Slovenian Guest: The irony is of course that Trump doesn’t color even that much outside the lines. Hell, he is milk toast even compared to 1992 Slick Willy (hey ladies), who sounded more Republican in his convention speech than Trump does now. LOTB did a good summary: I re-watched Bill Clinton’s 1992 convention speech. This just shows you how much the Overton window shifted left in the US. It’s truly scary. I weep for thee!
Brendan: I’m excited about Trump — he’s necessary — but this right here is one downside of us on the Right being forced into the identity politics game. Rule #1: don’t say anything bad about your side. Thus, Charles Murray is now a traiterous cuck for talking about morals rather than just trade deals. I share none of the author’s confidence about this country’s ability to change social norms. He gives smoking as a positive example. Shall we start listing negative...
Anomaly UK: Not to mention “I Will Fear no Evil”, about an old man who has his brain transplanted into a young woman’s body… https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/I_Will_Fear_No_Evi l
Sam J.: A lot of the leftist and intellectual class don’t really understand what fire they’re playing with. They think that they’ll always be in some comfortable college town with coffee shops everywhere and nice non violent people curtsying around. If they ruin it for the vast amount of working class and middle class in this country they’re going to be hit too. The other day I saw a bunch of people at a Trump rally burning the American flag and my first thought was what were...
David Collins: SFC, Trump understands the working class man because…drum roll…he employs a lot of them and has for a long time. He also appears to understand the importance of loyalty.
Grasspunk: Australia has something similar, the Tall Poppy Syndrome, which is where the general population attacks anyone deemed too rich or successful without showing the necessary humility. Lots of Irish and Scots in that population too.
Space Nookie: Trump speaks extemporaneously to crowds of real people and so can determine instantaneously what the real, emotional reactions are and what the real applause lines are. A conventional politician, reliant on donor money, has to work through a much more formal system of polling, developing a message, having speeches approved by donors, etc. And also speaks to smaller, non-representative crowds of the party faithful, paid interns and actors, etc
Zimriel: Implicitly: the real America is the Great Plains, the real Mexico extends from the Valley of Mexico to Albuquerque, the real Canada is Winnipeg and Calgary, Nevada and upstate Quebec are empty, and there’s some entity called “the Great Lakes” that covers Minnesota-Nice through to southern Ontario. Seems about right to me.
SFC Ton: I am fairly puzzled out how Trump understands the working class White man’s problems. Appalachia is my home, most of my people are still there and it’s odd a wealthy man from NYC speaks to them. My military service, and that of my forefathers is what I regret the most. Well not when they were killing yankees, but everything since the War of Northern Aggression
Isegoria: I’m glad you liked it, Borepatch, and I enjoyed your thoughts on it, too: I grew up comfortably in this “Intellectual Class” but Dad remembered the hard days of the Depression and his Grandfather’s hardscrabble farm. The angriest I remember him getting at me was when I casually tossed out some sneering reference to the problems of the Working Man. He had no patience for that sort of thing, and so I had a correction to the Class Condescension problem at quite an early...