November 27, 2016
If one ever wanted to witness a completely, beyond the pale, and over the top example of liberal hubris and condescending arrogance, one could do no better than to read Paul Krugman’s Black Friday essay published in the New York Times on November 25, 2016.
This opinion piece, entitled “The Populism Perplex”, is a perfect example of educated stupidity and how to contort oneself in order to see things the exact opposite of reality. Reading this treatise of surreality is like watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix and viewing into the nebulous world of the “Upside Down”.
Regarding the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Krugman claims:
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than two million, and she would probably be president-elect if the director of the F.B.I. hadn’t laid such a heavy thumb on the scales, just days before the election. But it shouldn’t even have been close; what put Donald Trump in striking distance was overwhelming support from whites without college degrees. So what can Democrats do to win back at least some of those voters?
Rarely will one see such blatantly haughty contempt and conceited pretense in one paragraph. In the mind of Krugman and his ilk, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party were several intellectual bridges too far this year for the unwashed and uneducated Trump supporters and deplorables, all. It was the fault of James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who deceived the plebeians and thereby stole the election from the innocent and victimized Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Oh, if only the world could be totally managed by those with post graduate degrees as well as distinguished professors of Economics perched high within their Ivory Towers and Ivy League fortresses. If only then, the world would be pure and just and true. Can you just see the bubble-minded Hollywood and D.C. Beltway Cristal and caviar crowd all nodding their heads in agreement?
Obviously, crude concepts such as honesty, morality, responsibility, accountability and law are virtues for only the uneducated in the esteem of the elite establishment today. In their minds it is they who are truly advocating on behalf of the lower castes of American society. For only they are sufficiently enlightened to guide the simple minded through the perilous minefield of geopolitics.
Now, see how Krugman resurrects the ghost of Bernie Sanders as the answer to his problems:
Recently Bernie Sanders offered an answer: Democrats should “go beyond identity politics.” What’s needed, he said, are candidates who understand that working-class incomes are down, who will “stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry.
How could the American public have failed to understand that Hillary Clinton would have courageously stood against Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies and the fossil fuel industry in spite of these being primary sources of funds to her campaign? Never mind that Krugman’s own New York Times identifies Saudi Arabia as a “particularly generous benefactor” giving “between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.”
Next, Krugman opines regarding the stupidity of American voters and their lack of understanding concerning the loss of Appalachia’s coal mining jobs and American manufacturing jobs:
Nobody can credibly promise to bring the old jobs back; what you can promise — and Mrs. Clinton did — are things like guaranteed health care and higher minimum wages. But working-class whites overwhelmingly voted for politicians who promise to destroy those gains.
So Krugman expects American workers to accept the plunder of globalism and, with a certain fatalistic resolve, trade off the dignity of work in order to accept handouts from liberal politicians in the form of free healthcare and the forcing of employers to pay higher wages at governmental gunpoint.
Moreover, we, the stupid, are to forget about Obama’s War on Coal and the corrupt cronyism of Solyndra consuming $535 million in taxpayer dollars or the ridiculously incompetent, ill-conceived support of wind and solar companies by the Department of Energy under the Obama administration.
And finally, poor Paul tries to make sense of it all:
The only way to make sense of what happened is to see the vote as an expression of, well, identity politics — some combination of white resentment at what voters see as favoritism toward nonwhites (even though it isn’t) and anger on the part of the less educated at liberal elites whom they imagine look down on them.
To be honest, I don’t fully understand this resentment. In particular, I don’t know why imagined liberal disdain inspires so much more anger than the very real disdain of conservatives who see the poverty of places like eastern Kentucky as a sign of the personal and moral inadequacy of their residents.
According to Krugman there is no evidence of favoritism toward nonwhites in America today and the racially motivated, “less educated” are only imagining the liberal elites “looking down on them”. In his mind, and in the collective mind of the establishment globalists, the imagined failures of liberalism are merely a scapegoat for the actual evils of ill-informed and uneducated conservatives and nationalists who dared to dream of America becoming great again.
After all, Trump is a populist Pied Pieper who lies. He lies because the problems in America cannot be fixed unless Paul Krugman of the New York Times says they can be fixed.
Of course, the voters have been deceived by Russian controlled Fake News websites and all of this is what allowed Trump’s platform of immigration and trade to deliver a historical victory in the 2016 elections.
According to Paul Krugman and the New York Times, it was all just a misunderstanding.
It is no wonder why the Establishment now wants a do over.