Who will finish the job?

Paul GleiserWho will finish the job?


Approximately 35 years ago, Washington, D.C. got hijacked by an elite, wealthy, mostly Ivy-educated, mostly northeast, mostly liberal and utterly condescending ruling class.

Bush the elder was president then. With his New England Brahmin pedigree and his liberal-tinged brand of Republicanism, it might be argued that he was the eminence grise of the ruling class ascendancy.

The consolidation of once proudly pro-American, staunchly capitalist American household-name companies into monstrously huge multinational conglomerates – conglomerates whose C-suite executives are decidedly left of center and who work hand-in-glove with the ruling class toward mutual enrichment– began in earnest.

What we now call the legacy media was becoming more open in their partisan coverage of politics. The liberal takeover of Hollywood and academia that began in the tumultuous 1960s was nearing completion

In the years since Daddy Bush’s presidency, the elite members of the ruling class – from both political parties – have become enormously wealthy. At the same time, most of the people in the heartland – the decent, patriotic American men and women who get up each morning to go make the country work – have gotten poorer.

During that time the corporate side and the political side of the ruling class decided that cheap labor is worth the societal costs attendant to mass illegal immigration. For related reasons, they decided that exporting the manufacture of critical goods to geopolitical adversary countries was worth the attendant negative impact on national security and the American middle class.

At the same time, the ruling class allowed – indeed often encouraged – a relatively small cabal of leftist environmental activists to go unchallenged as they pursued a relentless campaign against the economy-fueling hydrocarbon energy that lies in abundance beneath our very feet.

All the while endless and ultimately pointless wars were being fought by our sons and daughters while being paid for by American children yet unborn.

Those decent, patriotic heartland Americans – busy as they were trying to simply hold their own – went along and didn’t say much even as they were becoming incrementally less prosperous and less financially secure.

And then Donald Trump came along.

Donald Trump said things that crystalized what had hitherto been vague, nagging feelings. All at once, the curtain got pulled back on the elite inner sancta and ordinary Americans abruptly realized how badly they were being screwed.

All at once, nominal Republican voters couldn’t imagine how they ever supported a candidate like Mitt Romney. With newly opened eyes, those same voters saw Bush the younger in a new light.

Trump is loathed by the ruling class not because of his sometimes-boorish behavior or his mean tweets. He is loathed because he opened the doors, turned on the lights and threw up the window shades. What that light revealed can’t be unseen.

I remain unsure that Trump should run in 2024. I continue to be wary of his personal excesses. But I’ll admit that as of right now, I don’t see anyone (with the possible exception of Ron DeSantis) with the will and the capacity to finish what he started.

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Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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9 Responses

  1. Chris Clarke says:

    The corruption extends well beyond the elites and ruling class. The deep state, no justice department and media, both local and national, are all part of this mess that has no accountability. The Republicans can hold all the hearings they want but no one will go to jail. Liz, Mitch and Nancy should all get together for a drink with Hunter to celebrate our inept and corrupt system that has enabled them to amass huge fortunes.

  2. Richard Anderson says:

    Donald J. Trump will complete the excellent works he began for “We The People” in his 2nd term.
    Trump 2024, then
    DeSantis 2028 and 2032.
    SAVE AMERICA — vote conservative, vote REPUBLICAN, as our Constitutional Republic is at stake on November 8.

    • Linda M says:

      Richard Anderson, I agree with you. But I will add this… Ron DeSantis has shown us what GREAT governorship is and should be. He has shown us HOW things should be run on a state level which is what we NEED right now. We NEED him to stay right where he is for right now. Show America what needs to be done at a state level, then step up and lead us into a brighter future that President Trump has begun! Evil CAN NOT and WILL NOT WIN and we have two people who can show us the way!

      • Richard Anderson says:

        To be clear, my full support is 100% percent for President Trump to run now for 2024 and I believe he will be the nominee for the Republican party irregardless of anyone who might challenge him. But TRUMP is polling so strong, I don’t think he will be challenged for the nomination as he has become the de facto leader of the party without question.

        I like Ron DeSantis also, but he should NOT run now. He should wait and run in 2028.. AFTER President Trump completes a 2nd term, should he decide to toss his hat in the ring. You’re right, DeSantis has become “the model” for what a state’s chief executive should be.

        Speaking of governors, here in Texas we have an excellent governor ourselves in Greg Abbott. Beto O’Rourke however would be a DISASTER and would politically & economically destroy our state. We must not let that happen!


    Thanks Paul for publicly exposing this truth

  4. Cullen S. Monaghan says:

    Go check out this link from The Philadelphia Trumpet: https://www.thetrumpet.com/trumpet_issues/236 They have an article titled
    “What Will Happen After Trump Regains Power.” They have an amazing track record of being right.

  5. buddy says:

    Paul, your column this week is one I wished every citizen could read. It hits every nail squarely on the head.

    Donald Trump will run again and he will win again provided the 2024 election process is not a corrupt replay of 2020.

    Just an hour ago, my wife and I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s most recent documentary, 2000 Mules, on OAN (One American News Network), and Mules can be found all over the Internet despite suppression efforts.

    We, the majority who already know the presidential election was stolen, will see our suspicions validated. And, especially, the minority of citizens who believe the 2020 presidential election was not stolen need to see this documentary.

    Donald Trump DID WIN THE ELECTION! There is absolutely no doubt. Only liars and morons can say otherwise in the face of the evidence delivered in 2000 Mules.

    Paul, I am absolutely astounded, given the thrust of the rest of your column, that you still have doubts about Trump running in 2024.

  6. Bill Paschall says:

    Kari Lake, the soon to be Gov of Arizona (I hope) is one to watch. It seems to me she is cut from the same piece of cloth as Trump and DeSantis. She could well be the first POTUS.

  7. Mike says:

    First and foremost, WE, THE PEOPLE, must vote and hope the Republicans sweep the Mid-terms on November 8. This downward spiral of everything American has got to stop as quickly as possible. And we must regain our energy independence, stop the bleeding at the southern border, correct the course of education, reverse the course of our economy, begin unraveling all other negative effects compliments of the radicals named Democrats.

    To me it really does not matter who is the Republican nominee for the 2024 Presidental election; as long as they are a fearless advocate for the people who will damn the torpedoes of the media, the Left, and all others to do what is moral and just. I do mean Moral and Just!!!! Criminal politicians and their acolytes must be held responsible and accountable for their actions against America and the American citizens. This means the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Hillary Clinton, and any other regardless of title or position who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. If this does not occur, we are officially a third world country with worse to follow on the citizenry. If that be former President Trump, great, sic em and let’s get this ship righted.

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