Monday, November 14, 2016

Trump's Loud Mouth: Not a Bug But a Feature

I was reading someone over the weekend who said that the Trump voters were the people in the room that didn't say anything: or the Uber driver that admitted being a Trump supporter only reluctantly.

The point about Trump is that he would say stuff that the Trump supporter couldn't. Because political correctness, which I argue is in fact intellectual terrorism.

So the point of about Trump being rude and crude starts to come into focus. It was not a bug, but a feature. GOP voters wanted someone who had the cojones to say the things you are not allowed to say in America. So when we saw the early GOP debates it was stunning to see Trump utterly fearless and rude. He was saying things we wanted to say to liberals, but wouldn't, or couldn't.

Because we knew that violating the rules meant instant immolation by media. Also known as auto da fé. But Trump went through the fire and survived! He did something that no prudent person would dare to do. Because of the example of all kinds of GOP politicians whose careers got eliminated with one wrong word.

I remember some incident, which got into racist, sexist territory, and every GOP candidate, even Ted Cruz, the anti-establishment candidate, piled onto Trump. But Trump survived, and they did not.

Because the GOP base wanted a candidate with the courage of a Trump.

Here's a girl professor, Joan C. Williams, addressing the issue.
Trump’s blunt talk taps into another blue-collar value: straight talk. “Directness is a working-class norm,” notes Lubrano. As one blue-collar guy told him, “If you have a problem with me, come talk to me. If you have a way you want something done, come talk to me. I don’t like people who play these two-faced games.” Straight talk is seen as requiring manly courage, not being “a total wuss and a wimp,” an electronics technician told Lamont. 
Oh and another thing. The working class doesn't like the professional class.
[T]he white working class (WWC) resents professionals but admires the rich. Class migrants (white-collar professionals born to blue-collar families) report that “professional people were generally suspect” and that managers are college kids “who don’t know shit about how to do anything but are full of ideas about how I have to do my job,” 
Professional people are the managers and supervisors that tell the working class what to do. And the working class doesn't like it.

So, when you think of it, Trump and the white working class is a marriage made in heaven.

But I think there is something bigger going on. It is simply that a political leader is supposed to be a leader, he is supposed to "boldly... outdare the dangers of the time."

Now the great danger of our time to white normal Americans is political correctness, which, after Bryan Magee, I call intellectual terrorism. It has two parts. In the first place it terrorizes the opposition to the left into silence, because to disagree with the left is to be anathematized as a  racist, sexist, homophobe and to risk your job. In the second place it teaches its liberal supporters to hate and to fear the dreaded racist, sexist homophobes. And how, as we discovered after the election.

This is not good. But, as I have written here and here, it cannot last. The politics of intellectual terrorism is, in reality, a Reign of Terror, and reigns of terror, after Crane Brinton in Anatomy of Revolution, cannot last. People cannot live forever in a whipped-up ideological fervor. Eventually they give up out of exhaustion and go back to normal life. This return-to-normal has come to be called "Thermidor" after the coup against the Jacobins on 9 Thermidor Year II (27 July 1794) that ended the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution.

I am saying that the intellectual terrorism of political correctness was bound to end up in some kind of a Thermidor. And we can now call it Trumpidor.

The left has traditionally railed against the leader that executes on the Thermidorean reaction, and for good reason. In our age, Thermidor always takes place at the peak of some lefty Reign of Terror, like the Cultural Revolution in China, and lefties naturally take a dim view of their glorious revolution being stopped dead by some man on a white horse. But this is because lefties are living a dream reality, a secular religion that explains everything and nothing. Leftism is an apology for revolution and intellectual terror, but nothing more.

So Trump has had his Thermidor. The question is whether he will lead America back to prosperity and comity, or whether he will bury America on some mad adventure in Russia, like the man that picked up power in the street after the first Thermidor, Napoleon Bonaparte.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us, it is time to Cut the Cringe, and openly say to the accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, hate, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and climate denialism: We Don't Care.

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