I heard a story on NPR yesterday about a recent Bloomberg poll that asked:
Do you support banning Muslims from the United States for a while?
65% of Republican voters said yes and a surprising 18% of Democratic voters said yes. They did not interview any Independents so it’s safe to assume that more than 37% of American likely voters support what is essentially an unconstitutional and unethical policy. If that doesn’t worry you maybe their answer to the follow-up question should. They asked a second question that states it even more clearly…something like “even if it’s unconstitutional and goes against everything that America stands for and it makes us less safe” do you still support it and they STILL answered yes.
They then talked to a focus group of Trump supporters. Most of them were college educated (so claiming their ignorant isn’t an answer to this conundrum). When asked why they supported the ban it was VERY clear there were two main reasons: 1) fear and 2) spite. The spite is something many online have speculated about. Essentially they think Trump challenges the status quo and the “elites”, which they define as the media. They believe the media elites are looking down on them (and they are and rightly so) calling them bigots. Well if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…But instead of shaming them, it only makes them madder and makes them support Trump more. So that’s why we’re seeing his numbers go higher every time he says something awful–so the online and media speculation was correct.
What it all boils down to is these two important points. First, they are SO afraid of more terrorist attacks that they will trade long term safety (and scoff at rational policy as presented by Pres. Obama and any Democratic nominee) for short term safety (as offerred by Trump). I.e., they know it’s wrong they just don’t give a f*ck. Second, the left and the Media telling them it is wrong, makes them so angry that they are willing to cut their nose off to spite their face. It’s like telling your 4 year old, ‘if you do that one more time I’m going to spank you’ so, of course, they do the forbidden thing out of defiance.
When you really understand the dynamic here and you look at how many Americans probably feel this way, it is incredibly disturbing. Maybe we should be concerned about the Democratic Party’s nominees chances in the general election. Fear is contagious and so is anger. These two emotions have been the main impetus behind some pretty ugly things in our history like the Internment of the Japanese during WWII. This could be another one of those defining moments. Unfortunately this decision will most likely be made by people with the mentality of 4 year olds.