Use. Small Words. Point to mouth. Speak slowly.
It’s only a matter of time before the publishers come out with a how-to manual titled “Deplorables for Dummies.” A kind of field guide, if you will, for the bien pensants, the cultural elite, the social justice warriors on how to deal with the inevitable Trump supporter, should he be encountered in the wild. (Look him in the eye but no sudden movements.)
William McGurn explores this emerging literature in his column in today’s Wall Street Journal. He finds that:
“The liberal contempt for middle America is baked into the idea of identity politics.”
It is a theme that the white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes have sounded for many a manifesto. (Just one example: “The problem with race and gender studies: they promote hate.” — 12-22-2016.) McGurn cites an article in the New Republic that explains to its left-of-center readers that these strange Deplorables who voted Donald Trump “go to church.”
They have friends (“and sometimes even spouses”) “who are Republicans.” “They don’t feel self-conscious saluting the flag.” Who knew?
A writer at the on-line Slate puts it in terms his liberal-progressive-socialist audience can understand: “What attitude should we be taking toward people who voted for a racist buffoon who is scamming them?” Here’s McGurn again:
When Mrs. Clinton labeled Trump voters deplorable (“racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it”) she was simply following identity politics to its logical conclusion. Because identity politics transforms those on the other side of the argument—i.e., Americans who are pro-life, who respect the military, who may work in the coal industry—from political opponents into oppressors. …
The attraction of identity politics is its usefulness in silencing those who do not hew to progressive orthodoxy. This dynamic is most visible on campuses, where identity politics is also most virulent. — “Why Elites Hate.”
Over at National Review, an accounting is made of the Left’s political violence — both rhetorical and physical: the silenced speakers, the broken windows and roughed-up professors.
Here in the Emerald City, there is little evidence that the Left’s self-screwing hatred is getting through the impermeable bubble our … acquaintances inhabit. So far, it’s just former mayor Dave Cieslewicz. Here’s another quote from his piece in the 06-2-2017 Isthmus:
Identity politics — whether it’s white, evangelical identity politics on the right or gay, black, Hispanic or gender identity politics on the left — is the very root of the problem. We’ve stopped thinking of ourselves as Americans or Wisconsinites and started thinking of ourselves as members of a tribe assigned by gender, skin color, or sexual orientation.
What I yearn for isn’t a new state party chair, but a party that has a message about inclusion that is truly inclusive. What it has now is a message that essentially blames straight, white guys for everything.
Let’s give McGurn the last word:
… it helps to remember the tail end of Mr. Obama’s snipe about guns and religion: it was a crack about voters clinging to “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” Sounds like a pretty accurate indictment of contemporary American liberalism.