Trump derangement syndrome has driven National Review’s Kevin Williamson into full-on, spittle-flecking madness. He now takes out his loathing on the white lower class.
It is immoral because it perpetuates a lie: that the white working class that finds itself attracted to Trump has been victimized by outside forces. It hasn’t. … Nobody did this to them. They failed themselves. If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that. Nothing happened to them.
The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets.
Every socio-economic group in the country has suffered from the progressive left’s assault on the culture, it’s destruction of the traditional family, the obliteration of a moral code, and the horrifically bad system of public education that’s more enthusiastic about teaching ‘social justice’ than math, history, science, or practical skills.
But as for his shaming communities where the manufacturing jobs have been exported to China and Mexico (in the name of ‘Global Competitiveness’) and cheap, foreign labor has been imported on an unprecedented scale to replace Americans at the jobs that remain, he is flat wrong. When people can’t earn an income from a job, the only alternatives are welfare and crime. Welfare and crime are the handmaidens to the drugs and dysfunction he blames on the displaced workers.
I have actually been noticing quite a bit of this sentiment from parts of the right, this, “Hey, it’s people’s own damn fault if they can’t compete with low wage workers in a global marketplace.” James Pethokoukis is similarly dismissive of the impacts of globalism and illegal immigration on American workers.
Sneering at people who are hurting is not going to win the likes of Kevin Williamson any fans. Yes, people who make bad choices (drug use, foregoing education, embracing left-wing social values) are responsible for the outcomes of those choices, regardless of race or socio-economic status. But its disingenuous to deny the role of economic policies of both parties in depriving these people of opportunities for more respectable livelihoods.
And to trash workers who’ve lost their jobs as a way of striking out at Donald Trump borders on reprehensible.
So, Democratic Socialist Hillary Clinton is bragging about how she’s going to put coal miners out of work and “conservative” Kevin Williamson is saying, “Right on! Put those no-good crackers out of work.” Strange times.