Friday, January 13, 2017

What makes Trump tick? And why does he tick so WELL?

What makes Trump tick? Pretty much the same thing, or set of things, that makes a great many Americans tick, and that includes me.

It's not a matter of ideology in the usual sense. If you think of the dominant ideologies here in America — the virtually identical liberalism and neoconservatism — both are hysterically hostile to Trump because he doesn't belong to either and doesn't even seem to respect either. He adheres to something deeper. Below, Victor Davis Hanson calls it "traditionalism," and that covers Trump's attitude better than any other single word I can think of. It includes a great many things that have been lost over Trump's lifetime and mine — moral and ethical things, and some things that are just symbolic. Perhaps most importantly, traditionalism includes patriotism, which of course requires nationalism if it is to mean anything at all, and nationalism is the opposite of globalism, and if the liberals/neocons believe in anything, it's globalism. And of course both groups despise and fear patriotism, calling it "xenopobia" or "bigotry," or any number of such terms.

Over at Vox Day's site [link], there is a long  quote from Hanson, and Vox's own reaction:

The Politics of the Possible

Classicist and historian VDH attempts to make sense of the Trumpist ideology, such as it is:

Trumpism promotes traditionalism. Trump showcases “Merry Christmas!” because his parents did. He believes in dressing formally and being addressed as Mr. Trump. And he insists that his children be well-behaved and polite.

You might object that Trump is thrice-married, Petronian in his tastes, and ethically sloppy or worse in his own business dealings. No matter: Trump seeks a return to normalcy all the more. His personal excesses apparently spur his impulses for traditional norms.

Perhaps Trump is like many Baby Boomers as they enter their final decades: They look back at their parents and grandparents, and wonder how they put up with their offspring — and see how far this generation has fallen short of their forebears’ ideals, which in turn sparks a desire for a return to normalcy in the wayward. Deists were believers in the abstract who otherwise shunned a living Christianity yet thought that active religion had social value for others. Similarly, Trump is a non-practicing moralist who believes traditional morality can restore structure and guidance to society.

So Trump is foul-mouthed but wants a return of decorum; he has been conniving but thinks his own recklessness is not necessarily a model for the nation.

National Greatness 

Nationalism is another Trump axiom — the deliberate antithesis to the progressive and Socratic idea of being “a citizen of the world.” In Trump’s mind, the U.S. is a paradise thanks to its exceptional values and the hard work of past generations; the mess elsewhere (to the degree Trump worries about it) is due to human failing that is not America’s fault. Trump laments self-inflicted misery abroad but feels that he and his country are not culpable for it, and, other than Good Samarian disaster or famine relief, we cannot do too much about it in the long term.

Read the rest here:
Quibcag: Doesn't seem all that relevant, does it? Well, it is, though. The girl in the foreground is Narue of The World of Narue (Japanese: 成恵の世界 Narue no Sekai). She is an immigrant. From some alien world. Unlike a lot of immigrants, she assimilates and loves her new home.

1 comment: