How ironic that this week Americans celebrated Halloween. This is the time of year when a lot of children and some adults dress up in scary costumes and go trick-or-treating collecting candy or various other treats. Many TV networks also use this occasion to dust off a lot of classic horror movies like Frankenstein.
Frankenstein is the name given to a monster created by the brilliant scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein; some use the word “mad” scientist, but I choose to label him brilliant instead.
Colloquially, the name “Frankenstein” often refers to anything that starts out with good intentions, but ends up becoming a monster with unforeseen and often tragic power.
Frankenstein. What a perfect description for this year’s presidential election.
According to many establishment Republicans, Donald Trump is a “Frankenstein” in the worst of all possible ways. But what you won’t hear these establishment Republicans say is that, like in the movie Frankenstein, they created this “monster” that is Donald Trump.
What they won’t admit is that they are totally out of sync with the base of the party or that they have basically told the base of the party to sit down and shut up. Establishment Republicans think that they know what is best for the party and America and when they want the opinion of the base, they will give it to them.
The base of the party has made it perfectly clear that they are against any form of amnesty for those in the country illegally; they are against these global trade deals that subjugate American sovereignty to foreign entities; they are against these constant omnibus budgets that continue to increase our national debt.
Trump may be a flawed messenger in many ways, but he won the nomination against 16 very credible Republican candidates based on the above issues. The Republican establishment has basically told the base of the party, “When we want your opinion, we’ll give it to you.”
The Republican establishment has created this Frankenstein and regardless of what happens with next week’s election; there is absolutely no indication that the establishment will try to synch itself to the issues that the base of the party cares about.
In a similar manner, the Democratic establishment created this monster called Hillary Clinton. One unnoticed fact that most people tend to be oblivious to is that one of the legacies of Bill Clinton’s presidency was that he stacked the positions of power within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) with die-hard supporters of him and his wife; both on the local and national levels.
So it should have come as no surprise that the DNC establishment was doing everything in its power to rig their primary election to benefit Hillary Clinton. The Democratic machine has been plotting this for decades.
In the Democratic establishment’s mind, there was never any doubt that Hillary would be their nominee, despite her ruthless penchant for self-destructive behavior, i.e. private server.
Like with the Republicans, the Democratic establishment is totally out of sync with their base. Similarly, Democrats has basically told their base to sit down and shut the hell up.
So, should we have been surprised that last Friday, F.B.I. Director, James Comey re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails?
Clinton also created a monster by setting up a private email mail server. She thought she could hide information on her family’s private business dealings and keep them secret from the American people.
Now, no one wants to accept responsibility for the creation of a monster they can no longer control.
The Republican establishment wants to blame everything on Trump being a flawed candidate. But what about the 16 other candidates that Trump beat in the primary? None of them adjusted to Trump’s message, despite his message catching on like wildfire. Trump represented what the base of the party wanted, regardless of how in artful he sometimes was in the delivery of his message.
Clinton and her campaign want to blame her current email problems on Russia and Comey. Hey, Hillary, how about not secretly using a private server in the first place? What a novel idea, huh?
And while we’re at it, Attorney General Loretta Lynch: how about not taking a private meeting with Bill Clinton while his wife is the subject of an F.B.I. investigation?
Maybe, just maybe, that is what compelled Comey to go public with the latest twist in the Clinton email drama. Maybe Comey felt like Lynch’s actions caused severe damage to the reputation of his agency and that he could no longer count on Lynch to be impartial in the latest email iteration.
In all of my examples above, people began with the premise that they were doing something good and legitimate, but it ultimately got out of control and ended up doing irreparable harm to all those involved.
So, is it any wonder why the American people find this election cycle to be so scary?
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in Black Press USA.