Bait and Switch

The game of politics has always been murky just by itself, but when you pull back the curtain, you’ll find a whole industry of buying and selling power and influence. Political power, just like any other commodity, has a considerable price tag associated with it. Just staying in power can cost millions of dollars in advertising alone, so the price of power is always on the rise and there are always lines of buyers and sellers looking to trade up.

As time has gone by, the political power of the throne has mutated and grown like a cancer, extending the reach of government and thus of the politicians that guide that government into ever more and deeper parts of our economic lives. As a result, it becomes more and more difficult to differentiate between the economic and the political interests of government, as serving to enrich those sitting comfortably in hidden back rooms has long since usurped the defense of individual Liberty.

This year’s elections was dominated by a lot of grand standing about the twisted, incestuous marriage of political and economic power, which provoked a great deal of mud slinging. For those who claimed that they would support the president-elect while holding him accountable for his actions and statements, there is no time like the present, or, in this case, the past.

It doesn’t work that way. Goldman Sachs owns him. Remember that, folks: They own [Ted Cruz].
– Donald Trump, January 20, 2016

Who’s the villain of our three act play? Well, it all depends, because it seems that there is a twist ending, but let’s unpack it, line by line. Though it was his extreme statements on immigration that really launched his campaign’s popularity, from the very beginning, Donald Trump positioned himself as a champion of the American worker. In his convoluted announcement speech in June of 2016, Donald made two core assertions that he continued to hammer throughout his campaign.

The first assertion was that American politics is infected by rich power brokers that are profiteering on the destruction of America’s working class. His second assertion was that, because he was really rich, he and only he could fight them without fear of financial reprisal. When primary polling tightened, Donald began tying his political rivals, especially the insurgent Ted Cruz campaign, to Goldman Sachs, the poster child of globalist banks with their tentacles in the campaigns of politicians of both parties.

I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over him. Just like they have total control over Hillary Clinton.
– Donald Trump, February 19, 2016

And after excerpts of a Hillary Clinton speech before executives and stake holders of several large international banks, including Goldman Sachs, were leaked onto the internet, Donald attacked Hillary for being just another puppet of the global banking cartels. He pounced on Hillary Clinton’s comments about a hemisphere wide trade community as evidence of a betrayal of America’s working class, further reinforcing his narrative that these banks that were behind a globalist “anti-American” agenda were also in bed with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

As the election neared its closing Act, Donald closed the deal with working class Americans, casting Goldman Sachs as being part of a vast Washington swamp of corruption and greed. To save America, Donald would “drain the swamp” of these malevolent bankers, and thereby restore economic and political power to working class Americans that ended up being the bulk of his voters in critical rust belt states that turned out to be the difference in the election.

There is no other shelter hereabouts.
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
I will here shroud till the dregs of the storm be past.
– Shakespeare, The Tempest

By exploiting the ignorance and gullibility of working class voters, to whom he sold himself as some kind of anti-globalist, anti-corruption, and anti-Goldman Sachs crusader, Donald Trump managed to win the election. In a plot twist right at the end worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, with recounts still underway in many states, he appointed Goldman Sachs alumnis Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin, Anthony Scaramucci, and Steve Bannon to his proposed White House cabinet and staff.

The very individuals who Donald Trump blamed for engineering the destruction of America’s manufacturing industry will be in charge of his economy starting in 2017. To those voters who supported Donald Trump and have said they intend to hold Donald Trump accountable to his actions, here’s a golden opportunity to do just that. I won’t, however, be holding my breath.


Liberty is For The Win!

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