of links I found to be helpful in considering the ramifications of this tedious Theatre of the Absurd; some of the information may prove useful to you also.
There is also an excerpt from Angelo Codevilla’s thoughtful essay regarding the end of our republic.
I’d be interested in your opinions regarding Codevilla’s analysis, “After the Republic”.
As usual, I recommend reading it in full.
Mr. Codevilla elaborates on this theme [with my emphases. Editorial comments are in brackets]:
Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic. In fact, the 2016 election is sealing the United States’s transition from that republic to some kind of empire.
Electing Donald Trump would result in an administration far less predictable than any Democratic one. In fact, what Trump would or would not do, could or could not do, pales into insignificance next to the certainty of what any Democrat would do. That is what might elect Trump.
The character of an eventual Trump Administration is unpredictable because speculating about Trump’s mind is futile. It is equally futile to guess how he might react to the mixture of flattery and threats sure to be leveled against him. The entire ruling class — Democrats and Republicans, the bulk of the bureaucracy, the judiciary, and the press — would do everything possible to thwart him; and the constituencies that chose him as their candidate, and that might elect him, are surely not united and are by no means clear about the demands they would press. Moreover, it is anyone’s guess whom he would appoint and how he would balance his constituencies’ pressures against those of the ruling class.
Trump’s slogan—”make America great again” — is the broadest, most unspecific, common denominator of non-ruling-class Americans’ diverse dissatisfaction with what has happened to the country. He talks about reasserting America’s identity, at least by controlling the borders; governing in America’s own interest rather than in pursuit of objectives of which the American people have not approved; stopping the export of jobs and removing barriers to business; and banishing political correctness’s insults and injuries. But all that together does not amount to making America great again. Nor does Trump begin to explain what it was that had made this country great to millions who have known only an America much diminished.
[“all of that together” may not amount to “making America great again” but — just to pick one item from Professor Codevilla’s list — if he did no more than to banish the “insults and injuries” of political correctness, Trump would change the conversation in America. We would stop our journey on the long road to Becoming Europe. The Alinskyites would be soundly defeated.]
In fact, the United States of America was great because of a whole bunch of things that now are gone. Yes, the ruling class led the way in personal corruption, cheating on tests, lowering of professional standards, abandoning churches and synagogues for the Playboy Philosophy and lifestyle, disregarding law, basing economic life on gaming the administrative state, basing politics on conflicting identities, and much more. But much of the rest of the country followed. What would it take to make America great again — or indeed to make any of the changes that Trump’s voters demand? Replacing the current ruling class would be only the beginning.
Because it is difficult to imagine a Trump presidency even thinking about something so monumental as replacing an entire ruling elite, much less leading his constituency to accomplishing it, electing Trump is unlikely to result in a forceful turn away from the country’s current direction. Continuing pretty much on the current trajectory under the same class will further fuel revolutionary sentiments in the land all by itself. Inevitable disappointment with Trump is sure to add to them.
We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Our ruling class’s malfeasance, combined with insult, brought it about. Donald Trump did not cause it and is by no means its ultimate manifestation. Regardless of who wins in 2016, this revolution’s sentiments will grow in volume and intensity, and are sure to empower politicians likely to make Americans nostalgic for Donald Trump’s moderation.
We haven’t been a republic in a long time — certainly not since NATO interfered in the Bosnian crisis or, more surely, since President Bush spent so much time begging the UN for permission to interfere with Iraq’s governance. The latter was at best naive, the former a distraction from Clinton’s satyriasis. But in light of those disasters, surely Obama’s lethal extra-legal “treaty” with Iran was the final kiss of death to our republican form of government. No, Congress didn’t even fiddle while our Constitution burned. It lay there, supine.
To even expect that Mr. Trump can do much more than stick all ten fingers in the crumbling wall holding back a deluge of Unintended Consequences is unrealistic. What he can do — what he’s known to do well — is persuade Americans to begin to find ways out of the governmental morass.
Supposedly twenty-five percent of the permanent bureaucracy in Washington will quit if Trump is elected. Don’t get your hopes up — far too many of those uncivil “servants” have no intention of giving up their sinecures. But perhaps Trump can manage some legal form of “You’re Fired!” That’s more hope and change than we’ve seen in the last three regimes in Washington.