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Did Trump Shift the Washington Political Paradigm?

Did Trump Shift the Washington Political Paradigm?
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport on July 29, 2018, in Morristown, New Jersey, after spending the weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

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In his book “Paradigms” Joel Arthur Barker defines a Paradigm as a “set of rules and regulations that … establishes or defines boundaries and …tells you how to behave inside the boundaries.” And, “Because we become so good at using our present paradigms, we resist changing them.”

Is there a well established Washington political paradigm, developed over decades by “the permanent political class,” exposed by Peter Schweizer in his book “Extortion,” a dissertation on politics bought and sold by campaign contributions?

Schweizer writes, “Politics in modern America has become a lucrative business, an industry that has less to do with policy and a lot more to do with accessing money and favors.” “What goes on in Washington’s halls of power has less to do with lawmaking than with moneymaking.” “[T]he Permanent Political Class is also filled with entrepreneurs looking to maximize the opportunity to make money and increase their power base.”

Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr. in their popular management book “In Search of Excellence” write “Poorer-performing companies often have strong cultures, too, but dysfunctional ones. They are usually focused on internal politics rather than on the customer…the excellent companies tend to be more driven by close-to-the-customer attributes.”

Does our Congress, populated with the “Permanent Political Class,” “have strong cultures, too, but dysfunctional ones?” What is the paradigm that defines the customer to our Congress? Who do they spend more time with; the voter and their constituents or the party, the lobbyist, and the campaign contributor? Does their paradigm dictate more effort be expended on campaign fund raising and internal political party theatrics for the media with less on governing and representing you, their constituents?

"A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold," was written by Supreme Court Justice John Stevens in his dissenting opinion for the Citizens United decision.

Barker further identifies a “Paradigm shift” as “a change to a new game, a new set of rules.” He continues his observations with, “It is the outsider who usually creates the new paradigm.”

In the last election, Donald Trump, the political “outsider,” ran against the Democratic Party.

Virtually all of the political analysts said he didn’t have a chance.

From the first day of his announcement the media reveled in their laugher at his candidacy. Comedians had a treasure trove of material to feed their attacks on his bid for the presidency. There was daily skepticism how he could make the 1,235 delegates necessary for the Republican nomination. Subsequently, the odds makers, the polls, the media all predicted a historic loss in a landslide of epic proportions. The political pundits, supported by the media, sat on the edge of their chairs waiting to pounce on the next political faux pas. Multiple times every week, the media outlets published his epitaph with renewed cynicism how he could get to 270 Electoral College votes.

But what most will not admit: Donald Trump also ran against the Republican Party and the media. And they all lost. Did they loose because they live within the Washington D.C. political paradigms, “strong cultures, too, but dysfunctional ones,” that have been recognized and are being rejected by the voters?

Was it you, the people, that are beginning to reject the established Washington D.C. political paradigms of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the media theatrics that supports them?

At first this gang of three, the entire political establishment, was in shock. How could a political outsider, the joke of the newspaper reporters and cartoons, the joke of the cable TV talking heads, the joke of the mainstream comedians and late night TV hosts upset the applecart of such well-oiled political machines? How could the political polls, honed over years of experience and fine tuning, be so wrong? Now it appears neither political party nor the media, the gang of three, can accept how wrong they were.

Aren’t all those who were Donald Trump’s friends — as long as the friendship came with a substantial campaign donation — on the watch for his misstep? Do you think they will prevail, do you think they are “so good at using our present paradigms” that they “resist changing them.” Or do you think they are stumbling and do you think they are becoming shamed while in a state of unforgettable confusion?

Is Donald Trump, supported by the voters who “believe laws are being bought and sold,” creating a “Paradigm shift,” changing Washington D.C. politics “to a new game, a new set of rules?”

Is it Trump the “outsider” who is creating the “new paradigm” for the voter and Washington D.C. politics; changing from a government of the campaign contribution, by the campaign contribution and, most of all, for the campaign contribution to reaffirming a “government of the people by the people for the people?”

John M. DeMaggio retired after 30 years of service as a Captain from the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Forensic Science from John Jay College and a Master’s of Science from Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Privately consulting in counterterrorism, forensic science, and investigations, he also conducts international counterterrorism training, having retired as a Special Agent in Charge and serving as Co-chairman, Investigative Support and Forensic Subgroup, TSWG, developing interagency counterterrorism technology. He is also an op-ed contributor for The Hill. He previously published “Mitigation of Terrorist Effects on Victims’ Motivation” in U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center Colloquium. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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