Here's why Donald Trump is doing so well - Business Insider
The lower-middle class can no longer afford what used to be a lower-middle class life.
Tue May 24 15:53:34 2016 - permalink -
The Democrats have made a huge case about inequality, assuming that the problem is that the rich own too much. American political culture has rarely been triggered by inequality, but by the inability to acquire the basics of American life.
The problem with the Republicans is that they have not noticed that the defining issue of this generation is the collapse in the standard of living of the middle and lower-middle classes
The deeper problem was the perception of the white segment of the lower-middle class that their problems were invisible. They heard talk about African-Americans or Hispanics and the need to integrate them into society.
However, from the white lower-middle class perspective, there appeared to be little interest in the challenges facing their demographic. Indeed, there was a perception that the upper strata and the media not only didn’t care about them, but had contempt for their beliefs.
The speed of the shift in the values of dominant classes has left this class in a position where those values taught at home and at church are now regarded by the broader society as despicable.
The simultaneous economic disaster and delegitimation of their values marginalized this class.
Their perception of the political system has become intensely cynical. They see the political elite, bankers, lawyers, and lobbyists as a near criminal and entirely incompetent class.
Even his debating style—pugnacious, insulting, unapologetic, and frequently preposterously wrong—is not fundamentally different from the lower-middle class style of arguing. It is the very lack of polish that endears him to his followers (and makes him seem like a man from outer space to the upper-middle class).
not because he speaks to them, but because he speaks like them.
To this group, the political class is the problem, not the solution. The Republican establishment did not grasp that a career politician groomed to run for president has become anathema to this class.
And Trump is perceived as a tough guy who is willing to lie, insult, or threaten to get his way. From the lower-middle class point of view, nothing else will get them the solutions they need.
he says the things they all think but are no longer permitted to say
As in Europe, the inability of the political and financial elite to see that they are presiding over a social and political volcano will produce more and more exotic alternatives.
the Republican upper-middle class are no friends of the Republican lower-middle class.
The issue is not the gap between rich and poor, but the fact that the lower-middle class is becoming part of the poor, and the middle class is moving that way as well.