Monday, February 15, 2016

Trump & Sanders: Are They Revolting?

“Let's have Trump vs Bernie and fight the 2nd American revolution
for the soul of the country, and the future of the world.”

The above sentiment comes from a Facebook acquaintance of mine. One thing Trump and Sanders have in common is incredibly zealous supporters. The populace’s passion is rooted in a deep disgust and disdain for both Democrat and Republican establishments.

In other words, folks left and right have had enough.

But having enough isn’t a solution. Knowing there’s a problem is easy; knowing how to fix it—not so much. That people agree on the disease but not the cure was on full display in New Hampshire last week: A crony capitalist and an avowed socialist each won big.

Confusion abounds.

The populist ambivalence reminds me of a quote from H.L. Mencken:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Thus far both politicians are long on promises and short on details; and understandably so. (As you’ve probably heard, “the details” is where the devil resides.)

Nevertheless, I think we can all be assured that a President Trump or Sanders would be equally committed to giving it to us good and hard.

But what exactly would they give us?

As best as I can tell, Trump intends to “make America great again.”

You may wonder: What does he mean by great and “great” for whom? Maybe a clue to your query is found in the word again. Perhaps Trump is desirous of recapturing something.

But what?

Having acquainted myself with Trump’s POSITIONS page, I believe he envisions revitalizing and expanding U.S. hegemony by way of economic and military expansion. To be sure, there is more to it than this, but a revived American Empire seems to be the centerpiece.

Not to be outdone, Sanders also proposes to revitalize and expand something: The Federal Government.

According to Hillary Superdelegate Clinton, Sanders’ vision for America would increase the size of our already bloated government by a whopping 40 percent. Let that sink in. (This may be a rare instance of Madam Secretary nearly telling the truth…let that sink in!) The fact is we’ve been slouching toward socialism for many, many decades. Sanders is simply promising a whole lot more of the same.

Even so, young folks just love quirky Uncle Bernie.

So here’s the situation. One promises to recover wealth and the other pledges to redistribute it. As a wise man once said, “It's deja vu all over again.” 

Are Trump and Sanders revolting? Their disciples imagine they are. But they’re not. They’re recycling. 


  1. They are both populists.
    Populists are not principled.
    They certainly are the guys for those who 'revolt' against the establishment & it seems to be many.
    Should one of them make it into the White House, many Americans will be proud to say they put him there.
    But ho: There is a caveat & it is a very big one, as i posted on Facebook:
    [It is understandable that we live in this world & we need to strive that things be orderly & that we be strong against our enemies who are threatening us...]
    But who we hope for to achieve this, is often an indication of where we want to go.
    It is often an image of what lives in our deepest of souls - & where our hope for the future lies.
    Israel wanted a king, "just like the other nations".
    They rejected Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of God, as head & leader of the nation.
    God said to Samuel: "They did not reject you, they rejected me... Give them the king they want."
    Israel did not want to be a peculiar people of God anymore.
    They wanted to live according to the whims of a human leader.
    We know the result of that:
    Man's choice brought disappointment, frustration, misuse of (political & even spiritual) power & hardship.
    Ps 81 says: “But my people did not listen to my voice;
    Israel would not submit to me.
    12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
    to follow their own counsels.
    13 Oh, that my people would listen to me,
    that Israel would walk in my ways!
    14 I would soon subdue their enemies
    and turn my hand against their foes." (ESV)
    The answer to being strong against your enemies is in loving God & being obedient to His voice.
    The Scripture is clear about what happens to one who puts his hope in man:
    “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD (Jer 17:5 ESV).
    Ps 106:15 says: "And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul" (KJV)
    This principle has been prevalent in many instances for Israel, but also for others, as we can see what happened to America under Obama & S.Africa under Zuma: They got what they wanted, but God sent a leanness into their souls.
    They were not happy, although they got what they asked for.
    They negated Christ for a human solution, were deluded in their choice & they reaped the whirlwind for it.
    Gal. 6:7: "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap" is a dire warning from God to His people,
    which is more often than not ignored in favour of human solutions to problems which only God can solve, but which requires obedience to Him.

    1. Thank you for reading and thinking and for sharing scripture and your thoughts.


  2. Good article. I think Trump is less expansionist than you say. The next President is in office for the crisis that is coming. You won't find that in a position statement.

    1. My hope is that he is less expansionist than HE says. :)

      From his POSITIONS page:

      "Strengthen the U.S. military and deploying it appropriately in the East and South China Seas. These actions will discourage Chinese adventurism that imperils American interests in Asia and shows our strength as we begin renegotiating our trading relationship with China. A strong military presence will be a clear signal to China and other nations in Asia and around the world that America is back in the global leadership business."

      It sounds like he wants to use the military as a "gun to the head" of China and other nations for economic gain. This is NOT what the military is for.

      Add to this his promises of "bombing the shit out of ISIS" and using Middle East oil to pay for our military adventures there...doesn't sound good to me.

      Thanks for reading and thinking, Lance.