Our regime is pathetic. And I don’t mean just Menendez. I don’t consider Obama or the Clintons or even the Bushes as an upgrade. I mean altogether. These people are simply parasites that in no way improve the country. A Pericles or a Julius Caesar aggrandized himself via the power of the state that he ruled. Even Pericles was accused of stealing some of the funds used to build the Parthenon. But no one would accuse either of those two men of not acting to improve the strength of their countries. Each acted in both peace and war to make his nation a stronger and richer place.
It’s inconceivable that anyone could make that claim for George W Bush or Barack Obama. And as for Joe Biden, when he isn’t molesting women and children, he’s filling his pockets with graft money. No. Our ruling class are nothing but vultures picking the bones of the carcass of the United States while they reshape the world into an oligarchic network under the aegis of their control.
So, I guess the question is, can anything be done to recruit a new elite? It’s not a simple question. Donald Trump threw his hat in the ring eight years ago and he got bounced out. The present regime has a pretty tight grip on the reins of power. And now that they’ve measured the threat from Trump, they’ve pulled out all the stops to neutralize him.
But maybe there will be a second act.
The present regime has done so much damage with the Green Initiative, the COVID debacle and the George Floyd color revolution that things just haven’t returned to anything like a normal state. The cities are a shambles and the economy is severely impacted by both the high consumer inflation and the deleterious effects of high interest rates for business borrowing. Many banks find themselves with underwater bond portfolios and uncertainties over bad real estate holdings in the city centers.
With so much going wrong all at the same time it’s possible that even our ultra-corrupt elites might think it was time to put sane people in charge. Of course, then they’d have to find sane people. I’m not sure how they’d do that. And at this point, the Republican voters want Trump to be their tribune. So, these experts would have to work with and through him. But this is Trump’s last stand. Whether he wins or loses he’s done after this campaign. His vice-presidential pick is a pretty important choice. He may be choosing the next president after him.
I’m not sure who is the right one. For lack of another choice, I’d say Ron DeSantis. In his favor, he and Trump don’t like each other. I think that’s a good situation for them. Also, Trump needs a smart decisive guy who can get things done, someone he can delegate jobs to. I think DeSantis can do that. I also think he’ll grow in the role and be ready in four years to run on his own.
But whoever Trump picks he shouldn’t select a diversity symbol like Nikki Haley or Tim Scott. Now, Ramaswamy is interesting but I’ll confess I know nothing about him other than his recent debate rhetoric. For all I know he’s trojan horse. But we definitely need someone smart and ruthless.
The problem with all this is the element of control that the administrative state wields against both Congress and the White House. And the only possible way that this control could be overcome would be if the legislative and executive leadership worked along with the Supreme Court to scale back the power that the bureaucracy has been imbued with. In fact, it might take more. It might require military action to wrench control from those men. And we know that the military isn’t the loyal servant of the people it used to be.
All of this is in the way of musing about things we are already aware of. What would make a change possible is if some of the elites defect to Trump. Could that happen. I think it’s possible. The destabilization of the country is reaching a level that must be troubling even for the people who live in safe enclaves far from street violence and decay. When billionaires start fleeing New York and Chicago for Tennessee and Florida that’s a sea change.
And the last problem is what vision would an elite revolution have for our country? Fixing some of the crazier policies of the Biden administration and cleaning up government doesn’t necessarily herald the beginning of a renaissance for the middle class. The elites love their cheap labor. Closing the border may not be one of the things they care about. This I think of as a real problem. They may restore law and order in the cities but allow a very loose immigration policy to continue.
So even if Trump wins next year what will come of it? Only something like an elite defection seems like it would permit the reform that is needed to get us out of the death trap we find ourselves in.
For whatever reason, I currently think it’s possible that such a thing could happen. Maybe tomorrow I won’t.