“The 2016 election is simple; the person who runs on the platform ‘Who do they think they are?’ will win.”
In this Powerline post a few days ago Steven Hayward reported that Angelo Codevilla said this in a conversation a few months ago. Codevilla is the author of The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It.
The ruling class operates from a totalitarian impulse to impose hegemony over not only everything we do, but the way we think any how we speak. Obama has said, “We’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks.” Hillary Clinton recently asserted her desire for control over culture and society when she said, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Reasoned argument and debate to support and defend their policy positions are not the way of the ruling class. They have an insatiable need to feel good about themselves while looking down on others. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy used the term “dignitary interests” in support of gay marriage and to demonize all who disagree. In his mind, support for same-sex marriage must be honored and all who disagree must be vilified as bigots.
The Ruling Class means to force us to honor all of their intellectual and moral falsehoods. If we wish to remain who we are in the face of their threats and scolding lectures we have no alternative but to clearly and loudly to distinguish between true and false, right and wrong, moral and immoral, even up and down, fully making the case for what we believe to be right, good and true. The Ruling Class cannot be placated or appeased. It must be confronted and defeated politically. There is no viable alternative to challenging the ruling class’s fantasies and euphemisms substantively, in detail with cogent, convincing and compelling argument. Their response will be what it always is: demonization and ad hominem attack. It’s all they have. They are devoid of thoughtful arguments.
I think that’s what Codevilla meant when he said the person who runs on the platform “Who do they think they are?” will win in 2016.
In Steven Hayward’s Powerline post Codevilla says the reason Donald Trump is riding high right now is because he is the only one on the public stage presently shouting “Who do they think they are.” It’s resonating with voters who are fed up with the ruling class in both parties and they want someone to make that case.
Codevilla’s final judgment on Trump is that ultimately he is not the right person to successfully win the fight against the ruling class.