Fred Reed’s latest column is a masterpiece. Here’s an excerpt.
Donald Trump’s campaign reveals the establishment for what it is, a swamp of corruption as fetid as those of Latin America. It is better entertainment than Vaudeville. The frantic scramble to rig the primaries, change the rules, and thwart the voters–anything to defend their cozy entanglement of political tapeworms–makes absurd any pretense of democracy.
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But it does make sense. The Republicans try desperately to ditch the only Republican candidate who could win the Presidency because… Hillary is one of them. Because, as every sentient being has by now noticed, the Republicans and Democrats are members of the same corrupt club of blood-sucking parasites, the action arm of the corporations, Wall Street, the Israeli lobby, and those who want the US to control the world at any cost–except, of course, to them. They are panicked at the rise of someone who might put first the interests of America. Better Hillary, a fellow parasite, than Trump, who isn’t.
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Will the two parties succeed in blocking the Donald? Might they even resort to the Martin Luther King solution? My powers of political prognostication would be under zero if they could figure out how to get there.
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The corruption is adroitly hidden, yes, or disguised as something else. Yet it is there. Consider the subprime disaster. To believe that it was an accident, or a cyclical downturn, or other artifact of econobabble, one has to believe that bankers, realtors, and Wall Street do not understand mortgages, credit, or defaults. You have to believe that officials of the Treasury, who slide back and forth between Wall Street and government like the motion of the tides, had no idea what was going on.
At the top, America is as corrupt as Mexico but American corruption is far more efficient. Among the white middle class, the rot is less. But within the clubhouse of insiders, at the level of the anointed, of the Adelsons and Epsteins and Clintons and Bushes, there is putrefaction most foul.
It is cleverly done, and seldom involves anything so sordid as open bribery. Yet the results are everywhere. Men who knew exactly what they were doing engineered the student-loan bubble. Yet it is legal, like so many scams. Huge military contracts for things not needed, the near-control of Mid-Eastern policy by Israel, poor medical care at high prices, the deliberate gutting of American industry so that corporations can enrich themselves in China–all of this is legal. You pay Congress and it makes legal anything you want.
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Corruption has come to be the purpose of government, and the Club battens on it.
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Of course Trump also is a billionaire,but he is a turncoat, a class traitor, the Benedict Arnold of billionaires. He addresses the issues that the Insiders want to remain unaddressed. He is indeed dangerous. He threatens the endless (immensely profitable) wars, the endless (immensely profitable) shipping of American jobs to China, the endless (immensely profitable) importation of cheap Mexican labor. He threatens the sacred rice bowls.
It is why he must be stopped.
There’s more at the link. Go read the whole thing. It’s well worth your time.
As I’ve said several times before, I’m neither in favor of nor opposed to Mr. Trump as a Presidential candidate. Some of what he’s said sounds excellent. Some things in his track record don’t square with what he’s currently saying, and I’m not sure whether that’s political dissimulation or a genuine change of heart. The jury’s out on that. Nevertheless, I think Fred Reed has put his finger on the pulse of precisely why the establishment – which, as I’ve pointed out earlier, is nothing more or less than the wealthy class in America – is so united in its opposition to him.
This is also going to be problematic if Mr. Trump is elected President. What if the establishment – which has long since bought control of Congress and the Senate – ensures that his policy proposals are never enacted into law? Will he do an Obama and try to rule by executive fiat, without legislation authorizing his measures? Or will he respect the Constitution, but be forced into a public relations presidency, telling the American people what he would like to achieve but never being able to actually do so? Your guess is as good as mine.
It would be very nice if the American people would ‘throw the rascals out’ and elect Congressional representatives and Senators who were genuinely committed to representing their constituents, rather than the establishment . . . but I suspect that would take a home-grown version of 1789 to achieve – and I don’t want to endure the inevitable consequences of such an upheaval.