When Trump first came out with the slogan “Make America Great Again” I mostly ignored it. I thought it was catchy, better than what Hillary chose (does anybody remember her catch phrase?), had the typical fear-based yet ironically correct Republican message that the US was going to shit, and yet it also promised hope. Still, I did not think much about it.
Then Trump started winning primaries and I thought more about this message and what it meant. I started to ask myself questions. Is America great? Was it ever great? What made America great? When did it stop being great? How can it be made great again? Is Donald Trump the man to make it great? And so on. I was tortured by these questions. I mean, here was a man from humble beginnings that had captured the imagination of the Republican party, a man who would lead them to victory, arguably the greatest Republican since Reagan, and he was confident that America and fallen from greatness. Who was I to argue?
Americans generally prefer selfishness, psychopathy and mutual hatred, however, as demonstrated by the victory of Trump and the Republicans. They don’t *want *to be stronger or “great”; they want to see suffering, oppression and death inflicted upon anyone who isn’t a Christian white male, regardless of even if they themselves suffer in the process. Malice is everything. Not greatness, just cruelty.
The evidence that Americans generally prefer that stuff is that more of them voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump? Never mind the presidential candidate they voted for four years before that, or the one they voted for four years before that; how does Trump’s vote count demonstrate that Americans generally preferred that over the alternative?
Are you assuming that we need a majority of malicious haters to be fucked? I think we could be fucked, completely assymetrically.
For instance: how many conservatives are here? Just say something having to do with public policy and you will be on the other side of a debate that has no solution except when you start crying liberal tears.
I think you need a majority to say Americans “generally prefer” something – so I’m wary of saying that a minority of the voters, itself a minority of the population, conclusively demonstrates the general preference in question.