Story by Joseph Ford Cotto
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Joseph Ford Cotto: In politics, there is a familiar showdown between Wall Street and Main Street. In the long term, did Trump's victory prove a turning point for either one of these?
Gerald Celente: There is no turning point. Look at the numbers and the names of those who he brought into the White House – several members of Goldman Sachs and scores of high-level administration positions to industry executives and former business lobbyists – none from Main Street.
From information released by the White House earlier this month, four Trump aides have personal fortunes averaging half a billion dollars apiece, and the combined wealth of all 27 officials who hold the position “assistant to the president” or higher, is around $2.3 billion.
Cotto: For many rightists, religion plays a tremendous role in political philosophy. This led to the moral majority-oriented politics of George W. Bush and many Republican politicos in down-ballot races. Donald Trump, though, generally appealed to non-theistic populist ethos, and Christian conservatives -- whose numbers are dwindling on account of secularization -- were enthusiastic; even though several of their leaders did not share this sentiment. Recently, perhaps due to the Democratic ascendancy of Muslims and practicing Christians who are ethnoracial minorities, the religious left has found stronger footing. Do you think that our present political atmosphere, polarized as it is, will give way to an even more contentious scenario in which mostly white, irreligious Republicans and nonwhite, openly religious Democrats oppose each other?
Celente: The nation is divided as we have never seen it in modern times. As for whites and non-whites opposing each other, the race issues, i.e. Black Lives Matter, along with strong anti-Trump sentiments, are very prominent on college campuses on both coasts and in larger cities throughout the nation.
Thus, all it will take is a flash point event, a series of Ferguson, Missouri incidents, police shootings etc. to escalate a race war. As a result, each party will gain strength from opposing forces.
Cotto: What do you anticipate the primary legacy of Trump's election will be; particularly as far as American progressivism is concerned?
Celente: The legacy is that, indeed, politics is show business for ugly people and that the race for the White House is nothing more than a Presidential Reality Show®. In fact, we own the trademark. For example, look at the so-called debates sponsored by the major networks. A contestant gets two minutes to answer a question and a 30 second rebuttal … than the buzzer goes off. It’s a campaign of sound bites and one-liners. Re: How will you defeat ISIS? “I’ll bomb the shit out of them” (applause).
As for American progressivism, it is essentially nonexistent. Listen to the massive Democratic-Liberal protests following Trump’s missile strike against Syria. Listen to the silence of the so-called progressives when he dropped the “mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan. Can’t hear them? Either dead silence or flag-waving support.
Considering the progressive void, we forecast that more than any time in recent history, a third party that represents the vast disenchanted voter population which I term, “progressive-libertarians,” could radically change the current political landscape.