I wrote back, asking him some questions, and he replied.
Me: By the way, what do you make of Thomas Sowell’s comments?:
Is that the emotional release that Republican voters will be seeking when they begin voting in the primaries? If so, Donald Trump will be their man. But if the sobering realities of life and the need for mature and wise leadership in dangerous times is uppermost in their minds, they will have to look elsewhere.
PA wrote back:
Sowell misdiagnoses the current situation, inadvertently condescending to the base. It isn’t some simplistic emotional release Trump supporters seek: it’s a genuine change to the status quo. Another name for that is politicians actually doing what they promise to do.
Me: and Ben Shapiro’s?
Our media-reinforcing cycle of fame is more like a street corner of skyward-looking nincompoops than an aggregation of Yelp reviews. Our elites tell us that we ought to look at a given candidate in a given way; we then react to those elites by following their spotlight. Donald Trump has received nearly half of all media coverage in the Republican race since he announced his campaign. That means that a lot of people are willing to overlook his flubs and his foibles — he’s a known face, and that fame protects him from comments that would hurt any other candidate.
The problem here isn’t Trump. It’s our entire culture of politics. Barack Obama has made ubiquity an art form — it’s hard to imagine that someone who appears regularly with YouTube stars to talk about tampon taxes could actually be malignant. Joe Biden appears on “Parks and Recreation.” Hillary Clinton dances with Ellen and makes awful jokes on “Saturday Night Live.” Our politicians know that exposure makes us comfortable with them.
Ben Shapiro is vastly overrated as a thinker in my opinion. Fame caused the Trump phenomenon? Of course not. This is just lazy.
Maybe you had to be here in the country when Trump, during his announcement to run for president!, called out the issue of amnesty, illegal alien crime and open borders. Nothing in that launch suggested fame. To the contrary, the media party, to steal from Ezra Levant, tried mightily to kill his campaign.
Understanding Trump and his support simply is not difficult. The only requirement is honesty, something most pundits rarely aspire to.
But, PA, why should pundits think they need honesty if people who might vote for the GOP are just hapless sheep, their proportionate numbers diminishing daily, waiting to be sheared either silently or loudly?
Isn’t the real political business of both parties with the new dependency classes? The helpless, the useless, the aggrieved? Shouldn’t that be written on the Statue of Liberty now?
Reality check: I think a Trump presidency will be a bad thing, but that is not principally Trump’s fault.
Average working multigenerational Americans (of all stripes) have staked their lives on their country. Now they must turn to an apparent buffoon with divided loyalties to speak for them, as opposed to speaking for anyone who wants to turn up and collect benefits?
Answers are beginning to come in. Let start with this: American gentry, liberal or conservative, insulate themselves (and profit!) from crime, disorder, political corruption, and economic decay occasioned by their new fun game—playing Mother Theresa in global politics.
They can afford to sneer at the little folk who must vote for either quick or slow erosion of functioning communities. Trump seems to promise slow erosion.
The other candidates can’t be bothered even making an offer the little people who pay taxes could accept.
Yes, things are bad in Canada too. But we don’t have that problem. Millions of people are not trying to spend the winter in North Bay or Fort Chip. So we don’t have to figure out what to do if they begin to reshape Canada along South American lines.
See also: My American friend: More on why Trump will be prez
American political junkie friend explains why Trump will win
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