Fwd: Irish Colunmist, Ian O`Doherty, on The Moment When America was Made Great Again-----brilliant piece!!!

Date: Dec 26, 2016 06:00
Subject: Irish Colunmist, Ian O`Doherty, on The Moment When America was Made Great Again-----brilliant piece!!!

Ian O'Doherty is a columnist who works for the Irish Independent.  His "iSpy" column is published Monday –Thursday and contains news articles blended with comedy and shock-jock opinions.  On Fridays O'Doherty publishes a rather more serious column containing his opinion on a chosen subject in "The World according to Ian O'Doherty".  He was formerly with the Evening Herald.
(Note: The V sign or “two fingers”, when the palm is facing toward the person giving the sign, has long been an insulting gesture in England, and later in the rest of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, India, Pakistan and New Zealand)

Ian O'Doherty (Tuesday November 8, 2016): A “Two Fingers” To A Politically Correct Elite - A Day That Will Live In Infamy Or The Moment When America Was Made Great Again?

The truth, as ever, will lie somewhere in the middle.  After all, contrary to what both his supporters and detractors believe - and this is probably the only thing they agree on - Trump won't be able to come into office and spend his first 100 days gleefully ripping up all the bits of the Constitution he doesn't like.

But even if this week's seismic shockwave doesn't signal either the sky falling in or the start of a bright new American era, the result was, to use one of The Donald's favourite phrases, ‘'’huge.’ It is, in fact, ‘a total game changer.'

In decades to come, historians will still bicker about the most poisonous, toxic and stupid election in living memory. They will also be bickering over the same vexed question - how did a man who was already unpopular with the public and who boasted precisely zero political experience beat a seasoned Washington insider who was married to one extremely popular president and who had worked closely with another?

The answer, ultimately, is in the question. History will record this as a Trump victory, which of course it is.  But it was also more than that, because this was the most stunning self-inflicted defeat in the history of Western Democracy.

Hillary Clinton has damned her party to irrelevance for at least the next four years.  She has also ensured that Obama's legacy will now be a footnote rather than a chapter.  Because the Affordable Care Act is now doomed under a Trump presidency and that was always meant to be his gift, of sorts, to America.

How did a candidate who had virtually all of the media, all of Hollywood, every celebrity you could think of, a couple of former presidents and apparently, the hopes of an entire gender resting on her shoulders, blow up her own campaign?  I rather suspect that neither Donald nor Hillary know how they got to this point.  Where she seemed to expect the position to become available to her by right - the phrase "she deserves it" was used early in the campaign and then quickly dropped when her team remembered that Americans don't like inherited power - his first steps into the campaign were those of someone chancing their arm (trying your hand...). If he wasn't such a staunch teetotaler, many observers would have accused him of only doing it as a drunken bet.

But the more the campaign wore on, *something truly astonishing began to happen - the people began to speak.  And they began to speak in a voice which, for the first time in years in the American heartland, would not be ignored.

Few of the people who voted for Trump seriously believe that he is going to personally improve their fortunes.  Contrary to the smug, middle-class media narrative, they aren't all barely educated idiots. They know what he is, of course they do.  It's what he is not, that appeals to them.

Clinton, on the other hand, had come to represent the apex of smug privilege. Whether it was boasting about her desire to shut down the remaining coal industry in Virginia - that worked out well for her, in the end - or calling half the electorate a "basket of deplorables", she seemed to operate in the perfumed air of the elite, more obsessed with coddling idiots and pandering to identity and feelings than improving the hardscrabble life that is the lot of millions of Americans.

Also, nobody who voted for Trump did so because they wanted him as a spiritual guru or life coach. But plenty of people invested an irrational amount of emotional energy into a woman who was patently undeserving of that level of adoration.

That's why we've witnessed such fury from her supporters - they had wrapped themselves so tightly in the Hillary flag that a rejection of her felt like a rejection of them. And when you consider that many American colleges gave their students Wednesday off class because they were too 'upset' to study, you can see that this wasn't a battle for the White House - this became a genuine battle for America's future direction…and, indeed, for the West.

We have been going through a cultural paroxysm for the last 10 years - the rise of identity politics has created a Balkanised society where the content of someone's mind is less important than their skin colour, gender, sexuality or whatever other attention-seeking label they wish to bestow upon themselves.

In fact, where once it looked like racism and sexism might be becoming archaic remnants of a darker time, a whole new generation has popped up which wants to re-litigate all those arguments all over again.

In fact, while many of us are too young to recall the Vietnam War and the social upheaval of the 1960s, plenty of observers who were say they haven't seen an America more at war with itself than it is today.

One perfect example of this new America has been the renewed calls for segregation on campuses. Even a few years ago, such a move would have been greeted with understandable horror by civil rights activists - but this time it's the black students demanding segregation and "safe spaces" from whites.  If young people, calling for racial segregation from each other isn't the sign of a very, very sick society, nothing is.

The irony of Clinton calling Trump and his followers racist while she was courting Black Lives Matter was telling.  After all, no rational white person would defend the KKK, yet here was a white women defending both BLM and the New Black Panthers - explicitly racist organisations with the NBP, in particularly, openly espousing a race war if they don't get what they want.

Fundamentally, Trump was attractive because he represents a repudiation of the nonsense that has been slowly strangling the West. He represents - rightly or wrongly, and the dust has still to settle - a scorn and contempt for these new rules.

He won't be a president worried about microaggressions, or listening to the views of patently insane people just because they come from a fashionably protected group.  He also represents a glorious “two fingers” to everyone who has become sick of being called a racist or a bigot or a homophobe - particularly by Hillary supporters who are too dense to realise that she has always actually been more conservative on social issues than Trump.

That it might take a madman to restore some sanity to America is, I suppose, a quirk that is typical to that great nation - land of the free and home to more contradictions than anyone can imagine.

Trump's victory also signals just how out of step the media has been with the people. Not just American media, either. In fact, the Irish media has continued its desperate drive to make a show of itself with a seemingly endless parade of emotionally *incontinent gibberish that, ironically, has increased in ferocity and hysterical spite in the last few days.

The fact that Hillary's main cheerleaders in the Irish and UK media still haven't realised where they went wrong is instructive and *amusing in equal measure. They still don't seem to understand that by constantly insulting his supporters, they're just making asses of themselves.

One female contributor to this newspaper said Trump's victory was a "sad day for women". Well, not for the women who voted for him, it wasn't. But that really is the nub of the matter - the 'wrong' kind of women obviously voted for Trump. The 'right' kind went with Hillary….and lost.

The Irish media is not alone in being filled largely with dinner-party liberals who have never had an original or socially awkward thought in their lives. They simply assume that everyone lives in the same bubble and thinks the same thoughts - and if they don't, they should.

Of the many things that have changed with Trump's victory, the bubble has burst.  Never in American history have the polls, the media and the chin-stroking moral arbiters of the liberal agenda been so spectacularly, wonderfully wrong.

It was exactly that condescending, obnoxious sneer towards the working class that brought them out in such numbers and that is the great irony of Election 2016 - the Left spent years creating identity politics to the extent that the only group left without protection or a celebrity sponsor was the white American male. That it was the white American male who swung it for Trump is a timely reminder that while black lives matter, all votes count - even the ones of people you despise.

You don't have to be a supporter of Trump to take great delight in the sheer, apoplectic rage that has greeted his victory. If Clinton had won and Trump supporters had gone on a rampage through a dozen American cities the next night, there would have been outrage - and rightly so.

But in a morally and linguistically inverted society, the wrong-doers are portrayed as the victims. We saw that at numerous Trump rallies - protesters would disrupt the event, claiming their right to free speech (a heckler's veto is not free speech) and provoking people until they got a dig before running to the *media and claiming victimhood.

But, ultimately, this election was about people saying enough with the bullshit. This is a country in crisis, and most Americans don't care about transgender bathrooms, or safe spaces, or government speech laws. This was about people taking some control back for themselves.

It was about them saying that they won't be heckled and bullied by the toddler tantrums thrown by prissy and spoiled Millennials and they certainly won't put up with being told they're stupid and wicked just because they have a difference of opinion.

But, really, this election is about hope for a better America; an America which isn't obsessed with identity and perceived 'privilege'; an American where being a victim isn't a virtue and where you don't have to apologize for not being up to date with the latest list of socially acceptable phrases.

Trump's victory was a “two fingers” to the politically correct.  It was a brutal rejection of the nonsense narrative which says Muslims who kill Americans are somehow victims. It took the ludicrous Green agenda and threw it out.  It was a return, on some level, to a time when people weren't afraid to speak their own mind without some self-elected language cop shouting at you. Who knows, we may even see Trump kicking the UN out of New York.

Frankly, if you're one of those who gets their politics from Jon Stewart and Twitter, look away for the next four years, because you're not going to like what you see. The rest of us, however, will be delighted.
This might go terribly, terribly wrong. Nobody knows - and if we have learned anything this week, it's that nobody knows nuthin'.

But just as the people of the UK took control back with Brexit, the people of America did likewise with their choice for president.  It's called Democracy.


Anonymous said...

Ian O`Doherty is a nazi.

And he'd be first in line to agree with you.

delagar said...

What a mix of projection, lies, and nonsense. No wonder RWD loves it.

CharlieE said...

The election is over. Hillary, despite winning millions more votes than her opponent, has lost.

The new so-called President has so far taken these steps to Make America Great Again:

1. Oil companies who bribe foreign officials don't have to declare it.
2. Mining companies are now free to dump waste into rivers and streams.
3. Auto manufacturers are now under no obligation to improve the gas mileage of their vehicles.
4. Your Internet provider is now free to sell your browsing history.

Sorry, but I'm not feeling it.

ferschitz said...

Few of the people who voted for Trump seriously believe that he is going to personally improve their fortunes.

Uh, yeah they did. And now they're getting a clue that it ain't gonna happen.

Talk about fake news, Ian O'Doherty just provided us with a fine example of it.

Just more rightwing propaganda grist for the mill. IOW, yet another day ending in y in conservaworld.

Randall Delgado said...

So far, under Trump, my stock portfolio is soaring. So yes, I'm winning.

Anonymous said...

An Irish writer celebrating American nativism and anti-immigrant political movements. I'm amazed he didn't choke on the irony.

Hooray4US said...

Stock portfolios may be doing well under Trump, but the uptick began under Obama. So that's kind of a wash, but it's nice... if you have enough money to invest.

My understanding is that a lot of Trump voters don't have those kinds of investments, so it's doubtful that's helping them directly. Whether Trump ends up helping some of his voters who are really struggling remains to be seen. Given his billionaire cabinet choices combined with his overarching goal of cutting taxes on the super wealthy and corporations (while raising taxes on the middle classes and under), color me skeptical that Trump will do much good for the 47%.

blaney said...

...color me skeptical that Trump will do much good for the 47%.

seems to me that the propaganda line in this screed is that Trump is sticking "two fingers" - the British/Irish equivalent of the middle finger salute - at horrible Libruls. If that's all Trump voters care about, then, sure, Trump is your guy. If you want the country to improve, to have decent-paying jobs come back, to obtain decent health care (not expensive health insurance that comes with a giant tax cut for billionaires), then I'm not so sure that Trump's your guy.

Guess it depends on what you want.

Anonymous said...

As long as I get mine...FUCK YOU.

Anonymous said...

Another shit-piece from soon-to-be-fired-again "Irish colunmist(sic), Ian O`Doherty.
"...the most stunning self-inflicted defeat in the history of Western Democracy."

Well, he got that one right. Trump - a ambulatory self-inflicted wound. Let the Reich-wing own it.

O`Doherty wrote this five-days after the election on November 13, 2016, and only two days before another Irishman, Irish Senator, Aodhán O’Riordáin, stood up in the upper house of the Irish legislature and gave an impassioned speech saying:

"America has just elected a fascist and the best thing that the good people in Ireland can do is to ring him up and ask him, is it OK to still bring the shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day? ...I don’t use the term fascist lightly (but) what else would you call someone who threatens to imprison his political opponents? What else would you call somebody who threatens to not allow people of a certain political faith into their country? What would you say, or what would you call somebody who was threatening to deport 10 million people? ...America, the most powerful country in the world, has just elected a fascist!” (http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/watch-senator-launches-stinging-attack-at-governments-reaction-to-monster-and-fascist-trump-35207286.html)

Oh, dear.

I'm reading this dreck on the morning after it was revealed that - yet another Trump insider - Erik Prince, brother of Trump's "Education" Secretary, attended a secret meeting arranged by the United Arab Emirates in January to meet a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin in an effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and the Orange demagogue - who had not yet been inaugurated!

I wonder if, today, O`Doherty might reconsider his writing, "Hillary Clinton has damned her party to irrelevance for at least the next four years."
Really? Tell that to Paul "We need Democrats to push our shitty bills!" Ryan, or Mitch "Democrats are gonna' filibuster us?" McConnell.

Or his comment: "Because the Affordable Care Act is now doomed..."? (Stop laughing! I mean it! Stop!!!!)

But O`Doherty did get one thing right:

"This might go terribly, terribly wrong. Gee. 'Ya think? Nobody knows - and if we have learned anything this week, it's that nobody knows nuthin'. But just as the people of the UK took control back with Brexit, the people of America did likewise with their choice for president. It's called Democracy."

Yes. And we all know, "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." - H. L. Mencken.


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