[Rushtalk] The Irish spin - on what happened in America
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Sat Jan 14 13:05:21 MST 2017
*/Ian O’Doherty is a columnist who works for the Irish Independent.
O'Doherty is a self-proclaimed atheist, and libertarian. He has been a
speaker during at least one Atheist Ireland meeting. Ian O'Doherty has
angrily denied that he has a drinking problem. /*
*/His "iSpy" column is published Monday – Thursday and contains news
articles blended with comedy and shock-jock opinions. On Fridays
O'Doherty publishes a rather more serious column containing his
opinion on a chosen subject./*
_*Ian O'Doherty: A two fingers to a politically correct elite.*_
*Tuesday November 8, 2016 - a day that will live in infamy or the moment
when America was made great again?
The truth, as ever, will lie somewhere in the middle. After all,
contrary to what both his supporters and detractors believe - and this
is probably the only thing they agree on - Trump won't be able to come
into office and spend his first 100 days gleefully ripping up all the
bits of the Constitution he doesn't like.
But even if this week's seismic shockwave doesn't signal either the sky
falling in or the start of a bright new American era, the result was, to
use one of The Donald's favourite phrases, huge. It is, in fact, a
total game changer.
In decades to come, historians will still bicker about the most
poisonous, toxic and stupid election in living memory.
They will also be bickering over the same vexed question - how did a man
who was already unpopular with the public and who boasted precisely zero
political experience beat a seasoned Washington insider who was married
to one extremely popular president and who had worked closely with another?
The answer, ultimately, is in the question.
History will record this as a Trump victory, which of course it is. But
it was also more than that, because this was the most stunning
self-inflicted defeat in the history of Western democracy.
Hillary Clinton has damned her party to irrelevance for at least the
next four years. She has also ensured that Obama's legacy will now be a
footnote rather than a chapter. Because the Affordable Care Act is now
doomed under a Trump presidency and that was always meant to be his
gift, of sorts, to America.
How did a candidate who had virtually all of the media, all of
Hollywood, every celebrity you could think of, a couple of former
presidents and apparently, the hopes of an entire gender resting on her
shoulders, blow up her own campaign?
I rather suspect that neither Donald nor Hillary know how they got to
Where she seemed to expect the position to become available to her by
right - the phrase "she deserves it" was used early in the campaign and
then quickly dropped when her team remembered that Americans don't like
inherited power - his first steps into the campaign were those of
someone chancing their arm. If he wasn't such a staunch teetotaler,
many observers would have accused him of only doing it as a drunken bet.
But the more the campaign wore on, something truly astonishing began to
happen - the people began to speak. And they began to speak in a voice
which, for the first time in years in the American heartland, would not
Few of the people who voted for Trump seriously believe that he is going
to personally improve their fortunes. Contrary to the smug,
middle-class media narrative, they aren't all barely educated idiots.
They know what he is, of course they do. It's what he is not that
appeals to them.
Clinton, on the other hand, had come to represent the apex of smug
privilege. Whether it was boasting about her desire to shut down the
remaining coal industry in Virginia - that worked out well for her, in
the end - or calling half the electorate a "basket of deplorables", she
seemed to operate in the perfumed air of the elite, more obsessed with
coddling idiots and pandering to identity and feelings than improving
the hardscrabble life that is the lot of millions of Americans.
Also, nobody who voted for Trump did so because they wanted him as a
spiritual guru or life coach. But plenty of people invested an
irrational amount of emotional energy into a woman who was patently
undeserving of that level of adoration.
That's why we've witnessed such fury from her supporters - they had
wrapped themselves so tightly in the Hillary flag that a rejection of
her felt like a rejection of them. And when you consider that many
American colleges gave their students Wednesday off class because they
were too 'upset' to study, you can see that this wasn't a battle for the
White House - this became a genuine battle for America's future
direction. And, indeed, for the West.
We have been going through a cultural paroxysm for the last 10 years -
the rise of identity politics has created a Balkanised society where the
content of someone's mind is less important than their skin colour,
gender, sexuality or whatever other attention-seeking label they wish to
bestow upon themselves.
In fact, where once it looked like racism and sexism might be becoming
archaic remnants of a darker time, a whole new generation has popped up
which wants to re-litigate all those arguments all over again. In fact,
while many of us are too young to recall the Vietnam War and the social
upheaval of the 1960s, plenty of observers who were say they haven't
seen an America more at war with itself than it is today.
One perfect example of this new America has been the renewed calls for
segregation on campuses. Even a few years ago, such a move would have
been greeted with understandable horror by civil rights activists - but
this time it's the black students demanding segregation and "safe
spaces" from whites. If young people calling for racial segregation
from each other isn't the sign of a very, very sick society, nothing is.
The irony of Clinton calling Trump and his followers racist while she
was courting Black Lives Matter was telling. After all, no rational
white person would defend the KKK, yet here was a white women defending
both BLM and the New Black Panthers - explicitly racist organisations
with the NBP, in particularly, openly espousing a race war if they don't
get what they want.
Fundamentally, Trump was attractive because he represents a repudiation
of the nonsense that has been slowly strangling the West.
He represents - rightly or wrongly, and the dust has still to settle - a
scorn and contempt for these new rules. He won't be a president worried
about microaggressions, or listening to the views of patently insane
people just because they come from a fashionably protected group.
He also represents a glorious two fingers to everyone who has become
sick of being called a racist or a bigot or a homophobe - particularly
by Hillary supporters who are too dense to realise that she has always
actually been more conservative on social issues than Trump.
That it might take a madman to restore some sanity to America is, I
suppose, a quirk that is typical to that great nation - land of the free
and home to more contradictions than anyone can imagine.
Trump's victory also signals just how out of step the media has been
with the people. Not just American media, either.
In fact, the Irish media has continued its desperate drive to make a
show of itself with a seemingly endless parade of emotionally
incontinent gibberish that, ironically, has increased in ferocity and
hysterical spite in the last few days.
The fact that Hillary's main cheerleaders in the Irish and UK media
still haven't realised where they went wrong is instructive and amusing
in equal measure. They still don't seem to understand that by
constantly insulting his supporters, they're just making asses of
One female contributor to this newspaper said Trump's victory was a "sad
day for women". Well, not for the women who voted for him, it wasn't.
But that really is the nub of the matter - the 'wrong' kind of women
obviously voted for Trump. The 'right' kind went with Hillary. And lost.
The Irish media is not alone in being filled largely with dinner-party
liberals who have never had an original or socially awkward thought in
their lives. They simply assume that everyone lives in the same bubble
and thinks the same thoughts - and if they don't, they should.
Of the many things that have changed with Trump's victory, the bubble
has burst. Never in American history have the polls, the media and the
chin-stroking moral arbiters of the liberal agenda been so
spectacularly, wonderfully wrong.
It was exactly that condescending, obnoxious sneer towards the working
class that brought them out in such numbers, and that is the great irony
of Election 16 - the Left spent years creating identity politics to the
extent that the only group left without protection or a celebrity
sponsor was the white American male.
That it was the white American male who swung it for Trump is a timely
reminder that while black lives matter, all votes count - even the ones
of people you despise.
You don't have to be a supporter of Trump to take great delight in the
sheer, apoplectic rage that has greeted his victory. If Clinton had won
and Trump supporters had gone on a rampage through a dozen American
cities the next night, there would have been outrage - and rightly so.
But in a morally and linguistically inverted society, the wrong-doers
are portrayed as the victims. We saw that at numerous Trump rallies -
protesters would disrupt the event, claiming their right to free speech
(a heckler's veto is not free speech) and provoking people until they
got a dig before running to the media and claiming victimhood.
Yet none of Clinton's rallies were shut down by her opponents (unlike
Trump's aborted Chicago meeting) and the great mistake of the anti-Trump
zealots should have learned was that just thinking you're right isn't
enough - you need to convince others as well.
But, ultimately, this election was about people saying enough with the
bullshit. This is a country in crisis, and most Americans don't care
about transgender bathrooms, or safe spaces, or government speech laws.
This was about people taking some control back for themselves.
It was about them saying that they won't be hectored and bullied by the
toddler tantrums thrown by pissy and spoiled millennials and they
certainly won't put up with being told they're stupid and wicked just
because they have a difference of opinion.
But, really, this election is about hope for a better America; an
America which isn't obsessed with identity and perceived 'privilege'; an
America where being a victim isn't a virtue and where you don't have to
apologise for not being up to date with the latest list of socially
Trump's victory was a two fingers to the politically correct.
It was a brutal rejection of the nonsense narrative which says Muslims
who kill Americans are somehow victims. It took the ludicrous Green
agenda and threw it out. It was a return, on some level, to a time when
people weren't afraid to speak their own mind without some self-elected
language cop shouting at you. Who knows, we may even see Trump kicking
the UN out of New York.
Frankly, if you're one of those who gets their politics from Jon Stewart
and Twitter, look away for the next four years, because you're not going
to like what you see. The rest of us, however, will be delighted.
This might go terribly, terribly wrong. Nobody knows - and if we have
learned anything this week, it's that nobody knows nuthin'.
But just as the people of the UK took control back with Brexit, the
people of America did likewise with their choice for president.
It's called democracy.
Deal with it.*
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