The Cultural Civil War and Trump Derangement Syndrome

The Cultural Civil War and Trump Derangement Syndrome, by Daniel Greenfield.

To understand the virology of Trump Derangement Syndrome, it’s important to distinguish between ideological and cultural lefties. …

Cultural lefties don’t think in political terms. They don’t understand issues and policies. They just absorb what the right views are from their surroundings. Ideological lefties can struggle with contradictions. Cultural lefties are just as clueless about contradictions as deer are about cars. They don’t ponder why they once opposed gay marriage, but now support it. That’s just what the herd they’re part of did.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is a tribal response, not a political one. It’s triggered not by political agendas, but by cultural fiction. Before Trump Derangement Syndrome, there was Bush Derangement Syndrome. George W. Bush, like Trump, spoke the wrong way. He wasn’t one of our kind. Unlike his father. Reagan’s cowboy hat, Nixon’s poor fashion sense, Goldwater’s voice, and Eisenhower’s disdain for ‘eggheads’ had triggered similar frenzies of cultural derangement by the right sorts of people.

These frenzies have grown sharper as the culture has been reshaped, eliminating the middlebrow, indoctrinating contempt for traditional American ways of living, and holding up fringe lefties as cultural role models from pop culture to politics, and from the news media to academia.

Generations of Americans, especially those in urban areas, cursed with higher degrees, and detached from religion and extended families, have grown up as members of a culture that is fundamentally at odds with America.

That is why we have both a political civil war, one being waged with subversion, impeachment, arrests, and investigations, whose goal is pure power, and a cultural civil war whose agenda is imposing a moral conformity with the mores, customs, and creed of bicoastal elites, and urban and suburban centers.

One is a power struggle. The other is a moral crusade. ….

The Founding Fathers made sure we had real diversity in our government long before that became a buzzword for leftist conformists whose idea of diversity is three races, a hundred ethnicities, forty religions, sixty genders, and one political opinion.

We aren’t facing a civil war because of the strain on our political system, but on the tribes of our culture. …

Trump Derangement Syndrome is how cultural lefties react to the revelation that the other tribe, with its accents, its clothes, its horrible beliefs, is temporarily in charge of the country. It’s no different than the Hutus and the Tutsis. It is an unthinking xenophobia in reaction to the otherness of the outsider.