Thursday, December 8, 2016

Establishment

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Populism

Over the weekend, I sat down with a GOP political consultant that has been in the business for over 30 years.

When the topic of Trump came up (which took twelve seconds) he proclaimed, “He’s a populist!”

Just like the labels “Conservative” and “Republican” have become meaningless as one movement or another has hijacked them, so has the term “populist.”

People think of Pappa Bush or John McCain or the GOP’s milquetoast messaging when they think of the term “populist.”

The Republican Establishment thinks it has to have populist appeal to reach the most voters.

But that’s not at all what the term means.

Populism, in its proper definition, is a rejection of the ruling class by the “regular” folks.

And those regular folks are pissed.

In a quote to the New York Times, Laura Ingraham got it right and wrong.

She stated, “The establishment GOP is lying to itself. This election at its core is a rejection of their globalist economic agenda and failed immigration policies – and the rule by the donor class.”

Correctamundo.

But then the radio talk show host continued, “Millions want the party to go in a more populist direction.”

That doesn’t even make any sense.

It’s comparable to saying, “Bankers want people to store more money under their mattress.”

The day the GOP goes populist is the day it emails its millions of donors to say, “We suck, donate to get us fired.”

Populism is a term that applies to the mood of the masses and since the rise of Barack Obama and the TEA Party, the masses of both the left and the right are screaming, “throw them out!”

Donald Trump’s appeal can’t really be based upon his policy stances, as they are so vague it takes twenty calls to the Psychic Friends Network to figure out what he really may do.

Instead, the billionaire’s appeal is that he is willing to stand at the top of Mount Government and beat back every crony politician and their henchmen . . . just because.

Americans, Republican and Democrat alike, want to punish the establishment politicians who have ruled government for decades, and nearly ruined it.

Closing the discussion with the longtime GOP consultant, he eventually said, “yeah, Trump isn’t a policy visionary, he’s the monkey wrench that will reset government.”

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Establishment

The clowns of the National Review are at it again.

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize winning, pro-abortion, interventionist (if it suits Israel), and defender of the Republican Establishment, penned a column yesterday screaming “So what?” that 60% of voters are throwing their support behind anti-establishment candidates such as Trump, Carson and Cruz.

Krauthammer softens the attack on his peers by saying, “There’s nothing wrong with challenging the so-called establishment . . . if by establishment you mean careerists, the lobbyists, and the sold-out cynic, then  a good poke, even a major purge, is well-deserved.”

The career establishment journalist, who was a major backer of George Bush’s Iraq War, and the “weapons of mass destruction” fable, flips the anti-establishment support for Trump into an attack of the billionaire’s appeal.

Krauthammer states that “Trumpian populism” garnered only 24% support after Iowa, while conservatives where defined as supporters of Rubio and Cruz, who surpassed 51% support.

Krauthammer essentially argues that no self-respecting conservative could support Trump.

The journalist hawk’s consideration of Rubio as a conservative is laughable as the Florida senator is simply an establishment alternative to Jeb Bush’s flailing campaign.

At this point, Krauthammer and other establishment cronies are terrified of a Trump presidency. Why? Because they have no influence over the man.

Being part of the establishment means that they have to be invited to sit with the “cool kids” in the cafeteria, and Trump has offered no such invitation.

Instead, rather than allowing Krauthammer and GOP insiders a place at the table, Trump has indefinitely closed the door to their influence by figuratively proclaiming, “there is no table.”

The snarling rants of Krauthammer and his National Review cocktail buddies will resound until the day that Trump wins the GOP nomination. Then, like good little establishment hacks, they will bow their heads, shuffle up to the nominee and beg to be stroked like a homeless puppy pining for a home.

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After reading the report on “Generation Z,” the next thought that came to mind was, “what about the next generation?”

This is especially relevant to me as my son, Ronan Justice, was born this morning.

Ronan is the newest addition to the clan and is joining his young sister, Piper Liberty (pictured above), as members of what is being called, “Generation Alpha.”

While the youth that are emerging and already influencing the nation as “Gen Z” are pleasant, trusting and community focused, the nation will be placed in a dangerous position if their collective nature is not balanced by decisiveness, depth and a healthy dose of rebellion against authority.

Gen Z, the first truly “wired” generation has taken on the personality of Facebook: optimistic, affable and filled with surface information.

They’re wicked smart and there is no doubt that this generation will make incredible advances as they mature . . .

. . . but only if they’re protected until a more forceful generation emerges.

Falling outside of generational influence is the cold, hard reality of the Government Establishment.

Decade after decade, the Establishment has remained unchanged and growing like a tumor . . . a tumor that feeds off of money and power regardless of party brand of the moment.

The Establishment is something Americans cannot avoid. We have to choose to join, tolerate, or challenge it.

As a reader of this publication, I assume you take no issue with standing up to authority when warranted.

You may also be a lot like me: I don’t stand up to authority . . . I was never sitting down.

Although that comes across as half-cocked bravado, it is oh-so-very real for many of us. It’s a matter of containing the anti-Establishment inferno burning inside by focusing on meaningful action.

One such action may be right in front of you.

They’re your children, grandchildren or possibly a younger brother or sister.

You know them . . . their smiles, beauty and intelligence.

If a young man or woman from Gen Z is in your life, I’m sure you have looked at them and thanked God for his gift.

You also may have noticed that an unusual number of these youth are benevolent . . . an admirable trait that’s now a large part of societal design.

But it’s a trait that’s easily manipulated by authority.

The growth of Nationalism in Pre-WWII Japan started with cultural benevolence and evolved to blind subservience.

A convincing personality taking advantage of a group’s strong sense of community, kindness and intelligence would wield a shockingly powerful tool.

Take Hope and Change in ’08 applied to Gen Z, throw in heaping spoonfuls of fear and duty and an extra shot of hero-worship and your recipe starts to smells a lot like North Korea.

But that’s not going to happen.

Why?

Because you’re breathing.

On top of all of the other obligations we share, there’s a duty to protect this emerging generation from the Establishment.

Hopefully we can do a better job protecting them than we did protecting ourselves.

When government attempts to take another freedom or just move . . . one . . . tiny . . . inch down the field, we have to be prepared to knock them flat on their ass . . . like a crazy-eyed Brian Bosworth in an Orange Bowl play.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a Republican or Democrat attempting to grasp another wisp of power, in the end the result is the same . . . the Establishment grows.

After 20 years, we can take a break and, while no one can predict the personality traits of the next generation, if I do my job as a father, I’ll have at least few reinforcements on the way.

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