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On @DKThomp, Trumpism and the Misunderstood Crisis of White America

Posted on | May 17, 2016 | 35 Comments


Derek Thompson (@DKThomp on Twitter) is not a stupid knee-jerk liberal, despite “Donald Trump and the Twilight of White America,” an article at The Atlantic that at first glance might seem like yet another knee-jerk liberal smear of the presumptive Republican nominee.

“Gleeful-sounding headlines announcing the end of white America may play a role in Trump’s rise, too,” was Professor Reynolds’ reaction, which is almost certainly true. The headline on Thompson’s story, and his tendentious treatment of political history, may create the impression that Thompson is just another of those “Democrats with bylines” whose partisan contributions to increasing ignorance we have come to expect.

A quick scan through his past work reveals that Thompson has read Charles Murray’s Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, a 2012 book that is a sober, factual analysis of the social and economic forces that make it impossible to view “whiteness” as a monolith. Increasingly, over the past half-century, white Americans have been sorting themselves into two groups — a small, affluent, college-educated elite, and everybody else. To speak categorically of “white privilege,” as young progressives habitually do, conjures up an image of white people sitting around their mansions sipping chardonnay. Not only does this image of “privilege” fail to capture the reality of life for the majority of white Americans, who are just working people with bills to pay, but it also fails to reflect the reality of what life is like for affluent, college-educated elite.

Guess what? The elite work, too, and they’ve also got bills to pay.

Among the bills that the elite must pay is tuition for their ungrateful offspring, who think themselves entitled to have Daddy send them to expensive private schools like Hampshire College (annual tuition $48,065) where they can learn to whine about living in a “white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal society.”

When we behold idiots like Jennie Chenkin and her social-justice comrade Cora Segal (aka “TrigglyPuff”), what we are seeing is the decadence that besets the children of privilege who have not been taught to appreciate the hard work that produced the wealth they frivolously squander. Their exhibitions of infantile narcissism — protest tantrums and self-pitying postures of victimhood — reveal the defects of their personal character, the moral depravity of minds warped by a corrupt education system.

Modern Americans have an unfortunate tendency to consider “education” a virtue unto itself, and to accept as proof of this virtue the attainment of academic credentials, especially from prestigious “elite” schools. All that was necessary for progressives to control America, therefore, was to take over elite educational institutions and promote their own political opinions as truth, thereby convincing the college-educated segment of American society that progressivism is not only what all Smart People™ believe, but is also synonymous with moral virtue.

William F. Buckley Jr. spotted this problem long ago, and his 1951 classic God and Man at Yale remains highly relevant in the 21st century. Buckley saw that Yale, originally founded as a Christian school, had quietly abandoned Christianity and adopted a new religion, liberalism. The consequences of this were evident, as Buckley demonstrated at some length, in the way that Yale’s department of economics was dominated by Keynesians who were hostile to free-market enterprise and enthusiastically in favor of central planning and confiscatory taxation. The American intellectual elite, in turning against God, had opened the door to what Buckley’s colleague Eric Vogelin later diagnosed as a revival of gnosticism:

All gnostic movements are involved in the project of abolishing the constitution of being, with its origin in divine, transcendent being, and replacing it with a world-immanent order of being, the perfection of which lies in the realm of human action.

Pursuing a utopian heaven-on-earth fantasy of “social justice” invariably leads to catastrophe, and conservatives have been striving to stave off this disaster for so long that many have forgotten what the struggle is about.

‘The Fools That Bring Disaster’

If the people who lead a movement have forgotten their own principles, if they lack the courage to state their principles or are unwilling to do the work of helping others understand why these principles matter, then the movement is certain to fail. The sense of failure that has gripped the conservative movement as a result of Donald Trump’s success would be a teachable moment, if the leaders who have failed were willing to admit their own failure. From Karl Rove to Mitt Romney, from Rich Lowry to Jeb Bush, all across the vast spectrum of Republican politicians, consultants and pundits, what do we see? Evasions of personal responsibility, lashing out at Trump as a scapegoat for their own incompetence. When David Horowitz gave Bill Kristol a well-deserved spanking, the only thing the “Never Trump” crowd seemed to notice was the headline phrase “Renegade Jew,” and the merits of Horowitz’s argument were ignored by all the virtue-signalling spoilsports who lost the game but don’t want to admit they deserved to lose.

Careerism in the punditocracy means that political wizards like Karl Rove are more concerned with preserving their own prestigious reputations — their prestige being their stock in trade — than in telling the truth or winning elections. And too many conservative pundits who profess to loathe Karl Rove are nonetheless guilty of playing the same game. While consultants keep getting paid to provide bad advice, while the politicians continue listening to such advice, and while the pundits are all busy trying to get booked for their next cable TV appearance, the selfish concerns of such so-called “leaders” do nothing to strengthen the conservative movement. The soldiers of the army become demoralized when their generals repeatedly lead them to defeat. During the winter of 1862-63, when command of the Union’s Army of the Potomac had devolved onto the incompetent Gen. Ambrose Burnside, a soldier in the 79th New York Infantry wrote a letter home in which he complained: “Mother, do not wonder that my loyalty is growing weak. . . . I am sick and tired of the disaster and the fools that bring disaster upon us.”

For the past 25 years, going back to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the Republican Party has gone from one disaster to another, and the fools in charge of the GOP can’t seem to comprehend the fundamental nature of their problem. Talk of reviving “Reaganism” is common among pundits and politicians who seem willing to ignore the historic context from which the modern conservative movement emerged. Reagan biographer Craig Shirley has chronicled the history of the movement and its greatest leader, and yet we must wonder how many conservative pundits have read Shirley’s books, because they seem not to have learned any useful lessons from this history. In politics, it is important to have both the right message and the right messenger. Ronald Reagan’s personal experience, particularly in his fight against Community Party efforts to take over Hollywood in the 1940s, provided him with a profound insight into the nature of America’s enemy in the Cold War. By the time he gave his famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing,” Reagan had spent nearly 20 years studying the issues confronting America. He was familiar with the ideas of men like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, he was well-informed about current events, and he was an experienced public speaker. Reagan had traveled the country as spokesman for General Electric, and in his travels had met and listened to the voices of many ordinary Americans, developing a strong sense of their problems and concerns. From the disaster of Goldwater’s defeat in 1964, it took another 16 years (and his near-miss attempt to get the 1976 nomination against Gerald Ford) for Reagan to be elected president. By that time, America had been through the ordeal of defeat in Vietnam and the economic stagnation of the 1970s, and was ready to listen to a common-sense message that had been rejected as dangerous “extremism” when Barry Goldwater had been the messenger.

Attempts by Republicans in the past 25 years to recapture the magic of Reaganism have failed in large part because Ronald Reagan possessed such a rare combination of personal qualities as to be nearly unique. Yet the Republican Party’s decline also reflects a failure of GOP leaders to understand the issues facing America in the post-Cold War era. Steve Sailer’s terse summary of Republican policy during the presidency of George W. Bush — “Invade the World. Invite the World. In Hock to the World.” — hits the nail directly on the head. By 2008, the GOP leadership was officially committed to a neo-Wilsonian crusade to impose “democracy” on Mesopotamia at the point of a bayonet, the pro-amnesty policy of “comprehensive immigration reform,” and a continued drift away from sound fiscal and monetary policy. If this is what the Republican Party stands for, certainly Republicans deserve to lose.

Trumpism is a repudiation of Bushism.

Whatever else you may say about Donald Trump, it seems unlikely he’ll be seeking advice from Karl Rove, Nicolle Wallace or Lindsey Graham.

And thank God for that.

The Problem With ‘Hate Whitey’ Politics

After eight years of Obamaism, threatened with a return to Clintonism, how many Americans might be willing to give Trumpism a try? Well, the number was large enough to destroy every rival who stood between Trump and the GOP nomination, and Democrats are afraid enough of Trumpism that they’re unloading their opposition-research dossiers in May. Sidney Blumenthal and the other Democrat strategists believe they can elect Hillary by demonizing her opponent, and perhaps Trump will be the perfect test for this strategy. Yet whoever the Republicans had nominated would have faced a similar attack and, as counter-intuitive as it may seem, Trump might prove to be the one guy on the planet against whom the Clinton slime machine doesn’t work. But I digress . . .

Derek Thompson’s article “Donald Trump and the Twilight of White America” is one of those demographics-of-decline pieces that assume, as the basis of analysis, that current trends may be extrapolated into the future, so that the continued rapid growth of the U.S. Hispanic population, for example, can be taken for granted. Yet just as the white population bifurcates into separate socio-economic groups (the elite vs. everybody else), so also do Hispanics. My daughter’s husband is Hispanic, but he is an ambitious young attorney in private practice, the scion of a very prosperous family, and it is a racist stereotype to imagine that “Hispanic” is a synonym for “poor” or “ignorant” or “Democrat.”

The hard-working taxpayer is always at least a potential Republican voter, no matter his or her ethnic background. While Democrats and their allies in the media have been successful in fomenting racial hatred for partisan purposes — “Hate Whitey! Vote Democrat!” — this political charade cannot succeed forever. The policies of the Democrat Party are ultimately bad for everybody, and if you want to see where these policies lead, take a look at the bankrupt catastrophe of Detroit. Or take a look at Chicago, where there have already been 234 homicides this year. Beyond this startling death toll, more than 1,100 people have been wounded by gunfire so far this year in Chicago, where about a dozen people get shot on an average day. Most of the victims (74%) are black, and another 22% are Hispanic, so that the politics of “Hate Whitey” correlates with very bad outcomes for the people who elect Democrats. Are there people in Chicago who hate whitey so much they don’t mind their kids getting gunned down by the Latin Kings or the Gangster Disciples?

“A lot of the gangs that you see . . . when you look at Baltimore, when you look at Chicago and Ferguson and a lot of areas, you know a lot of these gang members are illegal immigrants. They’re going to be gone.”
Donald Trump, August 2015

Most white people probably don’t realize it, but many black communities are feeling squeezed by immigration, too. The gang warfare in the streets of Chicago is often between black gangs defending their “turf” against Latino gangs and, as Trump said, illegal immigration contributes to this problem. A lot of the dope being sold by these gangs is imported from Mexico, and you can’t address the problem of gang violence without addressing the drug problem and the immigration problem, too. Beyond that, there is the job shortage problem, the crappy school problem and also the problem of fatherless children, and the Democrat Party is certainly not going to do anything to fix any of these problems.

Put the dope dealers in prison, deport the criminal gangsters, get serious about enforcement of the existing immigration laws — these are not “extremist” ideas, they’re just common sense, and white people are not the only hard-working taxpayers who would support these policies.

Yet here we have Derek Thompson playing racial psychotherapist:

Trump’s core constituency is clear: Republican whites, particularly men, and especially those who didn’t go to college, who feel their American whiteness like a second skin. Many of these first beneficiaries of the franchise now feel disenfranchised. The original middle class feels cut out of the American Dream. The majority is collapsing in on itself. . . .
It is not enough to say that Trump is a purely racial phenomenon. Nor is it complete to argue that he is the perfectly predictable result of economic upheaval. Rather, in the last half-century, several events have pushed conservative white American middle-class men to conflate their majoritarian, economic, and cultural decline. Economic anxiety and racial resentment are not entirely separate things, but rather like buttresses in an arch, supporting each other in the creation of something larger — Donald Trump.

Never mind, for the moment, the idea that “racial resentment” explains Trump’s success. Instead ask, what does this have to do with policy?

Thompson takes for granted what liberals (and too many Republicans) expect everybody to take for granted, namely that a determination to enforce existing immigration law is racist, and therefore illegitimate. Yet the chief architect of our existing immigration system was Ted Kennedy. From the time of The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 until the day he died in 2009, no immigration bill could make it through the Senate without Kennedy’s approval. For most of the past half-century, in fact, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and even after the Republican takeover of 1994, which gave the GOP congressional control, the Democrats in the Senate could always use the filibuster to force Republicans to compromise. In 2006-2007, Republicans like John McCain twice failed in their attempts to pass a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill. When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate, and what did they do about immigration? Nothing. Zero. Nada.

A profound dishonesty about immigration as policy has made immigration as politics impossible to discuss rationally. The liberal media’s “reporting” on immigration is simply partisan propaganda. The media depict Republicans as hateful bigots, so as to maximize Latino votes for Democrats, and this requires a narrative about immigration which ignores the differences between legal and illegal immigrants, portraying all immigrants as impoverished victims of white racism.

Donald Trump is a blunt instrument, a political sledgehammer with which angry voters seek to smash the Democrat-Media Complex that has tried to conceal the failures of the Bullshit Factory in Washington, D.C.

Derek Thompson is an alumnus of prestigious Northwestern University (annual tuition $49,047) and his sneering disdain for “conservative white American middle-class men” is an attitude widely shared by Democrats, who consider “white male” an acceptable synonym for evil. However evil they may be, however, it is a mistake for Derek Thompson to think he is a better judge of their political interests than they are. This is what elite education does to people. Every 22-year-old who graduates from a school like Northwestern thereby obtains, along with his diploma, an incurable certainty of his own moral and intellectual superiority.

The narcissistic arrogance of the elite makes it impossible for them to empathize with their inferiors (i.e., everybody whose Daddy couldn’t afford to pay $49,047 a year to send them to school), and it is this absence of empathy that makes the intellectual elite so dangerous. Even though Derek Thompson is not a stupid knee-jerk liberal, his analysis of the Trump phenomenon still manages to convey the idea that the opposite of “racist” is Democrat. Every consideration of policy evaporates into an invisible mist, because anyone who didn’t vote for Obama (and who won’t vote for Hillary) is presumed by Derek Thompson to be motivated by racial hatred. It would never occur to Derek Thompson to ask why black people in Detroit and Chicago keep voting for Democrats who are manifestly not solving the problems of the black community. The prejudices that inspire Democrat voters never arouse journalistic curiosity. So long as the politics of “Hate Whitey” elects Democrats, no mainstream journalist will ever question the rationality of such sentiments. And what this means in terms of policy, of course, is that whatever policies Democrats support are good, and all criticism of Democrat policies is wrong — racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.

Regardless of who wins in November, we will continue to be plagued by the decadence of the intellectual elite. It is a tremendous irony that the populist sledgehammer is a billionaire with an Ivy League education (Penn, ’68), but Trump is not an intellectual, and he seems to have more empathy for ordinary Americans that does Hillary Clinton. Can he win? I don’t know. I’m just a conservative white American middle-class man and, as such, I need Smart People™ to do my thinking for me.



35 Responses to “On @DKThomp, Trumpism and the Misunderstood Crisis of White America”

  1. Scuttlebuttin'
    May 17th, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

    You brought up one part of the “whites are becoming a minority” triumphalism that alway makes me laugh: blacks are 13% of the population, and that’s not going to grow much, if at all. Do they think they have any sort of solidarity with the Hispanic population, the one that’s actually growing?
    If they do, a cursory glance at Latin America will disabuse them of that notion rather quickly. Racism and rigid caste systems based on skin tone are still very strong in those countries, and it doesn’t soften all that much just because they’re in the US now. At the very least, non-Spanish speakers are going to be at a decided disadvantage. What percentage of that 13% knows any Spanish? What percentage is likely to learn any?

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 17th, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

    It’s not just white America, it is all blue collar workers.

  3. robertstacymccain
    May 17th, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    The assumption that all non-whites share a common interest as “minorities” is one of those things that you have to be a liberal to believe.

  4. MikeT53
    May 17th, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

    “Steve Sailer’s terse summary of Republican policy during the presidency of George W. Bush — “Invade the World. Invite the World. In Hock to the World.” — hits the nail directly on the head.”

    Wow. I feel welcome here again.

  5. Scuttlebuttin'
    May 17th, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

    Yep, I guess they never bother to ask their black friend.

  6. RS
    May 17th, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

    There are a lot of people who, if given the change, would punch the political elite in both parties in the face. Alas, that cannot be accomplished, so Donald Trump is the next best thing.

  7. Bumr50
    May 17th, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

    *Raises hand*

  8. Robert What?
    May 17th, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

    SJW-ism or Elitism is a form of self delusion. SJWs and “elites” have absolutely nothing of value to offer anyone. Certainly nothing that anyone would pay them for if it wasn’t compelled. It a true free market most of them would have “careers” that involve asking people “do you want fries with that”. On the deepest levels they know that, which makes them so hostile and insecure.

  9. Art Deco
    May 17th, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    Steve Sailer talks rot. We did not invade the world, we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. The latter was responsible for a stupefying casus belli and we’d been in a state of belligerency with the former for a dozen years and faced a trilemma on how to proceed; the alt-right jabberers simply ignore that trilemma. We did not invite the world, either. We’ve just assiduously failed to enforce our own laws. That antedated George W. Bush by decades. As for being in hock to the world, our debts are denominated in our own currency, private companies borrowing from abroad are able to do so because foreigners want to invest in this country and the bulk of public debt held by foreigners was accumulated in the last 7 years.

    There haven’t been any disasters. The Republican Party has competed satisfactorily everywhere but in Presidential contests. It’s problem is the ineffectuality of its Congressional caucus, and a source of that would be the disorganization of the committee system and the parliamentary rules which empower obstructive veto groups. Gamesman devoted to fellating the Chamber of Commerce refuse to countenance replacing those rules. Your problem is bad leadership on Capitol Hill and it’s address is AM McConnell’s office.

    And Richard Lowry has failures enough of his own (see the employment of Jason Lee Steorts, Robert ver Bruggen, and Daniel Foster and the failure to employ anyone who can replace the people who are retiring and the people he’s alienated). You need’nt lay on him the failures of people who run presidential campaigns. He, Goldberg, and the rest of the punditocracy have nothing to do with that.

    The process of choosing a president is so godawful that it attracts abnormally competitive people like clan Bush but discourages most everyone else. It’s not difficult to divine process improvements (some of which might require a constitutional amendment), but nothing ever happens, either.

  10. Phil_McG
    May 17th, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

    “an attitude widely shared by Democrats, who consider “white male” an acceptable synonym for evil.”

    Yes, it’s not a coincidence that the SJW’s (who are nearly all Millennial college graduates) express a monomaniacal hatred for white “cis” men. That’s what they’re teaching in schools these days.

    As for immigration, why should whites permit their own displacement? Are we supposed to throw away our childrens’ inheritance – their own homeland – for fear someone might point and shriek and stamp their progressive little feet while gibbering “r-r-racist!”?

    No civilisation has died of excessive politeness before, but the modern West is giving it the good old college try.

    The United States since 1965 has seen a tidal wave of immigration unprecedented in all human history. But this is not inevitable or a force of nature or irreversible. It was deliberate government policy, and policies can be changed. Even at the stroke of one man’s pen, as Obama so clearly taught.

    I believe Donald Trump will win the general election, and by a landslide, for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons being that, after eight years of the post-racial uniter Obama only making things worse, whites are no longer going to sit on their hands while so-called liberals perform a gleeful but premature jig on the hated White Man’s grave.

  11. RS
    May 17th, 2016 @ 6:48 pm

    Actually, we’ve been continuously at war with/in Iraq since Bush the Elder. People forget that Bill Clinton continued the No-Fly Zone and occasionally bombed AA defenses and the like during his two terms in office. The Dems conveniently memory-holed that when Bush The Younger wanted to finish the job his father left behind.

  12. Fail Burton
    May 17th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

    End all immigration. Deport all illegals. Mandate our population at 200 million from our current 320 million. Wages rise, housing and food prices fall. Bad for multinational corporations. Good for America.

  13. DeadMessenger
    May 17th, 2016 @ 9:02 pm

    As an interesting aside, people I know elsewhere in the world speak of a Clinton presidency as if it’s a done deal.

    Note that this would not be my personal preference. I’m just sayin’.

  14. M. Thompson
    May 17th, 2016 @ 11:42 pm

    And Bill Clinton only stepped up when he needed a distraction for the media.

  15. DarkstarSF
    May 17th, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

    For sure I’d like to punch Karl Rove, metaphorically speaking.

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  17. SouthOhioGipper
    May 18th, 2016 @ 9:11 am

    But who is the blue collar worker? My father is a highly skilled HVAC tech. He wears a blue collar. But he makes just shy of six figures out on the road doing service calls plus his private side jobs. THAT is the new Blue collar!

    We cannot cater our economy to the unskilled, the dumb, the socially unintelligent, lowest common denominator anymore! The modern high tech economy is just ruthless to unskilled labor.

    That is all there is to it. Plain ruthless and there is nothing anyone can or should do about it. Even Trump. The modern high tech economy, driven by computers does not care about your pain. Only your skill set and how well you can use it.

    Get together several thousand dollars, get a trade certificate and licensing and get to work. The Asians are better menial laborers than most Americans. We are just too soft.

  18. SouthOhioGipper
    May 18th, 2016 @ 9:19 am

    Ah but for a Hillary themed return of Wag the Dog. That was a classic back then. Back then Hollywood still criticized the left.

  19. SouthOhioGipper
    May 18th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    I prefer interbreeding instead of displacement. People act as if these Hispanics won’t intermarry and have “white” kids.

    People trying to act as if Hispanics are somehow alien and cannot or should not be interbreeding with our men and women. If that isn’t racist, what is?

    If you are so worried about this and you are single, go out and find you one and make babies and raise them as patriotic white Americans.

    I have an Asian tiger mom for a wife, I sold out the white race awhile ago on that respect. But they will be more conservative that I am due to mom’s influence.

  20. SouthOhioGipper
    May 18th, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    Da mein Fuhrer, ve shall requisition the rail cars immediately!

  21. Maggie's Farm
    May 18th, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    Problems with the anointed

    The anointed and/or self-anointed political/intellectual elites have been getting a come-uppance lately. That is all for the good because our moral and intellectual superiors of both political parties have not done a very good job when they gain access

  22. NeoWayland
    May 18th, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

    Let’s be extremely generous and say that there are 20 million illegals (the official government reports place it between 11 and 15 million depending on the agency).

    By my count that leaves 100 million natural and naturalized citizens you want to deport or murder in violation of United States law. Who chooses who stays and who goes?

    Say that in a year and a day, there are exactly 200 hundred million people in the U.S. What happens to the next baby born?

    You just ripped millions out of the armed forces in an age where Russia and China are literally tweaking our noses and a handful of Middle Eastern states are developing nuclear weapons and missile platforms that can deliver those warheads to the US. Not to mention the little problem of North Korea.

  23. Finrod Felagund
    May 18th, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

    I will never vote for an immoral authoritarian like Donald Trump.


  24. Squid Hunt ?Patriarch
    May 18th, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

    It’s not that it wouldn’t happen naturally. It’s that it’s being deliberately contrived for political purposes with no regard to the consequence to individuals. I saw a statistic recently that said over 50% of millennials are dating outside their race. Look at the benefit to lifestyle that it’s causing, the sudden surge in innovation and independent thought.

  25. Animal
    May 18th, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

    Mandate our population at 200 million? How? How in the hell do you propose to do that without completely effing destroying our liberty?

  26. CPAguy
    May 18th, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

    Hispanics (women, mostly, but men too) intermarry at the highest rates in US history.

    It is those that forever stay on the government money train that are the issue.

  27. CPAguy
    May 18th, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    Thank goodness for the SJW break, RSM

    The 2012 election sucked, and this one is turning out to be worse….but you are a welcome outlet.

    That said…..Never Trump! Never Hillary! Pray for the Best!

  28. Daniel Freeman
    May 18th, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

    Context, comrade. No immigration while our population is higher than that.

  29. Daniel Freeman
    May 18th, 2016 @ 10:59 pm

    Yes, that interpretation doesn’t make sense. Therefore, it must be correct. Or not.

  30. Daniel Freeman
    May 18th, 2016 @ 11:08 pm


  31. Steve White
    May 18th, 2016 @ 11:52 pm

    Well done, Stacy. Long (you’re like Steven den Beste!) but chock full of things I can use in the coming months. A keeper.

  32. Marty Johnson
    May 19th, 2016 @ 8:42 am

    I started reading the article with zero expectations. Sometime near the half way mark it occurred to me: I don’t disagree with a single sentence, a single word. I kept going, TRYING to find something, anything, to indicate that we were not twins separated at birth, or that you were not pulling a Vulcan mind meld thing on me. I couldn’t. So keep up the great writing Brother McCain.

  33. Totally Not_gunga
    May 19th, 2016 @ 9:44 am

    Yeah, those elitist Big Ten schools are the problem and The Wharton School is totes free of Keynesians and elitist tendencies…cough… Hey, how ’bout them Mets?

  34. Oldretirednurse
    May 19th, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

    Interesting view that white people think about their whiteness every minute of the day. Can’t remember the last time I thought about my skin color, or anyone else’s for that matter.

  35. firefirefire
    May 19th, 2016 @ 2:18 pm

    “who feel their American whiteness like a second skin.” Because he feels his skin,he thinks every one else feels theirs. Typical Leftie.