We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The media's "angry, ignorant mouth-breather" stereotype of the Trump voter is no more than Lefty media spin. Since they do not talk to Trump voters, they will never report the reality. While working class white voters, male and female, might have given Trump his electoral edge, clearly large numbers of all sorts of demographics preferred him over Hillary. I did, and I do not think I am a knuckle-dragger.
If Megan wishes to contact me, I would be happy to introduce her to a goodly number of sophisticated, highly educated New York elites who were Trump voters - some enthused, some in the (political) closet, and some holding their noses but ok with it given the alternative.
I am the lone Trump voter among my friends and coworkers and it feels like being a Christian in Imperial Rome. If your blog ever has a cocktail hour someplace in Manhattan, or a similar activity I'd love to join. That Urban Hike looks interesting! best v/
Yes, go. I went last year, and given the length of the hike, conversed at some length with nearly everyone there. Not all the same or all I agreed with, but a genuine relief from social workers and psychiatrists.
There is another side to this elites vs plebs argument: the number of ill-educated, boorish, mouth-breathing Democrats who could be considered just as Deplorable in their own way. It's not just "elites" over on the other side. On average, Democratic voters (in presidential elections) have had less education than Republican voters for decades. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Perhaps conservatives don't mention this for reasons of politeness and fair play, but in truth, it's probably because the counteraccusations of picking on the downtrodden seem too expensive a cost.
Trump voters need to be careful not to stereotype themselves in exactly the same way, simply inverting the status that they are "regular folk" and thus superior. The voter breakdown is mixed on both sides.
The thing is, if you look at the numbers, a lot of those "disaffected white working- and lower-middle class voters who had given Trump his electoral college victory" were the same ones who gave Obama his shot at hopenchange. They weren't so deplorable then, and not when the last time they went Republican was for Reagan. And it's not like there's 60 million of them.
Hasn't the bourgeoisie always disdained everyday working people and felt compelled to scold and correct them? I think of it as one of their most identifiable traits, along with glibness. I also have noticed that their empathy and capacity to walk in another's shoes is limited, unless it is melodramatic or maudlin or self serving. They fancy themselves as quite creative and modern, by virtue of their educations. Many are, but not most. Most are just piggybacking on the talent of others. They are at their most laughable when they present themselves as avant garde or outre.
It's horrible. The mouth-breathing unsophisticates that are Trump voters are now even invading elite safe spaces like Sette Mezzo: http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/28/now-chuck-schumer-is-yelling-at-trump-voters-in-restaurants/