Robert Kennedy’s daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant Governor of Maryland, has reported on her Facebook page that former President George H.W. Bush “told me he’s voting for Hillary.” “Asked about Townsend’s post, George H. W. Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath in an email replied, ‘The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 30 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.’” Of course, if What Kathleen Kennedy reports is true, McGrath’s statement is semantically correct, but factually untrue, since the purported statement to Kennedy that “he is voting for a Democrat” in the Presidential race appears, on the face of it, very publicly to exclude all possibilities except Clinton.
People inclined to over think things might be tempted by the thought that the former President was making a private joke. The preponderance of the evidence from Donald Trump’s life (including proposals he recently made respecting government tax subsidies for child care, and increasing US government debt to fund infrastructure projects), supports the conclusion that he is, a borrow and spend Democrat; that like the Democrats he is careless of the responsibilities and attendant rights of the God endowed natural family, and comfortable with government usurpation of its authority.
Trump’s tax proposals are predicated on manipulating the income tax rather than abolishing it. Throughout his career he has not hesitated to take exception to the Democrat’s “soak the rich” tax policies whenever doing so put (or left) money in his own pockets. At the moment, it also serves his political ambition to do so. His purported “pro-life” views show a similar taint of expediency. They fall in the category of the “I’m personally pro-life” lip-service even some Democrats employ when they are seeking to eke out a margin for victory in decidedly pro-life states like Louisiana.
So, when he’s says he’ll be voting for a Democrat, George H.W. Bush could be indulging himself in the ultimate “insider” joke, having an inward chuckle over the fact that, though Trump has, for the time being, usurped the GOP label, he is actually a double agent, serving the purposes of the elitist faction whose GOP leadership Bush the Elder certainly represents, and whose agenda the Clintons and other such Democrats also serve.
Of course, though one might be tempted to see President Bush’s statement to Kathleen Kennedy in this light, only a fool would give into that temptation, right? After all, that would mean thinking it possible that a former head of the CIA, might in fact be capable of Byzantine conspiratorial thinking. It would also require noticing that both Donald Trump and President George H. W. Bush have the habit of extemporaneous expression that leaves it to others to complete their thoughts.
One of my teachers in life once remarked that most of the extraordinarily intelligent people he knew fell into one of two categories: Those who never express themselves except in meticulously finished paragraphs, and those who never finish the sentences that express their most meticulously accomplished thoughts. The latter are often formidable men of action whose reputation for intelligence rarely matches their accomplishments.
But if George H.W. Bush is really one of these highly intelligent men of action, why would he go out of his way to allow the impression that he intends to vote for Hillary Clinton, when in fact he will vote for Donald Trump? Perhaps for the same reason that one of the most accomplished women I encountered in government service replied to my request for a political endorsement with a request for further instructions, saying “I’ll be for you or against you, whichever will do you the most good.” If Donald Trump is an insider sent into the fray to pose as an outsider, what action by the Elder Statesman who most clearly embodies The GOP Establishment will do him the most good?
With about a month left before the 2016 Presidential election enters the home stretch, should Donald Trump gather his inner strength for the moment when he has to throw every reserve into the final sprint? Or should he hold something in reserve against the likelihood that his opponent still has some tricks up her sleeve? Kathleen Kennedy’s report, though it helps Clinton a bit, also has the effect of verifying Trump’s outsider claim (helping to consolidate his GOP grassroots base.) So at the moment it allows Trump to enjoy the benefits of moving into the front runner position, but forbids the air of presumption liable to generate the famously unabated headwinds frontrunners so often have to face.
Though George H.W. Bush’s reported endorsement of Clinton has become public knowledge, but it has done so in a fashion that leaves it open to revision. If Bush and his elitist faction colleagues think it benefits them to do so, a surprise Trump endorsement could still be deployed in the election’s final stretch. The GOP’s Elitist Faction Establishment, could be portrayed as riding to the Party’s rescue in the final stretch of a perilously close political contest. That perception would provide the context for readmitting them to the privilege of participating openly in Trump’s Administration of government. Thus, their faction’s covert agent wins; and at the same time the resentment of Trump’s voter base is enough assuaged to assure his elitist faction buddies control of their usual public positions of government power.
Of course, if in the elections’ last stretch, the elitist faction’s interests seem better served by a Clinton victory, Bush’s presently passive, unconfirmed endorsement of Hillary Clinton could be activated to secure the elitist faction’s public positions of power in her Administration. The advantage of leaving the endorsement hanging is that it can later be made to suit events. Either Trump or Clinton: The elitist faction serves itself either way. Not so the sovereign people of the United States, for whom the election may, in either case, confirm and consolidate the loss of their constitutional self-government.
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