Thursday, March 17, 2016

Face It


So Denmark is the happiest place on Earth. Turns out (who'd a' thunk it?) that, among other things, extreme wealth inequality makes people angry and unhappy:
... The report found that inequality was strongly associated with unhappiness — a stark finding for rich countries like the United States, where rising disparities in income, wealth, health and well-being have fueled political discontent...
Wise heads inform us Trump has tapped into the anger of the average American (where "average" means "white male, mostly.") Weird, isn't it: the candidate whose plans would most directly bern the source of their anger isn't the one those people are looking to. It's the one (either one of the Rs, matter of fact) whose proposals (such as they are) are guaranteed (because they've been tried, and they always do) to make it worse.

So not only are these people, these Trump voters, scary as hell in their overt racism, violence, and love for an autocratic demagogue, they're clueless. They've been carefully taught to be angry at the wrong things, so their "thought" leaders can keep doing what they've been doing. Trumpists will let everything get even worse for them, as long as they have a fuhrer leader who validates and encourages their desire to blame their problems on African-Americans and Jews and Mexicans. And liberals. Of course, liberals.

They don't want anything fixed. They just want to punch people in the face.

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