Fearful and Frustrated

trumpA 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.

Osnos writes:

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.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-fearful-and-the-frustrated

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4 Responses to Fearful and Frustrated

  1. pystew says:

    Friday night, Chris Hayes (MSNBC) brought up how Eric Cantor lost a primary race to David Brat, an unknown far-right opponent. Even though Cantor’s internal polls show that he was ahead of Brat by 30 some points, Brant won easily–55% to 44%. Local and National Talk radio kept promoting the Brat and his platform. The Talk radio listeners, older white guys, got out and vote.

    Guess which republican presidential is getting the royal treatment from the Talk Radio. That’s right–Donald Trump. The Fox viewers fit the criteria mentioned in this article–Frustrated and Full of Fear. No wonder her polls are increasing and the other members of the Clown Car are trying to out-Trump Trump. For example Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wants to have a fence between USA and Canada!

  2. whungerford says:

    Has Trump “framed the debate,” so that all candidates will have to address immigration in his frame? It is no longer about dreamers and amnesty, but about walls, mass deportation, crime, and overturning the 14th Amendment.

  3. BOB McGILL says:

    ” 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.” you say. REALLY ?
    MAYBE INSTEAD OF A WALL WE COULD JUST PUT UP SIGNS IN SPANISH SAYING “ours is a low-wage nation with widespread poverty. ”
    You are TOTALLY WACKED ! 🙂

  4. BOB McGILL says:

    NEW YORK TIMES “The estimated one billion people who live in developed countries have a relative per capita consumption rate of 32. Most of the world’s other 5.5 billion people constitute the developing world, with relative per capita consumption rates below 32, mostly down toward 1. ”

    Another Quote ” A real problem for the world is that each of us 300 million Americans consumes as much as 32 Kenyans. With 10 times the population, the United States consumes 320 times more resources than Kenya does.”
    LET’S GO TO KENYA 🙂

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