Terrorist attacks in Brussels have left over thirty dead. Coordinated explosions hit the Brussels airport and the Metro station right next to EU headquarters. When we figure out what to put after the je suis this time, the West is planning a devastating hashtag riposte.
Now I trust that by this time my lack of enthusiasm for all things Trump has been made evident to all. When he says crazy things, I take issue, and when he says sane things, I don’t believe him. I don’t trust him. But not everyone is suspicious of him in the same way, and so I want to take a minute to point out the exasperated sentiments that Trump is tapping into. They revolve around immigration, security, and jobs.
These sentiments are now being expressed irresponsibly by certain Trump followers, not to mention by Trump himself, and so the clean and pure punditry decries what they consider to be the revolt of the unwashed, calling it fascist and so on. And in Trump’s case, speaking of economics, in a technical sense he probably is fascist. He has no more understanding of free market economics than a June bug has of string theory.
But how did we get here? Well, in part by the intelligentsia calling everyone fascist if they differed with them in the slightest, and doing so for the last forty years. Glenn Reynolds has aptly pointed out that David Brooks, and people just like him, labored mightily to create the alienation we now see on display. For those who wish they could respect the forces animating the Trump revolt, and would certainly do so if they only would behave responsibly, this question arises. When the Tea Party was in its heyday, how did you respond to them at that time? Right. You called them racist, nativist, etc. when there was no evidence for it. There are now some among the alienated who have concluded that if they are going to be hanged for a thief no matter what they do, they might as well steal something.
Back to Europe. Islamic immigration is the disease, but political correctness is the AIDS. And the official cluelessness that is destroying Europe is well-entrenched here as well. Those who make it impossible to argue this case in responsible ways are in fact insisting — because the realities of the case have grown increasingly undeniable — that such opposition be registered in irresponsible ways. Behold, you have gotten your wish.