Nancy Isenberg, NY Daily News - Disgust with Donald Trump’s misogynistic statements and actions reflects a modern sensitivity to both sexual harassment and the unfair and unequal treatment women face in the workplace. But Americans do not yet feel comparable regret about the persistence of inequality in our class system, which an honest democracy would not stand for.
And Trump, who in his rhetoric promises to fight for long-forgotten working-class Americans and to rebalance broken scales, in fact would perpetuate the class system that he rails against.
Almost from the beginning, school textbooks have taught each rising generation that a democratic ethos early on liberated the United States from the British-style social structure. This remains today a pants-on-fire lie...
The Confederacy abhorred democracy. Delegates to state secession conventions debated restrictions on the voting rights of nonslaveholders, and only reconsidered owing to the cynical fear that nonvoting whites would refuse to fight to protect their slave-owning social betters.
After the Civil War, poll taxes disenfranchised not just blacks but poor whites, too...
In real terms, voting remains a class privilege. Sociologists find that the best predictor of whether a person will become a member of the middle or upper-middle class is whether wealth and privilege are passed down from parents or ancestors.
Thus, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are correct to say that the class system in this country is rigged. For them, it’s Wall Street.
For Trump, who resorts to the same complaint, “rigged” has a different basis. He blames the liberal media and pollsters and an undefined “establishment.” ....
Trump’s voters don’t want government to change the rules on them and open national borders to immigrant laborers. They feel they’ll lose out in a transnational marketplace with fluid boundaries. They want to pay less in taxes. They think: If you work hard, you should reap rewards; if you’re of the freeloading poor, you deserve to suffer.
By sending a disrupter to Washington, they believe power will shift from the Beltway back to the heartland, and that the authentic (white) American will stop losing out. That’s what “Make America Great Again” and “Take Our Country Back” mean to them. They see themselves as America’s vast disinherited.
The truth, of course, is that Trump dooms them to even greater irrelevance. His wall won’t be built; his deportation force won’t be breaking down doors.