I never like it when people start referring to a politician or a set of people as idiots. Rarely does a person get to such heights without some sass or intelligence. In one article I read that Trump was disliked by the other billionaires because he was crude and crass. I liked that. I think when you are brought up in a working-class environment or even a military environment then the humor can be dark or crude. Reasonably sustained poverty can do that to you. There is just enough money to go around but not quite enough. And when you let your hair down you do it like no other and it can appear crude. But that’s the only means you have for letting of steam. ‘Ah the tears of the working-class,’ my father would say. Trump is no fool even if he is dismissive towards those he votes for. And the working-class are also not fools even though some of them may lack the necessary education to argue their point as elegantly as the political elite. And that’s his power. He just sticks two fingers up to anyone and they people love him for it.
He succeeds with the working-class because they are the people who have been forgotten the most. It’s possible that the middle-class believed that just because they thought we were classless and reasonably wealthy that everyone else in the corporate food chain would be to. But wages have not just stagnated over the last ten years, they have dropped significantly. And job insecurity has increased to. There may be more work but it is not meaningful or sustainable work. The only thing that has stopped so many of the more well-to-do of the working class, from defining themselves as working-class, is the dream that they will be able to rise to the levels of their supposed peers. That dream has now been shattered.
In many ways Barack Obama’s sheen of magic that dazzles and shines where ever he goes, has created greater resentment among the poorest. They have been unable to voice their concerns among a sea of flag wavers that say, ‘things are good for me.’ It may be a surprise to see the rise of the new working-class to appear so quickly on the landscape in the UK and in the USA when the deluded elite assumed they had been appeased or erased. And that’s when you get your Trumps or Theresa Mays. A quick lurch to the right not because people are more right but because they are ignored b the well-to-do. Europe is good for me say the wealthy Brits and Yanks. Especially if you can afford the £5 or $10 it costs for a drink at most popular European destinations.
Of course If I were American I would not vote for Trump for he is to jingoistic. But it’s a shame when all the working-class have to speak for them is a loud-mouthed chump like Trump. Just as a black person would be happy to have any black person in the white-house to represent them, so to do the poorest, and most marginalized people feel grateful when someone appears to stand for them. The problem really is the political elite and how far removed they have become from normal society. They have cozy relationships with their corporate room mates who they remember from their Ivy League days. People can see that the benefits go back to the same class of people and eventually society becomes detached from the political and corporate classes. Eventually it’s just the middle ground voting in their friends to do good favors for them, and if we are lucky a few scraps of tax relief are thrown their way. There will only come a change when taxes are used to pay for political parties election funding. This can remove the handshaking that goes on in the background and favors returned when in office. A further improvement on proportional representation across all political and corporate spheres and people may feel like they have a voice again. Real people as politicians. Not rich folk grand standing for their own vanity.