We’re In Tatters

Like every other pundit today, former Reagan writer and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan has attempted to make sense of why the Donald is winning, and why his angry supporters aren’t heeling to the establishment Republican candidates this time. On March 2nd she wrote The Republican Party is Shattering. I can’t get through the paywall on that one, but I did find a reblog of her late February article, Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected:Why political professionals are struggling to make sense of the world they created. Her article is notable because even though most journalists and politicians like to pretend that America is a mostly classless society, she divides us into upstairs gentry and downstairs help right away:

There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.

The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time. …

… Many Americans suffered from illegal immigration—its impact on labor markets, financial costs, crime, the sense that the rule of law was collapsing. But the protected did fine—more workers at lower wages. No effect of illegal immigration was likely to hurt them personally.

It was good for the protected. But the unprotected watched and saw. They realized the protected were not looking out for them, and they inferred that they were not looking out for the country, either.

The unprotected came to think they owed the establishment—another word for the protected—nothing, no particular loyalty, no old allegiance.

Mr. Trump came from that.

And so did Bernie Sanders, though from a different subset of the unprotected: primarily underemployed young millennials, but also people of all ages that feel exploited by what George Carlin called, a Property Party with two right wings.

While the Republican Party is shattering in a very angry, Tea Party way, the Democratic establishment is watching a lot of its members reject austerity and drift away to build a more egalitarian paradigm in an Occupy way. And Democratic members of Noonan’s protected class, or what I have called the comfortable classes, are even more worried about Bernie Sanders changing their status quo than their Republican counterparts are about supposed billionaire Donald Trump taxing the rich.

I’ve written before that we will get the revolution we deserve , and that I worry that the angry right wing will be more proactive than the inclusive left wing. In either case, I think both parties will look very different in a few years.

Work and work for love and sex
Ain’t you hungry for success, success, success, success
Does it matter? (shattered)
Does it matter?

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2 thoughts on “We’re In Tatters

  1. Now I can’t get the song out of my head (not that that is a bad thing!). Being a Bernie supporter (I put my yard sign up this week!!), I’m very familiar with his positions, and with his plans and how he plans to pay for them. The Donald, not so much. Donald Trump has said that he wants healthcare for all, and then he said he wants to repeal the ACA. He wants to tax the rich but then he doesn’t. I don’t know how he’d be an advantage to either the 1% or the 99% because I’m not sure what his positions, and plans, really are.

  2. We are going to get a revolution. Trump is what we get when change is moving faster then the people can handle. I am hoping people will wake up in the next few days to see what is coming and except change.

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