Guest Commentary: America Wants a Trumperor

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 22, 2016 / comments

What happened to the Roman Republic?

You can read a summary here, but the simple version is this: The Roman Republic had grown vastly wealthy through military conquests, but the wealth was held by a few fabulously wealthy families. The poor were kept poor. Veterans of the wars returned not to glory and wealth, but to poverty and misery. For years the wealthy families killed off any politicians who tried to bring about reform which would help the poor and share the wealth from their military conquests.

Then along came Julius Caesar. He was from a moderately wealthy family. He was balding, but famous for combing what hair he had over his bald head. He was married three times and was a prolific womanizer. Julius Caesar was an egotist. He was notorious for raging and taking revenge if anyone mocked his dignity. Most of all he was a winner. He was ruthless and unable to apologize for anything.

He rose to become the commander in chief of the army, and he threatened the ruling establishment, riding a tide of populist support.

The revolution he led was a revolution supported by the soldiers, and the vast hordes of people who were poor or felt they were poor. He was a dictator, but a popular dictator. The people didn’t want a republic anymore because the republic had become corrupt. The republic was broken and the people didn’t care if Caesar was a conservative or a democrat. They didn’t care if he was pro life or pro death. They didn’t care if he was going to be a ruthless dictator. They were willing to risk that as long as he overthrew the super rich families who controlled the senate, the wealth and held all the power.

Was he powerful himself? They liked that because he was the kind of man who “got things done.” He “made the trains run on time.” In allowing the republic to fail were the people giving up their freedom? In their poverty they didn’t feel like they had much freedom anyway so it didn’t matter. From their point of view “freedom” was something the rich people had. Their lives were lives of drudgery, fear and hopelessness.

Sound familiar? What is the overturn of Jeb Bush except the people saying “We don’t want another Bush. We don’t want the patrician, privileged Bush clan to rule us anymore and send our boys and girls to war and have them come back wounded and tossed on the trash heap of the crappy VA. Why are Americans looking for an emperor? Because they feel powerless in the face of Washington’s corruption, the lobbyists, big government, big business and big banks.

Bernie Sanders is surging for the same reason. The people don’t want another Bush, but they also don’t want another Clinton. They’re done with dynasties.

They’d rather have a socialist revolution with Sanders or a Trumperor.

I think it was Mark Twain who said, “History doesn’t repeat itself…but it echoes."

February 22, 2016 by Fr. Dwight Longenecker