Blue Wall Blues

“The destruction of the prosperity of the American middle class has been a slow moving social catastrophe, an event of seismic magnitude. It set off a political tsunami that breached the Electoral College “Blue Wall” and continues to roll over the American political landscape.”

A steady diet of sugar can lead to diabetes. Steady smoking will damage your lungs. A steady diet of fats will clog your arteries and lead to heart disease. Who doesn’t know that?

So it is reasonable to suggest that a steady diet of anti Trump venom, invective, derision and slander, force-fed by the mainstream media may be hardening the political arteries of Never Trumpers and impairing their political judgment.

First, they believed an Electoral College “Blue Wall” would keep Trump out of their establishment kingdom. Now, they believe a “Blue Wave” will drive out the invader.

At the end of a yearlong temper tantrum, Democrats in Congress voted against a tax bill that in many ways advantages the constituencies they claim to represent.

As they warn of the “threat” Trump poses to “our” democracy, Never Trumpers overlook the mounting evidence that the leadership of our intelligence agencies, Department of Justice and FBI were recruited into an effort to advantage one candidate for president over another; and when that failed to defend their kingdom, they were willing parties to an elaborate ploy to subvert the results of the election.

The Trump/Russia/Collusion story never made any sense. If you really want to rig U.S. elections, nobody I know would ask a Russian how to do it. You would get expert advice; for example, from ward leaders in Philly, Chicago, LA or NYC (where the art was first perfected).

The most obvious symptom of the dystopia consuming our politics is the arrogance exhibited by our established elites.

How many lawmakers and other elected or appointed officials – federal, state or municipal –  have been indicted, convicted, removed from office, resigned  from office or been embroiled in charges of graft or misconduct over the past year?  Like me, you’ve probably lost count.

Why did they do it? They thought they could get away with it and saw no reason not to try, like the privileged college basketball players caught shoplifting in China. Monstrous arrogance, sanctioned from the top down. Establishment “follow the leader.”

Hillary Clinton did not by-pass the legally required use of a secure State Department server in favor of a Mickey Mouse home server for the sake of “convenience.” She did so to remove her correspondence from the obligations of the Freedom of Information Act and shield whatever it was she was doing from the eyes of the American people. She thought she could get away with it and saw no reason not to try. Period.

The Obama administration subverted the leadership of the Justice Department, FBI and Intelligence agencies, suborned them as political operatives because they knew Hillary was going to win and no one – like, say, the American people – would ever be the wiser. Period.

Adam Schiff, the Democratic Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee has prattled on for months with a straight face, oozing his ever so sincere concern for “our” democracy, expressing the certainty that the Special Prosecutor is only moments way – after a year and $10 million dollars – from proving that President Trump is an agent of the Russian government. Why would he peddle that absurdity?

That’s easy. He’s the “Ranking Member,” meaning minority. If all goes well, as he sees it, he gets to be the majority chairman of the committee. More staff, power and prestige, maybe a cabinet post in a future Democratic administration. But at least a bigger pay check when he leaves the Congress.

It’s the defining characteristic of our establishment elites, as one wit so aptly described it: “a degree of self interest that would alienate a shark.”

Period.

There is a reason Trump was able to overcome the entire American political establishment to win the presidency, and a reason he will likely achieve many (but not all, of course) of the changes he promised; as he did in passing the tax bill. It’s in his Twitter handle:  @RealDonaldTrump.

It’s the “Real” part. From the get-go, Trump understood what he was up against and what the American people are rejecting: a political universe of phonies and their failures.

The destruction of the prosperity of the American middle class has been a slow moving social catastrophe, an event of seismic magnitude. It set off a political tsunami that breached the Electoral College “Blue Wall” and continues to roll over the American political landscape.