Newton's Third Law of Physics applies to politics: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Thus -- using an idea put forth by Glenn Harlan Reynolds of Instapundit fame -- I shall try to explain his Trump got to representing 46% of the American people with 14% undecided..
First, the numbers. From Rasmussen:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.
Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.Americans do not feel safe, nor do they feel President Obama's plan will work. Here is why.
For decades, liberals have pushed Americans around. Call an officer a policeman, that's sexist. Call a Muslim terrorist Muslim, that's Islamophobic. Call Bruce Jenner a man, that's transgenderphobic. And dare to criticize President Obama and that is racist, racist, racist. Via Michelle Malkin, this quote from Juan Williams:
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. References to a lack of respect for the ‘Founding Fathers’ and the ‘Constitution’ also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core ‘old-fashioned American values.'This idea that America is still a slave society is not original to the millionaire Juan Williams. The Critical Race Theory holds, among other things, that the Constitution was written to protect slavery. This allows liberals to disregard the Constitution, and after getting what they wanted from it -- mainly abortion and making atheism as the official religion of America -- liberals want to discard it and replace it with, well, whatever they feel like today.
Over time, liberals have adopted the traditional RAM tactics of the fascist tradition -- ridicule, anger, and mobs -- to silence the opposition. (Of course, liberal fascism itself is not a notion I conjured up spontaneously. Jonah Goldberg devoted a book to this idea. Everything I write is derivative.)
Which leads to Trump, who is not running for president; he is running for Commander-in-Chief. The president gave a speech on terrorism on Sunday night. Everyone is talking about what Trump said on Monday about curtailing terrorism.
People want to fight terrorism. The establishment won't. Trump will. This explains why his supporters ignore all his other political positions. They want someone willing to stand up to the fascists -- be they liberals or be they Muslim.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds -- Instapundit -- wrote this in his weekly column in USA Today:
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, then-president George W. Bush made clear that Muslims weren’t our enemy: Radical Islamists were. Because Bush took steps against those radical Islamists that made people feel safer, there was no significant anti-Muslim backlash, though all the bien-pensant types thought it certain that those rubes in flyover country would get violent.
Obama, on the other hand, responded to an attack by Islamic State-linked Muslims with a mixture of pablum and an effort at distraction by talking about gun bans for people on the no-fly list. (Even lefty publications like the LA Times and Slate thought that idea dumb). Before that attack took place, Obama was already polling terribly on terror: According to a CNN/ORC poll taken between 11/27 and 12/1, only 33% of Americans approved of Obama’s handling of ISIL; 64% disapproved. I doubt that Obama’s ratings will improve when the post-San Bernardino polls come in.
And Obama’s public statements have seemed weak and mired in PC, even as many Americans grow increasingly worried about Islamic terrorism. As Josh Kraushaar wrote in National Journal, “Democrats are at risk of politically marginalizing themselves on national security in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, catering to a base that seems disconnected from the growing anxiety that the public feels over the threat from Islamic terrorism. ... The signs of a president in denial over the threat of terrorism keep piling up.”
Enter Donald Trump. People who are unhappy with the things Trump is saying need to understand that he’s only getting so much traction because he’s filling a void. If the responsible people would talk about these issues, and take action, Trump wouldn't take up so much space.That is true, but the situation goes beyond the Muslim War. Trump entered the picture as the man who would close the Mexican border and put up a big wall.
So he wants to protect us from invading mobs of Mexicans and Muslims.
But what is really selling him -- his best argument -- is that he does not back down. Called racist, he brushes it off. Called sexist, he laughs. Called Islamophobic, he rolls his eyes. In so doing, he is showing his supporters that he means what he says -- and that he will not be bullied.
That is important. After 9/11, from Bush forward, real Americans -- patriots -- not the assholes who refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance -- have been ordered not to have an unkind thought toward Muslims.
Or "people of color."
But it is OK to mock Christians, to mock men, and to mock whites as having "white people problems."
To hell with that.
This is why the media now freaks out -- and Steven F. Hayward at PowerLine described just such a meltdown:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a complete major media freakout like last night’s NBC Nightly News coverage of Trump — it tops even the breathless coverage of the “constitutional crisis” of Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973. You can watch it at the link above if you are a glutton, but suffice it to say the NBC News crew failed in concealing their animus and panic toward Trump (I thought NBC’s foreign correspondent Richard Engel was going to have an embolism on camera, and Andrea Mitchell looked like she’d need another facelift by the end of her report) and, by extension, his millions of supporters who are presumed to be semi-literate gun-toting racist xenophobes . . . have I left anything out? Oh yeah — Trump’s supporters probably eat at Denny’s and don’t listen to NPR. The horror.Trump is promising to protect Americans and to protect their rights to free speech, free religion, and guns.
And that above all is what his supporters want. They don't care if he is Christian. They don't care if he is pro-life. They don't care if he supported Hillary Clinton. What they want is peace, and piece of mind. Protect the borders and stand up for the Constitution. It's that simple.
How come smart politicians like Kasich, Bush, Walker, and the rest cannot figure this out? Why are they opposed to what two-thirds of their fellow Republicans want?