Many people failed to grasp the last several posts I wrote and gathered the mistaken conclusion that I have turned into a David French, Ben Shapiro or worse yet, Glenn Beck. The ‘Never Trump’ movement is cowardly, infantile and a naked grasp for relevance and readership by pundits quickly becoming irrelevant. Modern day Sophists descended from on high, telling the deplorables to get back in line with the Red Team statists or, gasp, we will be…deplorable…morally bankrupt…horrid little monsters that will prove Hillary’s statements correct. Whatever. The pundit class has not comprehended the sea change in media and aside from a very few, is only somewhat less extinct than the major media at this point. The new media complex of an innumerable number of blogs, Twitter accounts, and websites like Breitbart and Buzzfeed also suffer a lack of true perspective. Oft times a newly minted journalism major has very little grasp on what life as an adult is really about, and far too few are well-read enough to really proffer any real insight in the first place.
Given the newest chapter in the Anthony Weiner saga, the previously dismal looking chances of a Trump presidency have begun to brighten. I am still of the opinion he will never see the presidency, but the Clinton machine appears unable to shake the scandals as the election draws to a close. Unfortunately, many are under the impression that the Trump Train will ride in like Julius Caesar and vanquish the bureaucracy. In reality, the difference to D.C. between a Hillary or Trump presidency is one of a friendly or unfriendly ‘revenuer’ showing up in Franklin County during the Prohibition. More or less ‘shine may leave, but one man will not change an entire black market built around a single commodity. D.C. is built around one commodity, power. Every single person in the federal government has a vested interest in maintaining or increasing the size of the feeding trough, as do the oft-ignored private sector companies and contractors who have revenue streams relying on government contracts. Obama didn’t see the grants for $1M wasted on koozie research or $2M for jazz playing robots, I guarantee they never came across his desk. That…that is D.C., heroin addicts in charge of the poppy fields. It pains me to hear serious discussions about whether a single man is going to take on 2M+ bureaucrats and destroy the livelihood of several of the richest counties in the world…with a hostile Congress and 40% of the country convinced he’s the antiChrist.
We have heard endless discussion about the anger and frustration of the voters, and Trump being a symptom of the disease. Pray tell, why are we looking to a symptom to fix the disease? Trump is a shot across the bow, but unfortunately the American public has the collective memory of a goldfish. Talk to me when Congress finds the sand to actually make budget cuts, stop the NSA from stalking us, address unfunded liabilities or the myriad of other systemic problems with nearly every social program right now. If you are under the mistaken impression that the least powerful branch of government can somehow reign in the other two without massive abuse and overreach, then you are part of the problem. For every FDR, there has been a Congress to bankroll the programs and a judiciary to put a shroud of legitimacy around it. Look at the makeup and the voting habits of the 73rd Congress and you realize that while FDR was the CEO, Congress was the Board and CFO. Will actual conservatives enjoy a 70% majority in the House and 60% in the Senate? Of course not. What is being asked of him is on the scale of FDR, but even more radical. All of that assuming he threatens and browbeats SCOTUS into submission like Roosevelt. No, Trump will change little inside the White House. I submit he would do more lasting change if he lost and remained a public figurehead than if he won and was coopted into the Leviathan. Simply put, did eight years of Reagan solve anything? Did it reverse the path that FDR charted out for 20th century America? Tell me this will be different with a straight face.
Some of you won’t like this, but it needs to be said. Lose the emotion and look at the situation rationally. The root issue here is the product being sold to us, not management. The product sucks. Our infrastructure sucks, forced pseudo-single payer sucks, the economy sucks, legalized government stalking sucks, Cold War 2.0 sucks and everything these people touch winds up poisoned. The answer isn’t to hope for an Iacocca, the answer is to quit serving me crap and charging me for chocolate. I don’t want a redo, I wan’t a refund. Talk to your neighbors and community that is angry about increasing government overreach, corruption and incompetence. Engage with them and point them in a direction that has long term consequences, not a flash in the pan that will effect no systemic fix. Auto-delegitimization is happening as we speak. Good. Use that frustration people feel to accomplish something real. Reform your own little community or your own neighborhood. Build something that lasts more than a presidential election and has a whole lot more benefit to your daily life than someone thousands of miles away who won’t ever interact with you. I don’t want to want to reform the latchkey tyranny we have created, I want to make it irrelevant. The best way for me to do that is build a local community. Turn the angst to something productive and start building. Be there for your neighbors, do more and be better than what you seek to replace. The most revolutionary thing you can do today is stop grumbling and start grinding. The long game requires consistent, small steps in the right direction. Part of that means making friends and not being the antisocial weirdo at the end of the street. Go forth and make the Beltway irrelevant.
Edit: In likely a vain attempt to prevent commentators from derailing this off to a direction that is pointless, this is not about whether you should vote for Trump or not. I’m not saying he would be a worse bureaucrat than Clinton or not to go out and vote. This is about the electorate and not the candidates.