Anyone who is remotely in touch with today's political scene understands that the massive support for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders indicates voter dissatisfaction with business as usual. Voters of all stripes have put the establishment hacks of both the Republican and Democrat parties on notice that they are sick and tired of the incompetence and failure both parties have dumped on us for decades.
And make no mistake, a significant bloc of those disaffected voters have not even participated in the political process for many years because they are utterly disillusioned and cynical. For years, they've felt disenfranchised -- until now. Trump, with his political incorrectness and in-your-face candor that borders on the obnoxiousness of a drunken bar patron, and Sanders with his rants against the wealthy, well-connected and powerful, have resonated.
The establishment operatives inside the Beltway live in a delusional cocoon. Everywhere they look, cranes and adjacent high rises under construction dot the horizon. Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Cadillac and Lincoln luxury vehicles clutter the streets for blocks and blocks. Posh hotels and fine dining establishments are bursting at the seams. Beautiful people in expensive clothing, with world class makeup, haircuts and jewelry, pace about on the sidewalks, absorbed in their iPhones as if their lives depended on it. Life is grand; salaries are fat; opportunities abound.
This is the Alice in Wonderland world of bloated government and the countless leeches who feed off of it, completely oblivious to the wreckage their greed, lust for power and complacency is wreaking out in the hinterlands.
But this is far more than "Rage Against the Machine," to use the name of a vastly overrated rock group -- the machine in this case being the politicians, consultants, pollsters, bureaucrats, lawyers, PR flacks, media and other useless human beings lining their pockets and feathering their nests. No, it turns out that the "establishment" exists in Christianity, too, and the flocks are also not paying much attention to what that too-often self-serving entity has to say.
Anyone who is Roman Catholic (my co-blogger and I are among the ranks) knows that millions of Catholics have scoffed at church doctrine opposing artificial contraception. And anyone who isn't naive realizes that the violation of no sex before marriage is about as common as grains of sand on the beach.
But the millions who see Donald Trump as Jesus overturning the money changers' tables in the temple, or Bernie Sanders as another Robin Hood, have another level of defiance when it comes to church teachings -- Catholic or Protestant. (Granted, a large segment of Sanders supporters are probably agnostic or atheist, but those who are Christians could care less about his advocacy of abortion and gay marriage, or his past history of sucking up to godless communist regimes.)
Many, many evangelicals and Roman Catholics have voted for Trump. This despite he is in his third marriage, has a reputation for being a philanderer, often spouts profanity, and has been a supporter of Planned Parenthood and abortion rights. My guess is these folks realize that, in electing a president, it is unrealistic and wishful thinking to believe that we can elect someone who is a paragon of virtue. That's like a football coach hoping all of his offensive linemen are Boy Scouts and Rhodes Scholars.
Look, I have often thrown up my hands in disgust at the Roman Catholic Church. As I discussed in this post , I shake my head at the stupidity and gullible positions the Church has taken on nuclear disarmament during the 1980s, supporting Obamacare in 2010 (be careful what you wish for), and engaging in left-wing, anti-capitalist bash-the-rich poppycock. I fully understand what it means to put your faith on the back burner when choosing the next leader of the free world.
About 225 years ago, tens of thousands of people lost their lives, and many more were tortured during the French Revolution. Unrest and mayhem ran roughshod over France for a full decade. It won't get that bad here (at least, I HOPE NOT), but things could definitely get ugly.
I suppose the legions of people under the influence of pot, alcohol and SSRI drugs like Paxil and Prozac will prevent any pitchforks or guillotines in 2016 America. But the anger will continue to boil over. The "establishment", be it secular or clerical, has been put on notice.