It finally happened, people! Jeb Bush dropped out! We can celebrate! For now.
In this new age of politics, we’re beginning to give up establishment shills. Ever since the 1960 presidential debate (in which Kennedy defeated Nixon by simply looking better), the American concept of politics has tended to be a fashion statement. Who has the best hair? Who looks more like a president? But guess what? We’re starting to finally get out of that phase of politics.
Americans don’t want a robot, a candidate that has a soothing voice and a fake smile with a million dollar suit and “American-made” tie. We’re not looking for a corporate idealist that is of the bankers, by the bankers, for the bankers. We’ve been stuck in this kind of mindset for fifty-something years, and we’re finally starting to crawl out of it as a society. The establishment has managed to continuously win elections (if we ignore the Carter bubble, which was a direct result of people not trusting the establishment after Nixon’s decline) on both the Democratic front and the Republican front through a simple checklist…
Perfect haircut? Check!
Million dollar smile? Check!
Soothing voice? Check!
Sense of fashion? Check!
Who does this sound like to you? I’ll give you a hint: literally every establishment-esque candidate that has run for the presidency since the sociological impact that television has left on the people.
The only real outlier we’ve seen is Carter’s presidency, was a direct consequence of the people completely losing confidence in the establishment after Vietnam and Nixon. But, look what happened after the people got a four-year look at Carter? Right back to the establishment robots!
Well, lets give Ronald Reagan some credit as well. Reagan is credited to fighting elite corporatism for most of his life, but Republicans today would definitely not elect him based on ideals. We like what we see, not what we hear. Who dyed his hair to keep a public image? Who had had the million dollar smile that everyone enjoyed? Who had the soothing voice? Who had the sense of fashion in an era known as the motherfucking eighties? Ronald Reagan did, and his public image (alongside his history) played a huge role in whether or not he would go down in history as our fortieth president.
Whether you like it or not, all of our presidents since the impact of public image have been robotic in methods of their looks and acts. For the most part, they have been leaning-establishment candidates. Some more moderate than others. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard Democrat that will love Clinton and Obama to your death, they’re incredibly similar on idealism. Clinton deregulated it all and repealed Glass-Steagall.
But what started the decline of this old age of politics? The 2012 election, of course. Mitt Romney is literally the essence of establishment-robotism. He literally looks as if someone bred the perfect sample of what our society thinks of when we hear the term President. For once, the checklist was BROKEN. Barack Obama does not have the hairstyle, the smile, the voice, or the sense of elitist fashion that Mitt Romney clouts in the world of business and politics. Yet, who won in 2012?
That ripple is perhaps the first sociological impact against the old wave of robot politics, albeit in 2012 it didn’t seem as such an important victory for the people.
So, who is 2016’s Mitt Romney? Who is the shill that literally looks and acts like he isn’t even a real person? The perfect skin, the perfect haircut, the soothing voice and a fashion sense that would make the Queen of England fall in love? Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the establishment shills of the GOP. First off, the literal equivalent of Mitt Romney in terms of looks — Marco Rubio.
Well for one, when you have articles on major news sites talking about your boots, you know you’re the elitist empty suit that corporations want to use as a sockpuppet. That’s exactly what Marco Rubio is: an empty shell. Oh, also! Mitt Romney is endorsing Marco Rubio. Think that means anything?
But, this is also the case for Jeb Bush. Although the so-called “smarter” Bush brother doesn’t reach the godly status of Rubio in terms of this Romney-image, he remains a corporate case. He was the establishment poster-child before Rubio rose through the public opinion. He was the man everyone thought was going to win. The man that had the public image. The great haircut, good smile, somewhat soothing voice, and million dollar fashion sense…Jeb Bush was their guy! And he should have been.
We cannot list Marco Rubio, the worthless do-nothing Senator from Florida, as the overall decline of Bush’s regime of public opinion. This is where the new age of politics forms itself. An image not on mere looks, but on content. When did Jeb Bush start to fall? When Donald Trump started to rise.
Let me say something everyone can agree with (for once). Donald Trump is the antithesis of Jeb Bush. He has a terrible haircut. He has a terrible smile. He has a terrible voice. He has a terrible sense of fashion. And this is why he’s winning the Republican popularity contest. It’s also why Bernie Sanders is starting to make a surge through the Democratic primaries. It’s a new age of politics, ladies and gentlemen. It’s not about appearance anymore.
Now, we can’t label Trump as the only factor of Bush’s decline. His terrible performance in debates (much like Scott Walker) led to his establishment collapse. His awkward moments, such as saying “Supergirl is hot”, made him look creepy to the public. The final nail in his image, however, was his engraved-gun post captioned “America”. This happened less than a week before he finally gave in. But, overall, we have to admit: Donald Trump is different than every single Republican candidate, just as Bernie Sanders is different than Hillary Clinton. It’s the one real thing Sanders and Trump have in common: they aren’t the establishment robots that people have been voting into office for so long.