We’ve reached a political fracture point, but of a different kind.

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A number of years back, I wrote an article about what I called political fracture points. In summary, it discussed the cyclical nature of changes in government; one party falling out of favour with the electorate and spending a decade or so in the wilderness rebuilding itself to become once more electable. Usually by the time they complete the rebuild, the incumbent party itself has had just enough time in power to become decadent and despised by the electorate. In one form or another, the battle cry of the switch of government election is a variation of “it’s time for a change”.

In the years following WWII, if not earlier, most real democracies had entrenched a political landscape that consisted of a major left-wing party, a major right-wing party and a few tiddler parties who were all things to all men for the percentage of the electorate who really didn’t like making hard decisions. Within that political arrangement, the fracture points analysis held true, but in the four years since it was written, that comfortable framework has started to implode.

Times change and nothing lasts forever. We’ve moved into a whole new landscape. The decadal flip-flop between a disliked party in power and the out of power one promising to get rid of them has broken down. We have a political establishment which is perceived as nothing more than a comfortable club the members of which only listen to each other. Irrespective of which side of the political divide they nominally occupy, they’re all rich, privileged, never worked a day in their life and are totally indistinguishable from each other. You couldn’t slide a fag paper between the differences in the main policies of the left or the right.

They announce with great fanfare policies that are totally irrelevant to the ordinary person’s concerns and only relevant to vanishingly small minorities who’ve long ago learnt how to wank the political/media money cow to their advantage and jump to the head of the queue. Money is handed out in all directions to everyone except you, because you’re the schmuck being taxed to the hilt for that money. And they expect applause from us for their noble largesse?

Even on the rare occasion they come up with what sounds like a commitment to some sane policy people have been demanding for years, it’s announced with more escape holes than a gouda cheese that’s been on the wrong side of an encounter with a Remington double aught shotgun. You just know that policy initiative is somehow going to slip down a legislative crack into oblivion.

They’re like Roman patricians who know exactly what’s best for us, especially as their unpopular policies have zero impact on their high-flying lives, but those policies actually do have serious and detrimental consequences for the ordinary person. This problem is compounded by a mainstream media who’ve been brought to heel, if not actually co-opted into the smug club of political correctness. There is no platform left there for the ordinary person to voice a contrary viewpoint, never mind expressing an honest doubt as to the wisdom of certain policies.

They’re all hurtling headlong into some perfect future dragging us in tow that works for them because basically they’re rich, cosseted, insulated and in a very literal sense don’t live in our world, the one that has some very sharp edges to it that can cut into you, hurt you and the people it’s your duty to protect.

They live in their own exclusive off-planet bubble, high above the grubby day-to-dayness of our groundling lives; finding a first permanent decent job, saving together with your girlfriend for a deposit on a first house, having children and being appalled reading inspector’s reports on the mandated schools in your catchment area, worrying about your not so brilliant job under threat from desperate immigrants who’ll work for peanuts, about taking pride in your nationality and culture without being knee-jerk branded a racist for doing so, and above all wanting a better world for your children and realising it isn’t going to happen with those clowns in charge of things.

There is no hope of change. Social mobility has ground to a total halt. Only a fool would nowadays think the son of an auto worker and a seamstress could become president. He’ll be bloody lucky to even get a third level education unless the both of you work your asses off. The whole thing has been locked up and guess what kiddo, you’re the one with your face pressed up against the glass outside the rich man’s restaurant and locked out of it.

It’s a game exclusively for the well-heeled players and your only part in it is to turn up and vote for yet another bland off-the-peg suit on wheels wheeled onto the political stage like a predatory but house-trained version of Hannibal Lecter and totally expecting your pathetically habitual loyal party vote as some sort of ingrained automatic droit de seigneur conditioned reflex.

It’s a fundamentally broken system. It doesn’t listen to you, doesn’t react to your needs and on so many occasions not only puts barriers in front of your aspirations but also tries to dictate what your correct ambitions should be. It’s therefore pointless even engaging with it. Instead of them helping you achieve your ambitions, it’s become you against them achieving your ambitions. They’re no longer an enabler, they’ve become a problem you have to overcome or at least find a way to circumvent.

People of all social demographics have become deeply disillusioned with mainstream establishment politics. What’s the point of even turning up to vote for people who won’t even keep their big election promises? Even people who always expect an element of slipperiness in politicians have by now lost complete faith in them. It’s not that you can’t trust them as far as you can throw them; it’s that you can’t trust them at all. Period.

That is the extent of the complete breakdown in the relationship.

The bottom line is that electorates are totally pissed off at establishment politics and colourless cardboard cut out politicians who all look like something out of the Truman show accompanied by their equally plastique Stepford wives.

What has been the result of this?

Primarily, a total disinterest in engaging with politics because of the manifest futility of doing so. Don’t bother to turn up, don’t vote, they’ve got it all sewn up anyway. The knock on effect, and it’s not solely driven by chagrin at a political commentary that’s barely above half-drunk bitches in white stilettoes handbagging each other on a dance floor, is to abandon the mainstream media.

Nobody but the intellectually moribund watches the TV news without either yawning or wanting to put their boot through the bloody screen, and newspapers are only bought in advance for reading if you know you’re going to be trapped in some godless hellhole out of internet range or you’re addicted to their crossword. They’re all slowly dying with nary a whimper, never mind a protest.

If you want to find out what’s really going on, it’s easier to follow the twitter feed of a few independent thinkers and their pointers to articles of interest in the free blogosphere. It’s very much rough with the smooth stuff and initially a walk on the wild side, but at least it’s a change from Big Brother’s monolithic party line on everything. However, once you get a taste of the meat in it, you’ll never wimp back to the bland gruel of the mainstream media.

Essentially what developed was a vacuum of disinterest in mainstream politics but vacuums always get filled, most specially in politics. Enter the political aberration, the outsider, the untamed wild mustang unconnected and untainted by a doddering political establishment mouldering away in the pointless rituals of Gormenghast.

I’m of course referring to Donald Trump.

Love him or loath him, but if it wasn’t him filling the vacuum, it’d be another outsider like him. The failure of mainstream politics created the situation and he was astute enough to recognise the situation and simply step into the ring. He really hasn’t had to do much of anything to push the pantywaist opposition aside. Months ago, I thought that barring any accidents, there were only two horses in the race; Trump and Clinton because of what they in essence represented.

Yes, they’ll both be competing for the office of President of the United States, but the conflict is about something deeper – the survival of the current political paradigm.

Hillary Clinton is old school politics and comes with all of its old Tammany Hall sins. The bodies of scandals safely buried in rural Arkansas, the borderline dubious real estate deals of youth, the mysterious and lavish funding of her campaign the sources of which nobody in the media wants to ask any awkward questions about, the backroom deals and horse trading to secure support, the sheer arrogance of holding top secret data on her own unprotected server, the smug I’m totally fashionable look of someone who knows they’ve automatically bagged the media, the East and West coast liberal knee-jerk voters and just has to romance the knickers off the Hispanics and Blacks between either coast and I’m done and dusted.

There’s nothing new about that campaign strategy. Billy Boy used it twice to good effect. It’s by now classic stuff.

In the other corner, we have Donald Trump who doesn’t appear to give a shit about anybody’s sensitivities but definitely believes in a muscular America – first, last and anywhere else in between. He’s picked up support across all the demographics the political pundits said would kill him.

Bible belters actually know when they’re being handled by some city slicker and are pissed off at it, the coloureds know when the race card is being played to get their vote and are pissed off at it, what’s left of the middle class want someone to stop the rot, the poor simply gave up on politics generations ago and as for the rest, the attitude is what the fuck, let’s give him a shot, he can’t be any worse than the shower of bloody fools we’ve currently got.

The media loathe him while they’re not busy ignoring him and compulsively concentrating in a weird Asperger’s manner on the two irrelevant losers battling for second place miles behind him for the nomination. In the ordinary way of things, that’s called denial or displacement activity. It’s not that he sticks in their craw, it’s just that they can’t even bear the thought of mentioning what looks to be the Republican contender for president.

They’ve got strange company in that revulsion. In an act which would only shatter the Republican party into pieces and potentially hand Clinton the presidency, the party grandees are conspiring to deny him the nomination that their own foot soldiers are obviously handing him.

Should they be insane enough to succeed in barring him via some technicality, he’ll simply run as an independent, probably win and in passing kill the Republican party. He wouldn’t be the first one to go that route. A certain Abraham Lincoln ditched his own out of touch party to become a founder of the Republican party.

The mainstream of politics and the media may regard him as a monster, but if that’s so, he’s their monster created by their own inward-looking deaf dumb and blind politics. When someone finally stands up and reflects what the people actually want and looks like they’ll keep their promises, they’ll vote for him, no matter their political stripe, if any.

It’s not so much a presidential election, but more a desperate rearguard fight for survival by a tired old regime.

©Pointman

Related articles by Pointman:

Political fracture points and power vacuums.

The loss of faith in the political class.

People are pissed off.

UK Election 2015 – The car crash of the chatterati against reality.

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21 Responses to “We’ve reached a political fracture point, but of a different kind.”
  1. Old Rooster says:

    One is forced to ponder will our democracies evolve or undergo violent revolution to overcome the failings of the present political class. HL Mencken had observed most of these problems a century ago—

    Off goes the head of the king, and tyranny gives way to freedom. The change seems abysmal. Then, bit by bit, the face of freedom hardens, and by and by it is the old face of tyranny. Then another cycle, and another. But under the play of all these opposites there is something fundamental and permanent — the basic delusion that men may be governed and yet be free.

    — Preface to the first edition of The American Credo : A Contribution Toward the Interpretation of the National Mind (1920)

    I can only opine that the difference between the Clintons and Bonnie and Clyde is that the latter pair were comparative underachievers and left no issue. Also could Bill’s infidelities derive from Hillary refusing to play the “Cigar smoking gun moll”?

  2. wyoskeptic says:

    I can only say the last candidate I voted for that I actually wanted to vote for was Reagan. When I think about it, there weren’t too many before that, but at least there was some semblance of choice. Since Reagan, there has not even been that semblance.

    Trump, win, lose or draw, will have at least stirred things up.

    Some one asked if I thought Trump was a visionary. I laughed. Visionary? Not hardly. I see Trump more like an icebreaker or a snowplow. His case is more of a “put the petal to the metal and just blow on through.” Then see what remains once the flurry settles down. Maybe it’ll be better. Maybe it will be different. Maybe it’ll just be a variation of what it is now.

    Bottom line? Remember the quote of Jefferson about the tree of liberty needing to be refreshed. Nothing is really going to change until the boots hit the street and the revolution truly begins anew. Lacking the energy of a renewing revolution, the country is going to suffer the effects of entropy and just slide on down into third world ignominy.

  3. Rob Moore says:

    Just posted a link to this great article-onto twitter. Tagged Donald too -so he might even read it!

  4. Kevin Lohse says:

    Outstanding rant, straight from the heart, as you always manage. I suggest that, like Cassandra, you are destined to foretell the future to general disbelief. The number of head-in-the-sand commentators on the MSM and sites like Power Line merely underlines your forecast. Thank you.

  5. Blackswan says:

    Pointman,

    Of course, not forgetting that if citizens are just too damn stupid to elect the candidate which the MSM lackeys and their masters determine to be favourite, the political classes have a contingency plan.

    It’s quite simple … cheat!

    In Australia no ID is required to ‘Register to vote’ or to actually cast a ballot at a polling booth, so the old Labor/Union maxim of “Vote early, vote often” isn’t a joke; it’s their modus operandi. Some deceased voters, giving the local cemetery as their address, have had a “Lazarus moment” and risen from their graves to cast a vote, while some awfully smart family pets have been registered AND cast ballots. Jack Russell-Jones is definitely a loyal Laborite.

    It seems things are no better in the USA. Already some people voting electronically for Trump have found their vote actually named Rubio …

    “Numerous callers to radio station KLBJ reported voting for Donald Trump but when they checked their ballots prior to the final casting, the votes were for Marco Rubio instead.”

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/22680-super-tuesday-s-primaries-reveal-cracks-in-the-system

    Just too easy to side-step accountability by blaming a “computer glitch” or “gremlins in the system” which worked so well for Barry Soetoro.

    And Aussie volunteers are there to help the Socialist Sanders all the way to the White House. Under the Australian government’s ‘Political Parties for Democracy’ program (which Tony Abbott cancelled but PM Malcolm Turnbull secretly re-instated), the Labor Party has sent a squad of Useful Idiots on an all-expenses-paid junket to the USA to work on their Comrade’s campaign. $2.2 million taxpayer dollars has been granted to Labor to send their apparatchiks to commit crimes such as vandalism and stealing as they trash opponents advertising material, smash signs or remove them altogether.

    “The volunteers were secretly filmed boasting about using Australian taxpayer funds to work on Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign and interfering with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaign signs.”

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2016/02/bill-shorten-on-labor-partys-pranksters-working-illegally-on-democrats-campaign-in-the-us-.html

    The “fracture point” is in the minds and hearts of the people. People who were brought up to respect their system of government and democracy, but who have found themselves utterly betrayed by self-serving narcissistic sociopaths who seem quite happy to personally dig the gold fillings out of Granny’s teeth to pay for their own fat pensions and “entitlements”.

    “Of the people, by the people, for the people.” If only that ideal had been realised.

    • Old Rooster says:

      In 1922 Mencken wrote—

      “The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history… But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it! Put it into the cold words of everyday! The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination – “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth”. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves.”

      Much of what we are taught to believe is true about government and justice is more accurately catalogued in the fiction rather than non–fiction section of the library.

  6. Keitho says:

    Excellent column Pointy. I have mailed it on to my connections.

    We simply have to stop these bastards taking the piss.

  7. asybot says:

    “Even on the rare occasion they come up with what sounds like a commitment to some sane policy people have been demanding for years, it’s announced with more escape holes than a gouda cheese that’s been on the wrong side of an encounter with a Remington double aught shotgun”

    Hey easy on the Gouda cheese! Those holes at least are result of years of aging to get better and better. That’s not something that I can say about politicians ( I’ve got some 5 year old that is better than any cheese you’ll ever taste!

    • Pointman says:

      No slur intended on Gouda cheese, I assure you Asybot. It tastes great when you get it in Holland, but anywhere else it’s like eating a slightly salted drinks coaster. The Dutch should put together some rules about what can be allowed to be called Gouda.

      Pointy.

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    What an outstanding explanation. It rings true to voters like me. It reflects the sentiments that prompted me to become “Unaffiliated” in 2003. Since then I have voted for Boris Johnson in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. None of the “Major Party” candidates offered anything that made sense while Boris was famous for promising that he would improve the lot of ordinary people when he said this on the campaign trail in 2004:
    “Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7376621.stm

    Boris even looks a bit like Donald Trump but that will not influence me. I will vote for Donald because he has pledged to close or curb the Department of Education and return the control of K-12 government schools to the local community. While he may fail it is time someone tried to end gumment control of education:
    http://www.gallopingcamel.info/education.html

  9. Pointman says:

    “The biggest takeaway is that the Republican establishment is in its death throes. The only remaining candidates are 100 percent anti-establishment,” said Mark Meckler, an early Tea Party movement founder.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN0WA19S

    Pointman

    • gallopingcamel says:

      The GOP establishment has ripped defeat from the jaws of victory in too many presidential elections by nominating weak candidates like Dole, McCain & Romney. The only winner they picked recently (Bush 2) was a lousy candidate and lousy president even though he served two terms.

      Let’s hope you are right and the Republican establishment will “Walk the Plank”.

  10. Geoff Sherrington says:

    Modern Australian politics are very debased compared to my recall of politics (say) under Bob Menzies. Back then I suspect that an inquiry leading to jail might have been the reward for broken electoral promises like “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead” or There will be no new taxes in my Abbott government.”
    Commentary like mine is easy. Crafting a better way is hard. Poor conduct has become the expected among politicians etc.
    Geoff

  11. Your analysis is quite accurate except in one regard. Here in the US the MSM have effectively stifled meaningful political discussion by making it all about Trump – all Trump, all the time. Altho I would not have voted for him, Jeb Bush lost in large part because he couldn’t get a [meaningful] word in edgewise.

  12. Blackswan says:

    Pointman,

    You say … “Hillary Clinton is old school politics and comes with all of its old Tammany Hall sins. The bodies of scandals safely buried in rural Arkansas, the borderline dubious real estate deals of youth, the mysterious and lavish funding of her campaign the sources of which nobody in the media wants to ask any awkward questions about. … “

    Mysterious indeed.

    It so happens that a maverick Australian blogger, Michael Smith, has uncovered the most outrageous international scandal involving the criminal activities of Bill and Hillary Clinton (and presumably their daughter Chelsea) and yet the catamite Mainstream Media around the world are studiously ignoring the in-plain-sight fraud and cover-up perpetrated on taxpayers everywhere.

    The Clinton Foundation’s ‘HIV/Aids Initiative Incorporated’ was de-registered in 2008 due to failure to lodge any returns with the relevant American authorities and yet, in the years since, mega-millions of taxpayer dollars have been paid into this non-existent entity by governments around the world.

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2016/03/background-to-the-clinton-foundation-and-clinton-hivaids-initiative-incorporated.html

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2016/03/part-two-the-clinton-foundations-de-registered-hivaids-initiative-this-is-not-charity.html

    Where did the money go? And how could Bill sign govt contracts for funding when he was not legally permitted to have any involvement in the Foundation till 2013?

    Investigative journalist Smith has done an amazing job in digging out the details of the Clintons’ perfidy in operating their fraudulent Foundation, and yet his enquiries to the Australian Govt have revealed the extent to which our own officials and politicians are complicit in the cover-up.

    Smith’s series on various aspects of the Crooked Clintons’ money-go-round is well worth your time … it’s not just “smear and innuendo” as Hillary likes to whine … it’s documented fact, and why they are not both in the slammer is anyone’s guess.

  13. Pointman says:

    The CDU gets kicked into touch by pissed off voters and the AfD gains the sort of ground it could only once dream of.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/angela-merkel/12192785/Angela-Merkels-party-suffers-drubbing-in-German-state-votes.html

    Pointman

  14. jccarlton says:

    Reblogged this on The Arts Mechanical and commented:
    I don’t think that most people in media and Washington realize just how deep and wide the damage they have done is. It’s truly bad when so many can’t get jobs and things in the economy have gone beyond Depression to just dysfunctional. The US economy is running on inertia and the fact most people just want to keep going. But that can’t last forever.

  15. Pointman says:

    The MSM gets there in the end, but manages to miss the big point in the end. Yet another steal from the blogosphere?

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/03/why-the-republican-elite-couldnt-stop-donald-trump/

    Pointman

  16. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:

    To ensure US citizens notice, Pointman isn’t from the states, but he sure manages to keep the pulse of America.

    Spot on. For better or for worse.

  17. Blackswan says:

    Pointman,

    In 2015 when Socialist Malcolm Turnbull ousted Prime Minister Tony Abbott to claim the top job for himself (making him our 5th PM in 5 years), we all knew it was only a matter of time before he reversed Abbott’s anti-AGW policies, and this week he did.

    Malcolm Turnbull has added to the growing differences between his administration and the previous Abbott government by reversing Coalition hostility to forward-leaning climate change policy through the creation of a new $1 billion clean energy innovation fund.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/pms-green-shift-another-blow-to-abbott-20160322-gnoc4k.html

    Before he weaseled his way into politics (Socialist Labor refused him a safe seat but the Conservative Liberals were stoopid enough to oblige), Turnbull was Managing Director for Goldman Sachs Australia/New Zealand. When he was personally sued for his damaging GS financial advice that caused the greatest corporate collapse in Australia’s history, his good GS buddy David Blood settled the claim out of court for an undisclosed hundreds of millions of dollars … so Turnbull owes Goldman Sachs big-time and as anyone who has fallen foul of the GS juggernaut knows, they always demand their pound of flesh.

    Now Turnbull (known as Turncoat to most Aussies as his approval ratings plummet), has paid his GS dues by delivering his well-roasted arse on a platter and tossing a Billion Taxpayer Bucks at the Renewable Greens (thereby buying their vote in the Senate).

    This news was largely buried under an avalanche of reports from Brussels about the bombings there, so many Aussies remain none the wiser about Turncoat’s utter perfidy in betraying the growing number of Climate Realists in the community.

    With a Federal Election due later this year, poor bewildered Turncoat will wonder what hit him.

    It’s often said “We must be cruel to be kind” and tossing the Hollow Man Turncoat out of our Parliament would be the kindest cut of all.

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