If you are a pro hockey fan, I don’t know if you remember the time when the NHL was challenged by the existence of a new League called the World Hockey Association. There are some remnants of that era even today, the Winnipeg Jets, and Edmonton Oilers come to mind.
I don’t remember all the details, because I was young at the time but in general the players in the NHL did not like how they were being treated and paid and when the WHA offered better some of them left, including arguably the NHL’s biggest star, Bobby Hull. The WHA did not last long, ’72 to ’79 but long enough to cause some of the changes necessary in the NHL.
I bring this up because it seems perhaps one of the best analogies to the Trump phenomenon. The analogy is not perfect, of course, but it helps the mind to understanding the principle.
It is my belief and the belief of many that over the recent past going back as far as the 19th century at least, if not further, that the politics that we see, left and right, whig and tory, republican and democrat, conservative and liberal, etc. are really teams playing within the same league. The competition is fierce and the partisans are vocal and it is great sport. The political media are just like the sports media, all with their own special teams and special players, but in the end it is all the same sports bar mindset, talking about the same league.
Enter Trump. He was voted to be captain of one of the teams on the basis that he was going to change the league, challenge the league owners and board of directors. His agenda is way bigger than just winning a championship or a cup. He wants to change the league itself.
Imperfect analogy, yes, but it gets to the point that is driving Trump and his supporters. He wants a home-grown league owned and operated once more by the people, not foreign owned, and defacto part of a world association that can dictate the rules of play within America, as well as its prosperity.
Like the idea or not, that is what is being played out. Will he be successful? That is hard to determine at this point. The opposition is fierce and has many useful idiots at its disposal, most who don’t have any clue what the real stakes are and who they are actually playing for.