Cause of death? Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
For months Americans were bombarded by oversampled push polls, pretentious op-eds from well-heeled “journalists”, and sneering TV segments from subpar comedians, Donald J. Trump was elected 45th President of the United States.
What I write next will not be for the victors, but for the vanquished. There won’t be any Trump triumphalism, but cold, bitter reality for Clintonistas.
The alternative media got it right. The mainstream media got it wrong. They got it wrong not because they misread the facts, but because they ignored them entirely.
Tuesday was not just a referendum on eight years Obama failures, missteps, destabilizing, and just bad politics in general: It was a referendum on the entire Beltway political establishment from top to bottom. The people who work for their living rose up and cast down those who talk for their living.
But who are some of the players of the Establishment? Let’s meet just a few. The false prophets (pollsters), the court jesters (news-comedians), and the palace eunuchs (talking heads).
Each of these parts of The Establishment, the royal court of the D.C. Forbidden City, serves a function in how they deal with the people and each uses a different informal fallacy to try to manipulate the public. The ultimate purpose of all of these Establishment flunkies is to cultivate an electorate that is susceptible to fallacious logic, lazy thinking, and emotional sophistry.
The False Prophets of Polling
The false prophets of polling practice the fallacy of argumentum ad populum on a massive scale. They utilized oversampling, push polling, selective sampling, and a variety of dishonest statistical models and methods to cook up a final product that they can present to the people and say:
Look! The majority against Trump! If you’re for Trump, then you are against the majority! You’re a minority! An outsider! Stop being an outsider! Submit to the majority! You can’t win, Rocky!
These phony polls, as President-Elect Trump so adroitly called them, are weapons of psychological warfare, meant to demoralize the enemy.
The Court Jesters of Television
The court jesters of TV (Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, et al.) practice a pair of fallacious arguments: Appeal to ridicule and ad hominem attacks. It is their purpose to try and make the opponents of the Establishment look silly, rather than address their arguments or their concerns or their grievances.
Because it’s easier to laugh at someone than to listen to what they are saying and consider the merits and flaws of what they are saying.
The Palace Eunuchs of Opinion
Ah, the talking heads, who make their living pretending to be serious thinkers, when in reality, they are paid hatchetmen whose jobs is to attack their enemies, typically with ad hominem attacks and sophistry. Their number is legion and they are never held to account for the falsehoods and personal attacks they spew out into the public space.
Just to recap from this small sample taken from a month before the election: Trump is (a)Sexist (b) Amoral (c)a Nazi (d)A Monster (e) A Coward (f) A Sexual Predator. Now these same purveyors of slime will take up their pens once again, completely unchastened by defeat, and presume to call for “unity” and “understanding” (after attacking Trump as morally defective) while, with the same arrogance with which they denounced Trump, presume to instruct him on how he ought to govern.
But even after all of this noise was generated, all of this ink spilled, and bandwidth wasted, Trump still won. Trump won because despite the False Prophets loudly proclaiming that Hillary’s victory was ordained by heaven itself, and the Court Jesters dancing around with their clown noses and dunce caps laughing about how anyone who supported Trump was dumber than the fools themselves, and the Palace Eunuchs sneering down at the unwashed peasants should just quietly submit to their intellectual and moral superiors, this country and this government still belongs to the citizens, not Establishment propagandists and power-brokers.
November 9th, 2016 is the day when those who work for their living repudiated, once and for all, those who talk for their living.