In 1999, Trump quit the Republican Party after denouncing it as "too crazy right," a claim that looks laughable today. But he really quit because they wouldn't make room for someone who was only interested in hawking his brand. Now he's happy to dominate a stage shared by Republicans who make the 1999 set look like a bunch of pinkos. Why wouldn't he be happy? They're way more entertaining.
In A Strange Way, This Is A Good Sign
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It's tempting and easy to look at Trump's temporary popularity and argue that America is going in the wrong direction. I mean, I kind of did it myself just now. But the night is darkest just before the dawn -- or as I prefer to put it, the hippo farts the loudest just before it falls silent.
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As seen here.
You may not know many Trump supporters, but the founder of Stormfront, a neo-Nazi website, said that Trump has prompted a surge of new users. Trump is also the star candidate of Free Republic, who are neo-Nazis without the balls to call themselves neo-Nazis. They're the fringes of society, the people whose already-irrelevant beliefs are breathing their last gasps. And if you read one of the 8,000 articles floating around with the premise of "I, a normal person, went to a Donald Trump rally," you'll notice a running theme: The people the reporters encounter are scared. They're scared of black people, they're scared of foreigners, they're scared of the media. They're scared that the America they know -- in which straight white Christian men hold all the cards -- is dying.
And they're right.
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Sorry, disturbingly enthusiastic lady.
In 2000, Trump didn't need to bully his way into the mainstream to spread a message of white supremacy, because it was already implicit in political discourse. And when I say "white supremacy" I don't mean the "other races are subhuman mongoloids" kind -- Donald Trump isn't a fascist. I mean the kind where white dudes just had it easier -- not because of malice, but because that was just how the system worked. And they liked that system, because shit, why wouldn't they? I'm a straight white dude, and it's a pretty great experience. But with every day that goes by, the system changes just a little bit, and that's scary if it's the system you've relied on for your whole life. If you want to skip to the comments and dismiss everything I've said as the ramblings of an "SJW," now's the time, neck hair enthusiasts.
Back? Okay, great. Now consider this: The fact that Trump's supporters are loud and angry and petulant isn't a sign that America's getting more extreme. It's a sign that the country's progressed to where their once-common views are now extreme. Looking at Trump and saying that America is getting more radical is like looking at Alabama in 1963, when peaceful black people were attacked with fire hoses and police dogs and blocked from entering a university by their own governor, and thinking "wow, black Americans have never had it worse!" They were finally starting to get it better, and some people didn't like that.
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You can focus on Trump's supporters insulting and beating protesters,
or you can focus on the protesters successfully disrupting his stupid speech anyway.
Well, black people getting rights didn't destroy America, Muslim immigrants won't destroy America, and the sex robots we'll inevitably build won't destroy America either. Trump will lose, and a few years from now, most of his supporters will realize that hey, America is still doing alright because the greatness was inside us all along. Maybe it will be just in time for Trump to write another book.
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