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Brit sees it

Getting closer.

I’m a British immigrant, and grew up in a northern English working-class town. Taking my regional accent to Oxford University and then the British civil service, I learned a certain amount about my own class consciousness and other people’s snobbery. But in London or Oxford from the 1970s onwards I never witnessed the naked disdain for the working class that much of America’s metropolitan elite finds permissible in 2016.
 
When my wife and I bought some land in West Virginia and built a house there, many friends in Washington asked why we would ever do that. Jokes about guns, banjo music, in-breeding, people without teeth and so forth often followed. These Washington friends, in case you were wondering, are good people. They’d be offended by crass, cruel jokes about any other group. They deplore prejudice and keep an eye out for unconscious bias. More than a few object to the term, “illegal immigrant.” Yet somehow they feel the white working class has it coming.

My neighbors in West Virginia are good people too. Hard to believe, since some work outside and not all have degrees, but trust me on this. They’re aware of how they’re seen by the upper orders. They understand the prevailing view that they’re bigots, too stupid to know what’s good for them, and they see that this contempt is reserved especially for them. The ones I know don’t seem all that angry or bitter — they find it funny more than infuriating — but they sure don’t like being looked down on.

Many of them are Trump supporters.

Granting the appeal of the straight-talking outsider, one still must ask, why Trump? I mean, he doesn’t actually talk straight: In his own inimitable way, he panders like a pro. Shouldn’t it matter to someone who usually votes Republican that Trump isn’t a conservative — that, in policy terms, he isn’t really anything? He’s a liar and proud of it, transparently cynical and will say whatever comes into his head. How could anybody trust this man?

Yet, contrary to reports, the Trump supporters I’m talking about aren’t fools. They aren’t racists either. They don’t think much would change one way or the other if Trump were elected. The political system has failed them so badly that they think it can’t be repaired and little’s at stake. The election therefore reduces to an opportunity to express disgust. And that’s where Trump’s defects come in: They’re what make him such an effective messenger.

The fact that he’s outrageous is essential. (Ask yourself, what would he be without his outrageousness? Take that away and nothing remains.) Trump delights mainly in offending the people who think they’re superior — the people who radiate contempt for his supporters. The more he offends the superior people, the more his supporters like it. Trump wages war on political correctness. Political correctness requires more than ordinary courtesy: It’s a ritual, like knowing which fork to use, by which superior people recognize each other.

This isn’t the whole explanation of Trumpism, by any means, but I think it’s part of the explanation.

i KNOW it is. Liberals have very nearly destroyed the country–weakening, impoverishing, and enervating it by blithely and arrogantly ignoring the lessons of history–and yet they still have the balls to sneer at the people who still make the place work to whatever diminishing degree it still does? They’re sick and tired of it, they have every reason to be, and if Trump upsets their would-be rulers so badly, well, they’ll put up with his being far from anything like a perfect conservative to finally get a bit of their own back, in the only way remaining open to them short of an actual shooting war which nobody really wants.

And if you’re still confused about all this, check out this litany of grievances against the useless, collusionist GOP:

Here’s a list of those modern conservative “small(er) government” principles:

• Did the GOP secure the border with control of the White House and Congress? NO.
• Did the GOP balance the budget with control of the White House and Congress? NO
• Did the GOP even pass a FY 2016 budget with control of the House and Senate? NO.
• Who gave us a $2.5 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill in December 2015? The GOP
• Who eliminated, not just raise but eliminated, the debt ceiling? The GOP
• Who gave us the TSA? The GOP
• Who gave us the Patriot Act? The GOP
• Who expanded Medicare to include prescription drug coverage? The GOP
• Who created the precursor of “Common Core” in “Race To the Top”? The GOP
• Who played the race card in Mississippi to re-elect Thad Cochran? The GOP
• Who paid Democrats to vote in the Mississippi primary? The GOP
• Who refused to support Ken Cuccinnelli in Virginia? The GOP
• Who supported Charlie Crist? The GOP
• Who supported Arlen Spector? The GOP
• Who supported Bob Bennett? The GOP
• Who worked against Jim DeMint? The GOP
• Who worked against Rand Paul? The GOP
• Who worked against Ted Cruz? The GOP
• Who worked against Mike Lee? The GOP
• Who worked against Ronald Reagan? The GOP
• Who is working against Donald Trump? The GOP
• Who said “I think we are going to crush [the Tea Party] everywhere”? The GOP (McConnell)

And, you wonder why we’re frustrated, desperate for a person who can actually articulate some kind of push-back?

Here’s a shock for ya – We are not just pushing back against Obama, Pelosi and Reid, we are also desperate for push back against you.

Don’t miss the conclusion; it shines a pretty bright light on things for anyone either willfully obtuse or just plain stupid enough to still be in the dark.

(Via Insty and Bill)

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4 thoughts on “Brit sees it

  1. The people’s support for Trump is a message for the Establishment. If the Oligarchs and their slaves don’t heed the messge the next message will come with guns.

    It’s 460 A.D. It’s Rome and the Western Empire. The system cannot be fixed.

    Terminus est nunc.

  2. The condescension I fell in the company of REgressives is disgusting, especially having been an artist all my life. A field I should add that it’s expected that you being all sensitive and shit, are of course a REgressive. I’ve lost track of the times when it’s been revealed at a dinner or opening, that OMGoodness, you’re a conservative??? You voted for Reagan???? And W????????????

    They have the POV that they are of course correct about everything and you, why you are so obviously___________.

    There will never be a common ground or a coming together with them-they hate us(hey it’s only fair, I hate them too) but….

    ….the difference is conservatives are willing to let them have their communities, their schools, their whatever. REgressives OTOH are compelled to bend us to their way of thinking. We can’t have our bakeries refusing homo wedding cakes or our children to have vouchers.

  3. I have to say that this is an excellent analysis. I also live in the deep south, but I am only the most recent of nine generations of my family to do so. I have a good education by any standards, and work globally for a multinational company. I was sitting in the Asheville Airport, waiting for a flight, and the people next to me were talking about their visit, which was to find a third or fourth home in the mountains. The fellow concluded with the remark that He and his family were “too sophisticated to have to live near the local Provencals” I was really offended that such narcissism lets someone like him actually feel superior to anyone, much less us.
    So I see your point. I think Trump is what an eight year old imagines a tycoon to be. A cartoon character.
    None of the candidates are statesmen who would put the good of the country ahead of their own interests.
    So maybe we give them Trump. He probably has no idea what to do in that office. But he would stir things up.
    Maybe that is the best we can hope for.

  4. I can understand why people would enjoy sticking it to the “annointed.” However, the similarities between Trump and Obama are disquieting. I hope he does what he says he will rather than follow in Obama’s footsteps. Remember folks?

    In two years time if he wins I don’t want to hear anything from the folks who choose swagger instead of a consistent conservativism as represented by Cruz.

    Worse is that there are enough idiots, minorities, illegals and dead to put the Hildabeast into power.

    If that happens I am leaving while there is still a chance to do so.

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