On Tuesday Jan. 12, 2016, President Barack Obama addressed in his final State of the Union speech, his disappointment of being unable to unify the Congressional seat of government. The problem is, Obama had not only inherited a nation in economic disarray, he inherited the political aftermath from the previous Bush Administration that had ignited an inflammatory American mental state of mind. And Congress was set to be unhinged.
A segment of citizens, mostly conservative, would emerge as anti-government, anti-Democrat and anti-GOP after the devastation of the Bush Administration. TEA Party (far right), Fox News, white militias, countless others and even Occupy Wall Street would peak shortly after President Obama had taken office and Bush’s presidency ended. All these groups, except 2011 Occupy Wall street, channeled their political failures, dismantled lifestyles and anger at Obama since he was both black and a Democrat, perfect target.
GOP knew better than anyone, the disastrous Bush/Cheney Administration had not only destroyed the global and national economy among numerous other issues, but had damaged the GOP party. This damage would have repercussions for countless years after Bush left office.
GOP licked their wounds and went to work redrawing districts for political gains, restricting voter simplicity by requiring I.D., but reducing background check to purchase firearms, introducing unlimited and anonymous campaign contributions, projecting a negative image of President Obama through daily media, and becoming an unrecognized body of legislators by voting “no” to every proposal of the nation’s first and historic African American President.
All these desperate acts would temporarily salvage votes from their base, but the fringe or far right voters were far from being pleased. Soon there was a division within the GOP that would continue through the duration of the Obama Administration. There wasn’t enough energy directed at the demands of the far right. With few political and partisan victories for the GOP, the tremor induced fault line expanded wider and would grow longer. The far right had become insatiable.
The extreme right’s appetite would feed on political lives like Eric Cantor for proposing immigration reform, grimaced at Marco Rubio until he bowed away taking backpedaling steps for following Cantor’s ambition on immigration, forced John Boehner to use his handkerchief as a surrender flag and give up his Speaker’s gavel, attempted to embrace Sarah Palin, but her movement was without compass, the far right got dizzy and allowed her to go at it alone.
In 2013, the far right of the GOP found small amounts of uplift from Ted Cruz shutting down the government as he read children’s books. Cruz argument (filibuster) was to defund Obamcare at the expense of shutting down the goverrnment. The problem with the far right is there was nor is anyone that has their sentiment, with the expertise to govern.
June 2015, Donald Trump announced he’d run for the oval office. He proclaimed he’d be strong against undocumented immigrants, using strong and inflammatory words to make his point. The far right found their redeemer. Even though Trump was a 1%-er who claimed he could not be bought, but boasted he’d been buying into others’ campaigns (Palin, Romney, he even claims Clinton’s), the far right ignored it, Trump spoke their language. Trump suggested a ban on Muslims, regardless if they happened to be white Muslims. His followers didn’t flinch, they appeared uncompromising. The dissent ran deep and had been a long time coming.
On January 24, 2016, Trump would go on to say, ” I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” This was spoken to an agreeing crowd of his supporters. Corporate media, instead of condemning violent rhetoric, recognized Trump’s celebrity star power would increase their ratings so he receives virtually free publicity in spite of his irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric.
Understandably, there had been a legimate reason for the dissent from the fall of grace by the Bush Administration. But, unfortunately, the timing of a push back was several years past due. Seven years after the Great Recession of GWBush, Trump entered the political arena and convinced many supporters, he’s a winner. As a realtor and reality show host, he may very well be. But listening to his political speeches, reveals he is completely out of his realm as a statesman or presidential candidate.
Both Republicans and Democrats had grown weary of status quo politicians, seeking anyone outside of the government for representation. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was aware of the people becoming knowledgeable of the short falls of the two party system. A system unfulfilling the needs of the American people. Income inequality, low paying wages, social injustice towards blacks and other Americans, Wall street greed, and student debt had become his fight against established politicians who put these issues on the back burners to special interest and re-election concerns. Sanders, Independent Democratic Socialist, had enough by April 30, 2015 and announced his presidential bid. He had over 20 years of fighting in Congress, being very knowledgeable of how the government had been running.
“Don’t Underestimate Me.” The relatively unknown Sen. Sanders confidently announced he was running for president to DC reporters speaking those very words. Sanders stood as competition from the political left of front-runner Hillary Clinton. “People should not underestimate me,” Sanders said. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country,”
Trump (GOP) and Sanders (Dem) epitomize anti-establishment in the 2016 Presidential Election and their crowd numbers are huge. How did this come about?
In 2008, Sen. John McCain strategized to select Sarah Palin as his running mate in the presidential race. Palin brought an eccentric charm to McCain’s camp but, unfortunately had little integrity or substance as a statesman. The key was her popularity. The glum and ho hum characteristic of the GOP took on a new face, zeal and enthusiasm. GOP loss the election, but their structure would extremely change. This altered structure would be responsible for the choices of so called non-establishment politicians like Herman Cain, an enthusiast, who would temporarily gain status as a frontrunner in the following GOP campaign of the 2012 presidential election. GOP loss the election of 2012 with Mitt Romney as their nominee. Romney was an establishment GOP, but not conservative enough for the far right.
By the 2016 presidential election, 3 non-establishment GOP candidates would shake up the campaign race. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump would put the Republican Party in a tail spin. Donald Trump eventually would make nearly all other candidates irrelevant, whether establishment or not. His supporters continue to blindly follow him even if he is a 1%-er that has paid into several candidates campaign as a campaign contributing businessman,(Palin,Romney).
What happened to America?
Before 2001, the American people, for the most part, had given the national leaders benefit of a doubt that they had sincere intent of governing the most powerful nation on the planet. The American people believed the politicians had the peoples’ best interest at hand. There was trust.
At the turn of the Century a few missteps by politicians and power brokers drew ire and raised eyebrows of U.S., citizens, that their trust had been placed in jeopardy. The Presidential Election of Nov. 2000 moved from the ballot room to the courtroom. The Gore/Bush general election result was determined too close to call from tallied votes. Gore had received more popular votes and the State of Florida was projected an Al Gore win. That announcement was shortly overturned and determined undecided. Throughout the election night there was suspense, but there was no winner at sunrise. A recount failed to determine a clear winner and the election result was placed in the hand of the court. The court was summoned to decide the winner and Gore won the decision. GOP wasn’t satisfied with the result and appealed the decision. The Supreme Court would have to make a final ruling on the (GOP questioned) judgment made by lower courts. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bush. Whether the decision masked corruption or legitimacy, the unprecedented event jarred the complacency of a normal election.
As a result, a number of Americans would increase their political knowledge and interest, while others cautiously reinstated that previous trust, but with a wary eye. What occurred in the following months would supersede that and major events of several previous generations, 9/11.
The American psyche was damaged and terrorized that such an event had occurred on U.S. soil. Resolve eventually replaced fear, patriotism and standing united against the enemy, foreign Terrorists, became an overwhelming battle cry. Sentiment of the recent election had become an afterthought as America stood face to face with the impact of a new Century and an unheard of direct and deadly assault.
Retaliation would become extremely costly in lives and treasure as the Bush Administration poised itself for a $10 trillion national debt. Invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, tax credits for the 1%, Wall street plummeting to under 700 points, the Great Recession and bailouts for financial giants, clocked in an overwhelming debt. And the fiat dollar, being a debt driven system with billions of dollars a second in interest, didn’t fail to operate under design.
Not only would debt increase astronomically, the federal labor statistics support claim that the country lost 3.5 million jobs in the last six months of the Bush administration.
The key element of the financial recession was the housing and credit bubble based on a fiat dollar system. From 1995, the average home cost in the U.S., was approximately $162,000.00. By 2005 the average cost had increased to $301,200.00 for identical homes priced at $162,000.00. Taking out second and third mortgages, coupled with the disappearance of middle and upper middle class careers left Americans in economic sink holes.
Adding salt to the wound, Americans would be duped by the Bush Administration on the Patriot Act in exchange for a futile search for Weapons of Mass Destruction and the War on Terror. This angered Americans that the rights of privacy had been compromised. It was too late. Privacy would be a thing of the past. Stripped of civil liberties and having to adjust to a devalued lifestyle, was a breaking point for many Americans.
The fiat money system is a debt system. Dollars are printed with no value other than a promissory note from the government. Therefore a so called small government budget is only a talking point for Republicans. GOP implemented this system under President Richard Nixon when he abandoned the gold standard system. Reigning in debt is a thing of the past.
Most policies of the GOP are 20th Century ideas. The party is upside down because their platform is a thing of the past.