Us and Them
When this cotton-mill boy went down to the University in 1959, he noticed something at once. There was a division between the superior US (that is, them) and the inferior THEM (that is, us). The division had nothing to do with intellectual distinction or even athletic prowess, but the members of US definitely regarded themselves as superior.
THEM (that is, us) wore white or checkered socks, jeans, and whatever shirt we could find. The members of US were far more sophisticated. They wore black socks, button collar shirts, windbreakers with a special logo, and sometimes berberries . They were invited to fraternities. Some professors knew their families or their fathers who had previously attended. They even carried umbrellas, which where I came from would mark a boy forever as a sissy.
This is exactly what is going on today. US runs the country. They are the people with the right attitudes and the right connections, who went to the right schools. They are the people in the know. They have always associated with others just like themselves. We are THEM, that is, the deplorables, those who don’t have the sophisticated wisdom of US, the Americans who don’t really count.
The ruling elite of the country today, the blue people, are simply US who have grown up or at least gotten older. A lot of them have never done any real labour or had a relationship with a real American.
The important point here is to note that being part of US does not indicate any real superiority in anything that really counts. The upper ranks of the bureaucracy, the judiciary, the corporations, the armed forces, the church, the academy, the media are the domain of US. Look at the disastrous wars and policies, the pervasive mediocrity, dishonesty, and sense of entitlement of our “leaders” of recent generations. If America is still producing any people of genuine honour, learning, and independent character, you certainly won’t find many in Washington and you probably have never heard of them.
The BLUE leaders (US) are followed by the millions of lackeys who have the same intellectual and moral mediocrity and like to think of themselves as a sophisticated elite because they are “in the know,” that is, they have the right fashionable attitudes, unlike their deplorable, unenlightened neighbours.
There you have it. The Blues are “US” and the rest of us are “THEM.” Their sense of superiority is not based upon any real quality. It is essentially snobbery.
Trump blew it. The President of the United States allowed himself to be called a “liar” and a “clown,” an enormity that has not even been noticed. And he failed to deal effectively with any of his opponent’s smooth lies. For millions of shallow, naïve, clueless Americans, Biden appeared “Presidential” and as Trump’s superior in character, knowledge, and constructiveness.
In fact, of course, Biden is an ethically challenged phony who has done nothing except spend 47 tears getting rich at the public trough and who threatens to let loose the final phase of the revolutionary destructiveness that will finish off the country we have known. But he has the Establishment patter down pat. It is somewhat reminiscent of 1980 when the shallow movie actor Reagan assumed a pose of superiority to the more intelligent and accomplished Carter. It worked.
Of course, we have to realise that these things are not really debates, which can sometimes be enlightening. They are orchestrated media shows which are controlled by “questions” carefully designed to keep the discussion safe for the Deep State. Trump accommodated this fraud by concentrating his remarks on ephemeral issues.
Trump appeared harassed---not surprising since no elected head of state in all of history has ever received the massive and malicious media attack that he has suffered. However, the fundamental problem is that Trump does not understand his enemy and the perilous state that his society is in. This is shown by his failure to appoint officials that support him but instead to rely on the ready stable of Republican hacks. His own appointees castigate him and he has accomplished little.
His greatest enemy, the Republican Establishment, has done him in, with the active support of his second greatest enemy, himself. He really does not get it. He does not see the big picture. Perhaps because his mind is simply not wide enough or because the experience when he came to the Executive Mansion was simply not wide enough. He claimed to be for a reformation without understanding the situation he wanted to reform. Experience with crooked businessmen comes to nothing in a contest with the dirty tricks which parasites in power and their countless minions are capable of deploying.
Let us pray that the actual election will not turn into a catastrophe. It is possible that Trump can win simply because enough Americans are disgusted with the state of things—but he has to make clear who is responsible for that state, which he is failing to do.
There has never really been an American election without fraud. The possibilities this time are exponential. Without doubt the Democrats will do all in their power to steal the election. If that fails, they have already endorsed the threat of violence in the streets and the corrupt federal police to overthrow the result.
It is a mistake to think that the corrupt courts will be able to deal with the revolutionary coup. Will Trump be able to deal with it? Will the dwindling good sense of the American people be enough to restore a legitimate regime?
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews