This is the kinda shit that pisses me off. The right-wing rag National Review is using left-wing framing to attack Donald Trump, who they claim is actually a left-winger pretending to be a right-winger:
On the right, the angry man has met his angry moment. Many — but certainly not all — celebrity conservatives have been trying to build something besides a personal empire. Their famous political incorrectness is deployed in the service of a larger purpose: the creation of institutions where dissent can flourish. But those institutions are weak in their infancy compared with the GOP, the Right’s biggest organizing apparatus, and also its least trusted. So the conservative culture we do have is still a celebrity culture, and Donald Trump has taken it by storm.
The secret of his continued dominance is that he does anger bigger and better than anyone else, and his fans are willing to forgive or even cheer any transgression against conservative principle or simple good taste as a result. All manner of cruelty and lies can be justified by fury at the Left, by rage at the “GOPe,” or by the cry of “the other side does it.” Conservative leaders who were used to being the angriest and least politically correct people in the room now find themselves in the uncomfortable position of saying “no” — of saying that some things shouldn’t be said and some ideas are genuinely offensive. Yet in a movement with few institutions but many personalities, they, too, find themselves swept aside by the largest personality of them all.
I don’t like sneering contempt when it comes from liberal elitists, and I don’t like it any better when it comes from snooty conservatives.
Yes, I am an angry white male. I freely admit it.
But under the circumstances, why shouldn’t I be angry? If you aren’t pissed off you aren’t paying attention.
Somehow we have reached a place where left-wing anger is good and right-wing anger is bad. The antiwar movement, feminism, OWS and BLM are all based on anger. The angriest people I’ve ever seen are social justice warriors.
I am angry about our skyrocketing national debt. I am angry at the continual violation of our constitution by our current president. I am angry about our idiotic foreign policies. I am angry at the Democrat policy of racial polarization and divisiveness.
I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.
I am not alone. There are a lot of angry people in this country, and they have a lot of things to be mad about. The Democrats didn’t create this mess all by themselves. Since well before I was born we have been switching back and forth between the Democrats and the GOP every 8 years or so. Just a little over a decade ago the GOP held the White House, both houses of Congress, and a majority in the Supreme Court.
Seven years ago the Democrats had the White House, Congress and were close to taking control of SCOTUS too. Now we are flipping back the other way again. The names of the players change but the results stay the same.
If you like things the way they are, then vote for Hillary or Jeb Bush. Either one, same difference.
Here’s a dirty little secret about our country – most people don’t really give a flying fuck about politics. They absorb a little bit of the political news by osmosis, but mostly they aren’t paying attention.
Remember PUMA? Despite the organizers aspirations, hopes and hard work, that political movement failed to leave a lasting mark on this country. Most people were unaware of it’s existence. PUMA failed even worse than Occupy Wall Street. Nobody cared.
When you spend a lot of time in the political realm it becomes easy to forget that those of us who read and discuss politics are actually a tiny minority in this country. Almost half of the eligible voters in this country don’t even bother to cast a vote. People pay more attention to sports.
It’s not that they are happy and content, they just feel frustrated. It’s like the powers that be in this country have kept the public divided and distracted. Oh, look! A squirrel!
So if you want to make change then you need to rouse the public from their slumber. You don’t need to make them angry. They’re already pissed off, they just haven’t been able to do anything about it. What you have to do is focus that anger.
Somebody has to lead them. Somebody has to take on the establishment. Does anybody really think that Hillary or Jeb will change anything?