The Speaker Crisis and the Rape of the 'Typical American'

For the last week our Democratic friends, from the president's press spokesman down to the usual suspects in the media, have been sneering at the Republican House Speaker election.

I get why Democrats would find it comical to see democracy breaking out. They don't really do democracy in the Democratic Party. Not if they can help it.

But democracy is actually happening right now in the Republican Party and it is not hard to figure out why. Rank-and-file Republican voters are not happy with the national party leadership and many of their representatives are trying to send that message to the party leadership. Speaker resignations and candidate withdrawals are a sign, not of clown-car crackup, but a shaking of the foundations.

We also know why the foundations are shaking.

For 50 years the ruling class of the United States has ignored the needs of the “typical American.” Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s typical Americans have been told to sit down and shut up. First was the need to provide Affirmative Action for the victims of slavery, although plenty of other Americans had suffered dreadful exploitation and oppression before coming to the Land of the Free.

Then the typical American had to wait while high-status women were integrated into the workforce and had broken the notorious glass ceilings. Centuries of patriarchy and the Double Standard had marginalized well-born women from the chance to work in a cubicle and from experiencing their inner CEO.

Today, of course, the pressing need is to integrate gays and lesbians into the full enjoyment of the civil rights they were denied since the end of the Delian League or at least since just before the riots at the mobbed-up Stonewall Inn.

Call it a political rape culture that has marginalized and oppressed the typical American. For the last 50 years.

The Republican Party, according to Michael Barone, has always been the home of the voter that thinks of himself as a “typical American,” and so the plight of the typical American has gradually morphed into massive discontent among Republican Party voters.

Unfortunately the leadership of the Republican Party has done very little to connect with the discontent of the typical American voter, and the reason is very simple. The cultural hegemony of the gentry liberals has meant that anyone speaking or articulating the grievances of the typical American has been branded as a right-wing extremist or at the very least a racist, sexist, or homophobe. So bitter experience has trained the leaders of the Republican Party not to touch the hot stove that might end their careers.

But now the proscription against the free expression of political views in typical America has broken, and in the most fascinating way possible: outsider candidates for president have profaned the sanctuaries of political correctness lovingly built by the priests of the Frankfurt School and lived to tell the tale. Donald Trump has expressed the dearest hope of every people, to live in their homeland unmolested by invading hordes; he still lives. Ben Carson has expressed the notion that a Muslim might not be the best thing in the world as President of the United States right now; he still stands upon the hustings. And Carly Fiorina has lobbed an anti-abortion nuke right into the mens-room at the Kremlin mixed gender bathroom at the DNC, and the liberal ladies who lunch are all telling each other in shocked whispers that they can't believe a womyn could say that.

But, raped and humiliated as we are by 50 years of gentry liberal political rape culture, we typical Americans don't want to crawl into a safe space. We want to march to the sound of the guns and make America not just great again, but a country just and free in which people that go to work, follow the rules and obey the law can work and wive and thrive, and their children and their children's children too. And we want our leaders to follow us.

There is no mystery about what needs to be done. First of all, cut the tax on work. Second, reform entitlements to restore justice between the generations. Third, cut the 50 percent tax rate on people working out of the welfare trap. Fourth, free our kids from government child-custodial facilities run by liberal union trusties. And then there is defense and foreign policy, which will have to start from zero after the Obama follies.

Dream on, you say. But nothing changes unless you Have a Dream.

I also have this growing prejudice – a prejudice that I find difficult to control and which I invite you to share -- that All Government is Injustice. So a people “just and free” would necessarily suffer very little government. And very little political rape culture.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

For the last week our Democratic friends, from the president's press spokesman down to the usual suspects in the media, have been sneering at the Republican House Speaker election.

I get why Democrats would find it comical to see democracy breaking out. They don't really do democracy in the Democratic Party. Not if they can help it.

But democracy is actually happening right now in the Republican Party and it is not hard to figure out why. Rank-and-file Republican voters are not happy with the national party leadership and many of their representatives are trying to send that message to the party leadership. Speaker resignations and candidate withdrawals are a sign, not of clown-car crackup, but a shaking of the foundations.

We also know why the foundations are shaking.

For 50 years the ruling class of the United States has ignored the needs of the “typical American.” Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s typical Americans have been told to sit down and shut up. First was the need to provide Affirmative Action for the victims of slavery, although plenty of other Americans had suffered dreadful exploitation and oppression before coming to the Land of the Free.

Then the typical American had to wait while high-status women were integrated into the workforce and had broken the notorious glass ceilings. Centuries of patriarchy and the Double Standard had marginalized well-born women from the chance to work in a cubicle and from experiencing their inner CEO.

Today, of course, the pressing need is to integrate gays and lesbians into the full enjoyment of the civil rights they were denied since the end of the Delian League or at least since just before the riots at the mobbed-up Stonewall Inn.

Call it a political rape culture that has marginalized and oppressed the typical American. For the last 50 years.

The Republican Party, according to Michael Barone, has always been the home of the voter that thinks of himself as a “typical American,” and so the plight of the typical American has gradually morphed into massive discontent among Republican Party voters.

Unfortunately the leadership of the Republican Party has done very little to connect with the discontent of the typical American voter, and the reason is very simple. The cultural hegemony of the gentry liberals has meant that anyone speaking or articulating the grievances of the typical American has been branded as a right-wing extremist or at the very least a racist, sexist, or homophobe. So bitter experience has trained the leaders of the Republican Party not to touch the hot stove that might end their careers.

But now the proscription against the free expression of political views in typical America has broken, and in the most fascinating way possible: outsider candidates for president have profaned the sanctuaries of political correctness lovingly built by the priests of the Frankfurt School and lived to tell the tale. Donald Trump has expressed the dearest hope of every people, to live in their homeland unmolested by invading hordes; he still lives. Ben Carson has expressed the notion that a Muslim might not be the best thing in the world as President of the United States right now; he still stands upon the hustings. And Carly Fiorina has lobbed an anti-abortion nuke right into the mens-room at the Kremlin mixed gender bathroom at the DNC, and the liberal ladies who lunch are all telling each other in shocked whispers that they can't believe a womyn could say that.

But, raped and humiliated as we are by 50 years of gentry liberal political rape culture, we typical Americans don't want to crawl into a safe space. We want to march to the sound of the guns and make America not just great again, but a country just and free in which people that go to work, follow the rules and obey the law can work and wive and thrive, and their children and their children's children too. And we want our leaders to follow us.

There is no mystery about what needs to be done. First of all, cut the tax on work. Second, reform entitlements to restore justice between the generations. Third, cut the 50 percent tax rate on people working out of the welfare trap. Fourth, free our kids from government child-custodial facilities run by liberal union trusties. And then there is defense and foreign policy, which will have to start from zero after the Obama follies.

Dream on, you say. But nothing changes unless you Have a Dream.

I also have this growing prejudice – a prejudice that I find difficult to control and which I invite you to share -- that All Government is Injustice. So a people “just and free” would necessarily suffer very little government. And very little political rape culture.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.