Like Nobility in the Age of Kings, Ruling Class Gets Trumped

Updated Feb. 29, 2016 –

Throughout history, there have been ruling classes in every region of the world. Noteworthy in Europe were the Dark Ages in which the ruling classes dominated ordinary, hardworking folks.

That’s true for 21st century America. But like the Age of Enlightenment in the 1700s, America’s ruling class in 2016 is getting trumped by a voter revolt.

From the 9th to the 15th centuries in medieval Europe, it was also called feudalism. Ruled by nobility, it was highly political just as is the case in America now.

id-100374928There were the royal bloods – land-owning families who ruled financially and socially. They were served by knights, professional soldiers, who fought the royalties’ battles.

Lords owned the land. Citizens held the land owned by the ruling class – in exchange for their crops, goods and/or labor.

Free men provided military services. If they were wealthy, they were able to afford a horse and armor, or they paid others as their substitutes to serve the monarchs.

In the late 12th century, when a French prince became King Louis VI, the knights and noble class began to amalgamate.

Heraldry became prevalent in the 13th century. Sons of knights became squires and became eligible for knighthood.

By a French Parliament ruling, un-free men couldn’t be named knights unless the king approved.

That meant more pomp and ceremony as the elite knightly class began to sport prestigious coats of arms. Jousting tournaments were all the fashion.

It was a similar situation but different in England. Knighthood was not hereditary but the knightly class did dominate.

Scottish Enlightenment

During the 1700s, a Scottish pioneer in political economic theory, Adam Smith, authored “Wealth of Nations” in which he created the terms “feudal government” and “feudal system.”

He became influential in the Scottish Enlightenment.

In essence, the Scottish Enlightenment proclaimed the value of reasoning with a rejection of unjustifiable authority by the ruling classes.

Age of Enlightenment

Also in the 18th century, French authors launched the Age of Enlightenment, in which they denigrated feudalism as the Dark Ages.

Henri de Boulainvilliers penned “Histoire des anciens Parlements de France.”  Montesquieu wrote “De L’Esprit des Lois.”

They viewed French monarchy as a duplicitous means of political gain.

Greatly influenced by Montesquieu’s philosophy regarding the need for the separation of powers, a special document was produced in 1787 — America’s Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.

Today in America, the so-called establishment is strikingly similar to the nobility class of long ago feudalism.

On both sides of the political spectrum, they all want to maintain the status quo — their power and control.

The Republican party has its share of elites in the establishment.

In addition to career politicians who have been enriching themselves on the public’s payroll, the establishment includes Super PAC lobbyists, political consultants, and Conservative commentators who have earned their money from their commentaries.

Powerless power brokers

Many think they’re power brokers. But in their hubris, they’re learning they’re powerless in stopping the GOP frontrunner.

On Feb. 27, 2016, The New York Times named many of their names in an article, Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump.

Mitt Romney, who ran a terrible campaign as the 2012 the Republican presidential candidate, was cited in the article calling for the defeat of Mr. Trump.

Ironically, Mr. Romney made headlines after criticizing Mr. Trump for not yet releasing his tax returns. But it was Mr. Romney who was ridiculed for delaying the release of his returns during his failed run for the White House.

Sadly, Internet ads are conducting push polls for Mr. Romney to run again in 2016.

Now that Mr. Trump has ousted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the establishment’s choice. But common sense would dictate anyone but Sen. Rubio.

The opportunistic, first-term senator has been disloyal to Mr. Bush, who helped get the young Rubio elected to the U.S. Senate with valuable mentoring and introductions to big donors.

But shortly after his election, it was clear the presidency was his goal.

Sen. Rubio tries to ridicule Mr. Trump on foreign policy but he has missed 60 percent of foreign policy hearings and even a higher percentage of other meetings.

Therefore, it’s easy to conclude Sen. Rubio has also been disloyal to Florida voters and the American people.

Ostensibly, the Republican establishment doesn’t have a preferred second choice.

First-term Sen. Ted Cruz recites scripture and verse but has had to fire his campaign spokesperson, Rick Tyler, after revelation of dirty tricks, which adversely impacted Dr. Ben Carson and Mr. Trump in the Iowa vote.

It can be further argued the Cruz campaign has cultural malfeasance. The Washington state Cruz campaign chairman, Graham Hunt, was forced to resign from the campaign as well as his office in the state legislature after he was caught lying about his military record.

But the establishment has other reasons to ignore Sen. Cruz’s candidacy. He has no friends in the U.S. Senate thanks to what’s often perceived as anti-social behavior.

He once labeled Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “a liar.” Sen. McConnell, who is mentioned in The New York Times article for trying stop Mr. Trump’s candidacy, is ineffective in the eyes of many voters but not necessarily a liar.

Naturally, the Democrats have their share of elitists, too.

America’s enlightenment

With Mr. Trump’s success in this election year, it’s become obvious that a large part of America is undergoing its own age of enlightenment.

For disaffected voters – the majority of the electorate – the colorful business magnate represents strong challenges to the establishment.

In opposing Mr. Trump, members of the establishment are wrapping themselves up in the American Flag – trying de-rail the Trump train for disingenuous patriotic and political reasons.

The businessman doesn’t pander to the Republican party, self-righteous Conservatives and the establishment. He’s simply a proponent of nationalism, “Make America Great Again!”

So, the salient truth is Mr. Trump’s brash populist messaging threatens the status quo, which is analogous with the monarchies of feudalism – their power and control.

Two constituencies

Essentially, Mr. Trump has two constituencies – evangelicals who want to save the country from further dysfunction and debt – and the financially maligned, voters who feel screwed by the systematic condescending by the elite.

The evangelical support is surprising. Mr. Trump has been irreverent to say the least. But evangelicals know the first priority is to save the country.

Such voters have a combative attitude. They want change.

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.”

-Will Rogers

Mr. Trump rails against ObamaCare that’s allowed big business – hospitals and insurance companies – to benefit from limited competition. Democrat promises, such as lower premiums and retention by patients of their doctors, have proven to be false.

Businesses are suffering from awful bureaucratic and expensive burdens. Self-employed persons and college graduates who can’t find good-paying jobs and are required to buy unaffordable policies with high premiums and huge deductibles.

Big banks, despite the passage of Dodd-Frank following the Great Recession, have unlimited power. They’re swallowing up small banks and are still paying mega bonuses to executives.

However, small community banks are saddled with restrictive burdens. This makes it difficult for entrepreneurs, who can’t get business loans and can’t create jobs.

Trade policies, jobs

Mr. Trump’s call for a change in trade policies has widespread appeal for anti-establishment voters.

For example, President Obama with establishment Republican support, implemented the free-trade pact with South Korea with alarming repercussions. The trade deficit has exploded and eliminated 130,000 American jobs.

That’s just tip of the proverbial iceberg. Badly designed trade deals have eliminated 4 million American jobs.

Mr. Trump has received rave reviews in blue-collar America for his warnings about inversion – companies moving abroad. He cites a company, Carrier, which got mega federal subsidies for green initiatives only to pick up and move to Mexico.

To the dismay of the Republican establishment and liberals, Mr. Trump gained widespread approval for calling for an end to illegal immigration by building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

With the mounting threats of terrorism, he demands a temporary halt to the immigration of middle-eastern immigrants until adequate background checks are developed and implemented.

As a result, Mr. Trump leads Republicans in most polls.

Even a Newsday editorial, Mesmerizing toss-up in 2016 race, revealed on Feb. 26, 2016 that the paper’s poll shows him beating Hillary Clinton, 41 to 38 percent, among Long Island voters.

That’s noteworthy considering her experience from 2001 to 2009 as a U.S. senator representing New York. The last Republican to win New York was Ronald Reagan in 1984.

So if Mr. Trump continues to smash his competition, it’s for good reason. It’s time to trump the ruling class establishment, to make America great again.

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“Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.”

-Will Rogers


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