And this brings us to why Donald Trump has caught political lightning in a bottle, resonated, and may well win the GOP nomination despite every machination the GOP establishment can come up with to stop him. An awful lot of very plain, very average and at least somewhat Conservative Americans no longer feel like Americans. They feel like a big, disrespected, utterly ignored reserve army of the unemployed. The current stage of the American journey could well be described as the denigration of the people.This is the fault line that will break America. Not white nationalism, because there are many white progressives on the unAmerican side of the battle. It will be Americans versus invaders and those who believe in invading ideologies from Europe.
Become active in the political arena and the people who run things will ridicule you and use you. The anti-war movement was useful to the Democrats right up until Mid-January 2006. Listen to Eric Cantor discuss the Tea Party in 2015. Raise your voice against the current zeitgeist and it will be aggressively gagged. And your professional life is in no way guaranteed even if you behave. They can replace you tomorrow and like rubbing your nose in it good and hard.
So Donald Trump can latch on to a hot button issue like immigration and ride it long and hard. It strikes a resonant chord with these masses because they sense the dehumanizing contempt emanating from the corner office at work, the TV newscast, the pulpit, and yes, from their favorite political party of the day. The current fad in America is to tell The Little People just how short they are of measuring up. All The Donald is doing is suggesting that you tell those who run you down to STFU. Just give the masses a reason to march and a sheet of music to sing off.
The GOP establishment can wring their hands for 24-7 over how they intend to blunt Donald Trump’s momentum. They won’t succeed unless Trump Trumps himself. People are tired. They are sick and tired. They are reaching the same point Malcolm X reached. “I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican, and I don’t even consider myself an American… Being here in America doesn’t make you an American. Being born here in America doesn’t make you an American.” The entire issue is lit up like a Christmas Tree when someone speaks out on the abuses surrounding our immigration system.
Charlie Rose - From Radar in 2007:
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