Sunday, May 01, 2016

Social Matter - A Trump Rally Revival

New essay is up at Social Matter. I spent 6 hours standing in line, waiting in my seat, observaing and enjoying Donald Trump's rally in Indianapolis last Wednesday.

If Trump comes to your area, I recommend going to a rally. It's an experience. I tried to capture the build up, the wait, the pay off and the trip home. I am being honest when I say it feels like an old timey big tent revival. You walk out of the place feeling like you could punch through brick walls.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Link goes to Zero Hedge

Apothecary said...

Link goes to Zero Hedge fyi

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Did you mean for that link to go to ZeroHedge?

PA said...

It was a pleasure to read that.

Son of Brock Landers said...

My bad guys. I was using the link to a ZH post that used a pic I posted to Twitter.

Josh said...

http://verysmartbrothas.com/how-the-reaction-to-larry-wilmores-nigga-drop-at-the-whcd-was-peak-white-tears-explained/

Kevin Gold said...

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/04/america-tyranny-donald-trump.html#

"demographics will save us. America is no longer an overwhelmingly white country, and Trump’s signature issue — illegal immigration — is the source of his strength but also of his weakness. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting how polling models have consistently misread the breadth of his support, especially in these past few weeks; he will likely bend over backward to include minorities in his fall campaign; and those convinced he cannot bring a whole new swath of white voters back into the political process should remember 2004, when Karl Rove helped engineer anti-gay-marriage state constitutional amendments that increased conservative voter turnout. All Trump needs is a sliver of minority votes inspired by the new energy of his campaign and the alleged dominance of the Obama coalition could crack (especially without Obama). Throughout the West these past few years, from France to Britain and Germany, the polls have kept missing the power of right-wing insurgency."

peterike said...

Ahh good old New York magazine. I used to troll the bejesus out of their comment section, which is the same dozen people over and over and over again. Of course, eventually I got banned. I have to say I lasted longer than I expected, so props to them for putting up with my truth bombs for a while.

Anyhoo, I didn't read the linked Dandy Andy Sullivan piece (god, why bother?) but I LOVE the irony of the "America is facing tyranny!!" theme that seems to be emerging. LOL! As if America hasn't been a (((tyranny))) for decades now. Though there are definitely lots of dissenting voices out there, even at New York Magazine. This comment is a good one, though it fizzles out toward the end:

For the white working class, having had their morals roundly mocked, their religion deemed primitive, and their economic prospects decimated, now find their very gender and race, indeed the very way they talk about reality, described as a kind of problem for the nation to overcome..........

Yes it is indeed comical for an Ivy Leaguer to tell the struggling working class white male to check his privilege.

In this new white minority future where states rights, limited government, personal responsibility and individual liberty are considered micro aggressions, or frankly racist, the left will likely be transcendent.

However everyone can play the politics of victimization now. A white alienated minority criticised from all directions can still cause decades of gridlock.

Portlander said...

Congrats on the ZH link.

I was wondering if you were going to see Trump in-person. Can't wait to read the report.

One thing that dawned on me last week was that this extended primary season is actually to Trump's immense benefit. Unlike for the usual candidate where campaigns are expensive, zero-sum, mud-slinging contests, the more the primary season goes on, the more Trump has reason to go state-to-state rallying folks to his side 20k at time.

It is incredible to behold how on Every. Single. Metric. of what it means to run for President Trump has turned the conventional wisdom upside down to his unique benefit.

It's starting to make me think he might actually be an incredible president as well. I started out thinking if only he deals with immigration that would be great, one for our kids. But now I'm starting to wonder just how deep the rot goes, and how much of the country can be made great again if we decide deworm ourselves of all the economic parasites from Wall Street to Fresno. I feel like the morbidly obese, middle-aged smoker that has completely forgotten life without 60 extra pounds, diabetes, and $20/day up in smokes can feel like.

Expel 20 million hangers-on, cut the healthcare industry to 10% of GDP, and bust the Fed-enabled rent-extraction grift being run the "FIRE" economy, and who knows what this country is possible of? Not that I expect Trump to do these things, but, wow, who knows... he just might.