I have no hope that Trump will be a good president, but I’m not particularly bothered by him either. Sure, he is a clown, but then so was the last guy (a priggish, condescending clown), and the guy before him (an ideological clown) and the guy before that guy (a white trash clown). Trump is more of the same without the veneer of respectability. Some people like him for just that reason; maybe I understand the appeal even if I don’t feel it.
Other people are in full emotional meltdown. Every time you think lefty hysterics are about to subside, they come out with another round of wailing. Aren’t they embarrassed?
One Reddit commenter offered this analysis: There are no original ideas here but it is a good synthesis of the problem.
Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it’s got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism.
Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right.
The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don’t go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you’re on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform.
Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel’s voice whispering, “You’re right, you’re better, you’re winning.”
Hollywood award shows are like church talent shows – the skits and jokes aren’t really funny, but it’s fun to look at the pretty girls, and you’re all on the same team. . . .
For the first time in decades, voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church, defying hours of daily cultural programming, years of indoctrination from the schools, and dozens of explicit warnings from HR.
Hysterics and conspiracy theories are the marks of a dominant force feeling a threat to its power. I was always surprised by my encounters with Spanish-speaking Catholicism with its deep paranoia about the machinations of Masons, Jews and los Anglo-Sajones, and its tendency towards self-indulgent conspiracy theory. It is the reaction of a once dominant cultural force that does not want to acknowledge that it has lost the battle (we didn’t lose, we were betrayed!), that it has no innate right to rule, that its truths are not self-evident. The steady refusal to admit reality only hastens its unraveling.