Righteous Populism and Imperial Presidencies
Responsible Americans, both Democrat and Republican need to address the roots of current anger, fear and frustration in America. What is at stake is much more than just another election. In the heat of this moment our freedom is in serious danger of being abused in the name of a righteous populism that supports an imperial presidency because it is perceived as being on the right side of security, border control, military strength, rooting out the evil among us, etc.
This is and should be a bipartisan issue but few are willing to stand up and be counted, because it may seem weak in the face of people rushing to choose up sides.
“Ironically, though Mr. Schwarzenegger was a populist, unlike Mr. Trump he had established himself as a Republican well before running for office, and he had some fixed conservative principles on government and the economy….
Even so, at bottom Mr. Schwarzenegger’s chief appeal was pretty much Mr. Trump’s. California politics had become so corrupted by its establishment and its institutions, ran the thinking, that what “the people” needed was a strongman to come in and shake it from top to bottom.
But here’s the thing about bluster. Against entrenched interests, it almost always loses. For a simple reason: The interests are entrenched because they know how to game the system. American history is thus littered with elected populists foundering in office on the presumption that their personal appeal would be enough to carry the day.”