In his speech in the Milwaukee area last night, Donald Trump reviewed how the “Washington Establishment” (including both major political parties) has become wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle classes over the last five decades. The effects of this greed are especially evident in the inner cities where crime is up, education is down and opportunity is almost non-existent after billions have been spent. Trump took umbrage at the Democrats who have been able to assume they have the African American votes in their back pockets despite generations of keeping them dependent and with lessening hope for a better future. He said:
“I’m fighting, all of us across the nation are fighting, for peaceful regime change in our own country. The media-donor political complex that’s bled this country dry has to be replaced with a new government of, by and for the people.”1
Of course, the MSNBC was immediately indignant at the use of “regime” to describe the Obama/Clinton years we have endured. Granted, when we Baby Boomers were growing up, such a word would have been considered absurd. But we are now in absurd times.
Some of Our Third World Blues
Stepping back for a moment, how would we describe a third world country run by a party who has taken the votes of its impoverished minority for fifty years without improving its lot one iota? And, in fact, their lots have worsened.
What would we say about these countries when the party in power gets its leaders off the hook when, as Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA 10th district and member of the Judiciary Committee) said, one of them lies in front of a Congressional oversight committee several times– yet “lesser” people commit lesser crimes and are given more severe consequences?
How would we describe a ruler who bypasses his country’s constitution with numerous swipes of his executive pen and then criticizes the opposition party when it sues him— the only means it has to obtain justice?
Yes, our constitutional republic has suffered from what is essentially a regime for eight years. Why should we choose more of the same in November with Hillary Clinton?
1 – “Trump: I’m Fighting for ‘Peaceful Regime Change’ of the ‘Media-Donor Political Complex,” by Ian Schwartz, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/08/16/trump_im_fighting_for_peaceful_regime_change_of_the_media-donor_political_complex.html, 8/16/2016.