Shouldn’t it be entirely normal for a trashy country to elect a trashy president? (Propublica) The US elected a buffoon under entirely benign economic circumstances; but his election is sure to end that.
“The question was suddenly no longer why Democrats struggled to appeal to regular Americans. It was why so many regular Americans were drawn to a man like Donald Trump”
“Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence”
From the traditional right:
“Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster… Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible.”
“The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. Donald Trump’s speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin.”
From the traditional left:
“The stressor at work here is the perceived and real loss of the social and economic advantages of being white.”
“People voting for Trump are mostly a notch higher on the economic ladder”; but they still identify with white trash, or as they would call it, being “normal americans”. Except their normality means self righteousness, guns, racism, bigotry and drugs.
Who will carry the torch of progress, hard work, respect for others? Why would they?