On Donald Trump’s Campaign for the Republican Nomination: 7
The previous posts in this series have been about various important, but often ignored, factors behind the rather unprecedented success of Trump’s campaign for the republican presidential nomination. This post will talk about the two recent developments related to the republican nomination race. Firstly, many of you have heard that senior establishment republicans are trying to sabotage Trump’s bid for the nomination through the procedural device of a ‘brokered’ convention. Secondly, his suggestion about banning entry of Muslims into the USA has triggered a firestorm of protests from many establishment politicians and media “pundits”.
Just to be clear.. this post will not go into the numerous ethical or legal arguments and counter-arguments surrounding either proposal, because let’s face it- when was the last time a presidential candidate kept the promises they made to a majority of voters? Instead, I will talk about the blatant hypocrisy and overt cognitive dissonance that characterizes the words and actions of the supposed “professional” and “grown-up” establishment types.
So let us first tackle Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the USA. Irrespective of what you think about the proposal, it has not hurt his poll numbers. Infact, there is a lot of evidence that he is merely expressing opinions held by a large part of the republican voter base. Nor is his position on that issue that different from those held by increasingly popular right-wing political leaders in western Europe. While the idea itself might be hilariously simple-minded and counter-productive in 2015, it does have considerable appeal to a certain type of voter in western countries. In a previous post, I referred to these type of voters as “peasants” and it is no secret that they have been thoroughly (and deservedly) screwed over by the institutions and leaders they used to support. It is therefore hardly surprising that these subhuman peasants are willing to believe any barely plausible bullshit, especially if it comes out of the mouth of wannabe leaders who are not part of the now untrustworthy establishment. In that respect, the success of Donald Trump is driven by the same forces that have done so for Marine Le Pen or similar leaders in other west european countries.
But what does this have to do with the blatant hypocrisy and overt cognitive dissonance that characterizes the words and actions of the supposed “professional” and “grown-up” establishment types?
Well.. as it turns out- a lot. As many of you might remember, it was “professional” politicians and public “intellectuals” who made and supported the decisions that got us here in the first place. Who facilitated, assisted and abetted the spread of Saudi-style Islam throughout the rest of the world? Who funded and encouraged the spread and growth of Saudi-style Islam in Pakistan? Who decided that secular dictators in Muslim countries had to be overthrown or destabilized? Who funded and armed, over many decades, some of most regressive socio-religious movements in Muslim countries? Who decided that invading Iraq and Afghanistan was a good idea? Who decided to start wars that destabilized multiple countries and would result in the violent or premature death of hundreds of thousands in the middle-east? Who funded and armed groups with obviously fundamentalist religious views in that region? Who pretends that they have functional relationships with religiously radicalized countries such as Saudi Arabia, various Gulf Emirates, Egypt and now Turkey?
The very same “professional” leaders and intellectuals who are now denouncing Trump’s views as extremist were the ones who created all elements of that problem in the first place. But it gets better or more bizarre, depending on how you look at it.
Do you remember who supported redacting parts of the official 9/11 report that highlighted involvement of some Saudi princes and government officials? Do you remember the names of the geniuses who disbanded the predominately Sunni Iraqi Army in 2003 and then funded Shia death squads to hunt Sunni Arabs? Do you remember the names of the people who ran prisons like Abu Ghraib in post-2003 Iraq? What about the geniuses who invaded Afghanistan after 2001 without a clue about the power dynamics between various tribal groups in that country? Was Trump involved in making any of these really bad decisions? Is he responsible for the monumental clusterfuck called the Department of Homeland Security? Was he involved in deciding to indiscriminately spy on citizens? How come none of this surveillance prevented any serious act of religiously inspired terrorism in the USA- such as the recent San Bernardino shooting. Why do all of the supposed terrorist plots exposed by the FBI since 9/11 involve retarded or otherwise incompetent individuals.
But wait.. it gets even more fun or even more bizarre.
Since when did “professional” leaders and intellectuals start believing that it was possible to wage war in other parts of the world without any risk of retaliation? Did they really believe that all those Saudi-trained clerics preaching in Saudi-funded mosques were paragons of moderation and religious tolerance? Did they really think that labeling suspicion towards religious Muslims as “Islamophobia” would magically stop people from making the obvious association between literal belief in that religion and terrorism? Do they really expect their populations to willingly submit to the alien belief system of a visible religious minority? Then there is the issue of many supposedly mainstream politicians trying to further their own political careers with a lighter version of Trump’s rhetoric on these issues. My point is that all of the supposedly “smart” and “professional” politicians and intellectuals are (and were) just pretending to be what they claimed to be. It was only dumb luck and the willingness of the world to buy into that illusion which kept them going for decades. Circumstances change and the charade is now being confronted, exposed and dismantled. Consequently their blatant hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance can now be seen by all.
Just to be clear.. I am not suggesting that Trump is any more competent or capable than the establishment confabulaters he is currently fighting against. He just happens to be a far better creator and salesman of the product that the establishment has sold to a willing public for decades. It is therefore not surprising that the establishment is trying so hard to derail his campaign for the republican presidential nomination.
What do you think? Comments?