Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump
a book by Laura Ingraham
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that Americans didn’t just go to the polls in 2016. They joined a movement that swept the unlikeliest of candidates, Donald Trump, into the Oval Office. Can he complete his agenda? Or will his opponents in the media, protestor class, and political establishment block his efforts and choke off the movement he represents? In Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump, Laura Ingraham gives readers a front row seat to the populist revolution as she witnessed it. She reveals the origins of this movement and its connection to the Trump presidency. She unmasks the opposition, forecasts the future of the Make America Great Again agenda and offers her own prescriptions for bringing real change to the swamp of Washington.
(It turns out that—in spite of Ingraham's claims to the contrary—Trump, rather than draining the swamp, is actually stocking the swamp. Contrary to his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.)
Draining the Swamp—Trump promised to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, dumping people who were only there to exploit their positions
Stocking the Swamp—Contrary to his promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires who are already exploiting their positions
Unlike most of her media colleagues, Ingraham understood Trump’s appeal and defied those who wrote his political obituary. Now she confronts the president’s critics and responds to those who deny the importance of his America First agenda. With sharp humor and insight she traces the DNA of the populist movement: from Goldwater’s 1964 campaign, to Nixon’s Silent Majority, to Reagan’s smashing electoral victories.
Populism fueled the insurgency campaigns of Buchanan and Perot, the election of George W. Bush, and the Tea Party rallies of the Obama presidency. But a political novice—a Manhattan billionaire—proved to be the movement’s most vocal champion. This is the inside story of his victory and the fitful struggle to enact his agenda.
Ingraham: "Trump won because his message of economic nationalism and a less-interventionist foreign policy reflects the will of the people. He won because he vowed (à la Buchanan) to put America first again. He won because both parties had gotten fat off the status quo, while many in the middle were being squeezed. He won because he was not a politician, but a self-made outsider who fearlessly called out the collusion among politicians, the media, and even big business. He won because Americans had had it—with Washington’s failed promises, with political correctness, with open borders, and with career politicians, consultants, pollsters, and pundits. . . . as this book reveals, the forces that aligned and made his victory possible had been gathering for decades as Establishment elites in both parties accumulated ever-increasing power for themselves. Time will tell whether Donald Trump can clear all the barricades in front of him, make good on his promise to drain the swamp, and return power back to the people. Either way, the conservative-populist movement proved it will remain a dynamic and powerful force for years to come."
Reagan made it clear that the established order’s doctrine of endless war (in Vietnam) weakened America, yet Ingraham ignores the years of Reagan's Central American terrorism and Trump's support for the phony Bush-Obama wars
Dubya went off half-cocked and invaded Iraq unprovoked in 2003, and kept making the identical mistakes made in the Vietnam War as if he had never read a history book—or as if he couldn't read at all, then O'Bomb'em and Trump did the same thing!
Ingraham: [Reagan] ". . . made it clear that the established order’s doctrine of endless war [in Vietnam] weakened America. . . . This is the issue of this election: whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."
Ingraham contrasts the linked history between Reagan and Trump with her own interesting life in politics. She has worked closely with President Reagan decades ago. She explains that Reagan was lambasted by the Republican Establishment and by Liberals. Ingraham explains the morale destroying rebirth of the Republican Establishment to Washington during the ill-fated George H.W. Bush administration. Then came Pat Buchanan’s Republican Populist insurgency and Ross Perot’s Independent candidacy. Ingraham then carries us through the presidencies of Bill Clinton, Dubya, Barack Obama, the rise of the Tea Party Conservatives during the great Republican Congressional victories of 2010 and 2014, and finally to the unexpected triumph of Donald Trump, against all expectations, over Hillary Clinton. See Fake News: How Propaganda Influenced the 2016 Election, A Historical Comparison to 1930's Germany.
The 2016 election
Ingraham seems to be wearing rose-colored glasses where both Reagan and Trump are concerned
Ingraham thinks of the Republican Establishment as quite dangerous. They are Globalists that want to make the rich richer. They want to Make American Oligarchs Even Richer Again, rather than Make American Great Again. The trouble is, so does Trump. She seems to be wearing rose-colored glasses where both Reagan and Trump are concerned. She seems to have bought into the huge propaganda campaign Reagan's minions put on during the 1980s so we wouldn't notice his despicable war crimes, lies, and pretenses. Millions suffered terribly, especially in Central America and South America during his presidency. He was behind torture, assassinations of elected leaders, setting up training camps to train torturers, lying to the public about our wrecking of countries while saying he was "democratizing" them. (That was opposite to the truth, which was that he was exploiting and bankrupting them while installing dictators friendly to our corporatocracy who stripped the countries of resources which got sent to us.)
Apparently, she learned history from a high school history textbook. These books are laced with propaganda favorable to the mainstream media CW some of which gets written by the CIA or their minions
Apparently, she learned history from a high school history textbook. These books are laced with propaganda favorable to the mainstream media CW some of which gets written by the CIA or their minions. She apparently reads only "Reagan is great" and "Trump is great" books which merely preach to the choir—she does this to keep reconfirming that her opinions are valid. It is time she reads the truth, such as:
- Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
- Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
- The Concise Untold History of the United States
Trump: Make America Great Again is the cover story—the real motto is Trump: Make American Oligarchs Even Richer Again
Ingraham believes Reagan was different from standard politicians—he accumulated political capital so he could spend it on conservative policies which gave power to the people of his state. His was an honest approach to governing which the voters found refreshing. In some ways, Donald Trump’s blunt aggressiveness elicits a similar level of authenticity. He brawls to highlight his populist principles. He doesn't pander to boost his personal popularity. Like Reagan, Trump speaks bold truths, heedless of the polls, Ingraham believes. (Has she met Donald Trump?!) The problem here is that truth is a virtual stranger to Trump's mouth, and his main m.o. is pandering to boost his personal popularity and get attention.
Ingraham believes Reagan was different from standard politicians—he accumulated political capital so he could spend it on conservative policies which gave power to the people of his state. His was an honest approach to governing which the voters found refreshing
Highlighting his populist principles is obviously the farthest thing from Trump's mind in his many tweetstorms
However, the media (except Fox, of course) disagrees. Donald Trump speaks boldly, but most of what he says tends to be prevarication to get attention, to get a reaction, or to gain power or influence or wealth or reputation. Highlighting his populist principles is obviously the farthest thing from his mind in his many tweets. Staying in the news cycle and insulting anyone who disagrees with him are his impulsive motives. To get attention, to get a reaction, or to gain power or influence or wealth or reputation are all demagogic motives, as is declaring everyone who disagrees with him a liar and a purveyor of fake news, as is threatening competitors and noncompliant news reporters and networks, as is his campaign to see untruths as truths and truths as untruths until citizens start losing faith in reality and truth and quit thinking and instead allow the authoritarian demagogue to redefine reality and truth for them. Ingraham's blind faith in Trump to the contrary, the above description of standard demagogic strategy is not just Demagoguery 101, it's right out of Hitler's playbook.
Trump is the Ayatollah Trumpowski for the alt-right and the white nationalists, as we found out in his response to the violence at the Charlottesville riots
Ingraham has illusions that Trump is a man who is for the working class, even though he has a history of screwing over such people, breaking agreements, not paying workers, etc. She tends to do that in her book: believe what people like Reagan and Trump say just because they say it with a straight face. It is true that Trump presents himself politically as someone who is for the little guy. But throughout history, politicians have been presenting themselves as whatever the people seem to want to hear, yet the reality is often that they are nothing like what they present. Almost everything Obama said in campaign promises he violated soon after the election, with the exception of ObamaDon'tCare, which turned out to be a scam and a fraud anyway. To Trump's credit, he really did and does push for a lot of the things he said he would. But is he good for the country, for our international relations, for our poor or middle class? No. Worse, he is terrible for U.S. democracy:
Ingraham has illusions that make her believe what people like Reagan and Trump say just because they say it with a straight face—neither was actually FOR the working man
See why Trump is terrible for U.S. democracy:
- The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy
- No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
- It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
- One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported
- Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
- Demagoguery and Democracy
- The Coup D'état Against President Donald J. Trump
We are all frogs in water that's been heated hotter for decades, but we'd better jump out before oligarchs eat us for lunch
"Trump is not the crisis. He is a symptom of the crisis," says Naomi Klein, explaining that the corporatocracy has been ratcheting up its game for years. First it snuck a few things in. Then it snuck a lot of things in. Then there were stealth candidates saying they were for one thing but doing another. Then most politicians were doing this. And they got bolder as the years went by. The corporatocracy was disguised at first, but lately it has "come out of the closet" and we do not mean the gay closet, we mean the "oligarchs first and citizens be damned" closet. Trump's policies are simply the distilled essence of corporate interests (especially his corporations), in contradistinction to the people's interests.
Trump represents a new unwritten constitution that is by the oligarchy, for the oligarchy, and of the oligarchy, not by the people, for the people, and of the people. All the pretenses of major corporations being good citizens that care about the people or climate or environment have been dropped and we see beneath their masks of deception the raw, corrupt ugliness of their infinite greed and lust for power. We are all frogs in water that's been heated hotter and hotter slowly for several decades, so we wouldn't notice the change. We are now in very hot water and we'd better jump out (dump these anti-human and anti-life policies and leaders) quickly or we will be boiled alive and served to laughing oligarchs in the form of a business lunch emblazoned with the motto "It's not personal—it's just business."
Trump's dismantling of democracy, regulations, safety, the environmental protections, fair tax structures, and reasonable border policies confused the rubes that voted for him, but he told them he'd make things great again so they guessed this is what 'great' is like so they stuck by him
Calling Trump's democracy demolition by wrecking-ball Republicans a 'comeback' is like calling WWII a 'misunderstanding'
For us to be putting America first, which Trump claims to do, we need to realize it is NOT about using the demagogic tactics of the authoritarians, totalitarians and fascists of the first half of the 20th Century, which Trump does because he respects raw power and strongmen but not American democracy. It is NOT about being a liar and telling your core supporters that all news against Der Führer is 'fake news.' It is NOT lying about lying and lying as a normal practice. In our current circumstances, putting America first is about successfully blocking our president's merciless assault on our democracy, our media, our values, and truth itself.
Trump knew he couldn't win as a statesman or standard politician, so he studied what authoritarian strongmen like Hitler did to win and he copied them, demonizing immigrants and minorities and Muslims as the problem to hate
The mainstream right's hostility to “liberal” elites and “parasitic” minorities and immigrants have blossomed for years. It defies logic to believe that a politician could actually use such exclusionary, divisive, xenophobic platforms and expect to win elections in a country that is nearly half minorities. And yet Hitler and many other demagogues have done this and won in democracies. Enter Donald Trump, the guy with tapes of the speeches of tyrants, authoritarians, and demagogues in his nightstand. Trump knew he couldn't win as a statesman or standard politician, so he studied what authoritarian strongmen like Hitler did to win and he copied them, demonizing immigrants and minorities and Muslims as the problem to hate while serving himself up as the violence loving savior that would make America great again—for white males.
Social Justice Warrior assaults are political correctness gone insane—and are anything but correct—they're one of the ugliest forms of authoritarianism since the Inquisition; like Alan Dershowitz says, "These are our future leaders and some of them will maintain those tyrannical views." Of such extremism demagogues are born.
The goal of the SJW police: censor everything not in agreement with them—similar to everything is fake news if it doesn't agree with Trump's ideas
According to Diana West (American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character) political correctness has endangered the nation when wrongly applied to situations like giving jihadist and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers access to secret highly secure places in the Pentagon. Even though burdensomely overwritten, American Betrayal is insightful to the point of wisdom about multiculturalism and political correctness, which has not only wrecked much of our high school and university educatonal experiences for millions of students, it has created dangerous vulnerabilities in our nation's defense as the stooges in charge prioritize political correctness over national security, just as the school administrators prioritize political correctness over learning.
The dominance of multiculturalism has, on many campuses, bred speech codes, intolerance of opposing opinions and in some cases it has spawned violence against dissidents—mostly Social Justice Warrior-initiated
Multiculturalism is at its best when successfully assimilating happy immigrants—including Islamics—into nations, and at its worst when it is used as a garrote to strangle free speech and replace it with the ugliness of political correctness, social justice classes, privilege accusations, safe spaces, and micro-aggressions.
Noticing that we're teaching racist white hatred, racist black skin privilege (affirmative action), and Islamic jihadist tolerance, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that not just the USA but the West in general has been the victim of mass infiltration by culturally degenerate ideas out to bring down our democracy. Russia is known to desire to weaken our democracy to strengthen its own power—or at least its own standing and reputation on the world stage, but the mass infiltration of these ideas seems to us to have been the result of the Left's degeneration into a kind of political correctness sickness that warps thinking until they sink into a gooey hell of micro-expressions, white guilt, safe spaces, arguing over racial privilege, and kowtowing to authoritarian oppression by social justice warriors. The dominance of multiculturalism has, on many campuses, bred speech codes, intolerance of opposing opinions and in some cases it has spawned violence against dissidents. See:
- SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police (The Laws of Social Justice Book 1)
- Black Skin Privilege and the American Dream
- Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes
- Trumped Up: How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy
- Barbarians: How The Baby Boomers, Immigration, and Islam Screwed My Generation
Trump's folly, a.k.a. the border wall: if it doesn't get built, the president and his party will pay a severe political price, says Ingraham
"Two years later, Trump won the White House 'because his message of economic nationalism and a less-interventionist foreign policy' reflected the will of the people in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Voters 'didn’t care about his rough language,' Ingraham writes. Instead, 'they cared about saving their country and knew the only way to do it was to elect a renegade—a disruptor—someone who owed the Old Guard nothing.' . . . Mark these words: If a wall—a physical wall—is not erected along our southern border, the president and his party will pay a severe political price. . . . Trump’s victory was only the beginning. The forces he overcame during the campaign have now created a barricade to block his—and the people’s—agenda permanently. . . . except for Reagan, all modern presidents of both parties campaigned as populists but governed as globalists. . . . she knew then that voters were so fed up with the permanent political class that the Access Hollywood tape would not be fatal." (Source: Laura Ingraham’s ‘Billionaire at the Barricades’ Gives Conservative-Populists Playbook for Advancing America-First Agenda, Crushing Globalist Saboteurs, Tony Lee, Breitbart)
Trump's Access Hollywood crotch-grabbing words didn't worry his base (note sea of pussyhats)
Trump shows his love for America
"9/11: Like myself and like millions of conservatives, Laura 'wholeheartedly' supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq that followed. . . . Trumpsters of today . . . vividly understand the open contempt directed at them by elites — and seethe at the wild and contemptuous characterization of them as, in Hillary’s words, 'deplorables.' . . . Billionaire at the Barricades is exactly the book to have at hand as the next four or eight years unfold, a superb guide to the Trump era and exactly what preceded it — and then created it." (Source: Laura Ingraham Gets It: ‘Billionaire at the Barricades’, Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator)
Trumpsters of today vividly understand the open contempt directed at them by elites and seethe at the wild and contemptuous characterization of them as, in Hillary’s words, 'deplorables'
Ingraham says that conservative populists oppose broad military interventionism and believe military force should only be used when American interests are threatened, and yet she bought into the biggest scam of the 21st century, falling for the War on Terror fraud hook, line, and sinker, which the U.S. got lied into by Dubya, and which most people in the world—including Americans—now regret. The U.S. is managing to get into a black hole of debt as it creates more terrorists by the minute. Apparently, Ingraham learns about our wars from the propaganda published on the mainstream media. Hint to Ingraham: Try reading Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance or The Neoconserative Threat to World Order: America's Perilous War for Hegemony.
The U.S. has created a terrorist factory—the more we kill, the more we produce; kill one terrorist, create 10 more wanting vengeance on the Great Satan
The doomsday clock is currently set at 3 minutes to midnight
Unless American citizens start defecating money, the debt has put us all in deep doo-doo—The U.S. is managing to get into a black hole of debt