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A Tale of Two Takeovers

Most say it’s all over but the shouting on Election Day. It seems that Donald Trump has, for all practical purposes, taken over the Republican Party and did it with his own money, blatantly out front and in our face, way outside of the usual procedures of combining prior election success with careful strategy.

Although the mainstream press does not want to examine her history in that regard, Democrat Hillary Clinton accomplished the same thing but with outside money, back door maneuvering, wheeling and dealing that essentially scared off all potential challengers for the most important job in the country, if not the world.

From my vantage point, the Republicans ran too many candidates (but Trump faced and vanquished them in the public arena) and the Democrats ran too few. Were there not a half dozen accomplished and qualified Democrat Governors/Senators (or businessmen/women) whose track records would have qualified them to get a message out there and have the public digest it for comparison?

Of course there are. But the so called “party of the people” hierarchy must have sent a message to them that all would genuflect in front of “Queen Hillary” and made it very difficult for any of them to assemble a widespread support group for the primary with DNC blessing. The only one with any staying power was not a Democrat per se, but a comfortable, self-promoting life-long Socialist from a state almost completely bereft of any serious social, economic or fiscal problems, and who would wind up running on a one-trick pony platform. It was one that even he would not support with the standing facts; one that could make Ms. Clinton deal with a greater reality than just who she is and what she wants for herself.

The party that once claimed it supported broad scale thinking, academic freedom and liberalism has morphed into a reactionary leftist cabal who run a top down, message first, facts later organization. This behavior presumes they have the blind support of certain segments of the population and could never lose them as long as facts and detailed analysis of failure throughout the country in places they have controlled does not make it to the public arena before the general election.

Now, Donald Trump did not see the Republicans seizing the moment and exposing the detailed horror stories behind massive failures at the federal level, so he took the surface reality that lots of everyday folks saw bubbling up over recent years. He put them into a vernacular that resonated and essentially took over the party. He outsmarted the “ever so sanctimonious media” at every turn and in effect had them as unwitting partners most of the way.

Bottom line, Hillary took over her party from the inside using the kind of sinister power-grabbing and positioning that the best Wall-Street titans of industry have used since time immemorial.  She is in effect the candidate of Wall Street and big money, truth be told.

Trump actually did his takeover in a much more democratic way and took his message to the people without trying to soften or sugar coat his hardball view of the status quo, as created by Washington and the self-serving members of both parties. So far, the people have looked past his rough edges and said “tell us more and we will give serious thought about voting outside of the box and any party we were formerly affiliated with."

Hillary has been very lucky that her only opponent, the eccentric Bernie Sanders, has done her a big favor by acting the part of the absent minded professor who just can’t seem to remember that it was the Democratic Clinton administration who crafted and signed those ugly bills and laws. These laws created advantages for rapacious wall street types to manipulate big finance and forged the trade deals that crushed job opportunity for many of our average citizens.

Now, I supposed we still might witness two major convention challenges that could bring us independent party candidates before November. But maybe that is a good thing for a country founded on doing its political business in the public arena.

Jim Foster
The Independent Voice