By Monty Pelerin
The early response to Republican and Democrat candidates suggests that there might be an overthrow of the old political order under way. The electorate seems to be having a Howard Beale moment (see explanation below). As a long-time observer of politics and its corruption, I certainly hope that is what is happening.
The public seems outraged, tired of being ignored. The early popularity of outsiders: Trump, Sanders, Carson, Fiorina and,to some extent, Cruz reflect the dissatisfaction. Bush and Walker, the original favorites, have dropped substantially. Hillary is being threatened by a Socialist, Bernie Sanders. Anyone seen as part of the establishment is being punished at least at this early jockeying stage. Whether this is an early season anomaly or whether it is a sign of a turn against professional politicians remains to be seen.
Politics is going through its Howard Beale moment. Mr. Beale was the newscaster in Network played by Peter Finch:
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy.
… All I know is, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, “I’m a human being, goddamn it. My life has value.
… I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore. Read More..