If you are reading this, then more than likely you are one of us. After all, there is not that many of them, it is just that while we go to work and try to provide for our families, they go to work trying to make sure that they stay in power or at least those that they support stay in power. After all, it is the fundamental law of life: the preservation of one’s self.
Both political parties in the U.S. have a healthy number of them. They live or associate with the political elite in Washington D.C. in an ecosystem that is immune to the realities of the U.S. condition. Senators, congressmen, judges and clerks, administrators, bureaucrats, lobbyists, journalists, and all of those that indirectly support or are employed as a result of having a massive federal government. Washington D.C. is an economy unique in itself- serving itself and defending itself from those that would try to destroy it or at least reduce it.
Now enter stage left Bernie Sanders and stage right Donald Trump. The machine that has been running smoothly for the last eighty years until now are being challenged by unorthodox players who neither play by their rules nor respects them. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are calling out their respective political parties for rigging the nomination process to favor establishment candidates through a complex and backdoor system of awarding delegates. The political ruling class is fearfully facing the prospect of a sea change of epic proportion and its not about to give up their power and position without a fight. This is not just the political parties, but the political pundits and prognosticators whose very livelihood hangs in the balance.
Karl Rove who famously got the election results for the state of Ohio wrong in the 2012 presidential election has also kept up his ineptitude with his expert analysis of Trump’s impending downfall (never happened Karl), but here is why- he has skin in the game: his own. Many of these opinionists/pundits have their favs picked out, because their inside ballgame calls for them to back one of the established career politicians like below:
It is not just journalists who feel threatened by the party crashing Trump/Sanders personage. The highly abrasive DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has accused Republicans of “Being wife beaters and dragging women by their hair“, has been called out by Bernie Sanders of rigging the DNC National Convention to favor Hillary Clinton (Note to Bernie: that fix was in long ago).
Remember my claim that they (them) will do whatever it takes to preserve their status as being one of the them? Our Florida Congresswoman is in a tight primary race for her seat in congress. Fellow Democrat, Tim Canova, who is challenging Ms. Wasserman Schultz, is claiming that the congresswoman has blocked his access to the voter records for democrats in her district. Are you seeing a pattern here?
Vice President Joe Biden is one of many career politicians in Washington D.C. who has known pretty much of nothing else in his life but being a Washington insider who has a history of being one of them. In his 1988 presidential bid, Joe Biden was accused of plagiarizing a speech made by a British politician Neil Kinnock and subsequently other discrepancies were ferreted out reducing his credibility and exposing a propensity to “embellish” and exaggerate certain events. During the 2008 presidential election, Joe Biden made sure to let the rich know who’s money was who’s:
“We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people,” Biden said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Let me parse this for you: Joe and the federal government will play Robin Hood and take from us and redistribute wealth to those that have voted for them.
I have just scratched the surface as to who they (them) are, however one thing to take away from this is that there are plenty of them. They live in the Washington D.C. area in a subculture immune to recessions, job cuts and poor or no benefits such as retirements savings, etc. They (them) see us as a resource to draw their wealth from as they (them) make a career at being the tick on our backs. But, the tick has grown large and is weighing us down and while we go to work to provide for our families they go to work to stay in power- increasing their bite into our skin, sucking off those that they are supposed to be serving.
The title of this post comes from another protest song- Pink Floyd’s Us And Them, which poignantly describes the gulf that exists between the have’s and the have not’s- the with’s and without’s. Americans want a change and one where their voices are heard and where the politicians work for them- not the other way around.