“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 know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be!
“We all know things are bad — worse than bad — they’re crazy.
“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!!’”
–Howard Beal proselytizing in “Network”, the hit Hollywood movie of 1976
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Yes, a film from 41 long years ago!

But doesn’t it all still sound familiar?

After all, we could substitute Donald Trump for Howard Beal, and wouldn’t the preceding 1976 film speech also sound appropriate for these current angry times in America?

And why not, when rule by the current revolving cycle of affluent Washington (D.C.) elitists – such as self-serving & self-satisfied politicians, political advisers and political lobbyists — still continues. And currently the American presidency is held by a reality-deprived narcissist who appears to believe he is a king?

His number-one governing ethic: the ordinary citizen be damned!

Honing in on this kind of political phenomenon is a new 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” (Yale University Press).

In this definitive work, Mr. Codevilla introduces readers to the “Ruling Class”, the group of bipartisan political elites whom he believes 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 nanny-state government.

After all, it believes that it knows what is best for the nation (unlike the rest of us ignorant knaves), and even today still increases its reach on Capital Hill.

Unfortunately, as the much-repeated saying goes: “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely!”

Codevilla argues that America’s fundamental political problem is not “big government” in itself, but the creation of this ruling class — dominating both political parties– which is steadily increasing its authoritarian control over America.

In fact, Mr. Codevilla recently observed: “The 2016 (U.S.) election is simple; the person who runs on the platform ‘Who do they think they are?’ will win.”

And who are “they”?

Well, for example, they’re usually the self-appointed vigilantes – 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 recently) guess who gets robbed (or even murdered) when the crime rate inevitably rises?

Most often, poor, helpless & unarmed members of the city’s minority population.

And here we’re talking about job-deprived blacks & hispanics, unable to buy the weapons they need to defend themselves and their families – thanks to iron-clad anti-gun laws and declining incomes & job opportunities in these liberal-dominated urban enclaves.

Of course, the preceding only reminds us that such disquieting phenomena most often occur in U.S. big cities historically ruled by a corrupt & 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, wouldn’t you want to shout from the rooftops: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!!

And perhaps you might even consider voting for Donald Trump – despite his irresponsible ethnic stereotyping and reality-show rhetoric?

After all, what is the most potent theme, in contemporary American culture, which “The Donald” so adroitly taps?

In plain unfiltered English: Enough, already, with all this political correctness which prevents anything meaningful getting done, by Congress, to remedy these social-justice problems!

But now let’s turn back to author Angelo Codevilla, who implicitly summarizes the essence of Donald Trump’s appeal to a surprisingly-large segment of the American electorate as follows:

“Our ruling class,” he insists, “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.”

And therein, I believe, lies the underlying appeal of Donald Trump to his millions of supporters — his willingness to stand up and express contempt for (and rebellion against) today’s politically-correct “rules” in America.

Talk about the perfect “insurgency” candidate for all Americans disgusted with the self-serving, “do-nothing” elitist leaders of both congressional political parties:

Yes, that’s correct: on the Republican side of the 2016 leadership competition, that man is indeed Donald Trump – perhaps channeling his inner Bernie Sanders!

But now, just like Bill O’Reilly, it’s time for me to present you with a “fair & balanced” view of Mr. Trump below — this time detailing “The Bad Donald”.

After all, he’s a man who called Fox News debate anchor, Megyn Kelly, a “bimbo” – not to mention some of his throw-up-quality references to Ms. Kelly’s menstrual cycle.

Not to also mention his less than flattering characterization of the face of GOP opponent –Carly Fiorina — as, well, uhm, “ugly”

Or how about calling talk-show maven, Rosie O’Donnell, a “fat pig” (even if she does, from a distance, present the silhouette of an Iowa farm sow).

Such misogyny, on the part The Donald, is just not pretty – even if these offensive labels spew from a man who insists that he loves everyone, and everyone (including Vladimir Putin) loves him.

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.

Just like America’s current God King (Obama), you simply don’t criticize Donald Trump.

According to this multiple bankruptee, he simply can do no wrong – even if he once supported partial-birth abortions, and contributed generously to the coffers of America’s most infamous lawbreakers, the Clintons.

So there we have it — my home-brewed analysis of the good & bad Donald Trump.

How will the primary gods eventually treat “The Donald” at the leadership finish line?

Only the pollsters supposedly know – and, like weather forecasters, they usually get it wrong at least 50% of the time.

Just like posters recently did, when they confidently predicted a Trump victory in the Iowa caucuses (and Donald Trump still lost to Ted Cruz by a surprising margin)!

Nuff said on this topic, I would think.’


Author of “Canada 1984, The Year In Review”​ (Lester Orpen)

Co-author (with Rick Salutin & Gary Dunford) of “Goodbye Canada”​ (James Lorimer & Associates)

Publisher of “Soupcoff Report”​ investment newsletter

Senior Associate & founding partner of Ian Sone & Associates Ltd, Canada’s first independent social-research firm, as well as original Canadian initiator of (sociological) “evaluations”​ of federal and provincial social programs set up to assist Canada’s disadvantaged populations

Computer columnist for “Globe & Mail Report on Business”​ for 20 years

Co-editor of “We Compute Magazine”​ for 7 years.

Producer & head writer, “Inside From The Outside”​, CBC Radio & TV

Currently retired, but still active investor and (until recently) contributor to the “Globe Mail” online investment blog.

Email address: [email protected]

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