How President Rickles came to power. Or, not?
An allegorical dream (This writer often dreams in German): Zzzzzz...politically, the liberal elites and the conservative elites were combined into what outsiders called: the Establishment. Although each group of elites had a different world view or what they called: their Weltanschauung, their political differences did not keep them from living the high life inside the wealthy suburbs surrounding their nation’s capital.
Das Volk were tired of the war they thought they had won or, at least, had not lost. But the Establishment stabbed them in the back (what Germans call: die Dolchstoss), and gave away their hard-won victory. Although the war was costly, it was the wild spending by the Establishment on welfare and entitlement programs that drove the national debt to over $19-trillion-marks (dollars).
The mostly liberal Major Media (MM) urged more government intrusion into the lives of the "forgotten people," living out in fly-over land, clinging to their religion, their guns, and their xenophobia.
The Establishment stifled economic growth with bureaucratic red tape. A failed attempt at Socialized Medicine caused thousands of full-time workers to lose their jobs. The Federal Reserve System printed reams of paper money, enabling the stock market to reward the elites with enormous profits. Near zero interest rates punished savings so seniors on fixed incomes suffered.
Anger with the Establishment caused the "forgotten people" in both major parties to look for a leader, a political Fuehrer, to lead their nation, "to make it great again."
The liberals, and their allies in the MM, wanted their new leader to be a woman -- a Frau Fuehrer. The traditional conservatives wanted a leader who would adhere to the Constitution and to the Bill of Rights.
With an open seat before them and after almost eight years of misrule by the Establishment, the traditional conservatives felt they were on the path to easy victory when suddenly appeared: a Bush who failed to burn with political fire and Herr Rickles, a reality-show rock star.
The really rich Rickles said he would buy the election. He insulted people of color, immigrants, former POWs, the handicapped, menstruating women, Jews, and the usual scapegoats. Even on camera, he demonstrated, like the Frau Fuehrer, an ability to use the "F" word for all eight parts-of-speech.
Herr Rickles delighted the MM. Viewership skyrocketed. And because the MM figured their Frau Fuehrer needed an opponent she could easily defeat, the MM boosted Herr Rickles’ campaign with endless hours of free TV and radio time.
Like a latter-day Archie Bunker, Rickles played on the racial, ethnic, and religious prejudices of his mostly white supporters. With rallies eerily reminiscent of Leni Riefenstahal’s film Triumph des Willens, Rickles rose skyward on the sometimes violent anger of his Blue-capped Kaempfer (fighters).
Almost too late, the MM realized they created a media monster who might defeat their favored Frau Fuhrer. But no worries. The MM realized Herr Rickles built his billion-dollar empire by being the epitome of the very Establishment insider whom Herr Rickles and his Blue Caps claimed to hate. All the MM need do was expose Herr Rickle’s 40 years as an Establishment insider and his campaign would collapse.
Buzzzzzzzzz. Ach du Lieber Gott! (OMG!) The alarm clock shattered the dream...
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame, and is a recipient of the University of Nebraska 2015 Alumni Achievement Award. He was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the Infantry School, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.
©2016. William Hamilton.
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