Clearly as we track this culture war that the United States is involved with currently, one year after the great election of 2016, where the political left learned harshly that a majority of the people were not behind their movement, we have entered the third phase of the four stages of change. At first of course there was denial which we have witnessed, followed closely by resistance. With the ANTIFA movement and various leftists groups like Black Lives Matters threatening to overthrow the new establishment that resistance has now migrated into exploration. That much was clear on the October 14th airing of Saturday Night Live where they did two skits attempting to rectify this exploration idea. It was a fascinating exchange to conceive of the writers and the producers at Saturday Night Live in the wake of the NFL and Harvey Weinstein controversies to look at the Trump presidency and explore the ways they can live within these new value assessments.
The first one shown here about Kellyanne Conway acting as the clown in the recent retread movie IT was very revealing in how the political left sees the world. Their hero, Anderson Cooper is terrorized by Kellyanne Conway trying to get on television to represent the White House point of view as she has successfully done over the last year. The political left, represented by the SNL writing team metaphorically views Kellyanne as the scary IT clown. They are terrorized by her ability to always come out on top on her conversations with Anderson Cooper to the point where he doesn’t want to put her on television anymore. While their depiction of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from IT is an insult to Kellyanne Conway who is hardly a terrible person—her effect on the media has been truly scary because they are overwhelmingly liberal—and are losing. The change they had been resisting they are now exploring ways to rectify, so from a psychological point of view, it was a fascinating skit.
The second skit that was very revealing was the assumption that Melania Trump—whom the writers obviously aren’t sure how to deal with the feelings of respect they have for her, would call a Pakistani call center for spiritual advice. Beneath the writers assumptions are the beliefs that capitalism is a hollow endeavor and that in her quest as a gold digger with a heart, Melania finds life in the White House so lacking fulfillment that she would confide herself into the ears of a perfect stranger on the other side of the world. Of course the premise is blown out of proportion based on a faulty idea of capitalism. But the revelation of how they think of Melania is quite intriguing. I’m certain that Melania is a huge part of the strength behind Donald Trump from day-to-day, and that she doesn’t need the spiritual advice from some Pakistani call center worker, but the ponderings of the political left into what makes the Trump White House tick in an interesting observation.
The political left is obviously watching the efforts of their candidate Barack Obama come undone under Trump even though they have created a monstrosity of bureaucratic intention in our federal government to prevent reform once they start the wheels in motion. Yes our federal government is designed to move slowly, and the insurgents counted on a congress to protect their extreme implements such as Obamacare to take effect before action could be taken to reverse the trends. Trump with his recent executive orders undid that effort essentially by reversing the nature of the game the Democrats and Republicans had been playing with Obamacare. While the Republicans pretended to work against the Democrats and all of them took money from the insurance lobby socialist insurgents like Obama could steer our society toward a single payer option and everyone could get what they wanted—except the American people. The Saturday Night Live writers assumed that America was lock step with them, but since they lived in New York they were isolated from the sentiments of the rest of the country. Now all of them involved in these little tyrannies are learning how out-of-step they really were all along. So they are “exploring” their role in this new world of thinking.
The next phase of course is commitment and from here the political left will find themselves divided. Some will merge with the president and his thinking because they’ll realize that behind Trump is a vast American population that he represents in this great republic. Democracy is not what they thought it was, and the nature of Republicanism is showing them how a representative republic truly functions. After all, before now there weren’t many examples to follow. There was a lot of theory that looked good on paper and in philosophical testimonials from Aristotle to Ayn Rand, but not much history to build with. Those who can’t commit to this course change will be destroyed by their own inflexibility. This is what Trump knows is coming and why he is so confident that unlike Obama who abused his executive orders, Trump will get his signed into law because the political landscape will change over the coming months enormously.
As we’ve watched these four stages of change occur along very predictable lines of ascension, it is easy to plot out where we’ll be in the early stages of 2018, and beyond. Obviously the SNL writers are beginning to see that ascension for the true value that has been obvious all along for those who view the world without political lenses. The hate and vitriol are still there but people are survivors and they will adapt to the changing world due to their own self-interest. That is why business people are good for politics—instead of contributing to the funds of lesser people known as politicians, the wise minds of business should just do it themselves. They do after all understand these cycles of change because they go through the four steps every time they need to implement some strategic change in their places of business. The difference is that in corporate America, culture building is the responsibility of the CEO or president. In politics it comes from the know nothing losers who usually go to public office because the private sector has scared them and that has left us all vulnerable to these socialist insurgents, like the writers at SNL. So the better experience at changing a culture come from those who have been successful in corporate America, like Trump. And the results are predictably on schedule—and everyone knows it.
A good leader understands these four stages of change and they know how to weather the complaints and bitching that often come each time a new idea is put forth. A good leader also understands that most of those people will come around to the right way to think out of their own needs to survive—and that is where the real reform from Trump comes from. I’m sure it’s been hard for him, since day one, the political left has made his life a living hell in the White House. But Trump is a good leader and he knows how to use the four stages of change to his advantage and the first sign of his success is what we saw this week on SNL. They may not want to admit it, and they’ll deny it if asked directly. But SNL is now in stage three—and that means that the storm is breaking and they have no choice but to figure out their place in a changing world—for which we are the ones deciding how that world looks. That is something everyone reading here should consider as a good thing.
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