Elites at War

Elites at War, by Jared Talyor.

As a member of the prestigious elite who exercise control over cultural hallmarks, [The New Yorker editor David Remnick] is horrified by Trump’s loutish talk and brash, combative demeanor. The president has long been the scourge of the moneyed, well-to-do class. That he now holds the reins of power is an unacceptable fact that, in turn, demands relentless caviling by privileged opinion-makers.

On the other side, with the benighted cranks who put a boorish billionaire behind the Resolute desk, things are still sunny. Trump maintains a commanding approval rating among his supporters. After eight years of enduring slurs of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and downright hatred, the voters who rejected Hillary Clinton seem determined to put a positive spin on whatever action comes out of the White House.

Trump’s mixed record so far matters little to his supporters:

Here is a president who has consistently sold out his base on the very issues he campaigned on. Trump has punted on building the wall along the Mexican border, endorsed a health-care plan that will leave the working class with less insurance coverage, welcomed an expansion of NATO, and heightened the potential for war with a handful of countries.

Why are his supporters so eager to pour favor on the man who has so far welshed on his promise to reverse course and steer America away from the “false song of globalism”?

Because this is class war:

Partisan loyalty may be part of it. But then, Trump didn’t run as an orthodox Republican. He ran on a nonideological platform emphasizing national sovereignty and solidarity; not Wall Street relief and open-borderism.

So, there’s something else behind Trump’s unwavering support.

The unctuous media coverage of his predecessor, Barack Obama, plays a big role. Throughout the previous administration’s mishaps, Obama was given ample cover. The Obamacare lie of “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” was brushed over. …

But of all factors, the feeling of desperation, I think, continues to be the biggest factor behind Trump’s backing. …

More than anything, Trump exposed the system for what it truly is: designed and operated to benefit those closest to the nexus of power. With the rise of what James Burnham called the “managerial class,” the elites have further distanced themselves from those they purport to govern.

[Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan] highlighted two important commentary pieces — “Our Miserable 21st Century” by political economist Nicholas Eberstadt and “American Carnage” by journalist Christopher Caldwell — to illustrate the dire straits of America’s middle class. Not only has the average American not seen a discernible pay boost in almost two decades, there’s a good chance that he or she or someone they know is fighting a painful drug addition. Much of Middle America is in the throes of an opioid epidemic that is causing increased mortality rates among working-class whites.

The media doesn’t deign to cover these bourgeois travails, opting instead to focus on transgendered celebrities …

Trump, among all the candidates, addressed these concerns. He was willing to speak to not just material concerns, but the rootlessness widespread in American life. For this, he was ravaged by elites like David Remnick. And for this, he was rewarded with the awesome power of the presidency by those most negatively impacted by the system cooked up by the same elites.