25.1.16

RISING UP ANGRY.

I keep finding material to keep up the theme of disaffected normal Americans.  And the chin-pullers keep wondering why the rabble won't stay in its place.  On the left, there's Chris Matthews and the usual effete snobs sneering at home-schoolers.  On the right, there's National Review attempting to excommunicate Donald J. Trump.

Too late, suggests Robert Oscar Lopez.
The tightly knit Brahmin caste feels the need to intervene.  They must rush in and correct the thought processes of the conservative masses, because they see many things in the pro-Trump movement that discomfort them.  Yet the elite brain trust of conservatives, with their editorial positions and contributor contracts at FOX News, are doubling down too late on a platform whose time came and went.  The deeper issue isn't Donald Trump at all; it's the Brahmins and their increasing tendency to misread what's going on in the lives of their readers.
Put another way, the chattering classes, whatever their political leanings, have gone back to the same script too often.  But their failures are all around us.
[National Review's] authors acknowledge that these constituencies are angry, feel let down, view recent years as times of betrayal, aren't all that impressed by dogma right now, and are now open to someone – specifically Trump, though it might have been anyone who came along with new media savvy – who doesn't even agree with their ideology at all but who represents a cathartic rebellion against the experts who've continually misled them.
And the rebellion is more populist than conservative, at least in the modal connotation of conservatism.
Most conservatives have a general sense that individuals should be decent, self-reliant, and God-fearing, traits intrinsic to America's earliest roots.  But they don't own businesses.  They want a functioning government that helps people who need help.  They decide tough issues based on right and wrong, not on clauses in the nation's founding document.  And they don't want to live in a world where everything is for sale to the highest bidder.  Trump might not be the best purveyor of these principles, but he's the common man's weapon against the thought leaders who've been betraying the principles for over twenty years.  And payback is a you-know-what.
Put another way, there might be a lot of voters who could get on board with Senator Sanders, but for the Democrats infatuation with the counterculture.

There's a lot more in Mr Lopez's essay, should you want more specifics.

Katie Kieffer is also thinking about the insurrection to come.
Americans are ready to unshackle themselves from the two-party system. You and your friends can agree on this: we need far more choices in terms of whom we elect to represent us in Washington.
She's no fan of Senator Sanders, but she evaluates his message as "eerily inviting."  She's also on-board with an end to the cult of the Presidency and the default of the Conventional Wisdom.
It’s dangerous to expect a rebel to be a savior. No human being can save us from ourselves. Only God can do that. We must urge each other to carefully research all the candidates.

That said, there’s enormous hope and encouragement in knowing that your neighbors crave real reform and are no longer afraid to break free from the restrictions of the two-party system. Share this with your friends and encourage them to lobby for more parties; more choices; and more transparency in the political process.

Just as a snowstorm persuades schools to declare a snow day and give students a respite, a blizzard of discontented voters can force Washington to give voters a break and start anew. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Nine months to go.

No comments: