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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shouting At The Right People

Charlie Pierce famously described the Occupy movement as "shouting at the right buildings" as opposed to the Tea Party, who were shouting at the wrong ones.

This is an interesting piece about a white woman who carried a sign to the Saturday march saying "White Women Elected Trump".  It's interesting and thoughtful and makes good points.

Here's where I differ.  The author notes that 53% of white women voted for Trump.  This is, of course, disturbing given who Trump is and what he will do on women's issues - issues that extended beyond the reproductive.  But white women didn't elect Trump.  White men did.  Maybe you could make a case that white women without college degrees elected him.

The reality is that about 150,000 votes across three states elected Trump.  My guess is that you could find that many combined African Americans and Hispanics in those states who voted for Trump.  To say that white women or Stein voters or whomever elected Trump misses a central point: Republicans elected Trump.

It was Republicans who nominated him.  It was Republicans who silenced their internal moral voice and excused his instances of abhorrent and criminal behavior in the service of gaining power.  It was Republicans who equated a bullshit e-mail best practices controversy to install a petulant, narcissistic manchild into the Oval Office.  And it is Republicans who will pass an agenda that crushes the priorities of women and minorities and environmentalists and internationalists and, yes, fiscal conservatives and people who think health care should be a public good and on and on and on.

It is inevitable that everyone left of the center tends to spend an inordinate amount of time an energy yelling at each other.  The People's Front of Judea spits on the Judean People's Front!  

Living now, as we do, in Trumpistan it is critical that we shout at the right buildings, shout at the right people.  I'm a feminist, but admittedly a tepid one.  If that angers you more than literally anything Trump does, I would argue you're missing the thread.

UPDATE: Same point but with Poop emojis.

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