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For the first time in modern history, America elected a President that had no previous political experience. His predecessor had very little, but Mr. Trump brought nothing to Washington except his personal experiences, his business background, and his willingness to serve the country. To many Americans, this was a true demonstration of Democracy in action; a Democracy where anyone could become President as long as they had the skill and determination… and of course loads and loads of money. Others saw the election of Trump as the worst possible outcome and cited many reasons why he would fail; in fact it was expected that he would fail. Some of these reasons included not having the experience needed to handle the responsibility of the highest office in the nation, of his blunt, non-diplomatic approach to things, or his tendency to speak his mind outside of the normal channels. His use of social media instead of the traditional press to speak directly to the American people has enraged the mainstream media. This change alone demonstrated that things would be different in a Trump administration; just how different is still being seen.
Let's Get This Out Now, Before You Read Any Further
This article is not about cheerleading for President Trump, nor is it about choosing sides on the political spectrum. It is however an "us versus them" approach, but the us represents the average American and the them represents the wealthy entrenched political class. Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, Independent, or affiliated with another Party, everyone should be rooting for President Trump to succeed; if he fails then the "Washington Way" wins again, and maybe for good. Wanting his to succeed doesn’t mean you have to agree with his agenda, or like the color of his hair, or support the fact that he is a white male, or anything else he's been identified as. You are welcome to hate the man and his approach to running America as much as you want to. In fact, you can write nasty articles, publish social media posts with photo-shopped pictures, and even hold rallies showing everyone how much you dislike him. But what you can’t do, under no circumstances, is root for him to fail as President; our nation and the power of the people are depending on him succeeding.
The Two-Party System and the Entrenched Political Class
Taking sides on agenda items is a normal part of American politics; it’s been going on since the final shots of the Revolutionary War and isn’t likely to end anytime soon. The current Two-Party system we have gravitated to in America almost demands opposition to the agenda of the other side. Political leaders often believe that “you are with us, or against us.” They demand a strange loyalty from their membership, which seems to include fitting a square peg into a round hole. The irony of this approach is that most Americans don’t think, live, or act in a black and white world. There are Republicans who embrace abortion and detest guns. Likewise, there are Democrats who think traditional marriage is sacred and that a large standing army is absolutely critical to our survival. Both examples go in direct disagreement with their respective Party platforms. People usually agree to disagree when they have ideological differences. Yet, our elected leaders seem to ignore human nature and instead try to force the agenda of the Party down everyone's throats; often reaching a point where the membership starts to lose interest. Yet with the American system, where "winner takes all" is the one and only way to achieve power, many people sacrifice their beliefs or choose to stand with a Party they only support partially.
Consequences For Failure
Think about this for a few minutes; if President Trump fails, then America fails with him, however, if he succeeds, then America succeeds with him. This may sound like a novel concept to many people, but not so long ago, it was standard practice; America first, Political Parties or personal achievements second. Now, that's no longer the case. Many Congress members are household names and they use the recognition to push their personal agenda. What's best for the nation often gets sidelined for the benefit of the donor class; the shadowy collection of uber-wealthy moguls who fill the campaign chests of the entrenched political class. A quick history lesson will demonstrate that many political elites will gladly sell out their country to make a personal gain; think about the Roman Empire and it's demise and you'll get an understanding of how quickly this kind of behavior can destroy a nation.
But, back to President Trump. Do many people think he is in way over his head? Yes, they do, quite like it happened when Barack Obama was elected. But this concept isn't new either. Looking back to our Founding Fathers, it’s easy to say that many of them were looked at in a similar manner; over their heads or worse. America survived and even prospered in some of those Presidencies. And Trump, despite his lack of political experience, is still an American and still our legally elected President. The opposition Party will try and derail his agenda, embarrass him, and try to hang him out to dry on some of the issues. Nothing that would surprise anyone, since that's the way politics seem to work. Yet in Trump's case, he's also being obstructed by members of his own Party. Some are bitter over losing to him in the Primaries, others don't like him personally, and some are only members of the GOP on paper; these politicians are referred to as RINOs; and it isn't a term of endearment.
Examining The Entrenched Political Class
Serving America has always been considered a great honor and privilege among most people. Yet, it was never intended to be a lifetime job, regardless of being reelected. There are currently 15 members of Congress who have been in office for over 36 years each and over the last few decades America has seen many members with over 20 years of service. Our nation has also seen a clearer and clearer separation between these politicians and regular Americans over the last few decades, with little the former having little oversight.
Today the evidence demonstrating the entrenched political class in Washington DC is totally out of control is staggering. Regulations are strangling the economy to the point that small business, once the backbone of the nation, are unable to make ends meet. Wall Street, Big Pharma, and the Internet Giants are doing fine thanks to their near-monopolies and government protection, but everyone else is struggling. Lawmakers and Federally appointed Judges have taken bolder and bolder steps to consolidate their power and then wield it like the sword of a monarch. Personal debt was rising while savings, home-ownership, and job prospects were falling. Instead of taking care of all Americans, the elected officials spend the last few decades chasing special interest dollars to line their campaign pockets. Politicians were growing richer and richer while working as public servants. Let that sink in for a minute; public SERVANTS; not kings or queens, not dictators, not the final supreme decision-makers, but servants of We The People. Millions, and sometimes billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted or went missing. Accountability was next to nothing and in the rare chance someone actually did get caught in the act, they received a slap on the wrist, or sometimes nothing at all. Laws meant to protect everyday citizens were being ignored to appease the donor class and their demand for cheap labor. Entire industries were being gobbled up by a bloated bureaucracy, and nearly destroyed in the process. And throughout all the chaos and turmoil regular Americans were living though, the entrenched political class kept getting wealthier and more powerful.
But, Aren't The Parties Keeping Each Other In Line?
Party lines are put on the back burner when it comes to making money and keeping power. Lawmakers may disagree on ideology, but as a group, they never do anything that could hurt their way of life. Both sides have seen the enormous benefits that comes with a Congressional or Senate seat. Once in office, most tend to remain in office for as long as possible, milking every dime from the people as possible. If you disagree, then ask yourself why there are no Term Limits for Congress. Looking back in history, the Supreme Court said that in order to have Congressional Term Limits we'd need a Constitutional Amendment (1995) and since a supermajority of Congress plus support of the states is required, it seems unlikely to happen.
Nevertheless, President Trump has pledged to “drain the swamp;” a catchphrase that many people seem to find common ground with. Yet, once he started down that path, America has seen resistance to such an action on a level previously unheard of. Rioting (funded by shadowy organizations possibly,) obstructionism, mountains of negative press, and daily accusations of inappropriate behavior seem to surface daily. Party leaders on both sides of the fence regularly condemn his actions, call for his impeachment, and even threaten his life. Why? Because he is exposing them for who they truly are. Complicit members of the media regularly slander the President using unsubstantiated information from "anonymous" sources. It's basically a full court press from multiple angles to demoralize and destroy him both politically and personally.
The Regular American
It's gotten so obvious that most regular Americans see straight through it. Even some of the most loyal members to the major Parties are questioning the motives of their leadership. The "drain the swamp" movement continues to be strong across the nation. President Trump continues to show government for what it is; bloated, poorly managed, incompetent, and in many cases dotted with a series of illegal activities. You may hate the man, but you have to admire his willingness to be verbally destroyed day after day to make American better again. He’s challenged Congress on healthcare, immigration, and several other major topics, only to have both sides unite against him. Regular Americans who spent many years scratching their heads, asking themselves why our elected leaders ignore our laws, are the reason why he was elected in the first place. Too many years of watching common sense being thrown out the window and illegal actions go unpunished have a tendency to change how people vote. Only by returning power back to the people do we have any hope as a nation to continue our dominance in the world.
Our nation is at a crossroads. One that has a path leading to a prosperous future and the other that follows Rome and so many other great failed civilizations We simply cannot idly stand by and let a group of power-hungry politicians hijack this great nation any more than they already have. We need to root out those who put their best interests ahead of the nation and remove them from office. We need to follow existing law or change it to something that a majority can agree to. The people deserve better. As for President Trump, he needs our support. If his policies aren't sound, then let them be voted on pass or fail, that's the American way. Washington DC is in need of a serious housecleaning and likely a larger prison. So the next time you're about to attack him, stop and think about what it is he's trying to accomplish. Is it good for America or not?
Sustainable Sue from Altadena CA, USA on August 02, 2017:
Trump is a successful businessman. Most successful businessmen are bullies. I've watched the effects of his strong-arm tactics since before he was elected. Sooner or later he's going to be very confused, because they don't work in a political setting.
In business, the dominant guy gets what he wants. That's why businessmen have been paying off politicians for a long time. In government you have to be diplomatic to get things done. A lot of our politicians are confused already. They get paid off, but they can't bully anyone else to vote the way they want, although some have tried (following the advice of their corporate constituents).
What we really need is to get back to the focus the government was supposed to have in the first place - not to build the economy - that's the job of businesspeople. But to see to the needs of the public good - like Collins and Murkowski did when they stood against the attempt to repeal the ACA. The public good is what's falling apart (infrastructure, education, health care, small business support) and Trump is not doing anything about it either.
Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on August 02, 2017:
Not only bigger, but dug in and seemingly ready to do battle with anyone who tries to oust them. It begs the question of just how long this deep state shadow-government has been operating and the even scarier thought of "who are they working for?"
breakfastpop on August 02, 2017:
If Pres. Trump succeeds, the entrenched loser career politicians will be shown to be exactly what they are, "entrenched loser politicians" in it for themselves. Something ugly has overtaken our nation, and we must put an end to the resistance. Obstructing democracy is nothing to be proud of. Actually, our president is accomplishing great things despite all the negativity heaped on him from the press, the Dems and the Reps. The swamp is much bigger than we thought!
Andrew Petrou from Brisbane on August 02, 2017:
Donald is part of the entrenched political forces in a huge way. Huge.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 02, 2017:
This was well written and I agree with most of what you say, Ralph. The main priority needs to be getting rid of the long serving corrupt establishment. None of them should be allowed to retain their positions more than say eight years. There needs to be change, and Trump, like him or not, is President and needs to be supported in achieving this end.
Ken Burgess from Florida on August 01, 2017:
Trump may be the catalyst for greater change and awareness and involvement by a larger majority of Americans than we have seen in our lifetimes.
All the efforts by bought off long tenured Republicans to stall efforts to repeal and/or replace Obamacare, or to do anything of significance or importance for the people at all, is far more in the public's eye than it ever would be, if not for the Media and corrupt Politicians being hell bent on destroying Trump.
The very efforts of Congress & the Media to tie Trump to "stealing the election" and "being a Russian puppet" and all the other things they work so hard to convince you of... put their own actions, the efforts of Republican and Democrat alike, into the spotlight.
Especially those Republicans that have been sitting in office for 20, 30 years and more who helped create all the deplorable laws and policies that have harmed working class Americans for decades now, be they small business or factory worker and everything in between...
These efforts don't expose Trump, they expose Congress, they expose the Media, for what they are, totally corrupt, totally criminal, lacking any kind of respect for "those people" the working class stiffs, the poor, the "deplorables", the ignorant masses too stupid to understand what is best for the country, or for themselves, they should just shut up and do what they are told, and be happy they are allowed to have anything at all.
That is the problem with even a farce Democracy, even the pretense of allowing people to think they have rights, to constantly keep up the façade, costs countless billions on propaganda to convince enough of the people that what you are doing is going to help them, even as everything you do strips wealth and freedom from them.
The ACA will save the average home $2,500 on insurance, and will insure all those people who cannot get insurance. No what it did was make it legal for them to raise insurance costs until it was no longer affordable for most people, and then they can tax you for not having insurance. The next step was to completely collapse the current system, so they could install a Single Payer system that would essentially become a tax on all Americans, a health care system controlled by the government, which allows them to take half of everything you make. 50% of all your earnings would then go to Healthcare.
Whatever you make now, cut it in half, because its going to the government when they get that Single Payer system up and running. You think having 5 or 10 thousand dollar deductibles is bad now, wait until you get hit with a National Healthcare system run by the government (controlled by the healthcare industry, corporations, etc.).
Unless you are truly rich of course, the rich will have private hospitals, and private medicine and private insurance to cover it all. And so will Congress.
Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on August 01, 2017:
Trump is a street fighter, so you don't like him and his methods, I get that. What matters are the results - getting rid of the entrenched establishment...any way, any how.
Catherine Mostly from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD on August 01, 2017:
I don't disagree with much of what you've said here; and I won't argue with you again on what I don't agree with. One of the problems is that the people who voted for Trump don't realize that 'the rest of us' are already well-aware of just how corrupt our political system is - along with many of the reasons why it is corrupt.
The fact that you think someone like him is able to fix anything with the way he talks at people, is why he is failing miserably. People are not going to 'follow' someone they can't respect or trust. Like I've suggested in previous comments - find a representative who isn't so divisive, insulting & offensive; and maybe we can accomplish something as a country.
Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on August 01, 2017:
Ken Burgess from Florida on August 01, 2017:
Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) Jan 3, 1975 to present
42 years, 4 months
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Jan 3, 1977 to present
40 years, 4 months
Thad Cochran (R-MS) Dec 27, 1978 to present
38 years, 4 months, 6 days
McCain over 30 years, Graham over 30 years, etc. etc.
People are desperate for change, but they keep putting the same criminals into office over and over again. And sadly many of those who have done untold damage for decades have only recently left (and not by being voted out) like Harry Reid.
I agree, Trump is the average American's F.U. to the whole corrupt, criminal cabal in D.C. and of course that is why D.C. and the MSM are working 24/7 to keep the dupes that still believe what they say thinking that Trump is the worst thing ever to walk the earth.
Imagine if people stop believing all the rhetoric and propaganda being deployed against him, and start asking why aren't things getting done?
Why aren't the Republicans repealing or replacing Obamacare?
Why aren't the Republicans reforming taxes?
Why aren't they doing what they said they would?
People might also ask, why did the Democrats pass the ACA, when all it does is make health care cost more, for those who had it, or unaffordable for those who had it, or make them pay a tax when they choose not the waste thousands of dollars for insurance that covers next to nothing...
People might ask why, after 8 years of Obama, we were still in Iraq, Afghanistan, and he added Libya and Syria to the mix... creating the world's greatest migrant crisis in living memory, perhaps in centuries...
People might ask, why nothing changes anymore when things shift from the Democrats being in power, to the Republicans, and back again... and that from Clinton, to Bush, to Obama, things kept marching right along... like NAFTA, like Obamacare, like Afghanistan...
Trump's biggest accomplishment, and biggest threat to the establishment, is not what he does while in office... but that more and more people are beginning to realize just how broken, corrupt, and criminal the system is... and that if they hope to have a better future for their kids, than what they had, something drastic needs to be done to change D.C.
Perhaps something as drastic and as improbable as what it took to create the U.S. of A. more than 250 years ago.
threekeys on August 01, 2017:
Ralph I loved how you approached this very challenging and difficult situation regarding President Trump and the people.
While I am not in a position to comment on politics and/ or your country. I, too, see your country being at a major crossroads. For, however President Trump is, or how he is perceived, he is shaking up and waking up your country. Its like he has opened up and revealed the pus within the abscess of the system and therefore, the people. He is a major unexpected catalyst. Like you said in the final line of your article. You just need to keep asking yourself, "is this good for America or not?" Fantastic read. Thankyou Ralph.