Tagged: establishment

Drudge in the Dregs Again

(Originally published in February 2012) Republican establishment media alert: On the eve of the Michigan and Arizona primaries, the establishment’s new favorite enforcer, Matt Drudge, was at it again. As I have chronicled so many of The Drudge Report‘s clever, and cleverly timed, manipulations over the course of this primary season, I trust no one will have the gall to suggest that this...

Can Trump Restore America?

(Originally published in January 2016) Aristotle teaches that while we must love our friends, we must love truth more. Today, I am probably going to lose some good friends, which is painful. Nevertheless, my admiration for everything America was, everything modern civilization was, compels me to bite the bullet. Donald Trump may win the Republican presidential nomination. He may even be elected President...

Trump and the Art of Sycophancy

(Originally published in March 2016) Four years ago, Donald Trump’s first year-long anti-establishment charade ended when, naturally, he settled his presidential endorsement on the GOP establishment’s candidate. I say “naturally,” because flattering or carrying water for the status quo has been the most natural thing in the world for this megalomaniac, driven as he apparently is by the insecure schoolboy’s ultimate fear, namely...

Three Simple Questions for Trump Supporters

(Originally published in February 2016) One summer’s evening, a skinny, not-particularly athletic boy, perhaps eleven years old, scored the most glorious touchdown of his life. This was not a real game. My friend and I, along with his older brother Phil, were just tossing a ball around in the park. But it was a memorable triumph because I scored my touchdown by outmaneuvering...

The Jester Who Would Be King (A Fable)

(Originally published in March 2016) Once upon a time, a funny court jester mocked his master, dancing around him and shouting, “I want to be king!” The king and his subjects laughed. “And how would you rule?” asked the king, playing along with his favorite entertainer. “I would do exactly as you do,” said the jester, for he was just a silly prankster,...

The Establishment’s Path to Victory

(Originally published in February 2016) The Republican primaries are once again a civil war between the so-called grassroots (those who seek genuine representation in a representative republic) and the Party establishment (those who believe representation is their innate privilege, and that the grassroots should just bend over and be “represented”). This time around, however, we are witnessing the full roll-out of the Party...