This is a continuing post on trying to understand how we got to where we are in America today. Lets start off with some quotes from a recent PBS Newshour:
DAVID BROOKS: On the issues, they preferred her. She got better marks on the economy and foreign policy. But they just didn’t get the sense she was a reformer. So they want some unnamed change.
I think they also wanted some sense of dignity, some sense of being heard. I mean, in some sense, there is something noble, in that people that was people who felt marginalized, working-class voters, A, taking over their party from basically what had been a corporate party, and then asserting their will on the country, against groups of people who were more privileged than they are, both on the left and the right….
And so there is something nice about that. I think Trump is the wrong vehicle for that. But, you know, you’re living in a town, there are no jobs in the town, you know your friends are dying of O.D.-ing on opiates or something, you’re having trouble paying your bills, you’re playing by the rules, and other people are getting benefits without playing by the rules.
Maybe you’re willing to tolerate a lot of bigotry from Donald Trump if you say, just change things, just change things.
And so I don’t — I think the voters who voted for him certainly are willing to tolerate a lot of ugliness, but maybe, if you’re in desperate circumstances, or you think the country is deeply in trouble, you’re willing to tolerate that without necessarily liking it.
I think Mr. Brooks seems to have a good sense of what the Trump voter might be like. They are frustrated that the world is moving too fast and their “skills” no longer matter in the 21st century. They don’t see a path forward for them or their children. And that is where the trouble mainly lies. It is now a fact of life that in order to make it in this new world order you must be willing to embrace change and lifelong learning and many of our institution are just not set up to make that happen yet. Especially those in more isolated areas. Read more