How did that happen tech brother Vivek Ramaswamya self-proclaimed “skinny boy with a funny name” who has never held public office, rarely even voteand has been underway both sides of numerous issues (including his take on Donald Trump), became the most popular product within the Republican Party? How was he considered one of the big winners of Wednesday night’s debate (only second Unpleasant Ron DeSantis in the first opinion poll after the debate), despite his soothing and demagogic performance?
If you want my honest answer, why should we expect anything less?
In his classic 1944 book The road to serfdomFA Hayek wrote about “Why the worst comes out on top.” As Hayek explained, “the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful in a society that tends toward totalitarianism.” Sounds familiar?
I’m thankful that “totalitarianism” isn’t yet synonymous with America — but the bigger point is that bad systems inexorably bad people who are willing to do whatever it takes to work their way to the top. The current Republican Party is such a system.
I’m making this point even before Trump won the Republican nomination. And it has been repeatedly confirmed by Trump Every time he is indicted, the polls rise (were with four now) – and by its ability to be effective making money from his mugshot for fundraising purposes.
The rise of Ramaswamy is just the latest sign of dysfunction in a party that idolizes not only Trump, but also Kanye West, Elon Musk and Marjorie Taylor Greene (to name just three examples).
Still, Wednesday night’s debate — and the attendant buzz around Ramaswamy — reminds us that the problem isn’t Trump per se, but a culture that rewards and encourages Trumpian behavior (which explains why a smart kid like Vivek would ). monkey De Donald).
Sure, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, and Mike Pence stood their ground during the debate (and even got some applause). But as a Never Trumper and ex-Republican Bill Kristol noticed this recently“…about 75 to 80 percent of the Republican electorate is now with Trump, [Ron] DeSantis, or Ramaswamy.”
Once you understand (and accept) this reality, it is easier to make political predictions about the Republican Party. Who wins? It is almost always thecraziest bastard.” Who wins? The people who know no shame. The people who are willing to kiss your ass – or slit your throat – depending on the circumstances.
In this kind of culture, qualities like decency, merit, and consistency become obligations. Asa Hutchinson is too decent (read boring) to win. But the smooth and fast talking Ramaswamy is perfectly suited to thrive in this.”Give us Barabbas!” era.
The fact that people like it I, the undersigned, found Ramaswamy truly repulsive during Wednesday night’s debate just proves that we are out of touch with the base of the current Republican Party.
But at least we’re not alone. There are countless reasons to dislike Ramaswamy. He’s stubborn. He is often wrong, but he is never insecure. And he’s a dork; he admits to Trump (calling him “the best president of the 21st centuryduring the debate).
Frankly, some of these critiques say as much about us as they do about him.
Politicians who have paid their dues are understandably resentful of a rich, young tech brother bossing them around.
And to more jaded journalists covering the primaries, Ramaswamy is the typical enthusiastic beaver who wants to be the teacher’s darling. He is Uriah Heep. He is Eddie Haskell say: “Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver.” Sycophantic villains became long ago figures of speech precisely because the public noticed and inherently disdained them.
“The real danger is not Ramaswamy or Trump… but what our spell with politicians as she says about one of our two major political parties.”
— Matt Lewis
That’s not to say that the core of my criticism has to do with style. Flip flop on serious policy issues for cynical political reasons (as opposed to a genuine change of heart) is telling. Showing up out of nowhere and thinking you have all the answers shows a lack of respect, humility, and wisdom.
But to get back to Hayek: the real danger is not Ramaswamy (who is perhaps just fifteen minutes into political fame) or Trump in his own right, but what our fascination with politicians as she says about one of our two major political parties.
Politics is a lagging indicator because it is downstream from culture. But America will eventually get the political leaders we deserve. Ultimately, our values and beliefs determine how we choose the people who, to some extent, will rule us.
Horrible thought, isn’t it? But don’t take my word for it. Just look who’s leading in the polls and who’s generating all the attention and clicks. Be afraid. Be very scared.
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