Lawrence H. Summers on How Trump Hurts The Elite


There’s nothing more rewarding, to me, than having the elite itself validate by opinions about the meaning behind the rise of these two  long shot candidates in this primary process.

The latest reward just came from the pen of no other than Lawrence H. Summers, a former treasury secretary and director of the National Economic Council in the White House, who published his opinion about the Donald at the WaPo opinion section.

My point all along has been that the elite is TERRIFIED of the angry voter (i.e., the working class) and of the threat they are posing to the peace of  the elite’s establishment, not afraid of Trump or Sanders. Summers’ opinion is pretty angry and to the point, and flaunts the usual threats to the working class. Of course, the situation for the elite is dire but not so much so as to require OPEN threats, so they come out veiled.

Trump is about to be given a coup, and so are we the people by extension of those supporting him. His campaign and the people’s anger has been so strong as to smoke the elite out of their wall street vaults. The real complaints against Trump are: that he is subverting “the modern world order”, and the order of the elite in the GOP, the tool of the globalists; that he is not a neoconservative-globalist, that he is ‘isolationist’.  You will see complains about Trump as  a “protectionist demagogue”; protectionism is code for anti-globalism. And then there is this:

Donald Trump’s rise goes beyond his demagogic appeal. It is a reflection of the political psychology of frustration – people see him as responding to their fears about the modern world order, an outsider fighting for those who have been left behind.

It is an acknowledgment that the people “have been left behind”  and that Trump’s rise is the rise of those people. When the capitalists’ democracy is in danger, count on the elite to come to its rescue. They are the only ones perceiving the ‘fears’. We are busy fighting their brand of  corporate democracy.

I will ‘deconstruct’ part of Summers’ opinion, for it is an excellent show of how they use language to send their subliminal messages.

FIRST PARAGRAPH –  NAMING THE ‘TRAITORS’.

Outstanding first line.

Trump’s rise does illustrate how democratic processes can lose their way and turn dangerously toxic when there is intense economic frustration and widespread apprehension about the future.

I’m sure you can translate that line into ‘proletarian’: When the economy (meaning the elite who controls it) is screwing  everybody (“frustration”), democracy is a threat. It doesn’t name to whom the ‘threat’ is posed, but you can rest assure is to the one who saw it fit to come out from his ivory tower to lecture YOU, the angry voter; ALL of you, not only the Trumpists. And the “can lose their way” means YOU, you are losing your way. There’s a whiff of threat to you there, if you care to sniff it; it’s at the end of the article.

In other words, democracy is toxic and  a threat to the elite when the working class gets angry.

And now to the traitor.

…when some previously respected leaders scurry to make peace in a new order — yes Chris Christie, I mean you.

Holy mack! This is the translation: it is dangerous when members of the club, Christie, side with the one shaking the establishment. “a new order” is a YUUUGE hint at the earthquake going on at the ivory tower. Angry voters in the GOP, through Trump, are destroying the old order, and Christie has directly been named a Judas, a ‘et tu, Brute?

I advance to you that the destruction comes from Trump not being a neo-conservative or extreme right-wing, despite what you may believe by his crazy comments. The elite is not angry at his ‘racism’, they are furious at his more centrist positions in what matters more to them. The voters are too emotionally involved to notice what the elite is seeing, his centrist position. More on this later.

SECOND PARAGRAPH – AFRAID OF CLASS WARS

I have had a strong point of view on each of the last ten presidential elections, but never before had I feared that what I regarded as the wrong outcome would in the long sweep of history risk grave damage to the American project.

First, “I have a strong point of view’ means he knows ’cause he has controlled the last ten presidential elections. But those previous elections were NOT A THREAT to the elite; Obama’s ‘change’ was never a threat to them. I opine that “hope and change”  was a con game  to neuter the signs of distress starting to show in the working class.

Back to the paragraph, now he FEARS, what does he fears? The ‘wrong outcome” is the people subverting the status quo, which is the “American project”. From there on he goes on to describe how it is the world order what they are protecting, not you or anti-racism morals or your economic situation. It’s their glorious world order that they are protecting from you, the one who is suffering “the economic frustrations” that come from that order.

Does he propose any suggestions or ‘arrangement’ to calm you down? Of course not. He gives you an ULTIMATUM:

The United States has always been governed by the authority of ideas, rather than the idea of authority. Nothing is more important than to be clear to all Americans that the tradition of vigorous political debate and compromise will continue. The sooner Donald Trump is relegated to the margins of our national life, the better off we and the world will be.

Translation: He makes “clear to all Americans” that the status quo will not be disrupted, that the elite has no patient with you, so you will be better off removing the Donald from the campaign, “the sooner” the better for you.

There you have it, people. Get ready to RUMBLE!

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