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The coalition now aligned against Trump shares something. Many, if not most, profit from human misery. At the same time they are isolated from the effects of human misery themselves. This is doubly true for the most vocal among them.
They are rarely individuals who produce things. They are not those who raise crops, fish, ranch, extract minerals, work in factories, or engage in construction. In large numbers those folks support Trump. Those who oppose Trump are not the men and women who repair machinery or maintain our infrastructure, haul goods, collect the trash, or clean our streets. Again, the folks with dirty jobs largely support Trump.
They are not those who protect others at peril of their own lives: the military, firefighters, or police. Some of those running those institutions – the ones with desk jobs safe from the consequences of being on the sharp end – oppose Trump. Most of those who actually risk their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, each day to perform their jobs will likely vote for Trump.
Instead, the anti-Trump coalition is made up of an amalgamation of those who produce nothing and risk nothing.
One faction provides services, but their actual performance – regardless of how necessary those services are – is usually irrelevant to their compensation or whether they receive advancement. This includes many public sector employees – a large part of the Democrat base. These include public teachers whose classroom performance matters less than their ideological purity. It includes the vast collection of regulators, code enforcers, and civil servant bureaucrats who shuffle paper all day. It includes those in local, state, and federal jobs who provide direct services to the public, the employees at the DPS, CPS, senior services, parole, or welfare services. (I am not saying there are not dedicated individuals working in those areas. I am saying their compensation and advancement is independent of whether or not they actually do a good job.)
Another faction is made up of rent-seekers; those that get paid by allowing the productive sector of the economy to produce. This includes people whose careers depend on the laws being impenetrably complex: the fixers, those who receive money for leading ordinary people through a thicket of regulation. It also includes “community organizers” who run protection rackets whether it is “nice business you got here, shame if it caught fire” or “shame if we have to tell everyone how racist you are.” They are the people who collect taxicab medallions and use the government to shut down competition. They are the modern-day robber barons, who extract a toll as the price of doing business. Of course, they oppose Trump. He threatens their existence. Taxicab medallions are worthless in an environment with Uber or Lyft.
Another faction is the out-and-out criminal class. Those who would rather make a living by stealing from others, and are too lazy to find a way to do their thefts legally. The ones who enjoy mayhem, who use violence as a release. Those who lack the patience to produce and work out their envy on those who can make things by destroying what is created. They realize one section of the anti-Trump coalition needs the chaos they create, so they instinctively ally themselves with those opposing Trump.
The most insidious section of the anti-Trump coalition is made up of those who need chaos to prosper. They include those who offer solutions for a living. Not those who offer solutions that work, but those who find employment offering solutions that sound good but are impossible or impractical. After all, if the problem were fixed, they would be out of a job. Those who prosper because hard times generate increased demand for their services – the repo men, divorce and bankruptcy lawyers, and foreclosure processors. The pundocracy falls into this category, especially when Trump’s solutions challenge or offend their worldview. After all, if there were no problems, who would want to read their scribblings?
The final faction is made up of the takers. Those who believe the world owes them a living simply for existing and who support the Democrats because of Free Stuff. They fail to realize their free stuff depends on others’ labor. They desire to be slave masters but refuse to recognize that reality.
One thing linking all these factions is a lack of consequences. Their existence is not predicated on actually doing anything or at succeeding. They get rewarded regardless. Often, the worse things get for others, the better things are for them. Endless poverty, endless war, endless shortages, and endless misery do not touch them. If they do, it enriches them. These become a feature, not a bug. If Trump wins they continue their lives largely unmolested. If Trump loses – and shortages, injustice, and inequality result from the Democrat’s avowed policies – they either benefit or are no worse off.
They are willing to condemn millions of the lower working classes, including large numbers of minorities, to a future of poverty and misery. They enable those who rob gig workers of the opportunity to better themselves. They abet those seeking to strip honest Americans of their right to bear arms and religious Americans the freedom of religion.
Call these people what they are: the Carrion Class: the non-producers who glean their livelihood from picking at the carcass of productive America and productive Americans. Perhaps not all of those voting against Trump are necessarily part of the Carrion Class. But they are known by the company they keep. Aesop wrote a fable about this. As the Bible says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
There is a saying that when the coyote chases a rabbit, the coyote is running for its next meal, while the rabbit is running for its life.
The Carrion Class is running after its next meal. The Trump Coalition is running for its life. With whom do you choose to be associated?Published in