“The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.”
“Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has, and it never will”
- Frederick Douglass
Nearly a year and a half ago, I wrote an article describing Gamer Gate and its potential place as a turning point in the culture wars. The major premise was that in attempting to alienate and demean gamers as misogynist losers, the social justice brigade overplayed its hand. It incited a violent, effective backlash, which kept the incessant march of Cultural Marxism at bay, for the time being.
As positive as the Gamer Gate uprising was, at the end of the day it was taking place in a peripheral arena. Video games are for most people nothing more than entertainment, and as such the gaming medium was always unlikely to be the springboard for the sweeping cultural changes espoused on sites such as this. To effect real change, a Gamer Gate – like force needed to emerge in the wider sphere. The waves Donald Trump is currently making in politics may be such a force, with his rise representing a major marker in the culture war.
‘Social Progress’ Doesn’t Feel So Good
Consider the following quote from President Obama in an interview he did with NPR at the end of last year:
I do think that the country is inexorably changing, I believe in all kinds of positive ways. I think we are — when I talk to my daughters and their friends, I think they are more tolerant, more welcoming of people who are different than them, more sophisticated about different cultures and what’s happening around the world.
But I do think that when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flatlining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck, you combine those things and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. Some of it justified but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.
Obama is correct that the country is changing, and has been changing for quite some time. Over the last 50 years, the twin forces of cultural and economic Marxism have incrementally applied in concert.
Economically, the US economy went from a goods producing economy supported by savings and investment to a smartphone app producing economy supported by exponentially increasing debt, conspicuous consumption, and administrative, legal and compliance work. The following graph is instructive.
It plots GDP against the total credit market instruments outstanding in the economy across all sectors. In the 1950s through the early 1970s, there was a very close 1:1 correlation between the two figures. From the 1970s on however, the credit line exploded exponentially, while GDP rose more or less linearly.
The bottom line is that the wealth the US economy currently experiences is engineered via debt based consumer spending. The debt must continue to rise in exponential fashion to achieve linear growth. You don’t have to be a math genius to understand that if exponential increases in debt are required to achieve the same yearly steady linear rate in growth, there will be a problem at some point given that debt cannot increase to an infinite level.
To further hammer this home, note that the last recession, the Great Recession, which was the worst since the Great Depression, came about thanks to credit shifting slightly off the exponential path. In other words in the lead up to the 2007-8 crisis, credit kept rising, but not as fast as it did in years prior. One only has to imagine what would happen if the very real possibility of credit significantly declining were to happen.
This ‘new economy’ was ultimately constructed by Keynesian influenced academics who dominated the intellectual landscape of postwar Western nations. Vowing to eliminate the business cycle so that economies would never have to experience atrocities such as the Great Depression, thinkers such as Paul Samuelson, John Kenneth Galbraith and Hyman Minsky sought to do away with concepts such as the gold standard, instead replacing those economic anchors with the supposed calculated brilliance of ivory tower dwellers.
Ultimately, the new economy brought with it the death of the American Dream. For most, merely going to college now requires going tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Assuming one gets a good paying job, and finds a girl worth marrying, it is likely that she too is inundated with student loans which now become an additional liability.
Buying a house and a car requires much more debt relative to incomes than they did 50 years ago. Keep in mind that modern incomes are supplemented by a second income earner, whereas 50 years ago it was most likely one breadwinner. On top of this, the dual breadwinner of today is likely maxed out on multiple credit cards, to achieve the same as the single breadwinner did 50 years ago debt free.
In short, the American Dream lifestyle was far more attainable in years past, and didn’t require one to sell himself deeper into debt slavery at every turn.
Culturally, the US has succumbed to the Marxist ideals of equality, diversity, and the promotion of ‘oppressed’ classes above all else. Note that in the Obama quote above, he immediately cites the ‘tolerance’ and worldly sophistication of his daughters and their friends as evidence that the United States has changed for the better. The cultural subversion is most pronounced in the policing of language, beliefs and attitudes through political correctness.
In order to do this, groups of people are split along the line of ‘oppressor vs the oppressed,’ in various settings. These settings include race, gender, sexual orientation, class and religion. Once the groups are assorted along the oppressor-oppressed axis, the only real rules are that the oppressed class must always be put in a positive light, and that all outcomes should be engineered to be at minimum evenly balanced between the oppressors and oppressed, no matter what.
The end result of this is that the truth is of little concern. If it happens to be in line with the narrative, fine. If it is not in line, the truth must be ignored and suppressed.
One of the most egregious examples of this in modern discourse is the myth that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during their time in college. This stat has been cited countlessly without challenge by politicians (including Obama) and other public figures. It has been the basis for college campuses across the country turning themselves into one stop shop bodies of criminal justice, enacting new legislation, and then acting as judge, jury and executioner when cases arise. The statistic has been validated, at least in terms of popular culture, via Lady Gaga’s Academy Awards performance of a song for The Hunting Ground a documentary dedicated to the topic of campus sexual assault.
The truth is that the statistic stems from this 2007 study. The fact that it was only conducted at two universities should be enough to render it questionable. However, the major flaw is the fact that the threshold for ‘sexual assault’ included things like unwanted attempts at kissing, and rubbing in a sexual manner, even while clothed. In other words, if a man ever misread how a date was going and tried to kiss a girl, or an undesired man tried to grind on a girl at a fraternity party, the girl was sexually assaulted.
To the cultural Marxist, the mutation of an unwanted kiss to sexual assault is proper because it evens the playing field between the naturally oppressive males and the oppressed females. The truth doesn’t matter. It thus opens the possibility for innocent males to have their lives ruined at the drop of a hat.
The Duke Lacrosse case from 2006 is perhaps an even more instructive example. It has made some news again 10 years later thanks to an ESPN documentary revisiting the case which aired over the weekend.
To briefly summarize the case, several members of the Duke Lacrosse team had a get-together and ordered strippers as entertainment. The strippers came and went with little incident, yet one of them accused three of the players of rape.
This accusation ignited a national firestorm. The stripper was black, the players were all white. She was a woman, they were men. She was poor; they were students at an elite university. The battle lines of race, gender and class all converged in one story, and when viewed through the cultural Marxist prism, each individual aspect seemingly confirmed the narrative of oppression.
As a result of this, there was a torrent of outrage and protests, which are well documented in the documentary. The players were universally convicted by the public, rendering the legal proceedings to be irrelevant in many eyes. The cultural Marxist influenced grievance industry was out in full force.
The truth was that the stripper completely fabricated the story, and ultimately the players were exonerated. Despite being so utterly wrong in both the proclamation of institutional oppression and in presuming guilt without due process, some elements of the grievance industry are still defiant. Consider this quote from a Slate review of the documentary:
Instead, the case should be a reminder of the danger of hanging all hopes for race, gender, and class restitution on a perfect story that might not hold up. “Every person with every agenda wanted it to be true,” says the mother of indicted player Reade Seligmann in the film. Thanks to the bungled misdeeds of a media-happy district attorney with an eye on his own reelection campaign, they got no catharsis—they got scammed.
Note that the most important thing according to the review is ‘race, gender, and class restitution.’ This is the subjective prism through which everything is viewed according to the cultural Marxist. Truth is a subordinate. The reviewer blames the district attorney and to a lesser extent the stripper, not for the egregious violation of the truth and for ruining the lives of others, but for robbing the public of a ‘perfect story.’
Her use of the word ‘scammed’ is interesting – in that the grievance industry was looking to ‘buy’ a great story about injustice simply so it could be paraded and used to impart control to meet their ends. It is almost as though she wishes that the story was true – that there was a brutal rape of a black stripper by three well off white men – just so that the narrative would be confirmed. The harrowing experience would merely be collateral damage in what would have been a great leap forward for the narrative as a whole. Individuals and the truth are of little concern.
I cite these examples to illustrate the entrenchment of cultural Marxism in modern society. Racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and other violations are now considered extremely grave, while simultaneously extremely prevalent even in the most mundane situations. If you happen to be a man who disagrees with a woman for any reason, for example, you may be charged as a sexist.
This corrosive paradigm exists to control people. If one can lose employment and thus the means to survive because of a mean post on Facebook, the message is clearly that one must fall in line with the prevailing narrative or else. The replacement of objective truths with subjective whims typical of cultural Marxist thought has brought with it a much more unstable society.
Marginalizing Traditional America
In Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote the following describing the uniqueness of the American in the world:
Their strictly Puritanical origin, their exclusively commercial habits, even the country they inhabit, which seems to divert their minds from the pursuit of science, literature, and the arts, the proximity of Europe, which allows them to neglect these pursuits without relapsing into barbarism, a thousand special causes, of which I have only been able to point out the most important, have singularly concurred to fix the mind of the American upon purely practical objects. His passions, his wants, his education, and everything about him seem to unite in drawing the native of the United States earthward; his religion alone bids him turn, from time to time, a transient and distracted glance to heaven.
This judgment is negative in nature, essentially describing Americans as overly pragmatic and commercial above all else but religion. It’s a bit harsh from Tocqueville, given that in the early 19th century when he wrote this, the US was still a fledgling country trying to establish itself. The country didn’t have time for establishing a robust art and literature scene when it had to build itself from the ground up.
America built itself up, and then some through prioritizing freedom, competition and hard work, essentially being as ruthless and pragmatic as possible in pursuit of commercial ends. Christian morals generally set the boundaries. The sanctity of property rights and patriarchal family structures established a strong foundation for civilization, ensuring that the gains made could be passed on to the next generation.
Economic and cultural Marxism erodes these values at every turn. ‘Socialism’ Tocqueville wrote, ‘seeks equality in restraint and servitude.’ The push to normalize homosexuality, broken families and androgyny leads one to believe that the elites in academia, big business and government hate traditional American values.
So when Donald Trump came along, with his simple message of ‘Make America Great Again,’ those who felt marginalized by the ‘new economy’ and political correctness suddenly had a voice. Conversely, those who wish to see traditional American values destroyed feel a pang of worry upon hearing the Trump slogan, as it invokes an age of greatly reduced Cultural Marxist influence.
It is telling that in describing the average Trump supporter, the media goes to great lengths to mention how working-class, white, rural, male, lower income, uneducated and angry he is. President Obama recently disparaged Trump’s chances for the presidency, saying that it “is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show.” Obama went on to say that he believed that the public would be “sensible” enough not to elect Trump.
The way Trump voters are described is meant to cast them, and by extension anti-Cultural Marxist views in an unflattering light. The cosmopolitan, ‘educated’ big city inhabitant with an extensive palette of worldly views, opinions and sexual orientations is generally put forth as the voice of reason.
Consider the National Review’s Kevin Williamson, who continued that publications’ regularly scheduled Trump bashing over the weekend by writing an article excoriating the white middle class voters who make up a large portion of his support.
He does so by touching upon their disdain for ‘the Cathedral,’ a term Williamson notes as meaning ‘the conventional wisdom among people who live in places such as Washington DC, and New York City and work in fields such as politics and media.’ He continues by bringing up Garbutt, a small town in upstate NY which once manufactured gypsum, and deteriorated when that trade became obsolete.
Williamson uses that history as a template for what happened to industrial America on the whole. He implies that the once great manufacturing base America had was just a thing of the past, and those out of work should just get with the times. “Yes, young men of Garbutt,” he writes, “get off your asses and go find a job: You’re a four-hour bus ride away from the gas fields of Pennsylvania.”
The real venom is saved for the end of the piece:
It is immoral because it perpetuates a lie: that the white working class that finds itself attracted to Trump has been victimized by outside forces. It hasn’t. The white middle class may like the idea of Trump as a giant pulsing humanoid middle finger held up in the face of the Cathedral, they may sing hymns to Trump the destroyer and whisper darkly about “globalists” and — odious, stupid term — “the Establishment,” but nobody did this to them. They failed themselves.
If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that.
Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America. So the gypsum business in Garbutt ain’t what it used to be. There is more to life in the 21st century than wallboard and cheap sentimentality about how the Man closed the factories down.
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too. The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn’t analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.
If you want to live, get out of Garbutt.
People such as Williamson are the first to laud the ‘post-industrial’ economy, citing the explosion of tech and service sector jobs as evidence that the economy is in great shape. These jobs are supposedly more than enough to make up for the blue collar work which has been shipped overseas.
He writes as though because it is possible to make millions creating an inane smartphone app, those for whom the best mode of employment is still in a steel factory are somehow failures. He doesn’t recognize the fact that via the onerous regulation of the Federal government, large corporations were incentivized to offshore.
He doesn’t recognize that due to the disastrous monetary policy of the Federal Reserve over the last 50 years, the average worker has seen wages command fewer and fewer goods, increasing the reliance on debt. He doesn’t realize that the resultant erosion of opportunity and the substitution of the government for men in the role of provider has led to the family destruction, substance abuse and general malaise that plagues many of these communities.
And for that, in his view, those communities deserve to die.
Standing Against the Tide
Consider that from 1980 to 2013, a member of either the Clinton or Bush family has been in the White House or among the President’s Cabinet. To the extent that the United States has deteriorated over that time, the establishment from both parties has directly overseen it. The bottom line is that modern day Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin. Their continued underwhelming performance in service of the American people is leading many to repudiate the coin entirely.
Yet it is that establishment in politics, as well as the media, which has opposed Trump almost universally. Although he has addressed many of the realities facing Americans, Trump has been shouted down as racist, misogynistic, and Islamophobic. He has also been ridiculed as an unhinged, clownish bully.
In the past week alone, the Washington Post, a singular news entity, has published 32 articles comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler. The Huffington Post at first refused to acknowledge Trump’s campaign by relegating it to ‘Entertainment’ news. After reclassifying Trump coverage as ‘Politics,’ they decided to attach a disclaimer to every Trump article reminding readers what a bigot he is. The 2016 election has become less Republicans vs Democrats and more Establishment vs Outsiders, and even more specifically Everyone vs Trump.
This was illustrated during a Republican Debate ahead of the South Carolina Primary. Trump voiced his view that not only was the Iraq war a colossal mistake, but the efforts of George W. Bush did not keep us safe as is the standard Republican view, as evidenced by 9/11.
Despite being factually correct, Trump, who is the front runner in the GOP primary, was soundly booed. Establishment candidates such as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and John Kasich were soundly cheered whenever they made a point. In the following days, liberal media pundits did the unthinkable, and actually went to bat for George W. Bush. This was a man who had been the whipping boy for the media for the entirety of his two term presidency, yet their natural affinity for Trump’s stance was outweighed by the hatred for Trump himself.
The recent furor over violent confrontations at Trump rallies stands as another example. These incidents have come about as a result of protestors entering Trump rallies with the purpose to disrupt the rally by attempting to shout and scream over Trump while he spoke. These disruptions have led to heated exchanges between the disruptors and Trump supporters. The media, the remaining Democrat and Republican candidates and anyone else who seems to have an opinion has blamed Trump for inciting the violence, stating that protestors who were merely exercising their first amendment rights and didn’t warrant any of the heated backlash they received.
The reality is that one’s first amendment right does now allow one to infringe upon the right of someone else. Protestors have the right to peacefully assemble and express themselves how they like, but in doing so within a Trump rally, trying to shout him down, they are infringing on Trump’s right to express himself.
The first amendment does not grant the right to take Trump’s podium from him, as said by the protestor who tried to physically attack Trump on stage at a rally in Dayton, OH. The protestor said this in a televised CNN interview, in a development that drives home the disdain the establishment has for Trump. This was a man who attempted to attack a US presidential candidate on stage, which required Secret Service intervention. Instead of scorn, the media rewarded him with 15 minutes of fame with a high profile interview, no doubt emboldening other attention seekers to try the same. Is this not inciting violence?
For a group of people who have spent countless hours obsessing over the distressing ‘tone’ of Trump’s rhetoric, little is said of the tone set by constantly portraying a man as the second coming of Hitler and then glossing over someone attempting to attack him, as though it was justified given Trump’s Hitlerness.
In the post-mortem of the 2012 election, pundits across the board came to the conclusion that the Republican party was in serious trouble, owing to the fact that it purportedly had no appeal to anyone outside of wealthier whites, white men in particular. Unless the party broadened the tent as it were, the Democrats would be destined to dominate elections for decades to come.
You would think then, that a Republican candidate who was winning primaries with the most support across all demographics – while bringing record voter turnout for Republicans – would be celebrated vigorously as GOP leaders danced in the streets. This is a candidate whose supporters include an ex KKK Grand Wizard and the brother of a slain Civil Rights activist alike. Talk about bridging a divide.
However, that candidate is Donald Trump, and thus his support is downplayed. “All he has is a lot of votes,” bemoan the establishment higher ups, livid that they cannot use him to put forth their version of economic and cultural Marxism.
This belies the desperation of the establishment. Their consistent use of terms such as ‘racist,’ ‘misogynist’ ‘KKK’ and ‘Hitler’ in close proximity to the name ‘Trump’ is an attempt to connect the two in the mind of the voter. They are fearful of what Trump represents. Given the hatred the elites seem to have for America, it is safe to say their opposition of Trump shows that he loves America. Or at the very least, Trump promotes ideas that will strengthen America.
That Trump is rock-like in his convictions and unapologetic, despite attacks from all angles is important, with respect to the battle with Cultural Marxists. Trump isn’t the first high profile figure to stand in opposition to Cultural Marxism, but in running for the presidency, he is doing it on the largest possible stage, reaching the widest possible audience.
Furthermore, Trump is perhaps the only person in America who is up to the task of effectively pegging back the cultural Marxists on such a scale. The combination of his wealth, business expertise, virtually 100% name recognition, multi decade exposure to the media and charisma has enabled Trump to dominate discussion. Once in that position, he has used it to put forth an unambiguously anti-Marxist, anti-establishment message, to the horror of the elites.
The horror the mainstream media feels over Trump is in direct conflict with their wallets. The truth is that Trump’s appeal translates to ratings, which translates to revenues, and such the mainstream media must talk about Trump as much as possible to maximize their profits. In doing so, they are making his message more visible, and given how the public is taking to it, they are pushing Trump toward the nomination.
Establishment favorites such as Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton were presented to the public as the acceptable choices. These candidates are all from the Clinton/Bush political family tree, meaning that should any one of them be elected, America would get more of the same, more of the cultural and economic Marxist ideals such as globalism, feminism, and multiculturalism. Jim Webb, former Democratic candidate bluntly said as much in a recent interview. This should highlight that Trump, who stands in opposition to all of them, is the choice for those wishing to see a stronger America.
The personal contrast between Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, is especially clear. The two candidates are the embodiment of the choice America has. Donald Trump is a patriarch, the masculine head of a strong family. His wife is feminine, and remains in the background. He has five children, who despite growing up absurdly wealthy, did not succumb to the same pitfalls many rich kids do, and are seemingly contributors to boot. They have given Trump eight grandchildren to whom the wealth he’s amassed are to be bequeathed at some stage. Trump is a man of conviction; he sticks to his guns and is bold and defiant when challenged.
Clinton, while also masculine, is a pant suit wearing career girl lawyer with one child. She is running on a hyperfeminist platform, to the point where feminist icons are being trotted out to warn women that is eternal damnation awaits for not voting for a woman.
Everything about Trump’s lifestyle, from his patriarchal headship to his above replacement rate family formation, is frowned upon in Current Year America. While the ‘strength and independence’ of Hillary Clinton is praised to the heavens.
Turning the Ship Around
I have no illusions about Trump being the perfect candidate, as there is no such thing. The best one can hope for is the right candidate for the time. At this time in American history, a change away from default Cultural Marxist views is what is needed. In order to achieve that change would require a transcendent candidate to snap people out of thinking, and voting in the default way.
Trump, with his strong frame and appeal to a strong national identity, touches an emotive chord which has reached a large number of people. There are many voters who have either never voted, or previously voted Democrat who are lining up to vote for Trump.
Even those who think Trump is too much of a blowhard must concede that he is probably what is necessary to turn things around, at least initially. It’s not as though Barack Obama, for example, won in 2008 because the electorate appreciated the intricacies of his cap and trade legislation.He won because he uttered ‘hope and change!’ every other phrase, and that resonated with people in that time.
The US is like an aircraft carrier which has been propelled in the wrong direction by 50 years of cultural and economic Marxism. The result is that we’re so far away from the ideals which America was founded on that it may take a generation to get back on track. It may be the case that the maximum Trump can achieve in two terms as president is merely priming the country for a return to prominence.
However, the ship must first stop, traverse the massive turning radius, and then slowly lurch in the right direction again. It won’t happen overnight. Once Trump Makes America Great Again, more ‘grounded’ types will finally have a real platform to work from. As Scott Adams has been writing about in his serious of posts about Trump’s rise, logic and reason alone isn’t going to be enough to persuade the masses.
This explains the failure of candidates such as Ron and Rand Paul, and perhaps the likes of Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot before them. None of them had the ‘it’ factor Trump has, thus despite perhaps having the most effective ideas, they were relatively easy for the prevailing establishment and the public at large to brush aside.
This also makes sense in the context of crisis leadership. The main idea in Nassir Ghaemi’s 2012 book, A First Rate Madness is that in times of complexity and turmoil, the best leaders are often the ones who are unconventional and have the ability to think outside the box. During times of tranquility, more even-keeled, square-like types are better to maintain the flow.
To show this, Ghaemi explores the mental backgrounds of historical figures such as Winston Churchill and General William Sherman to understand why they were uniquely equipped to deal with the crises they faced. In contrast, square-like figures such as Neville Chamberlain, Tony Blair and George W. Bush were like deer in headlights when the pressure was on.
Trump might be ‘extreme’ and ‘not presidential,’ but in this climate being moderate means criminalizing criticism of an ever expanding list of protected classes by labeling everything as hate speech. Being presidential means refusing to acknowledge threats to society, if those threats come from those protected classes.
2016 is shaping up to be a year of economic and cultural crisis. These crises are born of the Cultural and Economic Marxist dogma. As per the Frederick Douglass quote at the beginning, the rebellion spearheaded by Trump is preferable to the Marxist status quo that it responds to. It is exactly a candidate like Trump, ‘insane’ from the Marxist vantage point, who is most apt to cure a nation afflicted with Marxism.
There is still a long way to go. Trump still may not even win the Republican Primary. However, what he has done to this point has been historic because he has changed the game. If he were to drop out tomorrow, at the very least he would have shown to the political establishment that the masses are tiring of cultural Marxist themes. Political pundits and media outlets can scream that anyone who disagrees with them must be a bigot until they are blue in the face – the bottom line is that in the internet era, the truth is easily spread and widely accessible to those who seek it.
Republicans in recent election cycles have adopted the strategy of trying to win by being a different shade of Marxist than the Democrats. By bringing the silent majority into the fold, Trump has singlehandedly forced the hand of the establishment. If they brazenly ignore what the masses are saying via the ballot box, it will confirm to the public that the elites have it out for them. Bringing the establishment to that predicament alone justifies the price of admission to the Trump Train, which I’ve personally been aboard since last August. No matter how this ends, it is a step in the right direction in terms of the Culture War.