8/26/15, "People Have Every Right to Be Angry About What's Being Done to Their Country, But Anger Doesn't Explain the Trumpsters," Rush Limbaugh
"Let me expand on a theme here, the idea that Trump's followers are
not comprised of anger--at least that's not the animating aspect of
them. And yet all of these people in the establishments of both parties
-- the elites, the consultants, the so-called political science experts
at universities, the punditry -- have these formulas to explain human
behavior in the political sphere. And "anger" is at the top of the
list. If you want to discredit a group of voters, if you want to impugn
them, you just accuse them of being "angry." And if you really, really
want to rip 'em, you call 'em "angry" and "white." I've been dealing
with this angry-white-men BS since 1990.
further illustration of just how dense and insulated and ignorant these
experts are in understanding, in this case, the supporters of Donald
Trump. These people are not angry. Well, they're angry. I mean, it...I think, in fact, folks, we're all entitled to our anger here. If we
aren't angry about...Are you angry about what's happened at Planned
Parenthood? You damn well should be! Anger is a legitimate reaction to
certain things. But it is not, in this case, the energy. It's not the
animating thing. It's not the reason that Trump has supporters. It's
not because people looking for a way to express their anger and be done
with it. It's far more than that."...
[Ed. note: "Anger" was considered perfectly fine and normal in 2008 when it was said to be the reason for electing Obama: "Unerring faith in the premise of the Obama candidacy that many
Americans are angry, anxious, and engaged as never before." 7/20/2008, "Obama's paid staff dwarfing McCain's," Boston Globe, Brian C. Mooney]
(continuing): "Now, back to the Trump supporter. Well, story, for lack of a better
word. It's starting to happen again. It's all being chalked up to
anger, just like angry white men was a way to impugn Republican support
back in the early nineties, and it's been used interchangeably with
soccer moms and the War on Women, and, you name it, angry white men. And my contention to you is that Trump supporters are not negative. They're not angry. I mean, that's not their state of mind. They are
legitimately angry, I mean, wouldn't you be? If you have kids and
grandkids, are you not angry over what's been done to their future? Are
you not angry over what's been done to this economy?
Stop and think of something here for a second, folks. Stock market. Five trillion was printed by the Federal Reserve. It was called
quantitative easing, and it all ended up on Wall Street for the purchase
of securities. Interest rates were kept low. So while Main Street and the rest of this economy was just plundering along at
a no-growth, static rate, Wall Street is going crazy, new wealth is
being created, but not because of any reason other than the Federal
Reserve pumping $5 trillion into it. Okay, so now after this crash that
has occurred over the past week, almost, just a little over a third of
that $5 trillion on paper is gone, just wiped out.
Now, can you imagine what would have happened if they had decided to
put $5 trillion that they printed on Main Street? Can you imagine what
might have happened? I'll guarantee you that there are a lot of smart
middle-class people in this country who know full well what's going on.
They have every right to be mad about it. They have gone to the polls
and they have voted for people who they believed were gonna help them
stop this. They have voted for people who told them that they were this
going to stop it. They were gonna do their best to repeal Obamacare,
for example. They were gonna do their best to make sure that there
wasn't any more damage done to the United States economy via Obama
They were promised by people campaigning for office that they were
gonna go to Washington and do everything they could to save this country
as founded, and they haven't done it. Wouldn't you be mad? The anger
is not illegitimate. But my point is, it's not what's driving this.
What's driving this ultimately is love. What's driving the support for
Trump is love. It is optimism and it is positive. It is real hope that
there might be a chance for real change, not just sloganeering. These
are people who believe in the greatness of America. These are people
who want it returned.
These are people who believe that it is possible to recapture some of
the great traditions and institutions that made this country great. They are shocked and stunned that so many elected officials don't seem
to hear them, are not even interested in that themselves. But here come
the predictable catcalls. "Well, you know, it's just a bunch of anger
being fed by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. It's anger populism." These
elites that think they're smarter than everybody else continue to
misunderstand this, because they're plugging everything in in their
phony formulas or their incorrect formulas that they use to try to calm
themselves or mollify themselves or explain all this to themselves,
because right now they can't explain....
So it's a natural protective circle the wagons kind of thing the
establishment's doing. In the process, what they always do, when
something happens like this they don't understand, they blame all of it
on stupidity and anger on the part of their own voters. It ends up
their own voters are stupid and mad and they run around and they
actually say so. Now, why they think down the road sometime these
voters are gonna change their mind and leave Trump or whoever and come
back to them after they've been insulted this way makes no sense to me.
It makes no common sense. And, no, don't misunderstand, I'm not
sitting here endorsing anything. Hey, I've got my Journalism 101 cap. I'm America's Real Anchorman here. I'm just analyzing this as I see it,
objectively as I can from afar....And I have countless years
experience guided by my intelligence to be able to understand why Trump
is resonating and why he's growing."...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Rush Limbaugh: What's driving Trump supporters is love for this country and optimism about real change. They're shocked and stunned that so many elected officials don't seem to hear them. They have every right to be angry but that's not what drives them to Trump
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