In my last article, I discussed what Overton means, who invented it and how it works. However, now I want to convey a more detailed picture of this theory and especially use Donald Trump in Overton Window.
Donald John Trump was born in New York City on June 14, 1946. In age 13 he went to New York Military Academy and graduated it in 1964 and then studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania from which he graduated in 1968. During his education years, he worked with his father and helped his works. After finishing his education, Trump began to expand his father’s business and became involved in several building projects in Manhattan. He has also starred spectrum of movies, TV shows, and series and also run TV programmes.
Now, he is the president of the United States of America which he announced that he will make America greater again. As you may know, his takeover of the presidency was a difficult process, however, he made it through some methods which I believe he might use the theory of the Overton Window. I am going to explain all of these with giving some examples.
According to the theory, the first step begins with introducing the idea to the people. The initial stage of the process we can see in a spectrum of movies.There are movies where Trump personally attended, but in some of them, he indicated his ideas.
Woody Allen movie, a Home Alone sequel, and Zoolander – in these films he personally participated.
- Bill ‘the Butcher’ Cutting in Gangs of New York
- Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane
- Howard Beale (and Arthur Jensen) in Network
- President Greg Stillson in The Dead Zon
In all of these films, you can hear the ideas, speech themes of Donald Trump. “I am the voice of the people!” or “I don’t see Americans, I see trespassers,”are the words which represented Donald Trump. In my opinion, these films, their speeches, and the topics were prepared years ago for the presidential candidacy of Trump and he always used this trick and craft in order control the mind of people.
In the “The Simpsons” TV show we can see how Donald Trump became president and how he descended the escalator which strikingly resembled the reality that happened recent months.
This is not a speculation and the creators of Simpsons used the Overton Window policy in order to initially put some seeds in the thoughts of American people.
While in inauguration Trump in his speech stated: “Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people.” But everyone knows that this was uttered by Bane in the Batman movie who is a supervillain character in DC Comics.
“We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people,” Bane said.
Totally, these words, ideas, speeches are not a coincidence. There are some purposes who transmitted these ideas years ago and now, Trump utters it again which almost cultivated in the brains of people. Trump engenders his ideas that are in the second stage which rose anger and hatred among the people right now and described in the Overton Window as a “Radical”. After some years the people will find the ideas of Trump eligible for themselves because the notions will be penetrated to all of them.
In conclusion, there can not be an estimation such as who will be president or who can rule the country because these are not an economic data or math calculation which you can notice with some procedure and predict it. What we see or what was penetrated to our brain just intended to direct us to somewhere for somebody’s purpose.