The End of the "Quadrennial Frenzy"
In highest respect for the Office of President, I congratulate DONALD JOHN TRUMP
on his election as 45th President of the United States of America
Now to my critical review of the final act:
Well, the “Quadrennial Frenzy” has finally ended! Act III was really quite brutal; every major actor/actress was being attacked from every side. As the curtain dropped, I sat and waited for the applause, but none came. The audience simply stood up and left the theater in silence. And as I sat there, I wondered if this play had been a comedy or a tragedy. There were, of course, some comical moments. I found it particularly amusing when the Democrats touted Hillary’s strength of character–well, perhaps not strength of character, just strength. It was repeatedly claimed that she was a very strong woman and that it was her incredible female strength that annoyed the men. When one considers the fact that Hillary enjoyed the support of the most power men in the world (the 42nd and the 44th Presidents of the United States; Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs; Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Publisher of the New York Times; Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel etc. etc.) as well as the support of the entire banking system and the mainstream media, the claim of her incredible strength was a bit amusing. My vote for “strongest woman” in this campaign would have gone to Jill Stein who campaigned without the support of these male powerhouses and even had the courage to oppose the encroachment of corporate interests at Standing Rock. Still, a few comic moments aren’t enough to classify this play as a comedy.
Many will conclude that this play was a tragedy, and I tend to agree with this assessment. When the play began, both major political parties were in dire straits. The Republican Party was suffering under its own obstructionism, and the Democratic Party was dissolving from within due to its own corruption. As the play progressed, the situation on both sides of the aisle worsened. In the end, many influential Republicans refused to back their own candidate, and the decaying Democratic Party desperately clung to the “lesser of two evils” theory in an attempt to elect an obviously incompetent and corrupt candidate. Now that the play has finally ended, both parties are in shambles. In my opinion, the Republican Party is in a better position to reorganize and rebuild than the Democratic Party. The corruption of the Democrats that we have witnessed during this election cycle will be difficult to overcome, and it may well take decades to repair the damage that the Clintons have wreaked on the Party. The Republicans, on the other hand, have an opportunity to rebuild if they will only seize it. It is imperative that they temper their obstructionism; opposition in politics can be beneficial, but it must always be balanced with a measure of compromise.
A further tragic element in this election was the downfall of the mainstream media. In its reckless attempt to elect Hillary, it has totally discredited itself. The amount of propaganda disseminated through the media was absolutely astonishing, and the collusion between the media and the Clinton campaign has rendered media outlets such as CNN and the New York Times totally untrustworthy. We now know that we cannot depend on any of these outlets to provide us with information about the Trump Administration. If they have provided misinformation during the campaign in order to defeat him, they will certainly continue to do so during the next four years. To put it bluntly, we are now entering a period of information blackout in the mainstream media, and it will be increasingly difficult to establish the facts necessary for serious political dialogue. Just take a look at this morning’s New York Times, where it reads: “Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.“ I find the phrase “relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy” breathtaking. If by “institutions”, the Times means a runaway banking system, a globalization that is destroying the lives of millions of Americans, then it is true that the campaign took aim at them. But it is absolutely audacious to suggest that the Trump campaign attacked “long-held ideals of American democracy”. After supporting a candidate who cheated her way into the nomination of the Democratic Party, the Times should be ashamed to even use the word “democracy”. So don’t expect any reliable information from the mainstream media.
Students of Greek tragedy may question my use of the word “tragic”. The downfall of the ancient protagonist was thought to be tragic because of his greatness. Had the protagonist not been great, then he would not have been a tragic figure, but rather simply a pitiful or pathetic one. Admittedly, it is difficult to perceive any greatness in this election cycle. The phrase “lesser of two evils” seemed to preclude greatness at the very beginning of Act II. Nevertheless, I remain convinced that this play was indeed a tragedy because I still believe that there is greatness in America!
So where was this elusive greatness in the play? To be sure, it was not on the stage. In typical American style, it turns out that the greatness was not reflected in the cast of the play, but rather in the audience. This election was not primarily about Republicans vs. Democrats, but rather about the Citizens of our great country opposing an Establishment that has neglected them for decades. The propaganda machine of the mainstream media believed that it could sell the American public anything–even a cheater caught red-handed, but the people said: “No, not this time!” In a truly historic event, the control of the media over popular opinion has been broken, and the way is open for us to begin conducting ourselves again like a real democracy.