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Tuesday, April 12. 2016
VDH analyzes the Trump phenomenon. It's intelligent.
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That may be the silliest and most unperceptive little bit of blatant bigotry VDH has ever written.
Maybe he needed a token display of TDS to keep them from throwing him out of his office at NR.
White privilege? You mean like self actualization, striving, self discipline, fairness, loyalty (though not blind loyalty), integrity, civic mindedness, reliability and accountability, courage, autonomy, problem solving, saving, postponement of gratification, being productive and contributing to the community and the economic pie.
Well, I guess VDH got the hypocrisy down, but I hate histrionics. Not a Trump voter myself, but I am sympathetic to the Trump supporter.
Please share with me, what Republican. dignified or not, addresses the concerns, present and future, of America's working middle class? At least the Dems offer paternalism and condescension, in addition to subsidies and fake make work jobs.
The Republicans think we're going to do what, open our own businesses, as if aroma therapy candle shops and flea markets are ever going to replace the revenues of extraction or other value adding industries like manufacturing. Or, maybe we could go into the military or work a couple of dead end, temp service jobs, in the vibrant service sector. I think we were all supposed to have highly paid hi-tech or service jobs by now and simultaneously cultivating our inner artiste. But the statistics they trot out prove that you are better off, for some inexplicable reason, you just don't know it.
I agree with that, but Trump knows nothing about anything.
Sigh, I know. Here's the thing, I thought highly of Romney, but I see now that he had no interest in representing people like me, and might even look as down on me, as he does the 47%. In fact the only two Republicans that I can see as being sympathetic to working Americans are Huckabee and Santorum. That is how much this election cycle has flipped my world view.
What about the black man interviewed in NYC when the anti-Trumpers were throwing their tantrum not too long ago? He was a Trump supporter who lived in Harlem and saw all of the construction jobs for multiple building projects going to hispanic (possibly illegal) immigrants. So, no, sorry all of Trump supporters are not as described in this article.
Go back to the Florida primary. An article was done about a Trump campaign office in that state. And the writer was surprised to find almost all minorities and many women running the show. So, no, sorry all of Trump supporters are not as described in this article.
Go back to the Nevada primary. Trump won with a large majority of hispanic Republicans. So, no, sorry all of Trump supporters are not as described in this article.
This is the same National Review that wrote a very disparaging article about white people stranded in factory towns in the NE and how they pretty much deserved what they got and need to get over themselves. The NR writer accused most of these people of being drug addled and worse.
It's sort of a mystery to me. He understands who the Trump supporters despise, but he still doesn't seem to understand the supporters. So, I'm going to make a very unfair guess (based on where he's writing) that he understands the enemy because he is one.
If you read articles on sites that don't HATE Trump; they'll talk about his off the cuff, unfiltered remarks being a case of engaging the mouth before the brain. Yet, they will also talk about his non-public appearances, where he has reasoned, intelligent discussions.
I get why people HATE Trump, yet that emotional response seems to blind them to what he's doing. He's not stupid, you can't play the game as long and as successfully as he has, and be stupid. Politically naive? Really - how does one game the system for personal benefit and be politically naive?
Unlike a politician - he's not adverse to reversing himself - he doesn't lie about it (usually) and he doesn't apologize - even when he should. He's arrogant, abrasive and doesn't mince words. He is fully capable of using that persona to make the media work for him, he's done it for years. And they have worked for him, they can't seem to help themselves because they don't understand and yet despise his supporters.
Everyone else in the running - who as a group are arrogant, entitled, mince words, parse questions, poll their opinions and do all the other things MOST people actually claim to dislike. Yet they rail against Trump for doing being - not them.
The National Review HATES Trump, he is insufficiently intellectual - a crude, abrasive bully. I suspect the bubble index of writers at the National Review is near 2.5 (10 points lower than Manhattan) on the bubble quiz.
And in case you're wondering - I may vote for the Libertarian candidate but most likely I'll vote NOT Hillary.
It misses the mark. It is the voice of the GOPe. They know what they are saying about Trump isn't true but it is what they must say to justify what they do.
For example the statement "His supporters would prefer to lose with Trump than win with a sober and judicious politician such as Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan."
Really! Jeb Bush! Really?
The mistake that the GOPe is making is believing this is about Trump. His supporters believe that he is the vehicle for change but he is not as important as the change that they all want to see happen. The GOPe thinks if they can just stop Trump, just say enough negative things about him on TV and in the newspapers that they can stop this vulgarian and all will be well. It won't be. If Jeb or Ryan were elected president they will continue this downward spiral we are in.
By all measures except the stock market the U.S. is in an economic depression. But the Potemkin stock market mirrors the money and the policies the FED has provided to keep it propped up. Sooner or later the piper must be paid. All of this could have been prevented, all of it was caused by the Dems and the Rinos. It can't be and won't be fixed by electing more Rinos. Yes they can stop Trump but they can't stop the crap storm that's coming.
The longer the GOPe continues to deny the party direction of standing with the self appointed "experts" among themselves the more likely they will not survive the storming of the castle. I especially see this problem in my home state of Indiana where former Senator was Richard Lugar was Ted Kennedys favorite Republican. Politico has an April 9th article on how the Indiana GOPe intends to sideline Trump. They simply can not understand how arrogant and self serving they appear to other people. A pox on their lawyerly house.
I'm sad for America. We have adults whining that "the candidates don't understand ME". Adults. And claiming conspiracies because political parties follow their own rules and don't automatically nominate someone to represent their party because we really really want this guy, because he's not the other guys, who we can't trust.
Our guy says lots of contradictory things, so we just KNOW he will do what's on MY mind, not what he sees as being in his own interest. Just because he's always been out for himself, that PROVES that THIS TIME he's really going to do what I want.
Mass insanity, may this fever pass quickly, without destroying what remains of the America that once was able to industrialize, win two world wars, and go to the moon.
I wonder if VDH has taken Charles Murray's bubble test? He seems pretty out of touch with the folks who work, go ice fishing, attend Little League games, or who volunteer to clear away the junk along the roadways... You know who I mean, those sorry pathetic rubes who aren't looking for handouts, but want to work at productive jobs and to contribute to their communities.
Can't imagine why the whiners aren't satisfied with the endless platitudes and cliches or ideological blathering offered up by the political class (media, activists, consultants).... it's no wonder that Trump seems no worse than the rest.
Full disclosure, I failed the bubble test. Thank goodness, I have been to Branson and ergo, know what state it is in, or I would have gotten a zero for the first time in my life.
I scored a 60 on the bubble test.
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