Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Barney Poodles and the Insiders

The media, on both sides, the politicians on both sides and the blogosphere are chattering like the nabobs of negativity…to steal a phrase…while trying to explain why Trump, and to a lesser degree, Cruz and Carson are the hands down favorites of the “Outsiders.”

I have never seen such idiotic explanations.

And along with those explanations we find disbelief that the base, aka known as the evangelicals, would accept Trump because of his multiple marriages. The religious right should be, in their opinion, raising up and casting Trump into a sea of fire and rushing to embrace, if not Jeb, then Rubio who attends Saturday prayer meetings.

The thing is this. The Tea Party is just so “2010.” What remains of it has mostly morphed into various variations of Libertarian and/or “Constitution” parties that spend time lecturing the country about the evils of Obamacare and (gasp!) the national debt.

Both, of course, are problems. But not so much for the “outsiders.”  They have other issues.

Of course the real question is…… Who are the “Outsiders?” Why aren’t they acting like the “Insiders” want them to act??

We're going back one, maybe 2, generations in some cases depending on location.

The norm was the man working. The woman staying home.

That's changed with all that goes with the change. More divorces. More latch key kids. Less time for the family as a group.

The result is a completely new dynamic among the source of the evangelicals. The result is a group that tends to leave religion in the church. A group that has supplied the bulk of enlisted military volunteers but hates how the wars are being fought. A group that has seen its income crater.

At the same time they have seen a flood of people enter the country. These people take the entry level jobs that the group once had. These people are identified as suppliers of terrorism attacks, crime in general and continual attacks on the culture of the group. Some are legal. Millions are illegal.  And the government is spending millions on them while telling Seniors the country can’t afford to give them a Social Security raise. They see people in check out lines paying for groceries with an EBT card while chatting on a free cell phone with their tattooed body on a disgusting display.

If you can afford tat’s, the Outsiders think, then you can damn well feed yourself and your kids.

And they see their schools teaching their children about how nice Islam is but not Christianity.

Wait the Outsiders say. Islam is birthing Muslim terrorists like a popcorn. Why in the bloody hell are we bringing more of’em into the country?

These folks are looking for someone that can state the concerns and who they believe can fix things.

They have no confidence in the DC Republicans and Democrats.

That's the strength of Trump, and somewhat, Cruz. Cruz is beloved by the political junkies of the group and has somewhat established himself as an outsider. Carson was beloved by the more religious in group. But the Left did the Repubs a favor and pushed his supporters to Trump and Cruz.

The parents of many of these were Reagan Democrats who moved over to Clinton in '92. They almost elected Gore in 2000 but enough of their children had become Repubs to elect Bush.

The war elected Obama. People wanted change. He promised change but wasn't specific. Trump and Cruz is specific.

And when I say specific I don't mean policy wonk specific. Trump says he'll stop Muslims from coming in until things are straightened out. That's good enough for them. He's a boss. They know he'll bring in the experts to get the job done. That's what a boss does. Define the task. Set goals.

The Outsiders aren’t looking golden words. They’re looking for competency.

And there is damn little in today's government.


"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

 “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine