I don’t often listen to Rush Limbaugh, but since I happened to be out at lunch yesterday, I caught this, and it is quite the truth bomb. In the course of explaining the Trump Phenomenon, Mr. Limbaugh said this:
“Not too long ago, if you were in the upper class, you didn’t laud it over people. You didn’t try to act like you were in a place they didn’t know about; they weren’t entitled to. You weren’t able to understand it, and you were not persona non grata. Today, all that’s different. The upper class wants nothing to do with anybody else. They mock, openly make fun of the people who make this country work. And the people who make this country work are aware of it and know it. This is not a phase; this is not temporary. This is the end of patience, the end of faith. People in the middle class have finally figured out that the so-called betters are screwing everything up. They’re not making anything better for anybody other than themselves.”
The working class and the middle class in this country have been belittled for years by the political and media elites. They were told their concerns were illegitimate. “You’re worried that illegal immigrants are taking jobs and driving down wages? Shut up, racist.” “You’re worried that too many American jobs are going overseas? You are obviously too stupid and ignorant to understand we’re in a global marketplace now.” “You’re worried that terrorists will use our policy of mass Islamic immigration to slip terrorists into our country? Well, that’s an awfully racist thing to think.” “You’re worried that college is too expensive and indoctrinating your children with left-wing nonsense? Why, you stupid, ignorant racist peasant. You just can’t understand the importance of deconstructing the intersectionalities of race and class in the contextuality of counter-heteronormative social justice.”
People have been told to shut up and let Their Betters run the country; because the smart, Ivy League people on the coasts know what’s best. And yet what they have given us is: The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crash; A series of expensive and ultimately wasteful and ineffectual wars stretching from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan; the botched response to Hurricane Katrina; the inability to maintain a secure border; an exploding national debt; trade deals that seem to benefit foreigners and the wealthy but hurt the working class.
Insulated from the consequences of their policies by connections and wealth, the elite see only the fulfillment of their grand globalist vision. For those who lack wealth and connections, there are only fewer well-paying jobs, schools crowded with children who don’t speak English, entertainment media that mocks and ridicules them, and the tab for ever-expanding welfare rolls.
The lower classes no longer believe the country’s in the very best of hands. Even the entertainments that could distract them are under assault as the elites discuss outlawing football (too dangerous) and NASCAR (too wasteful).
The lower classes no longer believe the country’s in the very best of hands.
And the mirror image of this is the Sanders Phenomenon; which is also driven by a belief that the elites have failed.
One of the things driving Millennials to Bernie Sanders is a mythology that previous generations all had it easy. I get this argument from Millennials all the time. That until the Glorious Millennial Generation arrived, no other generation spent their twenties working [crappy] jobs, living in [crappy] apartments, and driving [crappy]cars. And that they should have to do so is the Worst Injustice Ever Suffered by Any People at Any Time in History. And it’s all the fault of Big Corporations who Bought Washington because the Republican Supreme Court passed the Citizens United bill. (Remember, Millennials.)
But when BS is elected, he’s going to make things right. BS will “get the money out of politics” by putting more money in the hands of politicians. (This makes perfect sense to BS-supporters). And BS will make sure they all get the free health care, free college, and they’ll all have high-paying jobs in the Green Energy and Social Justice industries, with 3 months paid vacation. And it will all be paid for by wealthy Wall Street Hedge Fund Managers.
They really do believe that.