A recent Ipsos poll comes close to blaming the voters for their discontent.
Trump’s candidacy taps into a deep, visceral fear among many that America’s best days are behind it. That the land of freedom, baseball and apple pie is no longer recognizable ; and that ‘the other’—sometimes the immigrant, sometimes the Non-American , and almost always the nonwhite—is to blame for these circumstances.
In the article, it's the nativism.  That's not quite as nasty a slander as "cause"+phobia, but it's nasty all the same.  And possibly unfounded.  Nativist sentiment, in the pollsters view, is agreement with one or more of these propositions.  More and more, I don't identify with what America has become.  These days, I feel like a stranger in my own country.  More and more, America is not a place I can feel comfortable as myself.  As the article does not offer elaboration about questions that might elicit confounding sources for people agreeing with those propositions, while it does show that less than half of the people agreeing with the propositions identify as Republicans, Tea Party, Democrats, or live in the south while more than half of the alleged nativists are white or older than 45 years, we might be simply seeing a reaction to the trashy, splintery popular culture, or corporate America's casualization of its work force, or cheating scandals in sports.  The discussion suggests some of these possibilities, but still, this is projection of the Old Liberal Establishment's beliefs.
Trump’s rise in the polls can only be understood in context of the profound economic and cultural change in America.  And his strength, like that of the tea party, is emblematic of deeper felt concerns within the Republican party.  On the one hand, many people are scared about their economic future and that of their children as the rate of economic displacement increases with the globalization of cheap labor and technological innovation. The America Dream for many is a distant, foreign concept.
Yes, and it doesn't help to turn "land of opportunity" into a micro-aggression.  Just saying.  Or to demonize people who remember The America That Worked(TM) and who get that in difficult times, the tough get going.
[Political correctness] doesn't hack it in war.  PC is a rich liberal's plaything, a luxury item. It works best as a subject for ridicule on South Park.  And it's not the way we really think.  It's the way we pretend we think.   So just who is it that is blowing innocent people to smithereens in Paris, Beirut, Sharm, and Mali, and who knows where else next?  Zen Buddhist monks?  The Little Sisters of the Poor?

Everybody knows who it is. Islam has a big problem and although people want to be polite or deliberately lie about it to look "good" to their neighbors or to their cousins at the Thanksgiving table, when they get into a voting booth, many of them are guiltily going to be pulling the lever for someone with the you-know-what to put an end to this global homicidal insanity -- and it's not going to be John Kasich or Rand Paul or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.  It's going to be Donald Trump.  And if not Donald, possibly Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, both of whom seem to be able to find Raqqa on a map. And none of these people are racists, not even faintly, no matter what some NBC reporter wants to imply.
All of which will make for an entertaining eleven months, as much of the rainbow coalition would be first to go should the jihadis ever get control of the United States.  But perhaps the rainbow coalition understands at some level the implications of that portion of the remnant of mainstream America that is armed and likely to give any band of jihadis a really bad day.  Plus there are places in mainstream America where a jihadi is likely to be shot by a girl.  No paradise for you.

1 comment:

David Foster said...

(off-topic) On the off chance that you haven't read it, Linda Niemann's memoir of working as a brakeman for the Southern Pacific is very good. I just reposted by review here: