Two campaigns. Two distinct political parties. And two very similar underlying class warfare tropes being megaphoned in order to incite discontent, anger and anarchy in the heart of the voter.
Both campaigns are stoking the political fires of self-interest with the dried roots of bitterness.
“A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much while so many have so little…We need a tax system which asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes and which reduces the obscene degree of wealth inequality in America” –Bernie Sanders
“There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?
Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” –Donald Trump, encouraging violence at his rallies, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016
Bernie Sanders wants the vote of the young and old dependents because life isn’t fair. There is a disparity of wealth in the world and Bernie’s wants to be your Fixer. Each generation’s Bernie knows better than anyone in history how to make envy work for you. Why, it’s OK to be envious when everyone gets on board. So, let’s call it “Democratic Socialism”.
And why Democratic Socialism: “You are human.” Well, yeah, I exist. But more than that, my better nature knows that envy is part of my baser nature.
2016: The subhuman demands for all kinds of “more” by the soon-to-be jack booting vox populi is a paean to the “wonders” of collectivism. This populist tripe runs parallel with Trump’s hogwash.
The codependent “settled science” supporters of Trump, also young and old dependents of another’s largesse are hearing that a vote for Trump will leverage their dignity, influence and economic standing. Apparently his supporters had allowed all three to be debased before Trump came along. Excuses are in vogue.
Listening to Trump, one would hear Trump boast that he is a “Fixer”, a negotiator, a wheeler-dealer bar none. Free Trade, influence, Mexico…life in America hasn’t been fair and Trump is your man to make “America Great Again”, to level the playing field.
Trump’s teaser: “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.” –Donald Trump
Whether it is Bernie’s entreaty to a collective of common purpose with his take on “A Future to Believe in” or Trump’s Nationalistic common purpose appeal to “Make America Great Again” both slogans share a common theme: “Vote for me and together we will make great gains against unfairness. The monopoly of our common purpose – “Fairness” – can be ours.”
Both camps ply the same Marxian argument: “You are not to blame. You have worked hard, you played by the rules and yet others are gaining more than you. Someone or something is to blame – “The Establishment”; “The Rigged System”; “Capitalism”; “Wall St.”, “China.” “Trade”; “The little people.”
For our benefit, ancient history recorded such fair-share covetousness, now called “fairness” by Bernie fans and “leveling the playing field” by Trump.
Scenario one: Joseph and the gift of a coat. This story is common knowledge so I won’t repeat the whole story here.
Joseph had many older brothers who tended their father’s flock. They played by the rules.
Joseph was gifted a beautiful garment by his father, out of the father’s love for Joseph. Now, pop psychology would decry such a gift as being unfair to the older brothers. But, in a Christian worldview, the older brothers should have rejoiced with Joseph.
Instead, out of growing envy, bitterness and anger, the brothers sent Joseph away into slavery, unbeknownst to a grief-stricken father. They wanted things to be fair by leveling the playing field – Joseph out of the picture, more for them. They wanted to assuage their anger by removing the reason for their anger.
Scenario two: the prodigal son parable. Told by Jesus. Again, a well know parable.
The prodigal son demanded all of his inheritance up front. Perhaps he had home schooling tuition bills to pay and some wild oats to sow. Later, coming to his senses after feeling his empty pockets he returned home to his father.
His father was ecstatic about his son’s return. His brother, not so much. His brother saw what transpired – a willfully impoverished son is gifted a second chance by his father. No fair!
The play-by-the-rules brother becomes disconsolate, pouty and sorely envious of such treatment. The brother had tended to his father’s business and didn’t fall out of line. No fair! Expectations had been high all along. But now a root of bitterness also began to grow deep inside.
The brother wanted the playing field leveled. The daggers in his eyes told the story. He wanted to stick it to his prodigal bother and be rewarded by his father for playing by the rules.
“I want somebody to make things fair!!! Use force. Use whatever to make things fair!!!”
Democratic Tyranny is something that you can vote for this election season. But not the next one. Your choices will be taken away.
“Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.” — Theodore Roosevelt