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Donald Trump is angry.  I’m angry too!  Bernie Sanders’ supporters are all mad as hell, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.  I’m mad at Bill Clinton for allowing the Glass-Steagall Act to be repealed, thereby freeing Wall Street to engage in the same risky behaviors, which caused the Great Depression, with nearly the same result.  I’m mad at President Obama for failure to prosecute the Wall Street banksters, who caused the near collapse of the global economy in 2008.  And I am mad at Hillary Clinton for failing to “get it” in the 2016 election cycle.  

 

Donald Trump is angry.  I’m angry too!  Bernie Sanders’ supporters are all mad as hell, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.  I’m mad at Bill Clinton for allowing the Glass-Steagall Act to be repealed, thereby freeing Wall Street to engage in the same risky behaviors, which caused the Great Depression, with nearly the same result.  I’m mad at President Obama for failure to prosecute the Wall Street banksters, who caused the near collapse of the global economy in 2008.  And I am mad at Hillary Clinton for failing to “get it” in the 2016 election cycle.  

Wall Street has effectively aimed the anger of the American people at Washington, thereby ducking their nefarious responsibility, and coming out even more gluttonously wealthy than they were before.  The financial industry got itself PAID DOUBLE on defaulted mortgages, which were caused by so many loyal and hard working Americans losing their jobs because of Wall Street risk taking.   Where Wall Street couldn’t blame Washington, they blamed that mythical single mother of two in Memphis, who couldn’t pay her mortgage because she lost her job in the collapse.  Wall Street did everything except accepting the blame and looking for solutions.

Oh no!  Why would they look for solutions?  I can see them now rubbing their hands together and saying about the 2008 financial meltdown, “Wow that was profitable!  I wonder how long we have to wait before we can do it again!”  While I will grant that Wall Street didn’t plan the 2008 Crash, they knew that their risky behavior would ultimately result in a calamity.  On September 15, 2008, I heard one of them say, while watching news of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, “It was stupid of us to have a financial crash in the middle of a presidential election.”  I took from that the idea that next time they will do it with better planning.

On Christmas Day 2015, I asked a conservative friend, who was already supporting Trump, who he would support if Trump did not get the nomination.  His answer was Bernie Sanders.  I nearly fell off my chair.  Not long after, I asked a conservative with connections into the Republican establishment the same question.  The answer was the same.  If Trump did not get the nomination, she expected the alternative for many Americans would be Bernie Sanders.  Again, I was dumbfounded, so I started to ask myself, “Why?”

Recently I was listening to Thomas Moore’s A Religion of One’s Own on audio, and I heard Dr. Moore explain that “anger” is often the result of unresolved issues with one’s parents—they failed you in some important way.  I cannot say about Donald Trump’s family life, he’ll have to work that one out for himself, but in the context of the Nation and Election 2016 (as was also true in 2008), Americans are angry that politicians have not protected them from the excesses of Wall Street, and Wall Street has been only too happy to redirect that anger away from itself.  Therefore we have substantial reason to be angry with Washington too. 

Obama failed to prosecute and set matters right on Wall Street, and would not have even if the Republican “no nothings” in Congress did not obstruct him.  He accepted Wall Street’s money, because his campaign was a racial moment for the country.  At the same time, Bill Clinton took Wall Street money because he was an outsider, who couldn’t become President any other way.  Hillary Clinton thought Election 2016 is about a gender moment, where the women would come to her to avoid that “special place in Hell” Madeleine Albright spoke of recently. She was wrong. Americans are plenty mad, and having another Wall Street dominated politician in the Oval Office will not assuage our anger.

Sadly, many Republican voters think Donald Trump will deal with Wall Street, because of his bully bluster, but there is no way that will happen. If The Donald gets into the Oval Office, his corporations will suddenly find it very easy to finance their big projects, even if The Donald puts his wealth in a blind trust. He can be sure that Wall Street will blow his wealth out of all proportions by every scheme imaginable, without him having to do or say anything.  They will simply go to his other family members, and let them know what Wall Street wants in return.  There will be a giant wall like façade of The Donald bad mouthing Wall Street, while they are filling his back pockets with undreamed of riches.  

So what are average Americans so angry about?  We are angry because our government has been turned over to Wall Street as a subsidiary of their businesses, and it no longer addresses the needs of average Americans.  

This is not something new!  People tried to express their anger in the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011, but were stopped by tear gas and dogs.  That did not cause the anger to go away.  It simply went underground, and is now expressing itself in the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  

Here are a few of my pet peeves:

1.  Wall Street was PAID DOUBLE on defaulted mortgages.  Their losses were covered by the bailouts, and then they came and foreclosed defaulted mortgages.  In most cases, the banks that sued in foreclosure were not owed the money because they had sold the mortgages to mortgage backed securities and been paid long before, so the foreclosure was fraudulent.  This is a colossal class action waiting to happen.

2.  Wall Street uses their bought politicians to keep themselves free to HARVEST OUR SAVINGS once again.  The Dodd-Frank band-aid solution is a toothless wonder, as Nomi Prins clearly shows in her books, All the President’s Bankers (see especially the last 2 chapters) and It Takes a Pillage (see especially the Introduction).  I’ve produced a small reading from these books in my short video “Tea Party and Progressives Have Common Cause Against Wall Street.” 

a.  Wall Street wants to privatize education so that they can keep an underclass of undereducated Americans so they have SERFS IN THEIR NEW FEUDALISM.

b.  Wall Street and the Republicans have destroyed unions so they don’t have to PAY A FAIR WAGE. They are so greedy that they can’t help themselves. Recently WalMart announced it is going to close 269 stores.  It stands to reason, right?!  You go into a community, and drive much of the local economy down to minimum wage.  After you’ve done that, no one has enough money to shop, so how can you keep your store going?  There has to be balance, but the Republican greed has none, so they are literally destroying America for themselves as well as the rest of us.

3.  Too many Republican lawmakers support RAPE!  The GOP considers women as BREED STOCK, and won’t recognize women’s value as anything but Mothers, with the occasional attractive blonde token here and there.  Women are justifiably angry about this attitude.

4.  And then there are “super delegates,” who have the ability to change the results of the entire primary process if they want.   That’s just another part of the rigged system that Bernie Sanders keeps talking about.  As All the President’s Bankers has shown, without a candidate like Bernie Sanders, average Americans will be doomed to a much less attractive life in the 21st Century.  

Anger is a primal instinct, and we all feel it, regardless of our political persuasion. We would do well to remember what happened when the aristocracy denied angry people in the 18th Century (American & French Revolutions) and by the Treaty of Versailles in the 20th Century (the rise of Adolph Hitler). Remember what Dr. Carl G. Jung said:

The change of character that is brought about by the uprush of collective forces is amazing.  A gentle and reasonable being can be transformed into a maniac or a savage beast.  One is always inclined to lay the blame on external circumstances, but nothing could explode in us if it had not been there.  As a matter of fact, we are always living upon a volcano and there is, as far as we know, no human means of protection against a possible outburst, which will destroy everything within its reach. It is certainly a good thing to preach reason and common sense, but what if your audience is a lunatic asylum or a crowd in a collective seizure?   There is not much difference either, because the madman as well as the mob is moved by non-personal, overwhelming forces.…”

Dr. Carl G. Jung, Psychology & Religion

The Tavistock Lectures (1937), Pp. 15-19

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