Ideology or Class: Are we getting a raw deal?

trumpRyan Lizza, writing in the Jan. 22nd issue of “The New Yorker,” tells us that voters no longer care much about ideology–who is the most conservative–but about class. Trump has stolen the show by appealing to a large class of disgruntled voters whom he says are getting a raw deal from their representatives, the political elites. Lizza may be right; class resentment may explain not only Trump’s success, but Bernie Sanders’ as well.

Lizza writes “Central to his (Trump’s) platform is his insistence that Americans are being cheated. To protect themselves, he says, they need to hire someone who will cut them a better deal.” Trump’s views needn’t reflect Republican orthodoxy (and they don’t) because it is no longer about orthodoxy, but about disenfranchisement and disgruntlement of the 99%. Trump’s rivals are attacking fruitlessly when they talk ideology, Trump’s supporters don’t care what he believes, right or wrong, but they do believe he will fight for them.




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4 Responses to Ideology or Class: Are we getting a raw deal?

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Ryan Lizza has an interesting point of view, in terms of unhappy voters and Senator Sanders. However I disagree with that idea being applied to Donald Trump. Trump’s following may not care about ideology of any kind (sounds correct) simply because they have no idea what differences there are between Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, and even Democracy. It seems to me to be mostly their anger shaken up with skosh of information, and a whole lot of worshiping the Golden Calf. The golden haired Trump mesmerizes the masses who have lost faith in themselves.


  2. whungerford says:

    I don’t think it is as much Trump’s personal appeal, but as Lizza suggests, his message: the politicos and the press are not working for you as he says he would.


  3. pystew says:

    They feel that the government has failed them. I see their point since Congress has accomplished very little. In 2014 when the GOP took over both chambers of Congress the right wing thought that Congress would pass conservative legislation…congress passed nothing that the right wing can be proud of…

    Trump is the dominate father figure who will protect us. He will make everything right (pun intended).

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  4. whungerford says:

    The idea that conservative is good has been increasingly accepted for some time; perhaps this period is now over. What has been called conservative has often been not conservative but silly. Lizza writes of a women who offered that Trump could perform abortions in the Whitehouse for all she cared.


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