Thursday, March 17, 2016

Who's voting for Trump, anyway?

There's the old joke, probably quite true, about the Harvard professor or somebody like that who was surprised when Nixon won the 1972 election, because, he said "Everybody I know voted for McGovern. I've come across a lot of bozos on the net, mostly self-styled "libertarians" and Social Justice Warriors (who unfortunately overlap all too much), who are amazed that so many of us are Trump supporters, because everybody they know is against him because he's racist, Islamophobic, he hates women, yadda yadda yadda. None of this is true, of course, but it's what that sort of person has to believe about those who seem to disagree with them about anything.

Most of us Trump supporters simply think he's right about the three big issues — immigration, trade, and the shipping of jobs overseas — and frustration with all the other politicians of the present and last few decades who seem to be ignoring those issues and blathering on about irrelevancies. And some of us are impressed by Trump's uncrazy foreign policy, in contrast to that of the neocons in both parties, who seem to relish wasting more lives and money trying to fix the unfixable Middle East.

Interestingly, though, it's in part an ethnic thing, according to JayMan, especially if you look at the United States as several nations, in the ethnic/cultural sense. And it certainly seems to make sense, because I'm certainly a Trump guy, and I'm a Redneck Ulster Scot from Greater Appalachia. Read on, from Takimag [link]:

The Donald Trump Phenomenon: Part 1: The American Nations
Keep reading here:
Quibcag:The Lee Kwan Yew quote really refers to ethnic groups who are rather more distinct from one another (and aware of it) than our Midlands, Greater Appalachia, etc., like the groups in Yew's own Malaysia, but it does apply here as well. And the illustration is Shampoo, of Ranma ½ (らんま½), who is ethnic as all get-out.


  1. "the Harvard professor or somebody like that who was surprised when Nixon won the 1972 election, because, he said "Everybody I know voted for McGovern.""

    I used this exact anecdote with some of my snootier FB friends. You are thinking of New York film critic Pauline Kael, who said she "couldn't believe Nixon won, because no one she knew voted for him."

    It's a great story because it allows you to segue into either accusing people of living in a non-diverse (the horror!) echo chamber bubble, or suppressing dissent so vociferously that friends feel compelled to be silent about their beliefs around them.

    1. Pauline Kael, of course! I'd forgotten. It is indeed a great way to point out the provincialness of the sophisticated :) Thaks!