Dragan follows the path of Byron York, Mark Steyn, and sadly very few other commentators in getting out of his office and finding out whom these Trumpkins are.
I give York and Steyn space and praise in my upcoming book, "Trump the Press," as I describe in my way the Trumpkins the rest of the crowd missed. They were among the few pundits who practiced journalism. CNN also did an act of journalism in having reporters actually talk to Trumpkins. Imagine that.
Dragan's piece is very good, but the bottom line is its bottom line -- that is the final paragraph.
Side note: As an immigrant to this country, I have always been amazed at the lack of understanding and cross-pollination that exists between small and big-town America. Few of my urban American-born IT coworkers have ever traveled the country by car as I do, on smaller roads through small towns and farms. The stories and photos I bring back makes them wonder as if they are from some forgotten Asian jungle -- and perhaps reinforce their reasoning and resolve never to visit such backward places. But the people who live there are mostly honest folk -- simply Americans. And, coming from another culture coming apart under the assault of globalization, it breaks my heart to speak to them and listen to their stories. I am of course, generalizing, but many really feel left behind: it seems in a multicultural America, bent on integrating the latest fashionable minority, and catering through main media channels, fashion, movies, art and politics to larger urban centers and their dwellers -- there is little place left for the God-abiding, law-respecting, family-loving, hard-working individual that used to be called the common man and it's now called a bigot, gun-toting, racist, homophobic troglodyte. Who speaks for these guys among today's presidential candidates? You have one guess.Someday I shall write a piece in praise of the blue collar white man who bore the brunt of the long-overdue societal changes that brought equality to women and minorities. White liberal males in Congress kept their jobs. The punditry also suffered not at all.
It may just have been a TV sitcom, but no other character changed more, showed more compassion, and was more responsible than Archie Bunker on "All in the Family," and yet he was the one they called a racist, xenophobic misogynist. Yet he was the one who overcame his prejudices. He came to symbolize a remarkable generation that dug its way out of a depression, won World War II, kept the communists at bay, and built the greatest land of all. What was his thanks?
Mike Stivic never changed. He was a meathead. Truly. Stivic mouthed Bunker as he mooched off him, then he took Gloria to California, fathered a few children, and abandoned his family so he could join a commune. Seriously. That was how the series evolved. I think he is now a senator from Vermont.
On the show, a typical plot had some liberal come into Mister Bunker's house, sit in his chair, and lecture him on charity and tolerance. Yet of all the characters on the show, Archie Bunker proved to be the most tolerant, most charitable, and most loving. He never ducked his responsibilities. He worked two jobs one time, putting his life in danger driving a cab. He was a god provider. I was 62 when I finally figured out what mother meant by that.
After working two jobs, Archie came home and Meathead lectured him on that week's topic for which Meathead had studied. Why not? He had no job. He had all the time in the world to put together a killer argument with selected facts.
And so it goes today.
After a while, you can only push a people so far before they say enough. The people who pay for globalization, free trade, and open borders live in places like Poca, West Virginia, and not that Versailles we call Washington DC.
Dragan is not free from his prejudices:
The left-behind America is angry, and it is this anger that Donald Trump is channeling. He tells this audience exactly what they need to hear, in terms that they understand. He will bring back the jobs from China, he will bomb radical Islam to the stone age, he will eject all illegal immigrants and will make America -- that America, the small-town America -- great again.
He is, to be sure, a demagogue and a populist, and it is possible that many fail to recognize him as such.Well, Obama is another demagogue and populist. He gets a pass because he is a liberal.
But at least Dragan tries to understand what is going on.