one is spot on, the other - not so much.
As I do my usual flicking about the internet, no doubt frying my brain with over-indulgence of news and commentary, one article popped out and made me say, "Yes, he get's it."
That person was Jon Rappoport.
I have a love-hate relationship with Mr. Rappoport. There are times when I think he might be the most brilliant man ever, and then there are times I think he's a bit insane. And sometimes I have no earthly idea of what's he's saying. That may well be a deficiency on my part since he has an impressive list of credentials, or maybe not.
Today he fell onto the brilliant side of the ledger.
On the other side of the ledger we have Lauri B. Regan, over at American Thinker, with a hit piece on Trump that I found to be imbecilic. She compares Trump to Obama as a cult personality. I do have to say that I find the hoopla afforded Trump at his rally's to be disturbing. However, I find hoopla over anyone, whether a sports figure or an entertainer, to be disturbing starting back when girls fainted at the sight of Elvis when I was only nine years old.
Where Mr. Rappoport and Ms Regan differ is in how Trump became a cult figure. She thinks he just sprang up out nowhere like Obama did. Wrong Ms. Regan. Obama was shoved down our throats and protected by the MSM. He had no real background and no discernible accomplishments. We knew nothing about him, and still don't. Not really.
Now Trump, who used to be the darling of the MSM, is turning the tables on the very MSM who promoted him.
Read what Mr. Rapporport has to say, and if you have time to waste, go read Ms. Regan.
Let me know what you think.
By Jon Rappoport
“Even if Trump is a prop-figure set up to sweep the other Republican
candidates off the board and pave the way for Hillary to win the
election, something else is going on. Something deeper and much
weirder.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Donald Trump, a figure of authority? A folk-hero? A man who can say
anything, get away with it, and become more popular? How did this
happen? How was Trump sculpted, if you will, to become what he is now?
NBC once loved him. Let’s not forget that. They set up The
Apprentice for him. There he sat, a Pope of business, a genius of goof,
deciding which contestants moved on and which were expelled into the
outer darkness with their luggage. The tasks the contestants strove to
complete were ridiculous. They ended up (winners and losers alike)
looking like demented and humiliated kiddie-props in a parody of “the
business of America is business.”
(“Okay, your assignment is to make signs, stand on a street corner, and sell yak dung.”)
No problem. For several seasons, the television audience adored the
show. “You’re fired” became Trump’s signature. And of course, now,
during the Presidential campaign, he’s doing the same thing—firing
everybody he can think of. To say this is appealing to millions of
people is a vast understatement.
Trump is firing politicians, candidates, media, the GOP, immigrants,
government bureaucrats, trade representatives and their deals. Wherever
he casts his eye, there is somebody to dump.
Trump began as a media creation. They embraced him as a brash, interesting, weird cartoon—and he went with it.
He came across like a happy greedy child playing with toys—hotels,
casinos, apartment buildings, golf courses. Then he’d allude to his own
brilliance in being able to maneuver the deals that brought the toys
The media loved this. They loved his crazy hair. They loved his
wives, his marriages, his grin, his unselfconscious babble. They kept
building him up.
“When I’m President,” he says now, “I’ll make better deals. For
America.” Well, he’s already been popularized by media, if only in a
Disneyesque animation, as the king of dealmakers. It fits.
In the middle of this campaign storm, Trump and the media are joined
at the hip. The media created him, and now they can’t shake him off.
He’s a fascist, he’s a racist, the pundits say, but it doesn’t matter.
They keep trying to dig his grave and put him in it, but there is no
funeral. The more they attack him, the more excitement they generate.
If it turned out The Donald were a closet hermaphrodite, would it
really matter? Or would his followers say, “Wow, that’ll show those
Now, throw into the mix how large numbers of people feel about open
borders, terror attacks, gun control, and the export of American jobs
overseas—their guy, Trump, is reflecting those feelings with
unmistakably decisive remarks, without a teleprompter, without sing-song
political-android vagueness…so you have a super-potent catalyst roaming
the countryside, blowing people out of their passive minds.
Trump isn’t manipulating the media, he isn’t sitting around thinking
of ways to stir up their hatred, he isn’t a Hillary with teams of
lizards calculating which issue she should pounce on at any given
moment, he isn’t a Jeb huddling in his own pool of tears with a few
billion bucks, planning his comeback. Trump jots down a quick note on a
napkin, puts it in his pocket, strides through a crowd, gets up on a
stage, and lets it rip. Everything he says reminds him of something
else and he goes with the latest thought. His speeches look like a
roadmap of a bee’s zig-zag through a pasture.
The media are suffering from the Frankenstein Effect. They invented
Trump, and now he is taking them to a place they don’t want to go.
He’s already trekked into no-go zones. For example, he’s said that
of course vaccines can cause autism. What happens, for example, if
tomorrow he suddenly changes his current message on ISIS (bomb them,
censor them online) and says of course the US government created ISIS
and now the Obama administration is patting itself on the back for
stepping up military action against its own partner? What happens if he
starts pounding on that tune?
Wild card, joker in the deck, loose cannon, cowboy don’t even begin
to describe what Trump is becoming. His supporters are also celebrating
a revolt against political correctness, and Trump is their man.
Carefully assess what you say before you say it? Are you kidding? In
this sense as well, the media have created their own problem, acting as
shills and cheerleaders for correct language—and now that op is coming
back to haunt them.
Here’s another tidbit. For the past 20 years, the media have been
gargling and sputtering and uttering mealy-mouth he-said he said
“reports” about the effects of Globalism on American jobs. Trump has
taken that creature out to the barn and shot it. He’s talking about
rescinding the trade deals that have been forwarding Globalism. Does he
mean it? Does he understand what such an effort would take? His
followers think so.
Waiting in the wings: If Trump addresses residents of inner cities,
directly and often, and tells them he will bring back jobs for them
(whereas no one else will), who knows how much trouble he could stir up
in the ranks of the Republican and Democratic parties, and who knows
much support will pour out of those decimated inner-city communities.
This isn’t Rand Paul or Ron Paul or Ralph Nader or Bernie Sanders
talking about Globalism. This is a billionaire marshal riding into town
and promising to flash coin. This is the host of The Apprentice
saying, “I can fire, but I also can hire.” This is a wide-screen IMAX
cartoon saying, “I’m real. I’ll bring back prosperity.”
How do the Sunday morning news-talk hosts and their guest experts
stand up against him? Trump is shrugging and summarily announcing,
“They’re jerks.” He’s blowing away the media who made him, and they
can’t undo what they’ve birthed.
The conventional wisdom is Trump will fall when the media uncover
something truly horrible from his past and blast it out, day after day.
You mean saying the Internet needs to be censored and many immigrants
must be deported isn’t enough to sink his ship? So far, apparently not.
And scandals and possible scandals have already been aired. There
was the accusation that he raped his wife Ivana. She eventually
defended him and said no. Four of his companies have declared Chapter
11 bankruptcy. According to Salon, he was a figurehead for a company
called ACN, which operated as a pyramid scheme. Trump denied having
anything to do with ACN. There are ongoing legal actions against Trump
University in New York and California, claiming the University committed
fraud and deception against students in its real estate curriculum and
hustled them for millions of $$.
This last potential scandal carries the most danger, in part because
the NY case is headed up by the state Attorney General, Eric
Schneiderman, who has filed a $40 million lawsuit against Trump. Former
students have filed two class-action suits against The Donald.
And yet…all the above-mentioned scandals have already been covered in the press, and Trump’s poll ratings haven’t suffered.
What’s going on?
Originally, the media created Trump as a celebrity and a phenomenon.
They made him big. A very big and wild and weird cartoon. Now they’re
trying to destroy him. But they can’t make him small and
inconsequential because, again, they made him big and wild and weird,
and the audience accepted him on that basis, in that image. The
audience already took him in, already accepted and digested him. Media
creations are hard to reverse when they’re cartoons. People love
cartoons. Can anybody make Mickey Mouse vanish? Can anybody make the
The case of another famous cartoon is instructive: Arnold
Schwarzenegger. He rode to victory, in 2003, and won the governorship
of California based on his media-image as an all-powerful animation. It
wasn’t until he was serving as governor that the picture faded. Only
then did people realize he was just another politician. His infidelity,
his fathering of a child with the family housekeeper, was the ultimate
torpedo—but that scandal erupted long after his super-gloss had already
Notice this: as The Arnold was running for the governorship in 2003,
it was already on the record (1977) that he had used steroids (they were
legal then) and had participated in orgies. Just several days before
the election, the LA Times and CNN broke a story about “Gropegate.”
Several women came forward with accounts of breast-grabbing,
buttock-grabbing. Another woman said Schwarzenegger had tried to remove
her swimsuit in an elevator.
On Election Day, Arnold won by over a million votes. He beat out his closest competitor by 17 points.
Disney built an empire based on cartoons. John Wayne built a career
being a cartoon. Comic books, graphic novels, and the movies based on
them are blockbusters. Twelve days before the opening of the latest
Star Wars movie, people are already camping out at theaters.
Meaning? People want to see reality reduced to extremes. One
reason: they’re annoyed by subtleties. Another reason: they really
believe that, at bottom, when the smoke and mirrors are removed, the
world is a drama of light vs. dark, good vs. evil. If you think you can
make that idea go away, you’re crazy.
And suppose on some level this drama is, in fact, playing out.
Suppose a man riding in on years-worth of media-inflation says, in no
uncertain terms, he can win that war. Suppose he actually believes it.
Suppose he appeals to millions of people in a way that no other
politician on the scene can, because he communicates in a loose direct
conversational style, instead of droning on in the usual political
cliché carved out by public-relations idiots for candidates who can’t
escape sounding and looking like androids. Suppose his version of being
a cartoon is “I’m the most honest guy you’ll ever meet.”
Suppose, among the blizzard of his statements and remarks, he is
pinpointing several deep ongoing crimes of government, crimes other
candidates are terrified of touching.
Suppose for decades now, the whole standard media-PR charade of
national elections has conspired to outrage and sicken the American
Suppose Trump appears to be the opposite of standard.
Suppose the public is so fed up with this election charade they’d
excuse their man, The Donald, if it came out that he’d dropped his
mother in a volcano on Xmas Eve.
Suppose the media, who are trying to destroy Trump, have no one to
blame but themselves, because they’ve been supporting thousands of
political lies and liars for a long, long time using language no one
cares about anymore.
Whereas the big, wild, and weird man coming into town is speaking in a different tongue.
Suppose, therefore, this is a clash of dimensions the media simply cannot understand.
In that case, what are we set for?
The people who hate the Trump the most continue to miss the point
that he is coming with a different language, and his train and their
train are passing, on different rails, in the night.
Once a Donald Duck, you last forever. Don’t underestimate that.
Give Donald a fiery sword and a mission and a new and different quack,
and you’ve got something that grabs the American subconscious and
delivers a shock to the system.
“A cartoon came alive? He’s coming to town? He’s on television?
He’s running for President? Get out of my way, I have to see this. I
have to be part of it.”
After all, American society has turned into a cartoon. Yes, it can
be vicious and painful. It can deliver terminal blows. But it’s an
animation. When a piece of it suddenly detaches itself and steps
forward into the light and talks, you better believe people are
interested. Accept it, don’t accept it, Obama was one of those pieces,
Bush was a piece, Clinton was certainly a piece. But none of them was
as strange as Donald Trump.
If somehow he wins the nomination, it remains to be seen how he’ll
fare against that “woman sketch” named Hillary Clinton, a venal and
vengeful and entitled caricature trying to keep her Shriek under control
as she barrels down the road, smoke coming out her ears, toward the
It seems like a long time ago that one of the biggest networks in the
world put Trump in a throne before a national audience every week—where
he said over and over again, “You’re fired, you’re fired, you’re
fired.” Is it really that surprising he can do the same thing now and
find a huge audience?
The network, NBC, was Dr. Frankenstein. They brought Trump to life,
and then he broke away, turned around, and attacked his masters.
It just so happens millions of people also want to attack NBC and the
other networks and major news sources in this country for their
wall-to-wall lies, their arrogant sense of entitlement, their insider
clubby presumptions, their sold-out alliance with government and
corporations, and their refusal to listen to the concerns of every-day
These media giants have been creating reality for the masses.
A revolt is in progress against that reality and its perpetrators.
A large number of Americans have come to the aid of a
man/media-creation who, in his own way (love it or hate it), is leading
What else would you expect to happen?
You’re fired, you’re fired, you’re fired.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT
FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a
US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains
a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the
expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize,
he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing
articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA
Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the
US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global
politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the
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