Why are the privileged middle class white people so angry? The answer identifies the success of Donald Trump as a legitimate Presidential candidate and the rest of the world better take note because it’s just the beginning of the end of traditional America. It a legitimate anger that so many Americans feel about the path of America and its appearance was predictable. It not an accidental backing into a radical change of America. Rather it’s the endgame of processes that have been going on for almost a century. It’s America overthrowing its old white valued national identity. The election of the first black man as President shows how far along it’s gone.
What was the old white American ideology? It was three core values: egalitarianism, liberty and individualism. Other elements came from those values. Things like: equality before the law, equality of opportunity, freedom of speech and association, self-reliance, limited government, free-market economics, decentralized and devolved political authority.
Charles Murry identifies the new upper class as the people who shape the country’s economy, politics and culture. The new lower class consists of people who have dropped out of some of the most basic institutions of American civic culture, especially work and marriage. Both of these new classes have repudiated the American creed in practice, whatever lip service they may still pay to it.
Meanwhile the Democrats and liberals and progressives and communists and Alinskyites never shut the fuck up for a nanosecond about race, all while accusing Trump and the white people who almost never talk about race of being racists. Trump speaks to a maligned, mistreated, and disregarded demographic that the elites of both parties view not as a constituency but as an obstacle. But even though this constituency is majority-white, Trump is never the one who points this out—only his enemies do. Trumps Liberal, Left-Wingnut commie enemies have no clue about what Trump means when he says he wants to make America great again.
Trumpism is the voice of a beleaguered working class telling us that it too is falling away. Trump saw it first and long before anyone else but it’s the reason the whites are angry and the anger isn’t going away anytime soon.