This article is one of the best, most comprehensive analyses of why Donald Trump: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/after-the-end-of-history/
As much as it seems accurate on the post cold war era and Hillary’s candidacy, I think it still falls short of understanding Donald Trump. Take these two excerpts.
“Through whatever combination of intuition and malice aforethought, Trump demonstrated a genius for motivating those deplorables. He pushed their buttons. They responded by turning out in droves to attend his rallies. There they listened to a message that they found compelling.
In Trump’s pledge to “make America great again” his followers heard a promise to restore everything they believed had been taken from them in the Age of Great Expectations. Globalization was neither beneficial nor inevitable, the candidate insisted, and vowed, once elected, to curb its effects along with the excesses of corporate capitalism, thereby bringing back millions of lost jobs from overseas. He would, he swore, fund a massive infrastructure program, cut taxes, keep a lid on the national debt, and generally champion the cause of working stiffs. The many complications and contradictions inherent in these various prescriptions would, he assured his fans, give way to his business savvy.
… Not that Trump had anything to say about whether freedom confers obligations, or whether conspicuous consumption might not actually hold the key to human happiness, or any of the various controversies related to gender, sexuality, and family. He was indifferent to all such matters. He was, however, distinctly able to offer his followers a grimly persuasive explanation for how America had gone off course and how the blessings of liberties to which they were entitled had been stolen. He did that by fingering as scapegoats Muslims, Mexicans, and others “not-like-me.”
I don’t get “malice” from him. If he was playing to the crowd, I think he was strategic if not sincere. I believe he does care about them and mostly agrees with their struggles, and thus whole-hog fed into their sense of being ignored and their outrage at being labeled. He defended them by labeling back.
As far as the promise to solve things by his “business savvy”, that seems too simplistic unless you are including in that his intuition, pragmatism, and fearless ability to not suffer fools.
On the moralizing next paragraph, he is refreshingly guilty. We are so tired of being preached to by morally superior leftist identity politicians. I am angry at them telling me that if I loved Song of the South, Little Black Sambo, and The Little Rascals as a kid, I’m guilty of racism, and these should be confiscated and burned.
I don’t think he is promising utopia, but he does believe in work. His biggest criticism of Hillary was that she didn’t have stamina. It seems to me that her health did fail her in July after a brutal schedule that she had to scale back, and which may have caused her, that or poor advice, to not have enough energy to visit key states enough. He believes in winning and success, but not some blissful dream that has taken a while to burst.
And he believes in legality and security, not in fingering those “not like me”. That quality wasn’t what he pointed to. It was illegal drugs (his brother died prematurely of alcoholism and he says he never drinks – not that that’s illegal, but anyway), and terror attacks. People shouldn’t have to live with illegal problems. If the laws are unjust, change them with consensus, don’t break them. He’s agnostic and apophatic about what fair work and trade conditions will bring besides success. It’s like saying don’t take medicine or exercise because they’re lying to you about how happy it’ll make you.
The left had 8 years to prove socialism was a better choice. In this election it was legally voted out. Now the right has an opportunity to show that fairer working conditions and taxation is the way to go. Let’s see.
I heard one pundit say that Trump’s team says the tax cuts to corporations will not be like Bush’s. They want a national sales tax to supplement it. This could work if conditions were fair and targeted rich people and not poor people. Make buying multi million dollar homes come with a hefty sin tax, as it were.