By Matt Johnson
Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has been blogging about Donald J. Trump for the past year and half. And since the beginning, he has been predicting Trump will win in a landslide. At first glance, this seems insane. How is it possible that a racist and bigot could not only win the presidency, but do it in a landslide?
If you’re a bleeding-heart liberal, this is more than likely the question you’re asking yourself. In addition, you hold the position that Trump is indeed a racist, sexist, bigoted blowhard and you are determined no matter what to state such things often and publicly. However, this does nothing to understand Trump’s appeal or his impending presidency and eventual White House residency, which is precisely the problem.
There are a lot of reasons to believe Trump will win if you remove yourself from the bubble that is modern liberalism. And make no mistake, liberals exist within their very own bubble. This bubble is an intertwining topic throughout Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind. And liberals, like conservatives, have their very own team mascot, colors, and playbook.
So let’s not pretend that liberalism is somehow synonymous with true reality of the world. Liberalism is but one perspective of rational and logic, and it’s but one perspective of emotion. And if liberals and the liberal elites were able to diagnose their own biases the same as a self-actualized scientist could, Cornel West has this ability, then this contest wouldn’t even be close. But as a consequence of their own lack of self-actualization, as Abraham Maslow proposed in his Hierarchy of Needs, Liberals don’t realize or understand that Trump is no idiot as many of them mistakenly state quite often.
If they were able to view their own dirty laundry, they would realize Trump is playing a game of emotional intelligence; and Trump is playing a game of persuasion. And as consequence, he is appealing to the emotions of many Americans, especially those in middle America. He is appealing to those citizens who have felt left out of the post recession recovery; he is appealing to those citizens who feel that every organization from the United States government to mainstream media has let them down. But there are liberals who can see through their own biases and outside the liberal bubble.
As Michael Moore stated this morning on Meet The Press,
The Clinton campaign was doing an end zone dance while they were on the 50 yard line [during the Democratic National Convention]. The democrats need to put their game face on.
Indeed! The Democratic National Convention was full of “Look at us! We are diverse! We are inclusive! We are enlightened! And the world is a better place because of us!” And perhaps this is true (this author certainly agrees with all of those things), but it misses the point of the current situation of how some Americans view their own experience. You know, “the white, uneducated, blue-collar” working peasants in middle America.
Many of them are wondering when the media and government are going to address their issues. And this issue was addressed later in Michael Moore’s interview on Meet The Press. As Moore exclaimed,
Where was the media during the Iraq War? Where was the media during the great recession?
In other words, where is the media in its coverage of addressing the issues facing middle America? To be frank, the media is nowhere. And in fact, each time an editorial board publishes their support for Hillary Clinton, or their lack of support for Donald Trump, it emboldens anti-establishment rhetoric and provides more reasons for people to vote for Trump. This plays into the social psychology of Donald Trump’s success. And as a response, middle America, as Moore explained to chuck Todd, is “…looking to get back at the system.” And how does one get back at the system? Easy. Donald Trump. But again, liberals don’t understand how many Americans would support such a racist, sexist, bigot.
The irony is that in all of the enlightened and tolerant rhetoric, liberals can’t see past their biases. And if they could, they would realize that millions of Americans don’t care what liberals think. Americans live their lives the best they can. They want stability in work and they want stability in a pay check. They want to be able to support their family, and they want an opportunity to increase their lot in life. And they want someone who will try to take their perspective; they want someone who will say, “Yeah! I get it. Let’s address your concerns.” And that’s precisely what the media and the government establishment haven’t been doing; and that’s precisely what Trump has been doing, even if and when liberals say, “But he doesn’t state any specifics!”
Ultimately, liberals haven’t taken the time to understand the perspective of those “white, uneducated, blue-collar” working Americans. Instead, liberals and those liberals in the media will generalize those people as racist, sexist, and bigots, thus ignoring the rhetorical fallacy of guilt by association.
No wonder why such improbable events occur on national television. Who would have ever thought that Michael Moore and Glenn Beck would agree on something on the very same morning political talk show. As Glenn Beck noted on Meet The Press this morning after Michael Moore’s interview,
[Michael Moore] has diagnosed the problem in this country. Everyone feels like there is a plague going on…and nobody’s listening to the hard-working American anymore.
Do you understand yet?
Forget about the fact that both the media and congress have terrible approval ratings and think about how the media and congress, i.e., the establishment, are viewed by those Trump is appealing to? Are they viewed positively? Are they viewed as caring about how the livelihood of middle America and the blue-collar American live their lives or about the opportunities they are presented? Yes? No? Think about how emotions drive decisions and then only afterwards do people rationalize the decisions their emotions facilitated.
All members of the species do this. It’s a part of being human. And since liberals are a part of the species they do it to. As an example, liberals are more concerned about affirming someone’s racist, sexist, and bigoted ways instead of taking the perspective of another, which is precisely why Trump has been handing everyone their butts over the past 18 months. Let’s not get started on the inability of the current political and journalistic tools to analyze this 2016 presidential election with any kind of success.
If liberals were interested in the experience of these groups of Americans they deem racist, sexist, and bigoted while trying to improve their lot, then Trump would have no rock to stand on. But liberals haven’t, don’t, and probably won’t do it, which is why a landslide win by a future President Trump is a real possibility unless liberals can get past their elite biases and put on their game faces.
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