I was checking up on Tom Whipple in his hometown paper The Falls Church News-Press, and ran across a perceptive column by Nicholas F Benton. In, Who Wants the Blue Collar Vote? he asks, “So why are these establishment Republicans so adamant to stop Trump?”
An explanation comes from considering not Trump, himself, but his impassioned electoral base. Here’s where the problem really exists for the ruling class. While there is a distinctly racist element to this constituency, it is also marked by other things, most importantly anger and frustration over the failure of their leaders to return them to any measure of the economic gains they’d achieved prior to the Great Recession.
There are deeply troubling statistics showing that the U.S. is at the flat bottom among developed nations in the percentage of the national wealth that’s in the hands of its middle class. The rich are getting richer, faster now than ever before. It’s definitely a state of affairs that no establishment Republican wants to see upended, but fears a national revolt could. …
In other words, Trump is sitting on top of an unprecedented social powder keg that could blow the fortunes of the ruling class to smithereens. …
I have read elsewhere that rich people at the tax money trough, Elon Musk comes to mind, are worried about Trump not continuing the good thing they have going. But many establishment Democrats are quite comfortable, too, and don’t want to see Bernie Sanders rock their boat:
… Ironically enough, so is Bernie Sanders, the ostensible opposite of Trump but appealing to more rational, doable and equitable remedies for the middle class.
The Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, should be thanking their lucky stars for Sanders and his ability to turn the same middle class rage that is animating the Trump campaign into a better Democratic direction.
An argument made by Thomas Frank in his book, Listen, Liberal!, claims that the Democratic Party in recent decades abandoned its historic blue collar base in favor of a more upscale, whiter collar technocratic electorate, creating a vacuum that now accounts for much of the Trump phenomenon, and could undo the Democrats in November.
There are a lot of reasons for this, not the least of which has been, in my view, the ruling class’ social engineering since the early 1970s with a dystopian, cynical and self-centered “post-modern” mindset in the core fabric of our national culture. It has represented a form of class warfare in itself, arising from the proto-fascist theorems of the “New Age” philosophies directed against the “solidarity” of the labor movement and its traditional alliances with the FDR-brand of Democratic Party.
This new paradigm repudiates any notion of legitimate economic class distinctions, and Democrats since the 1980s have fallen for it. Among other things it has undermined an ability to address the economic roots of many of the nation’s and planet’s most challenging foreign policy problems.
That post-modern mindset is often referred to as neoliberalism.