Doers versus Takers
And None so Deaf as Who Will Not Hear
Both address the underlying cause of our candidates, and the reduction of politics to its base element. Both are well worth your time.
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Eric Hoffer termed this as Men of Action, and Men of Words. Fernandez gets the role of the modern dandy, the journalist correct. Like the courtesans of old they are only present to whisper sweet nothings into the ears of the aristocrats, er, politicians. At the best of times politicians are capable men, but at the worst, and we are at the bottom of this defilade, they are men, or women, who lack substance, who cannot lead, and in the curious case of Hillary, who cannot tell the truth even when truth or falsity is irrelevant.
John Stewart is a fop, and a fool who while intelligent, clever, and bright as the day is long, is incapable of understanding the outcome of his actions, but acts regardless. He stands at the head of a very large, glib, chattering class of fops, and dandies, who spend their days fighting any serious change, which would prevent the status quo politicians from standing pat. These men, and women spend their nights dreaming up fantastic daring do, perhaps being shot at on an airfield, or a parlous helicopter landing in indian country, to mix a metaphor. Hillary Clinton, Brian Williams, anyone, Bueller, Bueller, Bueller . . .
While these fops, and dandies are presenting Trump with endless problems, Fernandez is also correct, they themselves, at least the more adept, the more reasonable, are awaking to the fact that the emperor has no cloths.
But in the end, this act, which we should all hope is the final act, was not brought on by the fops, and dandies of the media, or the regressivist who control the Democrat party, but by the Republican party elite. It is they who have spent the last 40 years watching the downfall of the progressive movement, but who have without fail continued the policies of the progressive movement at every turn. These venal men have cared little for any, and particularly the average Republican voter. They watched the Democrats treat its diverse groups with contempt, treating blacks as if on a plantation, and similarly treating nearly every other group. The Republican party elite followed suit, treating the average Republican voter as if pariah, to be shunned, and despised. The venal men of the Republican party only cared for the graft, and corruption flowing richly from progressivism. The crony socialism we see so common today is mana from Heaven to the venal politicians of both parties. The Republican elite want their turn at the trough.
But the Republican hoi polloi proved different from the Democrat, perhaps it was just the Democrat party was more willing to forcefully use corruption to gain its ends, nonetheless, Bernie Sanders was prevented while Trump was not.
The genie that is the Republican hoi polloi is out of the bottle, there is no going back. Whether a progressive man of action like Trump succeeds, or fails, the Republican party has been changed, the Republican hoi polloi have ensured that outcome.
The only question today is whether the Democrat hoi polloi is sufficiently independent to bolt the plantation. If so, we are likely embarking on the beginning of a great change in American politics. To understand what this change will look like one only need review the changes business have had to undergo, not the crony socialist businesses, they are the vestigial remnants of the old corporate order, but the new businesses.
These are smaller, and do far more with much less, fewer employees, less resources, but more productive, and higher output. This is the direction of change, including the change which is currently threatening government.
If this presidential election does not force the change, it will come perhaps as a result of the state, and private pension crisis, or the state debt crisis, or perhaps from something else, but it will come.