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Snobbery Is Stupid Politics: Boris Landslide Bodes Well for Trump

Snobbery Is Stupid Politics: Boris Landslide Bodes Well for Trump
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his first cabinet meeting since the general election, inside 10 Downing Street on December 17, 2019, in London, England. (Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 12:13 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Contrary to many comments by many commentators, Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won a landslide victory in the UK. It echoed the victory of Donald Trump in 2016 that shocked the same commentators. This points to Trump’s likely 2020 reelection.

What’s up?

Why does the commentariat keep missing it?

Snobbery is what and why.

The social (and political and journalistic) elites are snobs. Snobbery is stupid politics, but hard to break. Think of politics as "Gilligan’s Island." Few viewers were enamored of Thurston Howell, III (the Republicans) or Lovey (the Democrats).

We love Gilligan. And Mary Ann.

Both political parties have, each in its own merry way, lost relevance. Their relevance to us came from standing up for working people. The GOP stood up by fighting to grow the pie. The Donks, by promising us bigger slices.

Most of us voters of every race, creed, and color are — and think of ourselves as — working people. We’re not so very ideological.

But we workers do not like being smugly patronized. My late colleague Jeff Bell nailed this, long ago, in a short book called "Populism and Elitism." Bell called snobbism “elitism.” Another word for snobbery.

Both establishment political parties (four, including the Brits’) are failing to be, and advertise themselves as, “one of us.” They give the impression of looking down on us.

The Democrats call us “deplorables,” bitterly clinging to our guns and Bibles. The Republicans see us as the help, not members of their posh country clubs.

We voters don’t appreciate their insulting attitude. Recall the opening line to Poe’s "Cask of Amontillado": “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.”

It did not end well for the insulting Fortunato.

We workers have impatiently tolerated the thousand injuries visited upon us by Big Government, handmaiden of the Democratic Party, in cahoots with Big Business, handmaiden of the Republican Party.

Insult, though, is intolerable.

Thus did both party establishments fumble the ball.

The establishment, by its fumble, created an opening for non-establishment politicos. Let us call them the “Sly Rascals,” possessed of a devil-may-care attitude toward elite social acceptance.

The sly rascals value winning, not social approval. Roy Cohen, Trump’s mentor, once told a legal reporter, “My personal ethics is to win.”

Beneath all the pious cant politics is more about winning or losing than right and wrong. One recalls Rhett Butler bantering with Scarlett O’Hara:

'Blockading is a business with me and I’m making money out of it. When I stop making money out of it, I’ll quit. What do you think of that?' ‘I think you’re a mercenary rascal — just like the Yankees.’ ‘Exactly,’ he grinned.’

Rhett, with his anti-heroic chill, captured our imagination and hearts. Not Scarlett’s former husbands Charles Hamilton and Frank Kennedy. Not Melanie’s courtly Ashley Wilkes.

Rhett Butler.

I was raised by (and was, until Jimmy Carter alienated me) an FDR Democrat, someone in solidarity with workers. My dad was elected president of the largest chapter of the civil servants’ union in New York. The two who recruited me into the Republican Party were former union presidents: Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan.

I'm the only known dues-paying union member (AFL-CIO) member of the conservative leadership’s College of Cardinals. My fellow red-hats find my solidarity with workers odd and annoying. Thanks to Kemp and Reagan it’s not quite heretical enough to get me burned at the stake.

The Democratic progressive elites have stopped championing workers as their marquee issue. Instead they favor a "Green New Deal," discredited socialist nostrums conjoined with quadrupling gas prices and home energy bills, embracing 57-genders while shaming womyn who don’t fancy having biological males showering with their daughters in the high school gym.

Meanwhile, establishment Republicans just can't bring themselves to invite the hired help (us) to the Party. Hey. We’re déclassé! But duh! Gilligans and Mary Anns vote too.

Pachyderms? Truly, you can’t earn our regard with messaging that says: Gilligan, freshen Lovey’s and my cocktails, chop chop!

Sly rascals — Donald and Boris — happily recovered the regulars’ fumble.

As that prophet Billy Joel sang, “… I run with a dangerous crowd, we ain’t too pretty, we ain’t too proud, We might be laughing a bit too loud… Aw but that never hurt no one.”

Score so far: Gilligans, 2.

Snobs, 0.

The political fight of our era isn’t between left and right. That’s over. (The right won.) It’s snobbery vs. respect for working people.

Snobbery is stupid politics. Will the political establishment get it? Or will the regular Democrats and the establishment Republicans bitterly cling to their scorn of us workers?

Powerful signs, like Johnson’s landslide, say that “We, the people” are showing the snobs the door.

Ralph Benko, co-author of "The Capitalist Manifesto" and chairman and co-founder of "The Capitalist League," is the founder of The Prosperity Caucus and is an original Kemp-era member of the Supply Side revolution that propelled the Dow from 814 to its current heights and world GDP from $11T to $83T. He served as a deputy general counsel in the Reagan White House, has worked closely with the Congress and two cabinet agencies, and has published over a million words on politics and policy in the mainstream media, as a distinguished professional blogger, and as the author of the internationally award-winning cult classic book "The Websters' Dictionary: How to Use the Web to Transform the World." He has served as senior advisor, economics, to APIA as an advocate of the gold standard, senior counselor to the Chamber of Digital Commerce and serves as general counsel to Frax.finance, a stablecoin venture. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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