The underdog populist, Donald Trump enlists seasoned veterans of the establishment for his insurgency. Do not underestimate the “swamp-power” behind his crusade.
The British underestimated George Washington, who was a veteran officer of the British forces that fought the French and Indian War. He attracted a cadre of experienced men, and the support of Lafayette.
The Union Generals underestimated Robert E. Lee who was a top graduate of the United States Military Academy and an exceptional officer and military engineer in the United States Army for 32 years. He used his abilities to outmaneuver his enemies despite their immense superiority in men and weapons.
Both knew the other side from the inside; that is how they won.
There are some neophytes, but many “inside-the-beltway” professionals, in Trump’s camp. Yes, there is entropy, as the elite scramble to understand the America they assumed they knew. But there is also transformation. Many entrenched politicians are pushing buttons that always worked before, (rather more like the Regency Bell Pull), to no avail. The old ways can work against the establishment, when used by masters of “the system.”
Information is the ammunition for both side’s cannons. As the prestige leaders of government take sides, the balance of power swings back and forth between extremes. The media is the battleground of taking sides. The Left singles out Fox News as the Devil of the Right, ignoring the giant counterbalance of media favoring the Left.
Recent reports on the inside shenanigans of the DNC to assure Hillary Clinton would defeat Bernie Sanders are a fitting example of the underhanded fighting within one party. The rancor among Senate Republican leaders and the President is suicidal. The Tea Party and the populist movement battle against the “safe-district” Republican incumbents.
The point is, the blandishments of both sides favoring themselves and the apoplectic, demeaning, political ridicule of both sides is dehumanizing and embarrassing. We would be wise to put down our clubs and sharp-pointed sticks, and resume civilization. Who believes that damaging another member of our community, somehow enhances our community? Who knows other individuals who exemplify the crude deprecations flooding the Internet? I do not have any of the menacing characteristics attributed to either party. Anyone who knows me knows that.
Go get to know some people outside of your clannish prejudices; you might be surprised how few monsters live here.