America just got took by the guy in the stovepipe hat, standing behind the wagon, with the monkey playing the accordion while he peddles salvation and snake oil. For those in Asia who are utterly agog watching this carnival of the animals, what you’re seeing is not an illusion. It is a peculiarly American phenomenon that was born in the old west. Remember. This is a man just one step of ahead of the law himself. Like the guy behind the wagon, he’s been run out of too many towns by creditors, violated women, failed university students and various other people who have been bilked, which has enabled him to develop a pretty formidable spiel while on the road.