Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Peggy Noonan Made An Important Point

I know, I know. Writing that sentence just sent shooting pains through my back. But it's true. Follow me, though. Noonan recently wrote a piece about how Donald Trump's rise was due to a class of people she calls "the unprotected Americans." The idea is that elites get to make policy, and they get to ignore the consequences of it. They are insulated - by security guards, by wealth, by privilege - from the results of what they've done. Voting for Trump is a way for the unprotected Americans to strike back. Here's the piece, and here is a good quote:

If you are an unprotected American—one with limited resources and negligible access to power—you have absorbed some lessons from the past 20 years’ experience of illegal immigration. You know the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you. Both parties refused to control the border. The Republicans were afraid of being called illiberal, racist, of losing a demographic for a generation. The Democrats wanted to keep the issue alive to use it as a wedge against the Republicans and to establish themselves as owners of the Hispanic vote.

Why does this matter? Why is it an important point?

Because of what it leaves out. In the entire article, she never mentions the idea that immigrants, that Latinos, that Muslims, or African Americans might be included in the category of "unprotected Americans." It's clear she's talking about white people who believe that they're the unprotected ones in this country.

This is important, because it expresses, perfectly, the central delusion of the entire conservative movement. Read the whole thing. Go ahead. These people really don't get it.

Vote accordingly.

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  1. We could also note that immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, and African-Americans don't notably speak up for poor rural and rust-belt Americans, and that none of them speak up much for the virtual slaves that build their phones in China or the literal sex slaves that get bought and sold in Islamic State territory. It's almost like people are mainly concerned about their own perceived self interests or something.

    1. So I find it odd that this seems to surprise you. What were you expecting?

    2. It doesn't surprise me. Nope.

    3. Why would they speak up for a demographic that seems to trash them at any given opportunity? I got pinged as a gay man for not going after Muslims, because of Iran's shitty record of treating homosexuals.
      This was from someone who until recently was calling for HIV positive people to be interned in prison camps....

    4. The lack of sympathy apparently goes both ways, and here we are.

    5. No, that's a false equivalence.


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