It's more than a game. It's an institution.
(Thomas Hughes, 1822-1896)
President Ronald Reagan, the “Gipper,” took his lines seriously. It was just like a movie script, when he told Americans that trickle-down economics would be the secret of America's success. Let the markets be free!
Of course this gibberish has been uttered periodically throughout our history. It wasn't Reagan's idea, but he apparently believed it with all his heart in the 1980s, when he mouthed every cliché that was handed to him. It's been a great movie ever since.
William J. Astore's article, “Democratic Kleptocracy,” in Asia Times is worth the read. See Imitation.