“I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad.
"It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.
“We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy."
-- Howard Beale in Network (1976)
Yes, a film from 41 long years ago!
But doesn’t it all still sound familiar?
“It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms…
“Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.
“I want you to get mad!
“I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.
“All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.
“You've gotta say, ‘I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!’
“So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,
"’I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!’"
The speech sounds like it could have been delivered by Donald Trump.
After all, rule by the permanent revolving cycle of affluent Washington (D.C.) elitists -- self-serving and self-satisfied politicians, advisers and lobbyists -- continues. The current American president is a reality-deprived narcissist who appears to believe he is a king.
The ordinary citizen be damned!
Honing in on this political phenomenon is a book by Angelo M. Codevilla, a past staff member of the Senate: The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.
In this incisive work, Mr. Codevilla introduces readers to the group of bipartisan political elites who really run America.
This elitist ruling class, educated at prestigious universities and convinced of its own superiority, has everything to gain from raising taxes and expanding the reach of government.
After all, the ruling class believes it knows what is best for the nation (unlike the rest of us ignorant knaves), and therefore continually increases its reach on Capital Hill. It is this ruling class, and not "big government" per se, Codevilla argues, that is America's fundamental political problem.
(Now look beyond America. Think about the elites who inhabit the Liberal ghettos -- Toronto’s Rosedale and Annex areas, and Ottawa’s Beacon Hill North -- who happily inflicted a homegrown “Barack Obama Lite” on Canada’s hapless and gullible voters during the last federal election...)
Codevilla recently observed:
“The 2016 election is simple: the person who runs on the platform 'Who do they think they are?’ will win.”
And who are "they"?
They're usually the self-appointed vigilantes who are dedicated to metaphorically lynching alleged racist cops (as occurred in Ferguson), even if these police officers are innocent and the “perps” are irrefutably, legally guilty.
And guess what? Should these self-righteous, know-nothing vigilantes succeed (as in Baltimore) guess who gets robbed (or even murdered) when the crime rate inevitably rises?
Poor and helpless members of the city’s minority population (who are often job-deprived blacks). All in the name of "fighting racism."
Of course, this disquieting phenomena most often occurs in big cities historically ruled by a corrupt and self-serving Democrat Party elite.
And if you were now a resident one of these corrupt urban enclaves, resembling New York’s famous early 20th century Tammany Hall boroughs, you might very well want to shout from the rooftops:
“I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!”
(And what’s with his habit of calling anyone who criticizes him “a loser”? Talk about a thin skin, and perhaps a hint of narcissism – not unlike his bête noir, Barack Obama.)
In fact, you might vote for him because of that rhetoric.
After all, what is the most potent theme, in contemporary American culture, which “The Donald” so adroitly taps into?
Talk about the perfect “insurgency” candidate for all Americans disgusted with the self-serving, “do-nothing” elitist leaders of both political parties.
In plain unfiltered English: Enough, already, with all this political correctness!
Codevilla seems to summarize the essence of Trump’s appeal to the majority of the American electorate:
“Our ruling class has created ‘protected classes’ of Americans defined by race, sex, age, disability, origin, religion, and now homosexuality, (and perhaps Islam) whose members have privileges that outsiders do not. By so doing, they have shattered the principle of equality—the bedrock of the rule of law…
“Ruling class insiders use these officious classifications to harass their socio-political opponents.”
How will the election gods treat “The Donald”?
Only the pollsters supposedly know – and, like weather forecasters, they usually get it wrong at least 50 percent of the time.