9/20/16

The GOP Pity Party

Jennifer Rubin is a conservative blogger who writes for WaPo, among others. Her latest post:


Indeed it has. More so ... it has become a modern 'Know Nothing' party.

Don't remember the 'Know Nothings' from your high school US History class? Here's a brief refresher:

The movement arose in response to an influx of migrants and promised to "purify" American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativist and anti-Catholic sentiment. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by German and Irish Catholic immigrants, whom they saw as hostile to republican values and as being controlled by the Pope. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, the movement strove to curb immigration and naturalization but met with little success. Membership was limited to Protestant men. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class membership was divided over the issue of slavery.

Sound familiar? It should. Change the targets a bit and you have the modern-day Republican Party in general, and the Trumpkins in particular.

Rubin writes:

... the ills about which Trump and his apologists complain have little to do with the plight of many of their supporters (whose average salary is $72,000, much higher than that of the average Sanders or Hillary Clinton supporter). The things Trump demonizes — free trade and immigration — did not cause the decline of low-skilled manufacturing (automation did that); they have, however, contributed to the resurgence of high-skill manufacturing in the United States to such an extent that we have record numbers of unfilled manufacturing jobs. If Trump were railing about the lack of job training programs, that would be one thing, but he is not, of course. Constructive measures that do not involve attacks on others are of no concern to him. He’s simply casting about for targets for white, lower-class rage.

See that hotlink to the article about unfilled high-skill manufacturing jobs? Trump would better serve his constituency by coming up with a jobs-training plan to fill those jobs, rather than feeding the Trumpkin Sturmabteilung's unreasoned and unreasoning anger. He can't get the votes by appealing intellectually; he has to resort to feeding hate and discontent, by generating racist hatred, by pushing the buttons of 'blue collar' America. We can see that blue collar hate and discontent all over Facebook. There is no reason at all to it. It feeds on mindless Internet memes, few if any of which are rooted in any kind of fact. Trump revels in it, like a swine rolling in a feces-filled wallow.

But it gets even better. Rubin goes on:

Trump’s defenders seem to demand that we treat member of his base delicately for fear of ruffling their feathers and damaging their self-esteem. When you play the “Hollywood makes fun of us” card, you get perilously close to political correctness and emotional feebleness, not things Trump and his ilk are supposed to promote. Even worse, complaining that other people don’t wish them “Merry Christmas” — and then transforming that into a war against Christianity — is victimology rarely seen outside the “safe spaces” on college campuses.

There it is. Trump feeds the pity party. The very people who rant and rave about 'political correctness' are among the worst of the self-pitying whiners.

Where are the all-American values in that?