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Sun Nov 6, 2016, 05:52 AM

At its core, this election is simply about saving angry white males from themselves...

Of course, there's more of us than there are of them, so we're going to help them from committing collective self-harm. I have no doubt about that.

But why are we in this situation? Why has Trump become the centralized point in the identity politics of white male anger?

Let's first point out that Trump isn't the problem... He's merely the symptom. He's the psychological id of an ugly streak in the American psyche that promotes racist, white supremacist ideology, sexism, hatred, fear and anti-intellectualism. Those feelings, in turn, promote feelings of isolation and inadequacy in ordinary people. If prevents those people from looking for the solutions to their own problems inside of themselves. It's even distorts what the problems actually are. It helps to promote their feelings of anger and fear against those without power, creating scapegoats out of "the other." If anything, it's also the same sense of privilege that actually breeds feelings of inadequacy when loss of traditional privilege occurs.

In the wrong hands, it's the stuff that threatens American representative democracy with oligarchy and fascism. It the stuff that breeds violence and abuse. It's the worst of our very own nature that we inflict on ourselves.

Because angry white males are focused, centralized and identified with this ugliness, they're under the belief that the country's central core, it's meaning and identity is what America is all about. They actually think that they OWN America all by themselves. Of course, they don't, especially if the rest of us has anything to say about it. That's why this election is so important... We can't allow these people to identify the rest of us through their own collective victimhood, defined by their own reflected feelings of inadequacy and loss of privilege.

Trump is now the chief abuser and all of America are his victims in a way. And we have those people who are the most susceptible victims of that abuse, because you can't have the abused without their abusers, especially white male victimhood in particular is involved. It's the feeling of victimhood through the perceived loss of privilege. To these people, electing an intelligent, compassionate woman is an insult to their own self-imposed identification with toxic masculinity and white privilege.

Trump is exploiting those feelings and he's doing it through a process of emotional abuse. Here's a list of traits found in victims of emotional abusive relationships. If anything, it fits the profile of a typical Trump supporter to a T:

Abuse Victim Characteristics

Although there is no specific ‘type’ of person who is more likely to be abused, there are abuse victim characteristics which people in an abusive relationship tend to have in common or display. These can include:

Low self esteem

Emotional and economic dependency

Continued faith and hope abuser will "grow up"

Depression

Stress disorders and/or psychosomatic complaints

Accepts blame and guilt for violence or abuse

Socially isolated, eg avoids social interaction, never seems to be alone

Believes social myths about battering

Believes in stereotypical gender roles

Has poor self image

Contemplates or attempts suicide, or self-harms

Participation in pecking-order battering

Appears nervous or anxious

May defend any criticism of abuser

May have repeatedly left, or considered leaving the relationship

http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/abuse_victim_characteristics.html


How many times have we heard his supporters excusing and defending Trump's abusive behavior and language? All of the time, of course. It's not a coincidence, it's planned and predictable and pretty much plain as day. We only damage ourselves by refusing to admit what's actually going on.

Trump is someone who has narcissistically promoted himself by representing America's core negativity. He isn't the face or voice of hatred, he's the reflection and echo of it. He resonates with his supporters because they hear and see in him what they hear and see in themselves.

The cure? I'm not saying that it's going to be Hillary Clinton all by herself, because, all-in-all, she's only one person, in spite of the fact that she's overwhelmingly qualified to be The President. And she will be The President.

The cure is put upon those of us who have the power to prevent the empowerment of our own collective self-destructiveness. The most direct method is to prevent Trump from getting elected. But that's only the beginning, because this ugly side of ourselves has always been focused like a laser at destroying Hillary Clinton and what they think she represents for quite a long time. By simply being a strong, intelligent, capable, compassionate and industrious woman in her own right, she has become a lighting rod for this American white supremacist, sexist and anti-intellectual ugliness. One doesn't have to like Hillary Clinton, all one needs to do is recognize the forces who are trying to take her down. By taking her down, they'd take the rest of us down and themselves down as well... Don't forget that.

Not one of these forces is beneficial or positive in any way... If anything, if left unchecked, they have the power to destroy us all.

The thing is, despite the fact that she will inhabit the most powerful office on the planet, she shouldn't be expected to do all of the work on her own. She's going to need all of our help in the oncoming years.

The question that we should all ask ourselves is, what are we going to do about it? We all need to answer that question to the best of our ability. Be that as it may, I am confident that we can answer, if we choose to.

In the mean time, I'm looking forward to seeing how well we'll answer that pressing question on Tuesday and I right now, I feel good about the prospects. So remember, friends don't let friends vote Republican. But most of all, We are all Stronger Together.

On to VICTORY!

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Reply At its core, this election is simply about saving angry white males from themselves... (Original post)
MrScorpio Nov 2016 OP
brush Nov 2016 #1
Mary Mac Nov 2016 #2
Jon King Nov 2016 #3
dalton99 Nov 2016 #11
okieinpain Nov 2016 #5
Emilybemily Nov 2016 #6
whistler162 Nov 2016 #7
Ligyron Nov 2016 #9
smorkingapple Nov 2016 #10
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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 08:39 AM

1. Yes, and this time let's keep it up and help President Hillary Clinton by working for Dems in 2018

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 08:42 AM

2. the only way to turn them from Fox is Espn

They are all sports fans bless their misogynist little egos.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 08:43 AM

3. Brilliant

Absolutely spot on post. I have experience with white Trump guys. Former classmates, brother in law, some neighbors, guys who approached us when they saw our Never Trump bumper stickers, other tennis parents during conversations.

In every case they fit into exactly the profile you discuss. Not one time have I met a cool, confident, successful, pleasant, willing to give then listen to others opinions, sense of humor....you know, the guy you want to spend time with at a cook out....and have them been a Trumper. Every Trumper I have met if the guy you just want to avoid if at all possible.

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Response to Jon King (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:53 AM

11. They're truly hateful people

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:05 AM

5. Good post. N/t.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:14 AM

6. No it's more about saving the world

from angry white males.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:18 AM

7. NTSA...... Oh well I guess it is our

turn to be vilified. Plenty of blame the "Angry" black guts going around.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:40 AM

9. Good job MrScorpio!

That's pretty much it in a nutshell.

The office of the President duly elected, is the ultimate expression and representation of who we are as a people.

They've watched "one of them Black guys" get elected twice, gosh darn it and this time they know it will most likely be a woman holding this powerful office. There's nothing they can do about it except lie and cheat to try and prevent it.

We need to move on to the next strategy of winning the 2018 mid terms. The GOP will fixate on bogus investigations and dreams of impeachment so we need the American public to become so sick of them that they turn out in large numbers to vote in a Democratic majority in both houses.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 09:45 AM

10. This was always the inexorable end of white supremacy. Trump just fast fwd'd it 20 years

If you dare, go read Stormfront or N---ermania sometime. These guys are scared for their futures as minorities in America. They're worried payback is coming for all of their sins of the past.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 10:14 AM

12. Or saving America from angry white males

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 11:04 AM

13. I believe this election is a referendum on ignorance

Whether or not a person has some level of college education may be the most important demographic in this race. Long story as to why I think so.

Like virtually everyone else who comes to DU, I've been a political news junkie. For me it began at the time of the Monica Lewinski fiasco. Up until then I had never paid much attention to politics - silly me. This is what first opened my eyes about the nature of the Republican party. I began following the morning network news shows as well as evening cable news. After the 2000 election I began haunting web sites that provided alternatives to the "mainstream" news (Buzzflash, SmirkingChimp, Huffington Post, as well as DU). Five or six years ago I stopped watching TV news entirely because it had become so focused on entertainment (crime of the day, etc). Since the last election (2012) my focus on events in my personal life led me away from political news entirely. I've rarely watched any television. I paid almost no attention to the primaries, figuring either Bernie or Hillary would be a good candidate, and that Donald Trump was just a joke - again, silly me. During a visit with my son and daughter-in-law (millenials) in early July they told me they believed Trump was going to win the Presidential election. I said no way, arguing with them that there is no way the majority of voters in this country, the same country who elected a black president twice, would vote for Trump. That's when I decided I better tune in again, forcing myself to watch Trump's acceptance speech at the RNC convention. What I saw was truly terrifying, probably more to me than most others because I had not been paying attention. I had not been desensitized to Trump by watching what had gone on during the primaries. Just as terrifying was the realization that it was television media that brought this upon us - ratings =$. When I said I thought TV news was purely entertainment 5 years ago, someone could have told me "you ain't seen nothing yet". The dumbing down of America begun by Ronald Reagan is nearly complete. A college education has become too expensive for many, and folks who are educated are put down as "liberal elite". A "Reality TV" star who portrayed himself as a successful businessman, though facts reveal he is a fraud, a con man, and a sexual predator, has a very real chance of becoming the next President of the United States.

GOTV

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