The urgent task of progressives in this election is to defeat Donald Trump. But even if we succeed, we have a long-term responsibility: to understand why Trump happened and to face up to how failures on the left and center-left have contributed to the flourishing of a new far right, not only in the United States but also across Europe.
The left, you might fairly protest, has enough problems without being blamed for the rise of a dangerous figure who is, first and foremost, a creation of the conservative movement’s radicalization and the Republican leadership’s pandering to extreme views over many years. When I watch GOP leaders bemoaning their party’s fate under Trump (or belatedly jumping off his ship), I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s warning that “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”
The left’s first instincts with regard to Trump is correct: Economic fears — realistic economic fears — are the engine driving his support. Bigotry is the fuel. But when economic times are good, bigotry is content to sit on the barstool and spout nonsense.
All sorts of good insights in this article about how the left has failed the white working class.
I’m not sure about the headline on this story on FiveThirtyEight. The article shows military voters are still staunchly Republican, even though the one veteran quoted prominently is unenthusiastic about both Clinton and Trump.
That veteran opposes Obama because Obama has cut military spending drastically — which is one of the best things Obama has done. Sure, the military is the most important thing the government does, but we don’t need a Cold War sized military when the threats against us aren’t Cold War magnitude. Every dollar the government spends on military is a dollar not being spent on something else, and increases military domination over civilian society.
Considering Donald Trump didn’t start fundraising until late May, the new haul is remarkable.
Hillary Clinton’s lead should be far greater than it is, considering how much she is outspending Trump. She’s just a weak candidate. Americans don’t like her.
A respectable Democratic candidate would be mopping the floor with Trump, and a respectable Republican candidate would be pounding the tar out of Clinton. These are two weak candidates who are incapable of doing much damage to each other or making voters like them.
The Republican Party has become like porn or dwarf-tossing – something that mainstream businesses are nervous about having their brands associated with. Apple, Google, and Walmart are all thinking of pulling out.