In the 1990’s Hugo Chavez of Venezuela was attempting to create a government for his people. He was met with great fanfare across his nation coining the term his Chavistas. It was an amazing time for his country as the people from the indigenous to the Caracas slum poor began to rise and vote. He wasn’t met with much support from the upper echelons of society as they had always held power. They were Venezuela’s version of the robber barons. Everything was owned and managed by people who did not have anything in common with the 70% of the poor. We all know the story of Chavez’s eventual decline and his socialist tactics did not actually help his country. He flipped private oil reserves to state run companies that continue to fail-draining his country of its most valuable asset, money. The CEOs and big wig managers were fired for state supported appointees. In the end, it became reverse hegemony-where the rich and powerful felt helpless and disempowered. But Chavez’s plan was the wish and the vote of and by the people. President Trump’s regime seems similar to this in an odd fashion where the disenfranchised feel their voices are heard while the Hollywood rich and Democratic voters feel helpless.
Disenfranchised Turn Hegemony Upside Down
Let’s tell the truth. Trump succeeded by the vote of poor and rural Whites. It wasn’t just Republicans though-Democratic strongholds made him president. The entire nation turned red except for a few states. No we will not rehash the electoral map since we all know this by now. These people, the people of the Rust Belt and rural areas felt disenfranchised after years of their needs being ignored. Many had stated they voted for Trump because he spoke to them and their needs-it’s not all big city politics. The media turned these people into some racist, fascist faction. But the media has always ignored them as well. Maybe, they like the Chavistas, needed something more than the empty rhetoric they always heard. For once coal miners and their daughters that have lived in a century of economic poverty changed their tune. Maybe, coal is their only resource for jobs. Has anyone ever looked into what they live like in Appalachia? Try a good book like Deer Hunting with Jesus or The Working Poor. The poor spoke and won, changing their hegemonic view of life in America. These are the people who won the White House. Yes, jobs have actually increased in many of the states where poverty flourished as well. Sure, they might not know that was former President Obama’s work but it is what it is to these people. They changed America and their own hegemony, turning the city powers upside down.
Rural America Doesn’t Follow Hollywood
The White House had been a Hollywood theme park during the former presidential administrations before President Trump. Lest we forget even former President Reagan was an A-list actor. Former President Obama had hundreds of visits by TV stars. President Trump isn’t well liked by Hollywood and even the Super Bowl teams have refused to go to the White House. That’s a part of hegemony. If American stars don’t like the White House does that mean they feel that when and if they go there they can’t have significant impact? Even today the Democrats are ratcheting up very uncivilized responses to Presidents Trump’s State of the Union address. Do they think hegemony in the form of slack clapping is really the way to foster legislative differences? Are we paying legislators to be “street”? Their distaste for their own inability to empower their own voters is showing and it’s not pretty. We didn’t elect them to publicize their sourpousses, we want action. You turned the House Blue now get to work on real issues, not popularizing your hegemony. When nearly 50% of voters are Independent, the best bet for the Democrats is to hide their hegemony and get the job done. It’s starting to look like a reality TV series-and that doesn’t win votes 2016 proved that.
Where Did The Protests Go?
Since President Trump’s election our cities have been inundated with protests (yes, I have been to the Women’s March every year). But they have slowed down considerably. Did winning the House in 2018 really signify a means to stop? Or since the House changed has there been any real changes that voters have requested? It’s been amazing to witness the protests for the past few years-a complete revolution against the hegemony the popular voters are feeling. But soon, like with all situations, the true effects of hegemony settles in and people begin to accept defeat. Slogans like it’s only a year until the next presidential election begin to appear. So, if the popular voters (who overwhelmingly voted for Clinton) slow down, will they rise when it’s time to vote? Only 50% of registered Americans vote anyway and now that hegemony has set in, Congress has turned into a reality TV soap opera and the disenfranchised voters feel empowered, what will 2020 really look like?