It seems to me, the difference between Obama the orator and Romney the sophist, is nil. They both follow Bastiat’s law, that politicians seek to protect the wealth of their own faction from plunder, while plundering the wealth of the other faction. They simply represent different factions. Like Marius and Gracchus. Neither have any concept that, service to the whole of society… even the hated other faction, is best served, when all are served. They are both progressives and both Elitists, that is why I say, one is wearing a red jersey and the other a blue jersey. It gives us the appearance of difference but in reality they are on the same team. Our team right or wrong, we have something to root for, our own fall.
In these days, I believe it is very critical, that people read some of the classics. They lived the very political tumult we are going through today. The actors are the same they simply have different names. If more people read the life of Phocion it would enlighten people to what is happening today. Couple this with the life of Cato the younger, and people would have a much better understanding, of what is going to happen to our republic. Despite our technology, we are just as human as they, and just as subject to error.
We still have a choice today, but the Elite are rapidly closing any avenue, other than their selections. Gingrich is the subject of tens of millions of dollars of attack ads. Romney, the sophist, makes no argument why he should be the Republican nominee, except that Gingrich must not be. Why? Because Gingrich is the absolute enemy of the entrenched Elite. They will cross any bridge to destroy Gingrich, personally, then turn around and burn it. They despise him with a passion that can only make me admire the man. The Elite loathe nothing more than a threat to their power and wealth. Obama has greatly enhanced the power and wealth of the Elite to the detriment of the masses. But that is why he was elected… by the Elite. for the Elite so no one can rule… but the Elite.
Ron Paul is another the Elite fear. They have an abhorrence of Ron Paul because he represents an awakening of the people from our slumber. He speaks real truth to power, and power only broaches carefully produced and directed, “truth to power.” The Elite are confident Ron Paul is too fringe to win in the primary, let alone the general election, so they only attack his character daily. Not by the second as they do Gingrich. Ron Paul is a real break from the entrenched Elite. They will stop at nothing to stop him were he to get the nomination. I don’t believe the Elite have any compunction about any action that protects their power.
Rick Perry is hard to read. He isn’t a real threat, electrically, so he has been let alone, not to further enrage the Tea party. The Elite marginalize him, by claiming he is so socially conservative, he is unelectable. Of course, that is only a narrative, not reality. The American people always poll 40% conservative. In most general elections no where near 100% vote. So, if in a general election, 70% voted, (a high turnout), then 40% of 100% would represent 60% of the 70% that voted. Showing clearly, the adage that, it is the moderate middle that elects the government, is a myth. It is a myth designed to suppress the vote of the 40% so that a faction, the Elite, can maintain their hegemony.
If we look at a nearer historical example, than ancient Greece and Rome, we can look at the primary between Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. Ford was the Elite’s guy. The Elite vilified Reagan. They hated him, with a passion similar to their loathing of Nixon… But with added fear of Reagan’s charisma. The siiting President Ford won the primary, Carter won the election. Had Carter won another term, the USSR would have won the cold war, and the World would today be in abject poverty, war and subjugation… 1984 writ large. Reagan inherited a much deeper and more pernicious economy than did Obama the Orator. Reagan didn’t whine about Carter, once he was in office, Reagan fixed the country. That is the difference between a leader and an orator.
When Reagan announced his Strategic Defense Initiative, it was decried as star wars. Yet it has yielded up not only anti missile systems, that can now actually knock out incoming missiles, if they are deployed, but major advancements in satellite, space hardware and radar tracking technologies. The payoff has been a hundredfold. Yet Reagan was called foolish for his forward thinking at the time. Reagan was also a strong advocate of the US Space program. Initiating the International Space Station.
We, as Americans have a choice, we can follow the Elite, to poverty and learned helplessness, or, we can take another road. The wisdom of the classical geniuses is the most helpful insight we can get into what is happening, and what will happen. Ignorance is unforgivable in this age of ready access to their sage advice. The example of Ronald Reagan, the Teflon president, is the closest historical example of the way out. We can always tell who the Elite despise, by the vigor of the personal attacks, (Reagan was divorced you know), both by the Elite’s favorites and the unbiased media. This is an unerring guide, pointing the way out, of the trap the Elite have set for us.