Some people have said that 2016 was the Year of the Angry White Male. This is supposed to explain how Trump won. There is a grain of truth to that idea. Disgruntled middle and lower-class whites were the key to Trump’s victory, and a lot of those people were men. Victor Davis Hanson wonders what people are so pissed about.
What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s election and the “yellow vests” protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of southern and eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?
Put simply, the middle classes are revolting against Western managerial elites. The latter group includes professional politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies and propagandistic journalists.
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In matters of immigration, the story was much the same. Western elites encouraged the migration of indigent, unskilled and often poorly educated foreign nationals who would ensure that government social programs — and the power of the elites themselves — grew. The champions of open borders made sure that such influxes did not materially affect their own neighborhoods, schools and privileged way of life.
Elites masked their hypocrisy by virtue-signaling their disdain for the supposedly xenophobic, racist or nativist middle classes. Yet the non-elite have experienced firsthand the impact on social programs, schools and safety from sudden, massive and often illegal immigration from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia into their communities.
As for trade, few still believe in “free” trade when it remains so unfair. Why didn’t elites extend to China their same tough-love lectures about global warming, or about breaking the rules of trade, copyrights and patents?
The middle classes became nauseated by the constant elite trashing of their culture, history and traditions, including the tearing down of statues, the Trotskyizing of past heroes, the renaming of public buildings and streets, and, for some, the tired and empty whining about “white privilege.”
If Western nations were really so bad, and so flawed at their founding, why were millions of non-Westerners risking their lives to reach Western soil?
How was it that elites themselves had made so much money, had gained so much influence, and had enjoyed such material bounty and leisure from such a supposedly toxic system — benefits that they were unwilling to give up despite their tired moralizing about selfishness and privilege?
In the next few years, expect more grassroots demands for the restoration of the value of citizenship. There will be fewer middle-class apologies for patriotism and nationalism. The non-elite will become angrier about illegal immigration, demanding a return to the idea of measured, meritocratic, diverse and legal immigration.
VDH is obviously a conservative Republican. If he was a liberal Democrat he would say we were pissed about black people getting ahead. Or women. Or gays. Or gay black women.
Speaking just for myself, I don’t give a flying fickle finger of fate whether people who aren’t like me (white, male, straight) do better than me. I wish them all the success in the world. I just don’t want their success to come at my expense. I want a level playing field. I don’t want the government to give anyone an advantage.
I do resent the attacks on my culture and heritage. I believe it was Reagan who said liberals always blame America first. That’s true. But they also blame white people second, and men third. They hate Christians and straight people too.
I’m also sick and tired of being force-fed Leftist morality and ideology. And the manipulation that leaves us with no options. Take immigration for example.
According to the Left, immigration is an unqualified good. “Diversity is our strength” is what they say. Well, who decided that diversity was more important than unity? Did we hold a nationwide vote? As far as refugees and asylum seekers, is the only way we can help them to admit them to our country and give them American citizenship? Should assimilation be the goal for all new immigrants?
I want a government that takes a knee to the will of the people, not a government that demands that we take a knee to it.
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