The Fate of the Republican Establishment

Editor’s Note: The Republican Establishment finds itself on the horns of a dilemma. What is more important: the fate of the country or the fate of their privileged status?

Over the past century there have been two common traits found in all nations that have adopted socialist governing principals.  The first is the creation of a privileged governing class, and the second is the abject economic and political failure of those same societies.  True to form in the United States, as it plunges headfirst into the socialist abyss, there has been the evolution of the privileged governing class — except here it is often referred to as the “Establishment,” which for the time being, has two branches.

There are no offices on Connecticut Avenue in Washington D.C. with signs reading “The Republican Establishment” or the “The Democratic Establishment”; rather the Esabishment is an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: the control of the government purse strings and the attendant power contained within.

The Republican and Democratic political establishments are made up of the following:

1) A preponderance of current and retired national office holders whose livelihood (re-election for current office holders and lobbying or consulting for retired politicians) requires fealty to Party in order to maintain access to government largesse;

2) the majority of the media elite, including pundits, editors, writers and television news personalities based in Washington and New York, whose proximity to power and access is vital in order to gratify their self-esteem and to sustain their standard of living;

3) Academia, numerous think-tanks, so-called non-government organizations, and lobbyists who fasten onto those in any administration and Congress for employment, grants, favorable legislation and ego-gratification;

4) The reliable deep pocket political contributors and political consultants whose future is irrevocably tied to the political machinery of the Party; and

5) The crony capitalists, i.e. leaders of the corporate and financial community as well as unions whose entities are dependent on or subject to government oversight and/or benevolence.

Over the past century there have been two common traits found in all nations that have adopted socialist governing principals.  The first is the creation of a privileged governing class, and the second is the abject economic and political failure of those same societies.  True to form in the United States, as it plunges headfirst into the socialist abyss, there has been the evolution of the privileged governing class — except here it is often referred to as the “Establishment,” which for the time being, has two branches.

There are no offices on Connecticut Avenue in Washington D.C. with signs reading “The Republican Establishment” or the “The Democratic Establishment”; rather the Esabishment is an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: the control of the government purse strings and the attendant power contained within.

The Republican and Democratic political establishments are made up of the following:

1) A preponderance of current and retired national office holders whose livelihood (re-election for current office holders and lobbying or consulting for retired politicians) requires fealty to Party in order to maintain access to government largesse;

2) the majority of the media elite, including pundits, editors, writers and television news personalities based in Washington and New York, whose proximity to power and access is vital in order to gratify their self-esteem and to sustain their standard of living;

3) Academia, numerous think-tanks, so-called non-government organizations, and lobbyists who fasten onto those in any administration and Congress for employment, grants, favorable legislation and ego-gratification;

4) The reliable deep pocket political contributors and political consultants whose future is irrevocably tied to the political machinery of the Party; and

5) The crony capitalists, i.e. leaders of the corporate and financial community as well as unions whose entities are dependent on or subject to government oversight and/or benevolence.

The Republican Establishment, with the exception of the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the Republican controlled House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998, has been content, since 1946, to merely slow down the big government policies of the Democrats, while politically decrying their tax and spend policies.  However, in truth, many have been comfortable with reaping the financial and ego-gratifying rewards of such indifference while playing the game with their counterparts in the other branch of the overall governing class.

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Source:: American Thinker

      

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