Michael Goodwin is a NY Post writer … says that he’s a Democrat who voted for Obama in 2008.
Over the weekend, he wrote an editorial titled Why it’s time for a Trump revolution .
I think that Goodwin does a poignant job cutting to the chase.
His basic tenet: “Contempt for Trump reflects contempt for his working-class white support.”
Excerpted from Why it’s time for a Trump revolution
The smart set has declared that it’s immoral and indecent to even think about voting for Trump.
But dismissing him requires dismissing the concerns of the 7.5 million people who have voted for him.
My gut tells me much of the contempt for Trump reflects contempt for his working-class white support.
It is one prejudice gentry liberals and gentry conservatives share.
It is perhaps the last acceptable bigotry, and you can see it expressed on any primetime TV program.
The insults don’t all seem good-natured to me.
I grew up in central Pennsylvania, surrounded by the kind of people supporting Trump, and I sympathize with their worsening plight.
For generations, they went all in for the American dream.
Their families fought the wars, worked in the factories, taught school, coached Little League and built a middle-class culture.
Now they are abandoned and know it.
Nobody speaks for them.
The left speaks for the unions, the poor and the nonwhite, even shedding tears for illegal immigrants and rioters and looters.
The GOP speaks for the Chamber of Commerce, big business and Wall Street.
Trump has done it with full-frontal attacks on lopsided trade deals and a broken immigration system.
In fact, many who despise Trump concede he is right that globalization and the open-border flood of cheap labor, while benefitting many Americans, has hurt many others.
What is Trump’s great sin?
Breaking the silence about what ails the middle class.
Daring to challenge a power system that only pretends to have the consent of the governed?
I would be delighted to support a more conventional candidate who has Trump’s courage and appeal, but we don’t always get to pick our revolutionaries.
And make no mistake, Donald Trump is leading a political revolution that is long overdue.
And, as Dr. Ben Carson put it, partially rationalizing his endorsement:
“We’re only looking at four years’ if Trump’s a bust”
My first reaction: Even smart men say dumb things.
After mulling it for awhile, Carson may be right.
The Republic has survived worse …