Revenge Of The Silent Majority


Where do Trump supporters come from? Jim Goad thinks he knows:

Mr. Trump’s Economic Nationalism

Yesterday I saw Donald Trump speak live at a rally in downtown Atlanta, and I stand here before God and man to report that not once did he mention the topic of race.

This is disconcerting for multiple reasons, not least of which is the fact that the primary criticism lodged against him is that he’s a racist.

Fresh off a thumping of his robotic GOP rivals in South Carolina on Saturday, Trump was greeted by a rapturous crowd that was almost entirely white—or, as those who see something innately wrong with such a thing are fond of saying, it was “overwhelmingly” white. More than half of his opening speakers were black, but they didn’t make a point of being black like so many black people do these days in the name of, er, fighting “racism.”


As much as it will disappoint the white nationalists out there, Trump did not utter a syllable in his hour-plus speech that could logically be construed as a white nationalist sentiment. But nearly every word out of his mouth suggests that he’s a diehard economic nationalist.

Trump extemporized about how Apple computers are made in China and how Ford, Nabisco, and Carrier Air Conditioner are packing up and leaving for Mexico. He also said that the only way to combat Chinese and Mexican economic nationalism was to slap a 35% tax on any imports from expatriate American corporations who try to peddle their foreign-made wares in the USA. This theme—a tragic loss of American economic sovereignty—was a primary motif back when he announced his candidacy, yet the press completely glossed over this and fixated over one brief but factually accurate statement that Mexico was sending rapists and criminals to America.

Despite the fact that Trump hammers on economic issues and hardly ever makes a whisper about ethnic issues, the press seems content to call him a bigot and a hater and every other scare word that whips most people in line these days.

One might be forgiven for noticing that the media and the leftists—as if there’s a substantive difference—that assail Trump hone in entirely on race and completely gloss over Trump’s far more voluminous comments about economic globalism and the outsourcing of America’s industrial base. They don’t want to touch that issue with a ten-foot selfie stick.

Trump says that global trade policies have raped the USA economically, and he’s right. But simply because he doesn’t make a habit of blaming everything that’s wrong with the country on “racism,” Godwin’s Law is invoked as if it were the Eleventh Commandment.

I’ve felt for years that all this witch-hunting and moral hysteria over race is little more than a diversion and a deliberately sustained form of PSYOP to terrify anyone about complaining over the fact their jobs are either being shipped to foreign countries or handed to recent nonwhite immigrants who are willing to work for less.

Before Trump’s speech as some friends and I huddled outside the Georgia World Congress Center in the rain peeping at the other attendees in line—an endless array of Average Southern White Folks—a friend said, “These are people who have absolutely no voice in politics or the media.”

Trump speaks to a maligned, mistreated, and disregarded demographic that the elites of both parties view not as a constituency but as an obstacle. But even though this constituency is majority-white, Trump is never the one who points this out—only his enemies do.

The Trumpsters who have been awakened by The Trumpening have been systematically beaten down and silenced into a sort of learned helplessness. And then comes Trump speaking directly to them—but far more to their economic anxieties than to their ethnic ones.

Sure, they love Trump because he represents a huge wet sloppy unapologetic fart in the face of all the Cultural Revolution-style witch-hunting madness of the Obama years. But I think they love him even more because he’s the first presidential candidate in memory to speak directly to their completely legitimate economic anxieties.

It is an article of faith among the GOPe that FREE TRADE IS GOOD™. This is also a belief held by DLC-type Democrats like Bill Clinton. Hillary’s stance on free trade depends on who she’s talking to. Bernie Sanders hates it.

I’m no economist or expert in international commerce, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if some American jobs go to China then some Americans won’t have jobs. Free trade means that American workers will be competing with foreign workers who will do the same jobs for a fraction of pay.

Free trade means we get cheaper goods. There are a lot of other advantages to free trade like those nasty pollution spewing factories will move to Third-World countries where regulations are lax or non-existent. Win-win, right?

But if all our jobs go to other countries, how will we afford to buy the stuff they make? On the other hand, if we import lots of foreigners to take jobs over here, what jobs will our people do?

As I said I am no expert but something doesn’t seem quite right.

This does not mean that Donald Trump has the answers. But Trump and Bernie Sanders are the only people talking about it.



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153 Responses to Revenge Of The Silent Majority

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Government regulation of international trade would have corruption baked into the cake.

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  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Here is a quote I left out:

    The fact that white nationalists love him as if he were a big bowl of vanilla ice cream with whipped topping and marshmallow jimmies is mostly due to the fact the he refuses to bow down and grovel before the Gods of Critical Race Theory.

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  6. votermom says:

    Great post known.
    Latest I heard it’s not just manufacturing and IT jobs getting shipped to Asia.
    Now corporate jobs are getting shipped to Poland. Poland? WTH?

    • Jadzia says:

      Poland because there are lots of university graduates, lots of English speakers (every Pole I’ve ever met has spoken excellent English) and willing to work dirt cheap. I’m not sure if this is still the case but when we first moved here there was LOTS of resentment of the Poles in the UK and in France because they were coming here (thanks, EU) and working hard for pretty much nothing. (Referring mostly to tradesmen.) Not to mention being eligible for child benefits, which in France are not all that much (bigger in the UK, I think) but if you’re sending that $ back to low-COL Poland it’s worth a lot more.

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    • DeniseVB says:

      Great comments, especially that Erick seems to be turning into Beck. A lot of one issue pro-lifers will stay home too. Ok, great! Hello President Hillary. D’oh.

      • lyn says:

        I sent him a reply that it was a win-win for Trump supporters who were Hillary supporters in 2008.

      • dm says:

        I have never understood people who stand on 1 issue…I get the passion of pro lifers and I firmly believe there should be limits to abortion and perhaps funnel some of that federal money into alternative programs like adoption. But there is so much more at stake for everyone’s health and well being…I just don’t get the narrow minded.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I don’t understand the conservative purity test either. Why didn’t the sainted Reagan ban abortion? Or the Bushes 1 and 2 ? McCain and Romney didn’t run solid pro-life campaigns. I think even the last Pope wanted to excommunicate US Catholic politicians who voted yay on pro-abortion issues. How did that work out? We.Still.Have.Abortion. 😉

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          I know a lot of people who always vote Dem because of the single issue of abortion. In fact, I have had multiple people get the vapors when I have said that issue is not even on my radar for voting.

        • leslie says:

          I actually was a 1 issue voter in 2008. The issue was BHO and my absolute position I would not vote for him.

  11. leslie says:

    Brilliant post, klown… Where do you find these???

    Here is yet another sign of our times from the twitter . . .

  12. Dora says:

    Happy Washington’s Birthday.

    • Anthony says:

      He would also be branded as “another old white guy” by the Dems, despite trotting out Bernie Sanders and cheering him on.

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    • elliesmom says:

      I’m not surprised. I saw a pick-up truck with a big Trump billboard in it parked at the Concord town square back in October. No Trump yard signs anywhere this weekend, but there were no signs for anyone else in either party anywhere along our route. The street we used to live on always had end to end signs for Democrats at this point in primary season. I think there may be some closet Trump supporters hiding out.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        People know that it is un-pc to support Trump. That could change rapidly as more and more people come out publicly for him.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Heck, if I were still a solid Dem, I’d be supporting Trump. He’s got some great crossover appeal with his messages. His goal seems to be destroying the Uniparty mentality in DC and make everybody work together again. Good grief after our great Divider Obama, who’s tough enough to burn it all down and rebuild ? Hillary? Ha!

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  18. swanspirit says:

    More from the, not as silent as they used to be , majority
    I found this very insightful …

    Critics of Donald Trump love to state that he is a clown, his campaign speeches are reminiscent of a carnival sideshow, his language is too outrageous, he tends to argue too much, and he fights back when attacked. He does not practice the sort of calm demeanor, tone, and professionalism we are accustomed to seeing in political candidates who run for the White house.

    But what these critics may not realize is that in the last fifteen years, America’s cultural tone has changed. Donald Trump’s mannerisms and antics simply reflect changes in American culture. The change was signaled by the sudden and unexpected popularity of a television program that portrayed people as rude, argumentative, condescending, petty, and engaging in all kinds of treachery and improper behavior in order to become top dog on an island.

    Today, a number, perhaps the majority, of TV commercials and programs are being produced to reflect this sea change in American TV viewing preferences. Here are some of the differences.

    In the past, TV programs that focused on home remodeling or household repair were of the “how-to” variety. The narrator explained how, step by step, to hang a chandelier or replace a faucet. Now these shows are more likely to feature what goes wrong. There are arguments between the installers – the person who went to buy the faucet bought the wrong one, and it doesn’t fit. The chandelier slipped out of somebody hands and broke, denting the family heirloom dining room table. The couple who own the house don’t like it. The husband and wife argue over want they wanted to do and over who said what.

    There’s no more calm presentation of an informational nature. Now it’s all about controversy, missteps, breakage, overly expensive projects, and arguments. The focus is on interpersonal dynamics of disagreement, conflict, and anger.

    Programs that show how gold is mined in the Yukon now spend the majority of program time on breakdowns, arguments over who’s right, and who made the mistake that resulted in the breakage. These are all things that were ignored in the past.

    The great dancers in 1930s movies like Fred Astaire used to film their routines 20 or 30 times or more until they were perfect. Viewers wanted to see what was perfect, what a great achievement it was.

    Newsreels on Saturday afternoons during WWII never showed young dead Americans, never showed losses or failures. The body counts during the Vietnam War TV reports were always famously distorted. Two hundred Vietcong were killed for every twenty Americans who died. Prior to that, nothing was reported but victory.

    Now the opposite is shown on TV war reports: buildings blown up, cars twisted into wreckage, children who lose arms and legs. Only the tragedy, suffering, loss, and angst are featured on the news.

    Into this new zeitgeist comes Donald Trump. He is very accomplished in the private world, very competent in the business arena, but very impatient and insulting. He is intolerant of traditional politicians and calls them incompetent, stupid, political hacks. No major political figure would speak this way in the past.

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    Those of you out west, please pay no attention to any Cruz ads warning you that Trump will take away your land. This is just more nonsense and another dirty trick.

    Donald Trump understands the unconstitutional land grab by the Feds. This is important in Nevada and the West and no other candidate is talking about it.

    • Dora says:

      Bill Mitchell doesn’t think we should be concerned. 🙂

    • taw46 says:

      Good, finally a candidate addresses the overreach of the federal government in ownership/management of the land in the West. They own most of it. And no, “we” don’t own it. We have no say so in what land they take or what use is permitted on the lands.

  21. Myiq2xu says:

    I don’t pay attention to ANY political ads.

  22. DeniseVB says:

    Heh. If you haven’t yet heard about Glenn Beck’s hunger strike for Cruz ….

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    John Cole is a Westie

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  27. DeniseVB says:

    On this day in 1980, a miracle on ice occurred 🙂 Here’s the last minute….

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    Donald Trump is the candidate of the white working class. His popularity with this cohort was recognized early in his candidacy. The preponderance of commentary on the Trump phenomenon since then, whether favorable to the tumescent real-estate mogul and reality television star or not, has proceeded from this assumption.

    These analyses affirm Trump’s allure to white, working-class voters as central to his candidacy. It is the pillar on which his dominant standing in the polls rests. If Trump wins the Republican nomination, it will be through their support.

    Yet these analyses, revealing as they are, overlook a salient fact. The verdict of working-class voters will not be the only one rendered on Trump, or the most important one. However popular Trump may be with the working class, he is as unpopular with voters who have graduated from college, a group without whose backing the GOP has no shot at regaining the White House.

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    Watching “Game Change”.

    • votermom says:

      Is this some kind of Lent penance?

      • Myiq2xu says:

        They nailed the look and the voice, but the movie shows a caricature, not the real person.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        They nailed the look and the voice, but the movie shows a caricature, not the real person.

        • Somebody says:

          OK Marco thanks for info.

        • DeniseVB says:

          So Julianne won all those ACHT-ing awards for playing Sarah impersonating Tina Fey?

          Clint Eastwood should make Sarah’s real movie, she has such a compelling backstory and life. Warts(thanks Bristol, but I’m not judging) and all. A better story of faith, family and country could never be told ! (“Going Rogue” should be required reading of every high school student in our country, girls, boys and ze’s). Hurry up Clint, you’re getting old and I can’t think of any other director I’d trust.

  33. DeniseVB says:

    This link is fun to scroll through (it’s not an ad fueled “slide show”), all the presidential candidates’ high school photos. Dang, those guys were hotties.

  34. DeniseVB says:

    I’m not going to miss her at all.

  35. Dora says:

    This woman’s drawings deserve to be seen. They are fantastic!

    After Becoming A Mom, I Couldn’t Find Time To Paint, So I Started Doing One Tiny Drawing A Day

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  38. leslie says:

    Since I’d been so exhausted earlier last week, I thought I’d share this:
    Friday was a good day for Calamity and me…..

  39. Dora says:

    Good one. 🙂

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    I put a Tuesday Open Thread in the barn for a 7am EST launch. 😉

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    It’s Caucus Day! 🙂

  45. Dora says:

    Actor Adam Baldwin Quits Twitter Over Platform’s Alleged Silencing of Conservatives

    Adam Baldwin has had enough of Twitter. After the social media platform’s continued censorship of conservatives the actor decided he’s leaving and never coming back.

    Twitter is dead to me Baldwin told the Independent Journal Review…

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