I've spent an inordinate amount of time lately, trying to figure out why anyone would be in favor of Donald Trump's bluster. I've come to the conclusion that "Main Street" is simply fed up with the Washington establishment, and are desperately clutching at any straw that comes along...anyone who might break the cycle of big government spending, corrupt politicians, and government elites that will do anything to stay in power.
Don't even ask me to explain how anyone unhappy with Washington would choose to settle for a Donald Trump. Trump is as "establishment" as they come; he's done his share of bribing politicians to win business favors, he's employed Eminent Domain laws to steal valuable real estate, and he's used business bankruptcy numerous times to cover bad business decisions.
However, I certainly understand voter dissatisfaction....I just simply believe Trump is not the answer. So what is the answer? Jed Clampett! Yeah, you heard me right!
Coinciding with my political pondering over Trump's following, I've been reading a good bit of political history. One of the political trends that left me slack jawed was my readings of just how many liberal elites emerged from the Roosevelt years who began to infest all agencies of the government. And most of them were unelected! Instead they were the perennial liberal bureaucrats who were trotted out yearly, to fill the chairs heading up government agencies, head up our foreign embassies, propose legislation, impose regulation, and just generally muck up an already unworkable federal government.
These "Roosevelt elites came from Ivy League schools, well educated in liberalism, devotees of "government as god", and dedicated to stomping out of all independent thought that didn't coincide with their own liberal gibberish.
So, as we are now in the second decade of a new century, there is a restlessness in America....well, at least the America that still works and doesn't rely on a government check for their livelihood. And that restlessness, that national frustration has evolved into a desperate cry for someone different to come along and right the ship. The Donald has promised all manner of things to do so, and has heretofore succeeded in selling his snake oil without once demonstrating how that might work!
So are the restless wrong? Hell no! Their suspicions are justified and there frustration is real! The only thing wrong is they are counting on the wrong guy! If the 53% of America who seek change want to affect real change, if they want to eject the political elites, they should be looking at Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is hated by both liberals and the Republican establishment. He had irritated the hell out of those seeking the status quo. Since he got elected he has dressed down both Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell....and labelled as cowards those "faux conservatives" who talk about change, even as they buddy up to their Democrat buddies on the other side of aisle.
Cruz is the Jed Clampett that America needs! Someone who'll confuse the pool table for a "fancy eaten dining table and utter "umm doggies" as he trims the federal payroll, cuts the budget, nominates Supreme Court judges who'll honor the Constitution, repeal Obamacare, grow a bigger economic pie, force the welfare gamers back to work, face down ISIS, confront Putin at every turn, and basically just grab America by her collective shoulders and shake the shit out of her and force her to grow up!
Can Cruz-Clampett win election? Probably not. Cruz is not as "perty" as Marco Rubio, he doesn't talk as smoothly...but haven't we had enough of smooth talkers in the last seven years? Sadly, as America always does, she'll go for the safe choice. As frustrated as she is, she's just not bold enough these days to go for startling change.
Jed...we hardly knew ye! (But it was nice that you care enough to try!)