Busting the Bubble: Trump Targets Power and Privilege
By Mike Sarafa
The stock market adjusts itself after big waves of high and low. Football coaches adjust their play calling at halftime. Interest rates adjust to economic indicators and money supply. Standardized tests are revised to manage competitive levels amongst students. What happens when you don’t make adjustments? Either you remain mediocre, or you start to get a bubble. Mediocrity breeds contempt and bubbles burst.
Beginning with the inaugural address of President Donald Trump, we are in an adjustment phase. Trump has revised American lexicon and the political paradigm.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
President Trump’s Inaugural Address – January 20, 2017
This description of America will sound foreign to many. But Trump was not talking to me or most of you reading this article right now. As Nolan Finley aptly pointed out in his Detroit News column, “Trump delivered an inauguration speech to the bars, barns and bowling alleys of America…” Nor was he talking to political insiders, establishment bureaucrats, liberal elites or traditional conservatives. On the contrary, those groups were his foils. His speech was devoid of all the pleasantries, courtesies and sweeping oratory that these groups have come to expect. He only briefly acknowledged the four past presidents in his company. He did not pay respect to the ailing George H. W. Bush who was not there. He did not seek a unity moment by embracing Hillary Clinton, or even shaking her hand. He did not seize the historic opportunity to gather the former presidents together for tea or lunch at the White House.
That is not Donald Trump. He doesn’t serve up pageantry. He serves up red meat to red meat eaters. Herein lies the adjustment, the shift. The bubble has burst on Obamacare, the Dodd/Frank legislation, illegal immigration and free trade. Out are the LBGT movement, Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter. In are the National Rifle Association, the American worker and conservative federal judges. Out are the political and media elite. In are the American people.
Trump did not use his inaugural address to pivot to normalcy. He used it to shake the establishment. In that regard, the speech was as radical as it was ungracious. In his farewell speech to the nation, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the Military Industrial Complex. Trump’s election was not a response to that. This complex has been contained, even if barely. Trump’s election was a response to the political establishment/media-elite/Wall Street axis that has come to represent American power and privilege. This is the biggest bubble out there and Trump seems determined to bust it.
And that is exactly what those in the “bars, barns and bowling alleys of American” are looking for.