A political article by Evan Osnos. “The Fearful and the Frustrated,” appeared in the August 31 issue of “The New Yorker.” Osnos discusses at length reasons that Donald Trump has jumped in front of rival Republican presidential candidates. He attributes it to frustration and fear among those attracted to Trump. In particular:
- Frustration with both major political parties.
- Fear that immigrants are criminals.
- Fear that immigrants are responsible for lack of jobs and low pay.
- Fear that white Americans have become the primary victims of discrimination today.
Much of the frustration stems from the fact that ours is a low-wage nation with widespread poverty. People are quick to blame this on recent immigrants and minorities rather than placing the blame properly on our government of the wealthy one percent.
When Trump leaped to the head of the Republican field, he delivered the appearance of legitimacy to a moral vision once confined to the fevered fringe, elevating fantasies from the message boards and campgrounds to the center stage of American life.
Osnos has much to say about current political matters. This article is very interesting–highly recommended reading.