It’s no secret that most of the mainstream media utterly fails to comprehend normal America. It is no secret hat so many reporters and commentators were completely taken by surprise by Donald Trump’s victory because, living inside their Beltway bubble, they had no idea of the feelings and tempo of mainstream America. Take this admission by New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet:
I want to make sure that we are much more creative about beats out in the country so that we understand that anger and disconnectedness that people feel. And I think I use religion as an example because I was raised Catholic in New Orleans. I think that the New York-based and Washington-based too probably, media powerhouses don’t quite get religion. We have a fabulous religion writer, but she’s all alone. We don’t get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives. And I think we can do much, much better. And I think there are things that we can be more creative about to understand the country.
Because the urbane New York Times staff and their ilk fail to “get” the rest of America, they are forced to assume that the voters’ choice of Trump is only because of their racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia, and that the rest of America truly is but a “basket of deplorables.” But why is it that the urbane New York Times staff and their kin fail to “get religion” and so much more of what makes the rest of America tick?
The answer is that the ideological roots of today’s liberalism truly is rooted in the thought of none other than Karl Marx. This is not to say that all liberals reject capitalism or democracy (though, unfortunately, more than a few seem to reject both). The Marxist influence is a subtler one. What has to be remembered is that Marx was not only an economist, but also a sociologist. In Marxist thought, the complexity of human nature and choice is reduced to purely materialistic motives, and the spiritual aspects of the nature of Man is ignored and denied. Unfortunately, many on the Left have bought in to the Marxist view of things. Thus, for instance, radical Islamists are explained away as misguided youths frustrated by economic difficulty. Thus, religious Christians are dismissed as bigots and deplorables.
Many of Trump’s supporters are white, blue-class Americans. Many of them are Democrats. But they voted for Trump because they were tired of the neglect, condescension, and contempt their party has for them. Until the Left learns to how to “get” them and understand them, they will continue to leave the party that has already dismissed them.