17.5.17

BEYOND PROCESS.

It's possible that Our President, in suggesting that the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation back off on investigating discharged National Security Advisor, has obstructed justice.  Or perhaps he's operating in the spirit of Otter wheedling just one more chance out of Dean Wormer.  (But you'd think that someone in a position of authority would understand that subordinates might interpret wheedling as something more akin to a direct order.)

It's also possible that the ongoing, predictable, political posturing among the usual Washington players isn't going to play so well with citizens, particularly citizens, whether voting or not, who concentrate on making it another day or their kids' sports accomplishments or, well, simply living, for whom the current predictable political posturing is simply the same show that we've been watching since 2005 or 1998 or 1987 or 1973 or 1965 (depending, dear reader, upon when you first became aware of the possibility of scandal, real or imagined, to shuffle the alignments in Washington.)

Here's the latest from Angelo "Ruling Class" Codevilla, with references to civil war and revolution.
America is in the throes of revolution. The 2016 election and its aftermath reflect the distinction, difference, even enmity that has grown exponentially over the past quarter century between America’s ruling class and the rest of the country. During the Civil War, President Lincoln observed that all sides “pray[ed] to the same God.” They revered, though in clashing ways, the same founders and principles. None doubted that those on the other side were responsible human beings. Today, none of that holds. Our ruling class and their clients broadly view Biblical religion as the foundation of all that is wrong with the world. According to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy, or any form of intolerance.”

The government apparatus identifies with the ruling class’s interests, proclivities, and tastes, and almost unanimously with the Democratic Party. As it uses government power to press those interests, proclivities, and tastes upon the ruled, it acts as a partisan state. This party state’s political objective is to delegitimize not so much the politicians who champion the ruled from time to time, but the ruled themselves. Ever since Woodrow Wilson nearly a century and a half ago at Princeton, colleges have taught that ordinary Americans are rightly ruled by experts because they are incapable of governing themselves. Millions of graduates have identified themselves as the personifiers of expertise and believe themselves entitled to rule. Their practical definition of discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, etc., is neither more nor less than anyone’s reluctance to bow to them. It’s personal.
Yes, and Hillary Clinton probably expected the deplorables to cringe and vote for her out of shame, and in that alternative universe of a Hillary Clinton presidency, we'd be well into the fourth month of deplorable-shaming and condescension, and the cheering section of the punditry would likely be writing about how disrespectful any opposition, let alone any mockery of her screechy public speaking style, would be.  Never mind that the lived experience of people who aren't connected to the rent-seeking racket hasn't gotten any better.

The lived experience of people who aren't connected to the rent-seeking racket hasn't improved much in reality as we understand it.  But the Washington process show is simply one more reason for the disaffected voters to raise the middle finger.
To the rootless global elites, though, tradition is subordinated to transgression. What society considers edgy, elites deem worthy of their praise. It isn’t acceptable merely to accept gay life, for example — it must be celebrated. Recalling moving to San Francisco and observing a fully naked man walking down the street, [law professor Joan] Williams recalls feeling proud of herself for being tolerant of such norm-shattering. Among the elites, she says, “It’s a point of pride not to be one of those petty bourgeois who’s shocked by sexual transgression.”

This attitude not only stuns the [inland white working-class] but strikes them as a kind of attack on everything they hold dear. To them, bicoastal urban America is a joke to which they don’t get the punchline. They feel excluded, marginalized, left out. Worse than any of this, they feel condescended to, and it infuriates them, Williams writes.

Hillary Clinton did a marvelous job of confirming their suspicions when she said — in New York City, at an LGBT event — that “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
And now the bicoastal rent-seekers are engaging in what look like the usual process games to perpetuate their hold on power.  Here, suggests Professor Williams, as channeled by National Review's Kyle Smith, is how that is likely to impress the Trump voters on whose behalf this process is supposedly being deployed.
Hillary Clinton reminds them of the prissy know-it-alls who have been bossing them around their whole lives — she’s the lady who tells you there’s no eating in the library, as columnist Jonah Goldberg once put it. They don’t resent Trump, though: They imagine being him and firing her.
And now the prissy know-it-alls seek to win on a technicality where they couldn't win using their vaunted quantitative methods.
[Former president Clinton] famously advised his wife’s campaign to do more to reach out to the [white working class], but in what will surely be recalled as one of the defining moments of hubris on Team Hillary, campaign manager Robby Mook replied, “the data run counter to your anecdotes.”

It’s just too perfect that Clinton lost the election in part because she relied on a gay, 36-year-old Ivy League data nerd rather than a two-time winner of a presidential election to show her the path to the White House. If she wants to learn some anecdotes about how to repel people you’re supposed to be wooing, this book is an excellent place to start.
The anger with the Ruling Class is still there. The bicoastal rent-seekers may yet hamstring President Trump (although he's doing a pretty good job hamstringing himself). But their return to power will not bring in a new era of good feelings, not now.

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