Sunday, January 1, 2017

Anthony Bourdain on "Blame" for Losing the Election

I like Anthony Bourdain as he appears on his TV shows, and within certain parameters he's wise and worth listening to on matters other than chefing and eating. And the interview below indicates that he's somewhat wiser on political matters than I thought he was. Not that much wiser, but he demonstrates a wisdom that a few Democrats are catching on to these days — that sneering at and dumping on working-class Americans isn't the best way to get them to vote for you.

Where his wisdom breaks down, of course, is his unspoken assumption that we'd be better off if the Democrats had won. The East Coast  bubble he talks about, he also mainly lives in, despite his forays into the actual America, and it doesn't quite permit him to entertain the notion that a conservative populist or a populist conservative or whatever you want to call Trump is a much better choice for President than Hillary or any other Democrat I can think of since Andrew Jackson.

And he also doesn't seem to have considered that what might or might not be good for him and his East Coast liberal friends is not necessarily good for the flyover folks he's talking about. He just kind of assumes that the political nonsense Democrats specialize in is somehow beneficial for some guy in Tennessee or North Dakota. It's not. While the wealthy type Anthony shmoozes with are, well, wealthy enough to avoid almost all of the fallout of Democratic policies, the rest of us are not. Mostly, we can't insulate our kids from integrated schools where, at best, the children of illegals slow the curriculum down or stop it entirely so that our kids fall behind, or, at worst, Black kids slow the curriculum way down and make the place as dangerous as a Chicago neighborhood. And we do have to pay taxes so that the families of the kids get generous welfare benefits. Anthony's pals do, too, but they're wealthy, so it's not nearly as much of a hardship for them. Also, we have a harder time finding jobs, because, as Trump says, they've been sent overseas, and what jobs we can find have their wages depressed by cheap illegal labor. The smug wealthy liberals, of course, don't need such jobs. And most of us working-class types don't benefit from constant wars overseas, which the Democrats think are necessary and cool, and which Trump wants to hold to a minimum. The working-class, you see, supplies the cannon fodder, while the East Coasters somehow manage to avoid military service.

And we don't really like the idea of laws that require that men who think, or pretend they think, that they're women, are permitted to hang out in ladies' rooms or in ladies' showers. We really prefer that our womenfolk not be endangered or even grossed out that way. And then there's the gun thing. Anthony's crowd feel much safer in general, because they tend to live in gated communities where the cops show up immediately when called. This makes them safer in case of a break-in, and break-ins much less likely because the breaker-ins know the cops would show up quick.

Anthony marks himself as an East Coast liberal himself, when he says below:

"When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good."

Anthony Bourdain should ask himself, why are their views different, and if they have legitimacy, maybe he should consider that they damn well may be right, or at least a lot closer to the truth than the trendy enthusiasms of those East Coast liberals, who flit from BLM to transgenders in restrooms to God only knows what next like so many butterflies. We flyover folks are less impulsive and more reliable. Anthony needs to do another show with Ted Nugent, and listen more carefully this time.

Well, I could go on and on in the same vein. Anthony gets it, partly. But judge for yourself. Here's an article about his interview in Reason in the Daily Mail [link]:

Anthony Bourdain eviscerates ‘privileged Eastern liberals' for ‘utter contempt’ of working-class Americans

  • The star of CNN's Parts Unknown spoke about the presidential election in an interview with Reason 

  • Bourdain blamed Trump's election on 'privileged Eastern liberals' like himself who speak with disdain about working-class Americans 
  • He said the labeling of these God-fearing Americans as 'morons and rubes is largely responsible for the up swell of rage and contempt'  

Anthony Bourdain says East Coast liberals like himself are the reason why Donald Trump got elected. 

In a new interview with Reason, the famous chef, author and host of CNN's Parts Unknown eviscerated the left for their condescension of working-class America.

'The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the up swell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now,' Bourdain said.

Having spent a lot of time in flyover country, Bourdain said blue-collar Americans aren't all that different from Democrats concentrated in major cities. 

Instead of picking apart issues we disagree on, Bourdain said we should be looking for common ground.

'I've spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out there, who are doing what everyone else in this world is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care of themselves and the people they love. 

'When we deny them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours, when we mock them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do no one any good.' 

Read the rest here:

Quibcag: This is Ayumu Nishizawa from Hayate the Combat Butler (ハヤテのごとく! Hayate no Gotoku!). Since Anthony Bourdain is a chef, and is always eating stuff on his shows, I picked a picture of her enjoying some kind of Japanese treat.


  1. Trump is a much better choice for President than Hillary or any other Democrat

    Keeping the bar low, I see.

    Am I the only person who sees all of these presented for the sElection as serving the same purpose, but from a slightly different perspective?

    How can so many people be fooled by the bullshit?

  2. Trump isn't a savior. He's just what we need though. All those lying RINOs like Ryan, McCuckold and Lindsey Graham-Cracker who just couldn't see themselves going against President Golfcart will SUDDENLY have to stop and prevent Trump from doing anything. This Kabuki Theater is going to be far different after the Inauguration.
    As for the Left, there's really no point in listening to anything from that bubble. Its been cut off from reality for so long, they can't even see the obvious anymore. "Flyover Country" IS AMERICA. Blue Coast and Island States are just a cancerous growth. They live off us and then have the temerity and clueless egotism to want to look down on us. The Blue on the Election Map is a giant ruin of burned out ghettos with small gated and heavily guarded enclaves for the Pimp Class. The Poverty and Vice Pimps are ALREADY IN JAIL, they just can't feel it cause White Laws and White Police still provide the Aegis of Western Civilization over their stupid cabbage heads. Civil War II shall make it clearer, when I help us unplug this mess of Happy Holiday Clusterfuck from our safety grid, so they can get their ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

  3. "Trump is a much better choice for President than Hillary or any other Democrat"

    We will have to see what happens. I voted Trump more out of my dislike for the establishment than the possibility he can even get enough support to resolve systemic problems in the economy and government. I was also happy that Trump put down the PC nonsense and showed the parties for what they are - all self interested with no clue for the average American.

    Trump's acceptance speech identified every problem correctly.

    As Paul Craig Roberts pointed out, Trump will need some inside people to get something done. Look at it this way, if there is an attempt on Trump's life, then we will know whether he is the real deal. It amazes me how every week the press comes up with an asinine narrative and replays every night without fail the latest being the garbage about Russia hacking the election.