It’s All About Timing

In getting elected, was Donald Trump lucky or brilliant? I stand by my conclusion that the election was Hillary Clinton’s to win or lose. But that doesn’t change the fact that Trump chose that moment to run as a Republican candidate.

Maybe he picked that battle on purpose. It’s all about timing. If Trump had run as a candidate in either party in any other presidential election in his lifetime, he probably wouldn’t have been nominated much less won. Yet he positioned himself at that exactly right moment, when the Republicans were internally divided and the Democrats pathetically overconfident, both parties at a low point.

Once nominated, it was Clinton’s to win or lose, And maybe that is the reason he decided to run as a Republican candidate, knowing that the corrupt DNC would ensure she was the nominee. In such a scenario, he didn’t need to win an election, as Clinton and the Democrats would do most of the work for him in ensuring their side lost. All that he had to do was manipulate the corporate media to keep him in the public eye.

I believe in giving credit where it is due. Trump knows how to create an image and brand. He knows how to use and manipulate people. And he knows how to play the corporate media game. Maybe he also knows timing.

This also makes me think of Steve Bannon. He is definitely focused on timing. His whole agenda seems to be coordinated with his understanding of the cyclical pattern described in Strauss and Howe’s generation theory, as envisioned in his 2010 documentary, “Generation Zero”.

The question is exactly what is this agenda. One could see all of the destruction that will follow as a sign of failure. But what if that destruction is the intended purpose?

It’s not just about timing to gain power. There is also timing for using power toward specific ends. For those seeking to inflict maximum damage that will take generations to undo, if it is ever to be undone, this is the perfect moment to implement that action. Like placing dynamite in just the right spot to take down a building.

There are those on the right who, for decades, have said that they want to shrink government small enough so that it can be drowned in a bathtub. Maybe they were being extremely honest about that with no hyperbole intended. Maybe it wasn’t just empty rhetoric to incite populist outrage and win elections.

If this is correct, this would be the perfect way to finally complete the full takeover of inverted totalitarianism. First the government has to be put into a severely weakened state. Then plutocratic interests can eliminate the last vestiges of democracy and bureaucracy that, until now, have barely survived the assaults of big biz corporatism.

Don’t forget that Bannon isn’t just some crazy right-winger. Like Trump, he is a major player in the world of big money, having worked in the banking and film industries. He is a man with connections and influence within the plutocracy. What we see happening may have been in the works for a very long time, all of the pieces slowly and carefully being put into place, until just the right moment.

It’s all about timing.

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13 thoughts on “It’s All About Timing

  1. It’s the perfect storm. The Republican establishment has intensely desired to destroy democracy. And the Democratic establishment feels absolutely no desire to defend democracy. In such a scenario, no matter which is the lesser evil, what is the likelihood that democracy and the American public will come out ahead?

  2. This is part of a larger problem. Trump didn’t come out of nowhere. The political right has been playing a long game for several generations now.

    Earlier last century, the political right started organizing through a network of think tanks, religious organizations, lobbyist groups, astroturf, etc. And it was all highly coordinated, from pushing carefully constructed political frames and talking points to motivating local people to get on school boards.

    The political left got lazy and haughty, assuming that time was on their side. They saw it as simply demographics being destiny. The public was growing increasingly diverse, specifically with the Democratic-leaning parts of the population growing. And the public was becoming ever more liberal in many ways.

    The Democratic establishment still hasn’t figured out their failure. And they continue trying to maintain the status quo. This is why they didn’t see any of this coming, even though it is part of plans developing for longer than I’ve been alive.

    • This is problematic: “If we are free to loathe Trump, we are free to loathe his most loyal voters, who have put the rest of us at risk.”

      His most loyal voters are a tiny fraction of the population. In polls, most Trump supporters admitted that they didn’t agree with him about many things or trust him. Their vote was a protest vote, a vote against Clinton and not for Trump.

      Trump’s most loyal voters are irrelevant. There is no point in scapegoating them, as if they are some large angry mob that needs to be appeased. If the Democrats simply promoted policies that were moral and just, they would win every election. It’s not that complicated.

  3. I realize many people might not think Trump is smart enough to create such a well timed plan. Obviously, Trump isn’t book smart, but also obviously he is a clever guy in his own way. Maybe he is a bit of an idiot savant in his ability to get what he wants.

    This is how it seems to me. If Trump doesn’t have perfect timing, then it was a perfect storm that he took advantage of. I suspect it was a little bit of both. I have a hard time seeing this as nothing but dumb luck on his part. Besides, luck favors the prepared. Trump was definitely prepared to take advantage of the moment, as was Bannon.

  4. Hi Benjamin. Great blog. Wanted to ask you about this:

    “Don’t forget that Bannon isn’t just some crazy right-winger. Like Trump, he is a major player in the world of big money, having worked in the banking and film industries. He is a man with connections and influence within the plutocracy. What we see happening may have been in the works for a very long time, all of the pieces slowly and carefully being put into place, until just the right moment.”

    Do you think the members of the corporate elites work together to prevent real democracy? I’ve wondered ever since 2008 if there is some organization involved.

    • “Do you think the members of the corporate elites work together to prevent real democracy?”

      I’d be surprised if that wasn’t the case. The political right and the corporate (corporatist/plutocratic/kleptocratic) elites are highly organized. And they clearly organize for a purpose, precisely to increase their own power.

      There is no way for them to increase their own power except by decreasing the power of everyone else, which is to say prevent real democracy. Why else would they spend more money on political campaigns, lobbying, think tanks, astroturf, legalized bribery (e.g., donating to politicians’ foundations), etc than the majority of the population ever sees in their combined lifetimes?

      It’s hard to imagine what else could justify this vast spending of wealth in manipulating the entire political system, keeping politicians in line, pushing propaganda, managing public opinion, and manufacturing consent. The elite obviously see this as an investment that pays immensely well. In exchange, they get regulatory capture and deregulation, tax cuts and bailouts, natural resources from public lands at below market costs, military contracts (the defense industry being the largest sector of the economy), military defense of trade routes and access to third world resources, etc.

      On top of that, they are guaranteed to get the politicians they want promoted by various organizations and nominated by the parties. Often, they even get revolving door politics where corporate leaders and corporate lawyers get put into powerful positions within the government, such as regulatory agencies. And then when politicians leave office, in exchange for years of dedicated service to corporations, they get lucrative lobbyist jobs.

      It’s hard to see how any of this doesn’t clearly and intentionally prevent real democracy.

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