Opinion | Morgan Liddick: The tarring of Trump supporters has to stop
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It’s official: Donald Trump has unhinged America’s ruling class elites. For evidence, see the staff editorial in Aug. 20 New York Times — one of the house organs of the Progressive movement.
After a paragraph or so of personal attacks on the Republican candidate, the guardians of Leftist orthodoxy huff that after the election, “The toxic effects of Trumpism will have to be addressed.”
That’s right. When Hillary is dragged across the finish line by her acolytes in the media and willing accomplices in both political parties, those who have committed the heresy of doubting the Washington elites’ divine right to rule will be dealt with. Let a thousand re-education camps bloom.
Memo to those still hyperventilating over Donald Trump’s comment that NRA supporters might “do something” about Hillary Clinton’s scheme to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with justices who think the U.S. Constitution doesn’t mean what it says: It’s perfectly clear why you are not having similar vapors over the Times’ call for “toxic” Trump supporters to be “addressed.” They interfere with your worldview, so the state should sweep them away. They’re a pack of stupid, uneducated, racist, homophobic (insert other, unprintable epithets here), and it’s what they deserve. Only they aren’t, and it isn’t.
The Gallup organization, which gave up presidential polling but is still very good at attitudinal research, has recently concluded an in-depth, nationwide survey of 87,000 respondents. According to the results, Trump supporters might not have attended college to the degree Hillary’s have, but they are not fools. A majority work in technical trades and make more than the median wage. And though most are not worse-off than the average American, most know and talk about neighbors who are.
Their attitudes might surprise political elites, long accustomed to the idea that they speak for the aspirations of “the average American.” Many average Americans strongly disagree. The typical Trump supporter is concerned and angry because they think the country is headed in the wrong direction — as do more than 70 — of the population at large – and because they think this means nothing to the political class. They worry about a country where traditional values of piety and patriotism are dismissed by intellectuals as the gibbering of bumpkins. Where hard work is for suckers. Where public service is seen as an opportunity for private enrichment. Where personal security is for those who have Secret Service bodyguards.
Above all they worry about the future their children and grandchildren will confront in a country whose leaders seem intent on making less unified, less powerful, less wealthy and less comfortable — for the vast majority, at least. For the well-heeled and well-connected, politics will insure creature comforts while the rest are left to fight over scraps, distracted by gender-issue windmills, “fairness” phantasms and the assorted bogeymen of race. Trump supporters have torn the mask off this whole crooked game, and have shouted in its face that they are sick to death of it. All of it.
That, dear readers, is why The New York Times, The Washington Post and most other media agree not only with their longtime symbionts, the Democrat party, but increasingly with the Republican “establishment.” All realize that the power they share, and their control over the American public might be slipping away. This badly frightens them, and they are desperate to prevent it: Such a catastrophe might force them all to find real jobs.
That possibility being too terrible to contemplate, The New York Times becomes the latest in a long line of politicians and media outlets to demean and insult those who would prefer Trump and the real challenge he represents to corruption, deceit, favor-selling and the circus of self-interest that is today’s politics. It’s an odd strategy: trying to cow those one should woo. But fear, ego and paranoia have a way of blinding those they visit – and none respects station or purse.
In fact, paranoia is a useful optic when dealing with the breathless hyperbole of Trump critics. A quick overview of the Times editorial dredges up the following: “Vicious emotions.” “Fever dream.” “Venomous.” “Brutalizer.” “Gibberish.” Among others. The penultimate paragraph howls about “… the bigotry and paranoia that are the key to the Trump phenomenon.”
Remember that a classic symptom of paranoia is that of ascribing to one’s supposed enemies attributes of one’s own condition. Recall that, in the past century, the two presidents who actually rounded up and imprisoned U.S. residents en masse were Progressives: Woodrow Wilson and FDR. Now The New York Times breathlessly suggests an encore may be needed when their desired candidate is elected.
Draw your own conclusions, and vote accordingly.
Morgan Liddick writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily.
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