Donald Trump's Soaring Popularity "Is The Country's Collective Middle Finger To Washington"

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Submitted by Paul Brodsky, via,

Donald Trump’s ascendance as the early GOP front-runner is symbolic of a greater global trend: growing pushback against institutional political and economic power.

To many centrist politicians and mainstream political observers, Donald Trump is a boastful, insensitive egomaniac spouting populist rhetoric. Whether such a characterization is true is not worthy of debate, which may explain why the rantings of enraged career political pundits have no impact on Mr. Trump’s popularity among Republican voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and across America. It seems no amount of ink or air time spent tarring and feathering Trump’s reputation sticks; in fact it seems to help Teflon Don in the polls, where he leads a crowded field of career politicians.

Donald Trump is a threat not only to the nattering nabobs in the press corps and the Republican Party. His day in the sun may be symbolic of a broader dynamic: the declining power held by historically powerful institutions. Ask yourself if Trump’s campaign is making a mockery of the political process or exposing the mockery that the political process has become. A not-insignificant percentage of Americans away from the coasts, are looking past his utter lack of decorum and political savvy to hitch their wagons to his outrage.

Let’s forget, for a moment, about our personal politics, preferred policies, and individual candidates we may be excited to elect. Are we supposed to forget that the Supreme Court, through its 2010 decision that corporate donors should be treated legally as individual donors under the First Amendment, effectively subordinated individual voters into mere supporting targets to which political aspirants have to appeal? Most importantly, are we supposed to nod our bobble heads in agreement with the heads of the national parties to choose a candidate they find acceptable based on which will appeal to the best funded special interests?

Is anyone really polling in favor of Donald Trump or is he conveniently filling the role of the not-so-quiet counterfactual?

I recently texted one of the premier Sunday morning political pundits with these thoughts and he texted back:

“That's what I am arguing internally. This is the country's collective middle finger to Washington.”

As an investment strategist and consultant observing our current global economy and markets, it is difficult not to extrapolate this sense of helplessness against powerful institutions. Tell us again why six years of central bank financial repression is serving the interests of the greater factors-of-production? As investors, should we care about widening wealth and income gaps that are clearly part-and-parcel with central bank policies devoted to maintaining asset values (see here and here)?

Should we expect free, democratic markets that create, form and price capital efficiently - not that treat financial assets as balance sheet collateral for credit?

Who can voters elect to again have an economy that puts producers over rentiers, or to have markets that price value? I’m sure it’s not Donald Trump (a rentier’s rentier!), but I’m also sure it’s not the heads of the Democrat and Republican Parties. Who can investors elect to keep the rentier thing going? Is that really what investors should want? It’s complicated.

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Supernova Born's picture

Fly it high, fly it proud.

Ham-bone's picture

Trump or Elvis or's all the same.

Publicus's picture

God bless Donald Trump and keep him and his family safe from harm.

kchrisc's picture

The god of the Talmud has blessed him.

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission..


If only Noor Syed had been a regal lion like "Cecil" was:

Took Red Pill's picture
"Is The Country's Collective Middle Finger To Washington"

I don't think this is anything new. I remember a comedian named Pat Paulson running for president in 1968.

38BWD22's picture



THIS is what you will see at the White House after Trump has finished his first year...:

Al Gophilia's picture

Yup. Multi-storied government. Trump sure knows how to game the fiat money system, borrowing huge amounts to build an empire. Expect more of the same from him if elected, or any one of them. Its the system, stupid. 

Craven motherfuckers.

Who believes that a new prince will change anything anyhow? 

Oh, yeaah ..... A majority of posters here.

Wither goest thou ZH?

chumbawamba's picture

He would end up bankrupting the United States again, just like he did all his other businesses.  The board of directors of the US corp will never allow Trump to be the President of it.

I am Chumbawamba.

Soul Glow's picture

Quiet night tonight.  People must be counting their silver coins.

J S Bach's picture

If only the plebs knew how they were being duped.

Anything the MSM allows to be be displayed is a sure sign of its ineffectualness.

I know... the replies will be - "THEN WHO?!"


Let the game play itself out.  A person of character will eventually emerge.  A silver-spooned billionaire is not the answer.  Liberation will come from without... not from within.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Precisely Bach.

My re-written header for this post would be:

Donald Trump's soaring popularity is "The country's Obvious and collective fall into DUMB SHEEPLEHOOD"...

Very curious, are all the Trump Thumpers here also the same people who were Paulites at that Texan mouse's peak?

Yay, ummerikka...yay....sweet land of misery......


Four chan's picture

no more adelsons and no more kochs.

Oh regional Indian's picture

No more assholes either? How buot that..

Supernova Born's picture

"Let the game play itself out.  A person of character will eventually emerge."

OK, Linus.

fleur de lis's picture

Americans are responding to Trump because he is saying what the others dare not. They are controlled one way or another. So is he but to a lesser degree. But if he gets in the real puppeteers will have a chat with him and let him know how things really are.

At least Trump would never attend the weird Bohemian event. Our ruling weirdos just love that swamp. He recognizes that it is a weekend for creeps.  

buzzardsluck's picture

no shit, its funny this story is right below

Way too many zhers showing their lack of real understanding despite what they normally say.  They just cant leave the 'voting someone TRULY different in will fix it all' box.  I catch myself in it sometimes, seems hard to get away from after the age of 30.

Money Boo Boo's picture

so TRUE Buzz!!!!


everytime, they cough up someone from their bowels that sells the "he'll fix it this time meme" and millions fall for it everytime!!


Bread and Circuses,  it always works

sleigher's picture

I find myself in a different box.  This one: "surely NOW after Obama these Americans will see this is all a sham, there isn't anyone who can fix this."

I can't be the only one...

BitchezGonnaBitch's picture

Let the game play itself out.  A person of character will eventually emerge.


Clearly that is not you then, is it. You're too busy shooting everything down from your fucking ivory tower. How about you pull yourself away from typing up shit on ZH and do some fucking work to change the country?... Nah, too hard. Leave it to Trump, of all people, at least you can bitch about him and wring hands about the collective idiocy of the society.

The system will fix itself. Someone will fix it. Just not this guy, I don't like him. Should be someone like me, but I'm too busy playing the same fucking system that I keep bitching on about. Etc, etc, etc. Nothing new under the sun. 

Now, I don't know you, you're probably a sound enough bloke and I would gladly shake your hand in RL (probably) but please climb down one of them days and don't wipe your mouth with "sheeple" so much - you're one of them, as am I. 

Hail Spode's picture

That is correct. President will be the last office fixed. It starts when every state has at least one group like this.....

slowimplosion's picture

I took a look at that site.  The home page is very interesting, I pretty much agree with all of it.  Then you drill in and the dude has to whine about his right to keep gays from marrying being trampled.


No fucking thanks, the money men suck but the Christian version of Sharia law?  No fucking thanks.  Nothing run by people so easily distracted by their personal religious beliefs is going to accomplish anything at all.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

I was actually counting fiat earlier.  Disposed of smaller bills or 'boot money' in exchange for larger cleaner bills.  One hundred dollars in one dollar bills does look more impressive to most people than the equivalent in silver or gold but as I write this I look at the kilo bar of silver I keep on my desk as a paper weight.  I like it, holding it in my hand, the ting it makes when I flick it, the shine, the lack of that dirty money smell.  It is not going anywhere though the mint whose name it bears (Johnson Matthey) has already been liquidated and the miner who dug it up probably went to zero years ago my bar lives on.  

poland spring's picture

Funny you say that.  My 20 1 oz bars came in the mail today.  So happy.

MontgomeryScott's picture

To the Koch Brothers, and that queerbait faggot Lindsay Graham, you are viewed as a 'racist' for your 'stacking habits'!



Those who keep more than a 3-day supply of food (according to the SPLC-scripted DHS directives) are thought of as 'hoarders' (a 'kinder. gentler  way' of sayng 'RAYCISS').

I have twenty 1-ounce bars of Chocolate as well (I have a 'sweet tooth', you know) (that I'll admit to). I'm SAFE, though, because The Directorate just increased my/our Chocolate ration from 60 grams per day to 420 per week. I seems that I am actually holding a 14-day supply... (28.35 grams in an ounce)...

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) Soul Glow Jul 31, 2015 5:35 AM

Nope , bulletts mother fucker.

Keyser's picture

It is well past time that the American people gave Washington the middle-finger salute for their inept colusion against the very people that put them into office in the first place... 

Calmyourself's picture

As long as Donny tears down the conniving excuse for an opposition party and exposes the rapacious gluttony the Republicans in Washington stand for he can be my hero.  The second he says a negative word toward gun rights, balanced budgets and sound money or any other plank of freedom I will light his pyre myself.


He gave  money to Hill and Bill, I know what he is, and I know he is being used in another divide and conquer..  The enemy of my enemy, until its inconvenient. I can play that game too..

Son of Loki's picture

I'd vote for The Don, if for no other reason to see a classy, beautiful First Lady for a change.

Bumpo's picture

The Donald gave money to Bill and Hillary because he knows how to play the game. He admits it outright, which gives him insider credibility. He comes right out and says this is why the system is broke. You may label him a hypocrite, but he comes right out and admits it. So far, he seems to be be doing his best to tell it like it is. All the others prevaricate to be polititcally acceptable, meaning you don't know what they really think or how they feel. So far, I really just gotta like the guy.

detached.amusement's picture

Yeah but will he tell everyone the contents of the conversation the spooks have with him after he's elected?

MontgomeryScott's picture

As selected resident of the CONUS, I'd like to rebut your comment.

Anyone who remembers the thrill of 'Star Wars', knows how cute and cuddly The Wookie is (on screen).

She's a really GOOD provider, as well, diktating the meals for ALL the public schools here, in the Land of the Free. In fact, if it wasn't for that pesky amendment to the Constitution after my mentor Roosevelt died, you could have HER (and ME!) for an unprecedented THIRD TERM!

Don't you just LOVE the way her PHAT ASS fits into those Armani pants-suits?



Al Gophilia's picture

.......I'd vote for The Don, if for no other reason to see a classy, beautiful First Lady for a change.

.......... and there it is.

847328_3527's picture

Sounds like a good enuff reason to me.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Yep, unlike the Wookie, there's absolutely no question about that one. Melania is 150% female.

38BWD22's picture



Mr. Wamba

ANYONE who does business with Donald Trump deserves what they get.  He has a long record of screwing bondholders.

Supernova Born's picture

The title of "bankrupter of the US" may be arguable, but it was a title won a long time ago.

palmereldritch's picture

Bankruptcy is their 21st Century end-game (sameasiteverwas) hence the SDR and its incipient global currency.

Can you think of a better ringmaster/lightning rod?


Klemens's picture
Klemens (not verified) chumbawamba Jul 31, 2015 12:03 AM
Donald Trump makes just a good show. That`s all.
Ace006's picture

Now tell us Trump's net worth and tell us what a moron he is.

While you're at it, fill us in on how many bankruptcies you think Trump's had, why they happened, and what he did to handle them.

Winston Churchill's picture

You'd be surprised how many barely literate millionaires there are.

I have a billionaire client that appears several planks short of a load.

Ace006's picture

Understood.  However, that's no Trump by any stretch of the indignation.

rgetty's picture

And the ones in charge are doing what ??

palmereldritch's picture

Has anyone asked him to opine on the merits or history of The Federal Reserve or is he still the hooker with the heart of gold ?

NoDebt's picture

Regular people across this country are pissed the fuck off.  They're sick of being fucked over for special interests whether that be welfare queens or corporate wefare queens.  Being told that we're just not smart enough to "get it" has never cut it with us.  We know what's being done to us at our own expense.  Doesn't matter how much the MSM propoganzies us, we know the difference between rain and somebody pissing down our backs, no matter how many PhD experts they put up on the screen to tell us we're wrong.  

We keep sending messages to DC as loudly as a voting booths and opinion polls allow.  Deep down we know they're done listening to us and don't care how loud or clear our message.  But it still seves a purpose- let them not be caught unwarned that watering time once again approaches.

knukles's picture

What a joy it will be if the Donald remains active, not marginalized a la RP and excoriates the establishment R's and D's. 
God, would it be fantastic to he him Launch into Hillary on Prime Time debates, belittle the shit out of Bernie Sanders, ask Lizzie Warren about her Cherokee ancestry (Or whatever she claims ... Come on girl, do the rain dance, squat I say, squat squaw!)  This guy is the embodiment of everything most American are thinking but are too Politically Correct to Say!

Al Gophilia's picture

Not you too????!!!!

We're fucked!!!!

StychoKiller's picture

"Are you not 'Entertained?'"