Here’s the definition of populism:

populism |ˈpäpyəˌlizəm
support for the concerns of ordinary people: it is clear that your populism identifies with the folks on the bottom of the ladder | the Finance Minister performed a commendable balancing act, combining populism with prudence.

Support for the concerns of the ordinary people can’t happen when people in positions of power and authority have not walked a mile in the shoes of the people they claim to represent.

What we’re witnessing instead is the hijacking of populism for personal gain.

When “leaders” promise, falsely, that they can turn back the clock on the evolution of economic and social systems, they are preying upon the anxieties of the indignant and the vulnerable.

This is not populism. It’s dishonesty.

Today is Thursday, the 22nd of December, 2016.  It’s not a normal day.