Exemplified in the vid below, which reeks of “We know better than you, stupid rubes and Trump fans.” Those qualities were always there, but suddenly people are beginning to realize, we don’t need to accept this definition of ourselves, our fate, or our opinion of that fate.
In a note to a friend, I said,
After getting blindsided last summer re the Trump candidacy, I started co-blogging with friends, including an American e-friend (the Political Animal series.)
1. He (e-friend) points out that much we hear about Trump isn’t about him at all; it is about the death throes of the formerly mainstream media, choked by the internet.
Trump yanks their chain. He outrages them, they rage and rage, and people flock to Trump rallies anyway.
Why? Because hearing that the New York Times is appalled by Trump doesn’t carry the weight it used to.
Sensing this, I tended to discount news that the ghosts of Hitler (several claimants to position) were duking it out with the Klan over book rights. For all I know, that could be true too, but it doesn’t matter.
The people who claim to speak for middle America no longer do. That matters.
2. Whatever game Trump is playing, he is smart enough to see that. Bill Maher having someone on his show about whether Trump is a “deep con” doesn’t resonate the way it used to. People can choose to get their information more directly. And therefore to act in what they take to be their interests on that basis, right or wrong.
Reality check: If Trump is a con man, how come he doesn’t seem to be fooling anyone? It’s worse than that, actually. People would prefer to listen to him than to the establishment’s vetted dorks and dweebs, not so much because he is good but because they know from long, bitter experience, they will get no help whatever from the dorks and dweebs.
At least with Trump they have someone new to be disappointed in.
Magic spell-breaking question: Why is it a “sensationalist” idea to say that a nation state is a state that has control of its borders? Who made thet unique new rule that eliminates the nation state as a meaningful entity, by making it borderless, and why?
See also: Political Animal series: Start here. It’s not easy being always right