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Schmidt Wrote: Schmidt yes that is what you get in an country that is pure "capitalistic" and real world "education" is lacking. Ask Bernie.
Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post, October 1, 2016: ‘Finally. Someone who thinks like me.’
I am one that hates stereotyping Americans into buckets because of the diversity of our worldviews driven by our DNA, our parents beliefs and our communities, which taken together is a sort of tribalism. It has been particularly difficult for me to understand the mentality of the Trump supporter, and why certain middle class and poor people are so drawn to him. The above article by Stephanie McCrummen I think stereotypes a typical Trump supporter. I do not say that in a derogatory sense. The story is what it is -- an honest story about one very strong Trump supporters named Melanie Austin. I try not judge her and look down on her, but oh how my brain is so wired differently than hers.
There are many Americans like Melanie Austin to varying degrees....some more extreme than others. But Melanie Austin does fit the stereotype of Trump's many supporters who live in a different reality world. When you put that multiplier on it, it's kind of scary. She is not alone. She is just one of millions.
You read the article. You will be hooked on it very quickly.
Dutch -- I would disagree with you that our country is "pure capitalistic". Our country is certainly more capitalistic than many countries in Europe, but not by much. We also have many successful social programs that enhance our society, the same as Europe. Of course we don't have universal health care yet, but what Melaine Austin is ranting about is not health care but government in general -- who taught her to believe all those insane conspiracy theories about how bad our government is?
Have certain demographic and geographic groups in America fallen by the wayside? Yes, but this is not a failure of our education system unless you want to say that education is a state of mind that begins in the home. The types of things that Melaine Austin talks about in her rant about our government and leaders are not taught or learned in our public schools. The many Trump voters did not learn their hate in schools. Rather it's a product of their upbringing, their religious beliefs, the community tribalism in which they live, and politicians and the media assigning blame for their own economic gain.
Much of her rhetoric borders on neofascist beliefs which rise out of economic conditions but are fueled by racism and immigration polices. And the United States is not alone. Take a look at this New York Times article:
How Far Is Europe Swinging to the Right?
"Amid a migrant crisis, sluggish economic growth and growing disillusionment with the European Union, right-wing parties in a growing number of European countries have made electoral gains. The right-wing parties included below [see charts in article] range across a wide policy spectrum, from populist and nationalist to far-right neofascist".