Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Myth Of Different Perspectives And A Referendum On The Ruling Class

Originally I was going to reference a recent article in "Time" that covers late night comedy getting morphed into overt political propaganda. I scanned the article in the chiropractor's office before my number was called. What seemed interesting was that finally, the MSM admitted to the mass politicization of popular culture. Comedy used to mean that which makes us laugh. Now it means cheering for the ruling class.

Unfortunately, one has to be a subscriber to view  "Time" articles and I do not recommend that any more than I would advise one to buy a hard copy of what is usually a waste of paper. Here is a link that addresses the article:   http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/19/trump-no-excuse-turning-late-night-comedy-propaganda

This election does not fit the hackneyed narrative of left vs. right/liberal vs. conservative. Not that most elections fit that model, but it provided a narrative cliche and our media need their simplisms. This election is about class warfare. We are seeing the interests of the political class pitted against the interests of the politically disconnected. That's the struggle.

When Angelo Codevilla wrote his seminal piece in "The American Spectator" a lot of us took time to reflect. That was six years ago and just about everything that's happened since then confirms Codevilla's perspective on the political class. George Will, Mitt Romney, the Bush Family to name but a few GOP stalwarts, have thrown their support to Hillary. Not one Fortune 100 executive is endorsing Trump. Meanwhile, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google, Hollywood, Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban, Michael Bloomberg...the list of politically-sanctioned Hillary supporters reads like a "Who's Who In Overlords".

Codevilla's piece hit home not because it was revolutionary, but because it clarified and confirmed what we already knew. Many of us already saw the struggle between Insiders and outsiders. Codevilla stuck it in our faces. By now, almost everyone sees political struggle from a similar perspective. The gulf is between those of us who root against the ruling class and those who wave the pennant for American Royalty.

John Stewart, Lester Holt, Seth Meyers, every late night propaganda host, every sanctioned showbiz fixture, view America through the same lens we do. They have pledged their loyalty to our social superiors and they will live richly ever after. These people no longer have to sweat the small stuff like mortgages and health insurance and job security. We might do the same thing if we were in their shoes.

We hear a lot about cultural divides but our perspectives have never been so similar. There is not much talk about policy and ideology this time around. Intellectually, we all see this election as a referendum on the ruling class. Viscerally, we either support the entrenched powers or we resist them. That is the gulf that divides our country.

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