Jerusalem Post editor: The real source of Trump’s appeal

… a very large group of Americans is frustrated – or enraged – by the intellectual and social terror exercised upon them by the commissars of political correctness.

From Caroline Glick at Townhall:

Trump is popular because he has a rare ability to channel the deep-seated frustrations that much of the American public harbors toward its political and cultural elites.

Trump’s presidential bid isn’t based on specific, defined economic or foreign policy platforms or plans. Indeed, it isn’t clear that he even has any.

Trump’s campaign is based on his capacity to resonate two deeply felt frustrations harbored by a large cross-section of American citizens.

As The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger explained recently, a very large group of Americans is frustrated – or enraged – by the intellectual and social terror exercised upon them by the commissars of political correctness.

Trump’s support levels rise each time he says something “politically incorrect.” His candidacy took off last summer when he promised to build a wall along the Mexican border. It rose again last November when, following the Islamic massacre in Paris, he said that if elected he will ban Muslim immigration to the US.

The many millions of Americans who are sick of being called racist, chauvinist, homophobic, privileged or extremist every time they breathe feel that in Trump they have found their voice. More.

Reality check: What’s sobering is that the American elite so needs political correctness in order to manipulate discussions away from the genuine interests of middle America that it can’t actually grasp why some peasants are revolting. The Trump wave will likely pass over, and the elite of both parties will need to be more vigilant about deviants from orthodoxy. If middle America chooses to aim at the elite, it had better not miss.

British psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple on political correctness:

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

See also: Instapundit: Trump wave is part of pattern, includes Europe

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  • That seems a fair assessment.

    • I guess it depends on how bad one thinks the situation is. The United States desperately needs another American Revolution, but does it still have the energy to hold one?

      • I believe America can recover. But it needs a major reform of its electoral system as do we.

        Professional politicians should be relegated to the dustbin of history and election campaign cycles dramatically shortened.

        The crony capitalist and government bureaucracy will be the hardest to dismantle. A flat tax rate is the start along that road.

        • I hope you are right. But it will take all the strength terns of millions of people have to not just get sucked in again I wonder, is Canada over?

  • Brett_McS

    Just when conservatives were building a real movement within the Republican party Stop!! … we need a revolution!!!!

    /facepalm

    Real, solid change takes time, and most shocking of all it may not all happen in our lifetimes! Nooooo!!!

    It’s not something that the ‘now’ generation are comfortable with.