The Melodramatic Criticisms Of Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Are Overdone
|COLORADO SPRINGS: Republican presidential nominee|
Donald Trump at the Gallogly Event Center on the Univ.
of Colorado campus on July 29, 2016.
(Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images Via Forbes Article)
Trump proves undeterred. Meanwhile he, and various Republican commentators, have criticisms of Hillary Clinton surpassing the histrionic.
I here described Donald Trump (like me a native of Queens, New York) as a galoot (like me). Sometimes I find what he says beyond galootish all the way to deplorable. That said, I find the refined superciliousness of the Eastern Establishment at least as bad and in some ways worse.
Count me skeptical about the Establishment’s claim to moral and practical superiority. It may be that a Check Your Privilege moment for the political elites is overdue.
The Establishment considered both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton to be déclassé galoots. The Establishment really did not deign to learn from their successes in job creation and upward mobility. As Paul Hoffmeister recently pointed out in Trump/Pence, and the Coming Economic Boom in RealClearMarkets:
Meanwhile, of course, the candidates naturally are Saying Mean Things About One Another directly and by proxy. Trash talk is the calliope at the political carnival. It’s also a distraction. As Mental Floss usefully reminds us of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of our most revered Founders:
The mass media hysteria over presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is vastly overdone. As my absolutely favorite gonzo journalist, the chronically hysterical Matt Taibbi, discerningly observed at Rolling Stone:
. . . But whatever their personal leanings, influential reporters mostly work in nihilistic corporations, to whom the news is a non-ideological commodity, to be sold the same way we hawk cheeseburgers or Marlboro Lights. Wars, scandals and racial conflicts sell, while poverty and inequality do not. So reporters chase one and not the other. It’s just business.
. . . Any halfway decent boxing promoter will tell you the public must be made to believe the fighters hate each other in order to sell the fight…. (Emphasis added.)
Matt Taibbi writes that “influential reporters mostly work in nihilistic corporations.” You, as reader, and I, as writer, are occupying a shared journalistic space whose signature standards are “Speak Truth to Power” and “Tell It Like It Is.” We, if only temporarily, have here escaped the Rolling Stone Zone. Welcome to Forbes.com, what progressives call safe space.
Taibbi’s signature style is to say mean things about Republicans who are saying mean things. The irony is delicious.
Taibbi has a real gift for pure viciousness. Free sample: “… Republicans managed to get back in the game anyway by plucking an assortment of nativist freaks, village idiots and Internet Hitlers out of thin air and training them into a giant ball of incoherent resentment.” Impressive.
Digressions over, Taibbi, beneath the bile, nails a home truth. “Any halfway decent boxing promoter will tell you the public must be made to believe the fighters hate each other in order to sell the fight.”
Donald Trump invited Hillary (and Bill) Clinton to his wedding to Melania. The Clintons attended.
Not a signal of mutual hatred. Don't fall for it.
Having temporarily cleared away the Noise, a previously unheard Signal manifests: we mere voters have conjured two formidable candidates.
The vilification of both candidates is wretchedly overdone. One can barely utter those words without accusations of heresy from both right and left.
Yet there it is. The System, much to the consternation of the Establishment, is working in its ostentatiously preposterous, lurid, and resilient way.
Trump and Clinton are not merely formidable. They, despite their manifest imperfections, impressively reflect fundamental, powerful, and legitimate aspects of America’s values.
The candidates best reflecting these legitimate, and legitimately competing, values have managed to emerge as the nominees. They did so despite the heroic efforts of our political betters to save us from ourselves. Time to put an end to the melodramatic criticisms. "A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years."
Ralph Benko is senior advisor, economics, to American Principles in Action's Gold Standard 2012 Initiative, and a contributor to the ARRA News Service. Founder of The Prosperity Caucus, he was a member of the Jack Kemp supply-side team, served in an unrelated area as a deputy general counsel in the Reagan White House. The article which first appeared in Forbes.
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