This was the rejoinder of the ordinary people to the diktat of the Upper Middle Political Class… why isn’t that a surprise to grounded folk?
Amidst all the howls of existential torment since Donald Trump’s election, one complaint rings louder than any other… the American people got it wrong. This is, of course, impossible. The very definition of democracy is that the voters are always right. Politics isn’t Sale of the Century, it’s Family Feud. The only correct answer is whatever the survey says… and the survey said Trump. This is what many in the Left seem unable to process. They believe that because they didn’t endorse Trump he’s somehow illegitimate. For example, the day after the election protesters in the USA took to the streets and social media with the declaration “Not my president”. In fact, he IS unquestionably their president. What they mean to say is that they just don’t like it.
This cognitive dissonance is at the very heart of the censoriousness that now dominates Left thinking. The general principle is that if they don’t like something it shouldn’t exist. That if they disapprove of certain views, then, we should ban those views. Yet, in the midst of this social censorship Donald Trump rose. Most men of means fear losing either their wealth or their status. Trump seemed to fear neither; indeed, he lost both with impunity. He had limitless money and a limitless lack of shame. As a result, he was beholden to no moral, political, or financial constraint. He could say whatever he wanted without fear of losing his job, his donors, or his dignity. In the land of the free, he was the most completely free of all.
What’s more, he arrived just at a time when the old working-class Left was desperate to express its discontent, but felt scared to do so. If America was a pressure cooker, Trump was the valve. Even so, the political Establishment, the media, and the middle-class Left completely failed to see what was happening. They made the problem even worse by trying to put a lid on the pressure cooker. They told voters Trump was racist, sexist, homophobic, and Islamophobic; they effectively decreed that no one could vote for him. They simply wrote him off as non-viable. Furthermore, because the Establishment determined that Trump didn’t exist, it also made his voters cease to exist. As far as polling was concerned, they literally disappeared off the map. The censorious Left had berated Trump’s “deplorables” so much it shamed them into silence. They simply didn’t tell pollsters who they were voting for. The result was the biggest political upset since the American Revolution.
The establishment assumed that because Trump was racist, sexist, homophobic, and Islamophobic that his supporters must be as well. In fact, it entirely missed the point. Most voters didn’t agree with everything Trump said, but they liked the fact he wasn’t afraid to say it. To them, Trump wasn’t an expression of bigotry; he was an expression of freedom. Besides, in a land that prided itself on liberty, tens of millions of people were sick and tired of others telling them what to say, what to think, and what was good for them. What’s more, until the comfortable inner-city Left stops trying to dictate how other people should feel, it’ll get its arse handed to it on a platter again and again, just as it did in the UK election, the Brexit poll, the Australian election, and now in the most powerful country on Earth. This is what happens when you suppress free speech. This is what happens when you tell people that they can’t express their views. Donald Trump happens.
How do I know all this? Because I supported Hillary.
11 November 2016
Daily Telegraph (Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA)