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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Doubling down on elitism

The headline in the New York Times was tempting -- "The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension" -- but I would have spared myself disappointment had I checked the curriculum vitae of its author.

"Professor Joan C. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, and the Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law."

The good news is if Democrats follow her instruction, we will have more Trump.

And she knows her subject of elitism: Princeton Day School '70, Yale '74, MIT '80, Harvard Law '80.

To win in 2018 and especially 2020, Democrats need more identity politics — not less. They must address the widespread working-class revolt against global elites. Doing so is a pressing issue because in four years the Electoral College will again give outsize power to the working-class whites in Rust Belt states who delivered the last election to Mr. Trump.
But the rest?
Democrats have taken to the streets to reaffirm our existing alliances and raise our morale. That’s important, and of course it is not only the white working class that is in revolt. But we also need to listen to the concerns of working-class whites specifically, for reasons that are both strategic and ethical.
Um, no, Trump supporters are not in revolt.

We're good.

We won.

We just had a barbecue or two this weekend, and are still chuckling over a Republican shoving a twerp reporter and the press calling it a body slam. Has no one in the political media ever seen a pro wrestling match?

Nevertheless, she persisted:
Politically, the biggest “hidden injury” is the hollowing out of the middle class in advanced industrialized countries. For two generations after World War II, working-class whites in the United States enjoyed a middle-class standard of living, only to lose it in recent decades. Does their sense of entitlement reflect white privilege? Sure it does. Even in the glory days, when blue-collar whites’ wages were spiraling up and the Federal Housing Administration was helping them buy homes, those jobs and houses were not equally available to African-Americans. Far from it.
So the way to woo Trump voters is to lecture them that "their sense of entitlement reflect white privilege," and try to shame them because a federal program created by liberals discriminated against black people.

What about black Trump voters?

Oh well, Williams has it all figured out:
Two changes are required for Democrats to diminish the 39-point margin by which whites without college degrees voted for Mr. Trump over Hillary Clinton.
This first concerns social honor. Too often in otherwise polite society, elites (progressives emphatically included) unselfconsciously belittle working-class whites. We hear talk of “trailer trash” in “flyover states” afflicted by “plumber’s butt” — open class insults that pass for wit. This condescension affects political campaigns, as in Hillary Clinton’s comment about “deplorables” and Barack Obama’s about people who “cling to guns or religion.”
Well, she has that right. Calling people deplorable is not a good way to get their votes.

But I love the excuse "unselfconsciously belittle," as if the insults were true and Hillary and Obama were just rude to point out that the deplorable people bitterly clinging to their guns and religion are deplorable.

She wants to stop all that talk.
If class-based insults were as politically incorrect as racial or homophobic slurs, Rush Limbaugh’s rants against P.C. elites might hold less appeal. Mr. Limbaugh, like Mr. Trump, feeds off class resentment. Let’s stop making their jobs easier.
That’s the first step. The second is for Democrats to advocate an agenda attractive to low-income and working-class Americans of all races: creating good jobs for high school graduates. The college-for-all experiment did not work. Two-thirds of Americans are not college graduates. We need to continue to make college more accessible, but we also need to improve the economic prospects of Americans without college degrees.
Well, Trump's program is re-balancing trade, kicking out cheap labor from illegal aliens, and buying American.

Her program is more government programs.
Democrats should champion a new education-to-employment system in which high schools, community colleges and universities work with businesses and unions to develop certificate programs that deliver job-ready Americans who have the specific skills needed by local industries.
But we already have these things. Community colleges were a 1960s approach. Going to a university to learn to be a plumber makes no damned sense. Universities are big, expensive monstrosities that push Marxism. 

The rest of her piece bogged down into an economics discussion from someone who does not seem to have ever had to understand where the money actually comes from. She ended it:
We need to return to the agenda articulated more than 50 years ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Equality means dignity,” he said. “And dignity demands a job and a paycheck that lasts through the week.” Dr. King died trying to create an interracial coalition to meet this basic human right. Democrats need to take up that mantle and stop sleepwalking our way to the next electoral defeat.
But she misses the point. No American wants equality. Not really. Everyone thinks he is unique in America.

For all the Marxist blather, liberals are not going to give up their limos. Williams used her connections and the blossoming of feminism to get into Yale, MIT, Harvard Law, and even Princeton Day School. And good for her.

She holds a pretty high-paying, high-status job with little to do. I don't see her giving that up to be one with the kindergarten teacher who makes one-fifth what she does.

King did not invent equality is dignity is a job. Booker T. Washington preached economic freedom and independence a century earlier. Heck, it was the Republican Party platform from Lincoln to Reagan.

The real problem for elites is the condescension on the social agenda. Trump voters dislike the snobbery about evangelical Christendom (which now includes Catholics) -- and the thrice married Trump outstripped every Republican since Reagan in the Moral Majority support. 

We have seen how feminists abused Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and now Melania Trump. And we are well aware that Marxists demand Christians bake gay wedding cakes, while making excuses for Islamic beheadings of gays in other parts of the world.

Marxist elites like to pretend economics is the problem.

No, it is having American values mocked, scorned, and ridiculed on a daily basis that finally had enough Americans saying enough. Of the 62 million Trump voters, who knows how many held their noses as they voted. But enough did to elect him. And the more condescension from Williams and her privileged peers, the easier it will be for people to vote for Trump in 2020.

The left needs to address the non-economic issues that really matter, because those issues are what elected Trump. They will re-elect him.

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  1. I don't think the elites will ever stop trying to prove how large their brains, how superior their morals, nor how hackneyed and worn their diatribes. It is learned from the cradle. They just keep trying to repackage their dog food with new and improved marketing.

  2. "Stop acting so condescending to these simpletons. Somehow they can sense it. Your lies and promises have to sound more sincere if you want to fool them again."

    I didn't even have to read the article to summarize her point. Amirite?

    1. I'm thinking if I was forced to have supper with this sweet lady, it would be an excellent time to misplace my hearing aids.

    2. Reminds me of the old Eagles tune:

      "They knew all the right people
      They took all the right pills
      They threw outrageous parties
      They paid heavenly bills"

      These people are not us, and they never will be. Furthermore, we want nothing to do with them.
      But instead of leaving us alone, they keep looking for more and more ways to trespass on our lives.
      Be gone with you.

    3. Amirite? Yes, you are. A short version of her advice is, "The key to success is sincerity. If the Democrats can learn to fake that, they've got it made."

  3. You get the distinct impression there's a jargon quota* that must be filled when Lefties write these "think" (and I use the term loosely) pieces.

    * They must address the widespread working-class revolt against global elites. Doing so is a pressing issue because in four years the Electoral College will again give outsize power to the working-class whites in Rust Belt states who delivered the last election to Mr. Trump.

  4. The Electoral College is working precisely as the Founding Fathers intended. Beware of Liberal Lefties trying to downplay, refute, and eliminate it. - Elric

  5. Regardless of how much fun it is to make fun of the clueless elite liberals, they came with a hair's-breadth of winning with the absolutely worst candidate in 60 years. 107 thousand votes out of 12 million and H would have won.

    All they need is someone not so obviously corrupt, venal, and crazy to pick up those few votes. 2020 will be hard. Our best chance is that they keep H nominating completely crazy people.

  6. In other words, let's pretend to care about the rubes until we can get rid of the Electoral College.

  7. Joan Williams is trying to be like that linguistics professor of several years ago - George Lackoff - who tried to hide condescending language via gobbledygook. Unfortunately, us deplorables are wise to that game. Bring it on.

  8. "Two changes are required for Democrats to diminish the 39-point margin by which whites without college degrees voted for Mr. Trump over Hillary Clinton."

    Know what two things Minnie the Marxist Moocher is REALLY thinking of!

    "We must PURGE and PURGE AGAIN!"

  9. More identity politics? There will be, and from our side.

    Dems taking to the streets? How we ger MORE Trump.

    "Too often in otherwise polite society, elites (progressives emphatically included) unselfconsciously belittle working-class whites." Self-absorbed people do that. One of the reasons we voted Trump.

    "The college-for-all experiment did not work." Nor do the stories of what's happening on campuses these days. Cleqrly these are people who aren't smart enough to be there.