Welcome to the club, America! You're now experiencing first-hand what was previously seen as something that only happened in foreign lands: an overt electoral hijacking attempt by establishment elites.
What do you do when the democratic process turns out to be a bit too democratic, in the sense that people on the side that's currently winning don't support your worldview? You swarm it and use the media attention to issue your own manifesto. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has the establishments on both the left and the right so riled that they're no longer even being discreet in pulling out all the stops to end his candidacy.
A group of billionaires and tech CEOs converged on a private island off the coast of the state of Georgia earlier this month for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum. The gathering reportedly turned into a political strategy session, with captains of industry teaming with "old boy" Republican strategists and donors to plot a derailment of the Trump Express.
The tech guys are in panic mode because of Trump's hard-line stance on immigration. They depend heavily on foreign-born employees who will work for lower wages, leaving American workers on the sidelines. Trump threatens the widespread hiring practices of the entire industry.
The money men are in the unfamiliar and highly uncomfortable position of not being able to buy influence, because Trump won't take their cash. The establishment old boys, as always, are just looking out for No. 1. If their horse doesn't win the race, they can't score a gig in the new administration or impress clients with their White House connections. They issue their anti-Trump manifestos through current and former candidates such as Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney.
Trump opposition from the left has taken a different form. A Trump rally in Chicago was abruptly canceled last week after protests became unruly. Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, issued a statement in support of the planned disruption of the Chicago rally. "MoveOn proudly supported University of Illinois at Chicago students and local organizers in their courageous nonviolent protest outside the event," said the statement. "We helped student leaders by printing signs and recruiting MoveOn members to attend the student-led protest."
It certainly seemed odd that after months of Trump campaign events, activists would just organically decide to swarm a rally. News flash: You're being used, guys. You're mere pawns in a billionaire's ongoing game of subversion. And that billionaire isn't Donald Trump.
George Soros, whose net worth is estimated at $23 billion, was a prominent supporter of President Barack Obama's White House bid, and a significant number of administration appointees were drawn from Soros-funded think tanks. Soros is also a major funder of MoveOn.org.
America isn't the only place where Soros has attempted to flex his political muscle. In November, Russia's general prosecutor's office banned the Soros-funded Open Society Foundations and Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation, calling their activity "a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state."
Soros then wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian earlier this year in which he cast Russian President Vladimir Putin as an enemy of Europe. "Attacks mounted by jihadi terrorists, however terrifying, do not compare with the threat emanating from Russia," Soros wrote.
Yeah, right -- just like the threat of special interests in American politics does not compare with the threat emanating from Donald Trump? Anyone else see a pattern here?
Soros is the establishment writ large. The little people are nothing but cannon fodder for him and for the policies that further his interests, in America and abroad.
Other than political ideology, there is little difference between the Silicon Valley titans, the permanent members of the Democratic and Republican establishments and their bagmen, and billionaires like Soros with their useful leftist tools.
This election isn't about left versus right. Instead, this election pits those who feel entitled to shape America the way they see fit and impose their worldview on everyone else against hardworking citizens who are sick of seeing wealthy and influential meddlers interfere with the translation of the popular will into a sensible national agenda.
This is the last stand of the political establishments, and they're using every tactic in their arsenal. If Trump wins, they lose. They can only win if voters are duped into buying what they're selling.