11.12.15

WHEN BELIEF SYSTEMS COLLIDE.

Political scientist and occasional CNN talking head (or was that years ago, I almost never watch them anymore) Bill Schneider  contrasts presidential styles.  Sarah Palin might have been right about the professor with a lectern. It's tone-deaf in wartime.  (Governor Palin might have also been right about the continued policy failure that was Hope and Change, but that's for the historians now.)  Donald Trump might be substantively wrong, but stylistically, he better fits the conditions.
Obama is thoughtful, knowledgeable and progressive: the professor-in-chief. He’s always had trouble connecting with white working-class voters. He lost them to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Given the anger and fear that has seized the country, a lot of voters are looking for an altogether different kind of leader than Obama. “The nation needs a wartime president,” Senator Ted Cruz said. Someone who can be trusted to keep them safe. Trump pledges to keep out immigrants who might be recruited to the terrorist cause. Obama calls for gun control. “As if somehow terrorists care about what our gun laws are,” presidential aspirant Senator Marco Rubio said.

Resentment of education has always been stronger than resentment of wealth in the United States. Especially since the educated elite has come to embrace liberal cultural values — values that conservatives denounce as “political correctness.”

No one is less politically correct than Trump. He claimed that some people failed to report suspicions about the California killers because of concerns about racial profiling.
I think he's overstating the resentment of education, although he's correct that a higher education bent on deconstructing useful institutions and enabling crybullies isn't going to play well with normal Americans, particularly when President Obama also snarks at normal Americans whenever he can.  (And thus, Mr. Schneider, if there is "hatred of Obama," it may be returning an attitude in kind.

That's the point of Ben Domenech's "Barack Obama's political legacy is the rise of Donald Trump."  Our President might have been elected without any of the "bitter clingers" he can trash in the company of coastal metrofexuals, but he's going to have trouble governing when he continues to talk down.
There is a marked frustration in the president’s lectures of the American people, an undercurrent that has only grown over the course of his tenure. At first he was frustrated with politicians in Washington not listening to him. Now he seems more frustrated with the American people for not listening, either. But they have taken a lesson from these lectures over the past seven years that is now very clear, and that is fueling the Trump phenomenon – the lesson that we were wrong about Obama, just as he is wrong about us.
That's also the message of Michael Phelps (not the swimmer) in American Thinker.
Let’s not forget that, the sensitivities of dear students aside, the real problem is the left as currently embodied by President Obama.  He insists that our American values compel us to welcome an unlimited number of legal immigrants and illegal aliens regardless of the security or economic risks.  The president acts as though even a reconsideration of the vetting process used to check the Muslim migrant population is an act of cowardice.  This is true demagoguery that the media is largely abetting.  Meanwhile, Americans are quietly arming themselves, as they sense that the president is not up to the job.

Trump is a crass loose cannon, but he’s also someone who refuses to be stifled by the left’s attempts to crush free thought and free speech with its political correct insanity.  Politicians and pundits can fidget and roll their eyes all they want, but Trump has connected with many millions of Americans, many more than the out of step in Washington care to admit.  Rightly or wrongly, people get the sense Trump shares their concerns and articulates them forcefully.  His detractors would be better served by trying to be more up front about their own positions instead of trying to score points attacking Trump’s.
Or, perhaps, to offer policy alternatives that do not involve excessive executive power or measures contrary to the Constitution.

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