It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.Stop. Stop the immigrants. Stop. Stop the high-handedness. Stop. Stop the impulse to remake the world through egalitarianism with handling charges. Stop. Stop ignoring the concerns of the people who have provided support. Back to Aaron Barlow:
Many Trump supporters . . . base their attitudes on a Calvinist (and pre-Enlightenment) vision of individualism that starts within each of them, with faith in the person and in their God. It next moves, in a spreading circle, to family, to friends, and only then to others in the broad realm of human interaction and politics. If each person acted responsibly, by these lights, there would be little need for government—each individual having a tempering effect on those they interact with. The secular-liberal vision starts in a different place, with a structured base created and maintained by the group. Once responsibilities to it are met, the individual is free to—is encouraged to—act on his or her own to whatever ends seem appropriate, as long as those ends do not threaten or compromise the group structure.It's been incremental, but we're now at a point where accumulated power in Washington overwhelms everything else. And we are at a point where the group structure that Barlow describes doesn't include many Americans in any real sense. Leadership pursues its own agenda and doesn't really give a damn what the less enlightened folks hold dear. Once more, to Barlow:
The manipulated among the conservative Americans have finally found their voice. Unfortunately for the rest of us, its articulation comes through a circus entertainer of little substance. This is driving the Republican establishment crazy—and may well do the same to the Democrats in the general election this fall. Neither group knows how to deal with the Trump phenomenon. Both are seeing the man, not the movement.And it's not surprising -- we all see what we want to see. And we're like a snowmobiler in the woods at night, off the trail, overrunning our headlights.