… if I were an unemployed WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) industrial worker from Detroit who now lives in a run-down suburb infested with gang violence and drug abuse. Poorly educated but hardworking, yet without a promising perspective in life, I was among the first ones to be laid off during the crisis of the automobile industry. Seeing my job being shipped overseas while being bombarded by Fox News with an imminent islamic terrorist threat.
Don’t get me wrong. Trump is a racist, xenophobic, narcissistic sociopath who is totally unsuitable to hold this office and is a disgrace for the entire American people. I’m not trying to justify anything that happened during this mediocre campaign and fateful ballot. I’m rather looking for an explanation and someone to blame for the mess we are in right now. And the blame neither goes to the people who voted for Trump nor to Trump himself – at least not entirely. Or could you be a hundred percent sure you would not have voted for this mad man without your educational background that enables you to differentiate, without your job that pays you a decent living?
How outlandishly desperate, disillusioned, angry and left-behind do you have to feel, that you really believe a ruthless and abusive billionaire who inherited a great share of his wealth, could be your hero and the savior of the working poor? A man, who has proven tremendous lack of respect for about every minority group there is (including poor people), should be the unifying altruistic figure who cares not for himself and his interests only – but for you?
It is a fact that for an unbelievably large number of Americans a flip-flop lunatic uncapable of controlling even his own temper is a better choice to be in control of the mightiest country (and military) on earth than a supposedly well respected, reputable, experienced professional politician. This says a lot more about the ”well respected, reputable, experienced professionalâ€ political elite than it says about Trump and his supporters. They are just a product, a result, a symptom.
Politics is mainly about creating a just society where everyone has got fair and equal opportunities. The ”well respected, reputable, experienced professionalâ€ elite has not only failed to achieve or maintain this goal, but – while they did manage to improve things in many areas – have worsened the situation regarding what is probably the most decisive ratio for a functioning and healthy society – the wealth gap. Full time employment (no matter what sort of job) has to guarantee a proper living standard. Period.
So the problem is not that Trump got elected. The real challenge is to correct things like that (about which Trump will not do anything by the way, sorry):
Top CEOs make more than 300 times the average worker
In between 1978 and 2014, inflation-adjusted CEO pay increased by almost 1000%, according to a report released on Sunday by the Economic Policy Institute. Meanwhile, typical workers in the U.S. saw a pay raise of just 11% during that same period.
We live in times with the highest efficiency of production ever. And still there are more and more people unable to afford a living. An out of touch political elite, who is so shocked and in ”how-could-this-ever-happenâ€-mode now, not only did not stop this sort of madness, they willingly assisted in creating it, thereby undermining democratic principles such as participation, solidarity and fair taxation. Economic inequality – which equals opportunity inequality – has apparently produced a meanwhile almost uncontrollable anti-establishment mob. A mob who has lifted a man into power who will only make things worse while the media establishment is still trying to figure out what’s going on. What a shame that they all did not feel the Bern.