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Liberals STILL Don’t Get It


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A little over a week ago, I posted my thoughts on why the election turned out the way it did. As I wrote,

When you’ve already been painted as a racist misogynist homophobe, a dolt incapable of anything other than collecting welfare and shooting heroin, you’re not going to worry too much about voting for a guy who actually is a racist misogynist – after all, it’s not like you have anything left to lose.

Since then, I’ve seen some postings on various blogs (like these, here and here) that show a few liberals have figured this out. But far too many have taken the wrong lessons from the election, or no lesson at all. The recent kerfluffle over the the way the cast of Hamilton has reacted is one example. The Democrat party’s seeming determination to shift even further left is another. And finally, there is the unending grief I and other conservatives are receiving from the on-line liberal tribe, as well my liberal friends. None of them seem capable of recognizing, much less understanding, what happened in this election.

So here’s a quick synopsis for you.

  1. Donald Trump did not win this election, so much as Hillary Clinton lost this election. This is an important point to remember.
  2. This was not an election about issues. Equally important to remember. This was not about emails, Benghazi, immigration, or “identity politics”. In the end, none of that mattered. The great swath of undecideds didn’t break for Trump because they agreed with his plans, or because of Hillary’s probable corruption. They didn’t abandon Hillary because she’s a woman, or out of racism.
  3. This was an election about attitudes and respect. This is the point that liberals are getting especially hung up about. If the election was about respect, how could the least respectful candidate since George Wallace win? It’s because they ignore the first half of that statement: attitudes. For a generation, the great swath of middle America has endured an attitude from the genteel class that says their values and lifestyle are worthless. This was the year when they finally told the genteel class to go to hell.

In short, for 30 years the vast middle of America was told by cultured elite that they need to respect everyone, but no one need respect them. They were called “bitter clingers” and “deplorable” and “trailer park trash.” Their values, which also happen to be the ageless values of hard work, loyalty, family, church and patriotism, were derided as passe.

Now, as I’ve said, I’ve found very few who lean left who seem able to grasp this simple concept. It might be the heavy indoctrination that turns one into a liberal precludes them from recognizing that heaping scorn on half of the country is not going to endear you to the masses. Instead, I see comments like these:

A significant reason Hillary lost this election was because men (mostly white) came out in unprecedented numbers to remind us – violently & vehemently – that a woman is not welcome at the table.

 

If you voted for Trump, you might not be a racist, but you support one

 

The only difference between a Trump voter and a Nasi (sic) is the Nazi has a brain

 

I’m not saying Trump’s people are idiots, but they can’t spell cat if you spot them the C and A.

And those are the mild ones. The left is intent on casting Trump’s voters as racists, woman haters, gay haters, idiots – in other words, as “deplorable.” When I’ve mentioned that no, most of Trump’s voters are telling you eggheads they’re tired of having their values trashed and lives stepped on, I get replies amounting to, “Who cares? They voted for Trump.”

If I were purely partisan, I wouldn’t much care. As long as the left maintains this tone deafness about America, their electoral chances remain concentrated in the cities. They will never regain any strength in the Congress, and they will continue to lose elections at the local and national level. One of the most shocking results of this election is that Democrats only won 57 counties this year. 57 out of nearly 3200. Now THAT’s deplorable!

But I am not a pure partisan. I am an American, and while we on the right understand the left’s POV (we haven’t been given a choice, really – it’s crammed down our throats), if the left doesn’t understand ours, the country will remain hopelessly divided. Regardless of which side of the political divide you find yourself, I think we all agree that would be a horrible, no good, very bad result.

 

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3 responses

  1. “Donald Trump did not win this election, so much as Hillary Clinton lost this election. This is an important point to remember.”

    I’m not sure this is a valid point. On one hand, I agree. The numbers indicate that Romney/Trump numbers were pretty similar across the board, but the Hillary lost a lot of the voters that Obama collected. On the other hand, Trump won the crucial swing states by turning the support of the Reagan Democrats. Gotta give him and his operation credit there.

    I also don’t feel that “respect” played a huge role. This was a change election, a relatively common occurrence. Trump was the change candidate. Hillary was the status quo candidate.

    November 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

    • Thanks for your comments.
      As a gentle rebuttal, consider that Trump’s favorability going into the election was in the 30’s. Clinton’s biggest problem was that she could not take advantage of that, because she could not connect with the voters she needed. And that comes back to the question of respect: she had a commanding lead, even in the states that flipped, until she came out with that deplorables statement. BTW, this is backed up by research her own campaign did but ignored. The reason they ignored it was a misplaced belief in two factors: that latinos, blacks, women and millenials would break more heavily for her than they did, and that the group that turned the election would not turn out in the numbers they did.

      November 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

      • I understand. There is a lot to support the initial statement that Hillary did a lot to lose this election. Still, though, Trump did an incredible job turning states that no one thought he could win.

        “Michigan? Why the heck is he going to Michigan? They’ve voted Democrat since forever.”

        Well, turns out his organization knew something that the others didn’t. I give him props for that.

        November 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

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