“Trump does not reflect who we are.”
Actually, and I think this is actually what goes to the horror of the political class, Trump reflects exactly who you are.Everything they hate about him, from the nonstop concern with what the press is saying, to the willingness to override traditions to do what he wants, is a characteristic that our political class has had for decades. He just does it with insufficiently-creased pants.
If our media and political class weren’t horrible, Trump would have stayed in the hotel and TV business, and the people who hate him now would have happily attended his parties and taken pictures with him. But he is forcing them to acknowledge, at least unconsciously, just how horrible they are and they can’t deal with that.
Likewise, note this overall surprisingly Trump-friendly column from Bret Stephens, which ends like this:
Donald Trump is a profoundly defective person who nearly every morning does grave political self-harm with no assistance from his opponents. But he is also president, and normal Americans — that is, those who hold the outcome of the next election in their hands — do not want him to fail. They want statesmanship, not schadenfreude.
Wouldn’t it be smart of all of Trump’s opponents to show they are superior to him in the former? And wouldn’t a good way of doing that be to abjure the latter, even if it sometimes means giving him some credit?
The thing is, they’re not superior to him, as the 15-month ragefest since the 2016 election demonstrates. And, what really burns is, the voters don’t think they’re superior to him. And when a sense of superiority is all you’ve got (and cultivated self-superiority is the core of the current leftist project), realizing that others don’t share it is a narcissistic wound from which there is no recovery. That’s what’s wrong with much of our political class, and it’s ugly and destructive — because much of our political class, at core, is ugly and destructive.
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much of our political class, at core, is circumcised
Ruth Marcus is wrong!
The ones who hate Trump, hate him because he is the exact opposite of who they are. He doesn’t try to BS himself or them. All their heroes constantly lie, they steal, they hide their crimes, pretend to be humble and they cry false tears. Trump boasts of his achievements, flaunts his wealth, and says to his supporters, “Come on and be like me.”
He says to people “I am just like you, I have worked hard, done all the dirty jobs in my businesses, have great kids, love my wife but I have more money.”
Trump haters say that they are superior to the ‘deplorables’ and have absolutely nothing in common with working people.
They hate Trump because he rubs their noses in how worthless they are.
Trump supporters love him because he shows that he values them as people not just voters.
The Anti-Trumpers are all the non-working (or at least non productive) moochers.
Trump supporters can point to the things that they have produced, things like cars, houses, appliances, roads.
Read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ for examples.
Trump haters hate Atlas Shrugged, supporters love it even if they have never read it.
I don’t hate Trump – but you can keep Ayn Rand though.
Are you one of the people who don’t like something (eg Atlas Shrugged) even though they have never read it?
What exactly did Rand ever do to you?
One of the most compelling writers ever born.
“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed.”
Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged
“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” Ayn Rand
“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”