Revolution: Trump, Washington and “We the People”
a book by KT McFarland
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that When Trump’s first Deputy National Security Advisor left Washington, she disappeared from sight. Now former government official and political commentator KT McFarland returns with tenacity, resolve, and the truth about the Trump Administration and those seeking to destroy it.
For decades, KT McFarland has been one of the country’s most prominent conservative foreign policy experts. She was part of the Trump Revolution from the beginning. As Trump’s first Deputy National Security Advisor, she had a seat at the table for everything: Trump’s unconventional campaign and upset victory; his throw-out-the-rule-book Trump Tower Transition; the chaotic first months in the West Wing; the unusual events surrounding General Flynn’s firing; and the sprawling Mueller investigation.
Trump descends the Trump Tower escalator and becomes a winning candidate
In Revolution: Trump, Washington and “We the People”, she walks the reader through the Washington Establishment’s relentless efforts to destroy Trump, populism, and nationalism in order to keep their own hands on the levers of power. The Trump Revolution, like the Reagan Revolution and all the anti-Establishment political revolutions before it, will ultimately prevail. It is this ability to reinvent ourselves, not just as individuals but as a society, that lies at the heart of American Exceptionalism.
When McFarland left the Trump Administration and Washington, she disappeared from public view and refused to discuss her experiences. Now, for the first time, McFarland tells a story that reads more like a political thriller than a tour through this unique moment in history. Written with unusual candor, with insights into Trump and his inner circle, Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong-un, McFarland’s book is destined to become a classic.
If you only read one book about the Age of Trump, make it Revolution: Trump, Washington and “We the People.” (Or even better, see Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency by Andrew C. McCarthy.)
Everything in Washington—every person, politician, journalist, analyst, issue, and policy—is now measured as being either pro-Trump or anti-Trump. Our political classes have locked the country into a full-scale, political civil war, which shows no sign of winding down
"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper"—T.S. Eliot
This is the way the world ends . . .
Not with a bang but a whimper
McFarland says that "The Washington elites were stunned by Trump's victory. They had always taken for granted their inherent right to govern. They had assumed the country would elect one of their own in 2016, drawing yet again from one of America's political dynasties. The irony is many of Trump's supporters were just as stunned by his victory. They identified with his political-incorrectness and outsider status, but never actually thought he could beat Hillary and the Washington machine. Since the 2016 election, that divide has grown wider, increasingly rancorous, and more personally destructive. We are now living in the Age of Trump, where the media is all Trump, all the time. Everything in Washington—every person, politician, journalist, analyst, issue, and policy—is now measured as being either pro-Trump or anti-Trump. Our political classes have locked the country into a full-scale, political civil war, which shows no sign of winding down."
Everything in Washington—every person, politician, journalist, analyst, issue, and policy—is now measured as being either pro-Trump or anti-Trump. Our political classes have locked the country into absolute political polarization
Hillary Clinton said nationalists belong in a basket of deplorables, characterized by 'racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic' views
McFarland continues "To the elites, populism means mob rule, and represents the worst in American society—the uneducated, dim-witted masses who have neither the experience nor intelligence to govern themselves. They are the people who shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's. The elites see nationalists as the bigoted, narrow-minded, white (mostly male) supremacists who resent the rise of women, minorities, and immigrants. . . . Hillary Clinton said they belong in a basket of deplorables, characterized by "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic" views. . . . In their version of America, populists are people driven by their hatreds and prejudices, and therefore morally inferior."
Elites see nationalists and populists as people who are—and deserve to be—life's losers, the bumpkins and hillbillies in the flyover country the elites reject as unmentionables
Elites are self-righteous about their beliefs—convinced they are universal truths which are shared by all civilized people and therefore beyond debate. Elites think their motives are pure and that their virtuous beliefs make them morally superior people, which explains Hillary's comment about the bumpkins and hillbillies and nationalists being a basket of deplorables. Elites are constantly doing politically correct things around others, which is how they do virtue signalling. Virtue signalling is the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue. If you look more deeply into the character of elites like Bill and Hillary, as well as Obama and the Bushes, you find deeply hypocritical, conflicted people who virtue signal for political reasons. The elite's religion is not Christianity, but political correctness.
The elite's religion is not Christianity, but political correctness
Jesus still has real meaning to Christians, but elites sneer since they are so PC that even if there was to be a picture of the Crucifixion, it must be represented by a black man, since they are the only legitimate victims in America, except for women
Elites consider Trump so dangerous that he needs to be stopped by all means necessary. They tried a witch hunt called the Mueller investigation and it failed. Then they tried a desperation measure called impeachment and it failed too. And of course, during the entire two-year witch hunt, the elites used the press and social media to perform the longest Crucifixion in the history of the world. But the fake news media (e.g., CNN) did not have the last word on the matter—that honor goes to Fox News, who ridiculed the lying liberal pundits who did the talk show circuit denigrating Trump every step of the way.
During the entire two-year witch hunt, the elites used the press and social media to perform the longest Crucifixion in the history of the world, making Trump rightfully paranoid
COVID-19 laid the world low—U.S. included—in 2020, killing the elderly especially; there is no end in sight
Populists and nationalists see themselves as the salt of the earth, the patriots, the people who love America, respect its traditions, honor its military, work hard, and support America. They see the elites as the misguided liberals who cast them aside and tried to cram their horrid political correctness nonsense down everyone's throat, which was not one bit appreciated. They see the governing coastal elites of both political parties as having taken over Wall Street, Hollywood, the mainstream media, the colleges and universities, and Washington D.C. As the media became more leftist and virtue signaling obscenely, they tended to gravitate toward Fox News and rightwing radio and websites since they felt understood by them.
Populists and nationalists see themselves as the salt of the earth, the patriots, the people who love America, respect its traditions, honor its military, work hard, and support America
Patriots see multiculturalism as a naive mistake and resent that the middle class has been forgotten and that returning soldiers from military activities around the globe get used as cannon fodder and then forgotten and abandoned once they ask for help
The patriots of the red states see the special privileges going to various groups to make up for alleged past injustices as foolish, unjust, and racist. They see multiculturalism as a naive mistake and resent that the middle class has been forgotten and that returning soldiers from military activities around the globe get used as cannon fodder and then forgotten and abandoned once they ask for help. They see liberals as fools bankrupting our country and disrespecting our heritage and history, and criminally tearing down and defacing monuments and statues when not disrespecting police and law and order in general. The liberals want to rewrite the Constitution as they believe it is a racist document written by white racist males.
One can see just how warping the 'liberal' education of our young has become, where the civics classes teach how bad the U.S. is but fail to teach honoring our country and flag and Constitution and Founders. Liberals would just as soon flush our great country's Founders down the nearest toilet
The liberals have become so anti-American and anti-democratic that they no longer believe that the conservatives should have the right to speak, vote, or get their voices heard. Free speech is for liberals only
Since liberals are so RIGHT and conservatives are so WRONG, liberals refuse to debate them
The liberals have become so anti-American and anti-democratic that they no longer believe that the conservatives should have the right to speak, vote, or get their voices heard. Free speech is for liberals only, since they are so RIGHT and conservatives are so WRONG that liberals refuse to debate them. One can see just how warping the 'liberal' education of our young has become, where the civics classes teach how bad the U.S. is but fail to teach honoring our country and flag and Constitution and Founders. Liberals would just as soon flush our great country's Founders down the nearest toilet.
The liberals are likely to be chopping down the Washington Monument because Washington was politically incorrect and had a few slaves, as did most affluent people of his times
The right and the left have become almost perfectly polarized. It's like the leftists are living in a parallel universe, believing the opposite of the right, wanting the opposite, respecting the opposite. It's populists against elitists and nationalists against globalists and Republicans against Democrats. It is Trumpists against anti-Trumpers and Never-Trumpers. The media finds profit in dividing us and so do the politicians (whose job it is to be try to create unity, agreement, and compromise in order to accomplish things in Congress).
The right and the left have become almost perfectly polarized. It's like the leftists are living in a parallel universe, believing the opposite of the right, wanting the opposite, respecting the opposite
The two parties in our pseudo-democracy are moving farther apart daily, and each is the opposite of the other. And worse yet, the American people are just as hopelessly polarized and alienated and frustrated and divided as the politicians that pretend to represent them. Conservative America really isn't the same country as liberal America. These two factions coexist grudgingly at best, sometimes managing polite pseudo-smiles, more often disdainful looks. ("Your bunch is wrecking our country," each conservative American is thinking of each liberal American, while cursing under their collective breaths. And each liberal American is thinking the same thing of each conservative American.)
So, since the politicians are getting nowhere, Congress is deadlocked, and shutting down the government is their only relevant "accomplishment," and our democracy has been replaced by an oligarchy in which the polarized people and polarized politicians are of little concern to the corporations who are running the show: they're making out like bandits and laughing all the way to the bank. And the middle class continue to get scammed out of their wealth by those people who have power, and this wealth always seems to end up in the pockets of the very rich and the biggest corporations. So no matter what or whom one votes for, the result is still the same: massive wealth transfer from those who are barely scraping by to those with money squirting from every orifice, as the Founders turn over in their graves. (See The US is an oligarchy, study concludes.)
Our nation's actions are making the Founders turn over in their graves
So, given the rotten state of affairs just summarized, how can devolution and/or decentralization be far behind? In comparing blue Democratic states and red Republican states, one finds Republican states to be mostly Rural, Poor, Conservative, Dogmatic, Old, Regressive, No change, Religious, Less school, Creationism, Capitalistic, Afraid, Bellicose, Militaristic, Apocalyptic, and Isolated; and one finds Democratic states to be mostly Urban, Moneyed, Liberal, Open minded, New, Progressive, Change, Scientific, Educated, Evolution, Socialistic, Academic, Intellectual, Diplomatic, Peace seeking (more contact with outside world). Such a summary requires much stereotyping, of course, but it does furnish an idea of why the two groups and the parties that represent them will never peacefully coexist, cooperate, or respect the other's views. (Source: Red States vs. Blue States Summary; 2008 Election Results; and U.S. State Political Traits)
If all the liberals lived together in the blue states (and told the Bubbas: "get out of here you Bubba-flavored bastards!"), and all the conservatives lived together in the red states (and told the bleeding-hearts: get out of here, you bleeding-heart eggheads!) then we'd obviously need to create three countries: East Liberal-land in the east, West Liberal-land in the west, and Bubba-land in the heartland, with the liberals in New Mexico and Colorado, even though in the majority there, having to choose to move west or east, just like any other red state liberals; and blue state conservatives would shift to the heartland. The Soviet empire underwent devolution into several self-governing countries. Why not us?
The map below shows where the liberals and conservatives are in their 3 countries, but it is BEFORE the liberals in New Mexico and Colorado move east or west, so these two states are initially part of West Liberal-land—BEFORE their move. The reason it would not stay like this is because they would be a liberal island in Bubba-land, surrounded by the conservative hordes. How would YOU like to be surrounded by Bubbas? So they'd move west or east and the Blue island would disappear, and the heartland would be all Red. (Remember to avoid pissing off the citizens of Bubba-land: rumor has it they have a strong affinity for weapons and violence!)
U.S. Devolved Into Three Countries
When McFarland surveyed her audiences when she was on the speaking circuit in 2010, she found they were suffering from unease. She asked how many in the audience believed the system was rigged to take care of the elite insiders but not the rest of us. EVERYONE RAISED THEIR HANDS!
Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power, a book by Noam Chomsky, is one of the most important books (and films) ever written. It is a coherent narrative of the corruption of our American socio-economic-political systems. In addition to being a requiem, the film is also a post mortem, containing descriptions of the strategies and tactics that have transformed the United States of America into an oligarchy. Unconvinced? See Democracy—an American Delusion.
The System Is Rigged from Top to Bottom to Ensure That Corporations Always Win
"Chomsky observes the present-day United States with such lucid clarity that readers may feel they are viewing familiar terrain for the first time. . . . Chomsky and his collaborators have created a perceptive and revelatory examination of the forces driving America inequality."—Publishers Weekly
"A primer in Chomsky’s analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system. Taking as its backbone the idea that “a significant part of the American Dream is class mobility: You’re born poor, you work hard, you get rich,” Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom to ensure that corporations always win."—Billmoyers.com
Chomsky systematically documents the many ways the system is rigged from top to bottom so the nonrich cannot climb the ladder
"Noam Chomsky in Requiem for the American Dream directs the fierce light of his intellect on the utopian ideology of neoliberalism, the absurd idea that markets should dictate all aspects of human society. He dissects the disastrous consequences of this ideology for our society, culture, and politics. He explains how corporations indoctrinated the public, academia, and the mass media to sign on for a project that has devastated the lives of working men and women and obliterated the common good. Every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie. Its power to write its own laws and regulations, Chomsky points out, has ultimately created a mafia economic system and a mafia political system that is exemplified in the rise to power of the demagogue Donald Trump."—Chris Hedges
Every promise made by the proponents of neoliberalism is a lie—the claim was profits would trickle down from the wealthy to the little guy, but the reality was/is the little guy got trickled on, not trickled to
The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power
So what, then, are the ten principles of concentration of wealth and power at work in America today? They're simple enough: reduce democracy, shape ideology, redesign the economy, shift the burden onto the poor and middle classes, attack the solidarity of the people, let special interests run the regulators, engineer election results, use fear and the power of the state to keep the rabble in line, manufacture consent, and marginalize the population. These, then, are the 10 principles of Oligarchy and the elites live by them, and in this MUST-READ book, there are brillantly laid out details as each principle is discussed. The book is easy to read—it's written so that the layperson can understand it. But its meaning is depressing to contemplate. So, here are the 10 principles in list form:
- Reduce Democracy
- Shape Ideology
- Redesign the Economy
- Shift the Burden
- Attack Solidarity
- Run the Regulators
- Engineer Elections
- Keep the Rabble in Line
- Manufacture Consent
- Marginalize the Population
If the U.S. economy was fair, the rich would get only their fair share and no more; but the rich simply do not intend to settle for only their fair share, so they eat first and we get to beg for scraps
The burst of activism and democracy in the United States in the 1960s scared the protectors of wealth and privilege, and Chomsky admits that he did not anticipate the strength of the backlash through which we have been suffering since. In plain English, the rich saw that the nonrich—unless stopped—could use democratic methods to attempt to make life fair for all classes and races and genders. But if it was fair, the rich would get only their fair share and no more. But, like the spoiled little girl in the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the rich simply do not intend to settle for only their fair share, they want the whole world and they want it now. Perhaps they never learned to share as children. Sounds like bad parenting to us—which also applies to the cute, bratty little girl in the movie.
I want the whole world and I want it now!
Once the elites found out how great it felt to take money from the little guy and stick it in their money bins, they decided, like Gordon Gekko in the Wall Street movie, that Greed Is Good
If the Democrats and Sleepy Joe Biden win in 2020, they will use their Trump hatred to propose getting tax structures back to 2016 levels, but the rich people and big corporations will get in the way as they had it so good under the Trump plan that they would lose a lot if the tax plan reverted back. And since corporations are the final arbiter of what happens in Congress, taxes wouldn't change. The stock market wouldn't do so well if the tax plan reverted back, since that was a big part of Trump's economic boom, so Wall Street would use its gigantic influence to squash the reversion. So the greedy would win AGAIN and the debt would head for the stratosphere. It seems few things are more popular than buying a lot but only having money for a little, so you beg for credit. This form of irresponsibility cannot go on forever, so who will get us ready for the day the credit goes dry? No one? So it will hit us as an economic shock, and we will have to leave behind our economic childhood and finally grow into economic adulthood. No more wars we cannot afford, welfare for anyone, unemployment for anyone, tax breaks for anyone, foreign aid to anyone, etc.
Unless American citizens start defecating money, the debt has put us all in deep doo-doo
How do you take wealth from a rich, powerful elite? The same way you take a banana from a 900-pound gorilla—very carefully!
If the elites took money from the little guy and the tax structure favored the rich and the corporations, doesn't that mean that the citizens are merely cash cows for the corporatocracy?
Here is a chart of the average after-tax income by income group from 1979 to 2007; it's easy to see the rich got richer and the nonrich got screwed—again
The politicians were spending money we didn't have to pay for programs we didn't need in order to guarantee job security for politicians who didn't deserve it, which describes the overall strategy of the congresspeople to look busy like they were actually helping the citizens while instead helping out their corporate buddies. It may be a scam but it keeps a lot of nefarious people off the street.
Peggy Noonan says there are two classes: the protected and the unprotected; the politicians in the Beltway Bubble are protected from the results of their policies, but the citizens are unprotected and end up on the dirty end of the poopstick—by design, just as the politicians being protected is by design
In both Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush Administration made the same mistake our military made in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s, trying to force democracy down the throats of people who had no interest in it. We in America have little interest in adopting Chinese Communism, and if they tried to force it down our throats, we'd be resentful and—if necessary—violently so. But we surely wouldn't call our efforts to repel the communists "terrorism," like we do to the resistant citizens in both Afghanistan and Iraq who merely want us to quit messing with them and leave. It is especially ironic to them since news reports they read about the U.S. point out just how polarized, hateful, violent, and uncooperative our citizens are with each other. Our democracy is not only no longer working, it has been traded in on oligarchy. (See The US is an oligarchy, study concludes and Democracy—an American Delusion.)
In both Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush Administration made the same mistake our military made in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s, trying to force democracy down the throats of people who had no interest in it
"In Revolution: Trump, Washington and 'We the People', [McFarland] walks the reader through the Washington Establishment’s relentless efforts to destroy Trump, populism, and nationalism in order to keep their own hands on the levers of power. The Trump Revolution, like the Reagan Revolution and all the anti-Establishment political revolutions before it, will ultimately prevail. It is this ability to reinvent ourselves, not just as individuals but as a society, that lies at the heart of American Exceptionalism." (Source: Revolution: Trump, Washington and 'We the People', Fox News)
McFarland posits that the civil war was a 'revolt against the governing class out of right, as well as necessity', says the Guardian's Lloyd Green, taking these ideas out of context, and then he paints her as a racist, following the liberal narrative dogma with its absolutes stating that all conservatives are racist
"McFarland’s book, Revolution: Trump, Washington and We the People, is a multi-purpose missive. It is an exercise in clearing the author’s name, a demonstration of loyalty to Trump and a chance to settle a few old scores. Surprisingly, McFarland also reveals her agnosticism in discussions of the civil war and slavery. The war, she posits, was a “revolt against the governing class out of right, as well as necessity”. A reader might counter that the slaves were not the folks doing the revolting. Unfortunately, she doesn’t end it there. She brands Abraham Lincoln as an 'almost' accidental president and characterizes the war as 'as a grass roots national movement to replace the political establishment.' With what? A two-state solution? McFarland keeps mum about southern secession as rebellion or slavery as stain. Good people on both sides. Again." (Source: Revolution review: KT McFarland's problematic paean to Trump, Lloyd Green, the Guardian)
During the FBI's Russia probe, McFarland was subjected to FBI harrassment—'I always thought the FBI were our friends keeping us safe, not the people trying to trap people and put them in jail. That’s what happens in a police state. Not in America. . . . And they were setting me up for a perjury trial'
"McFarland detailed her experience with the FBI and Mueller investigators who she says intimidated her into almost bankruptcy trying to tie Trump to the Russians. Devastated by the experience, McFarland explained her remote trip to Scotland where she was inspired to write her new book. . . . Did they say, KT you might want to have a lawyer? McFarland: Well I asked them that. That was the first question I asked before I let them [FBI] in the door. Do I need a lawyer for this? I’ve never met any Russians. And they said well we can’t tell you to get a lawyer. But, we are just here to talk to you as a fact witness. And I said, well am I under some kind of investigation? Are you looking at me as committing some crime? Oh, no, no, no. (Leahy laughs) We’re not going to ask you any gotcha questions. We just want to try to figure out what the Russians were doing. . . . I always thought the FBI was our friends keeping us safe. Not the people trying to trap people and put them in jail. That’s what happens in a police state. Not in America. . . . And they were setting me up for a perjury trial. Sure enough, I did finally get the best lawyer in the country, head of litigation at Sullivan and Cromwell. He said look, they are walking you into a perjury trap. They are trying to trick you to make a mistake. . . . Not because you are lying, but because you forgot." (Source: Former Trump Deputy National Security Advisor KT McFarland Talks to Leahy About FBI Intimidation and the Trump Revolution, Julie Carr, Tennessee Star)
The best thing about McFarland is also the best thing about Trump—both believe political correctness is stupid and wrong and just a way for liberals to gain more power
The biggest problem with McFarland's book is that she sees everything a bit too naively and superficially, as if she learned her history and current events from the liberal mainstream media. They only tell one side of the story. They give us the conventional wisdom, which more often than not is anything but wisdom. The best thing about McFarland is also the best thing about Trump—both believe political correctness is stupid and wrong and just a way for liberals to gain more power. And the fact that the elitists were ready to dump freedom of speech from the Bill of Rights was seen by both people (and us) as insane and foolish. The left believes the only ones who should have free expression is themselves, since everything they believe is true and the conservatives' ideas were bad, evil, racist, and wrong. Many of us know it is the leftists who are racist, foolish and wrong, including Trump and McFarland, who also know that us real patriots want to see our country restore the American Dream. See A Dream Deferred.
Educate yourself wisely so that you can get a high-paying job one day, and you can end up with a nice slice of the American Pie