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1212, 01 Aug 16

The Dispossessed Constituency

Glenn Reynolds is on point.

Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racistdenounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared “I’m not a fan of this movement.” After handing the GOP big legislative victories in 2010 and 2014, it was largely betrayed by the Republicans in Congress, who broke their promises to shrink government and block Obama’s initiatives.

So now we have Trump instead, who tells people to punch counterprotesters instead of picking up their trash.

When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly. Brooks closes his Trump column with Psalm 73, but a more appropriate verse is Hosea 8:7 “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Trump’s ascendance is a symptom of a colossal failure among America’s political leaders, of which Brooks’ mean-spirited insularity is only a tiny part. God help us all.


1212, 01 August 2016


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    This column taps into something spot on!

    Trump is resonating with the working class, especially union working class.

    Democrats have sold out to welfare state, and benefits for illegal immigrants, and working class people are tired of paying for it.

    I know union guys that have voted Democrat all their life and were on Trump train from beginning.   In fact my own brother, who voted for Obama twice, constantly criticized me for NOT being on Trump train from the start.

    Hillary has got a big problem with working Americans.   They are tired of fliping the bill for big, liberal government.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    I could find nothing in the news about any labor union supporting Trump.  But I did find several unions that were adamantly in opposition to him.  Particularly those that had members and contractors stiffed by Trump at a number of Trump owned/operated facilities.

    Perhaps you could provide some evidence that there is more than a few  union/family members in support of Trump.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    I want liberals to ignore the tidal wave problem of union members thinking for themselves.

    Police unions are not a fan of Hillary.


  4. Le Roi du Nord

    So an anecdotal story referring to your brother implies “Trump is resonating with the working class, especially union working class” ?  That is quite a stretch even for you.  You give new meaning to the term “uninformed voter”.  Keep up the good work, you are making it so much easier for Clinton.

    You should have a discussion with the dairy lobby, more specifically the WI Farm Bureau and DBA, both large republican contributors.  They would wholeheartedly disagree with you on your position on immigration.  They need immigrants, legal or illegal, to work on the large dairy farms across the state.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Anecdotal stories are now a problem?

    DNC was rife with anecdotal stories, especially when the mothers of crime thugs got up there.

    Where was all this anecdotal indignation when Bill Clinton got up there and talked about the Hillary and Bill love story…that was hilarious comedy, if anything.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    “Anecdotal stories are now a problem?”   Not a bit, as long as you don’t mind being irrelevant. Facts would help your credibility.

    The whole “mothers of crime thugs” thing was debunked by a different poster on a different thread.  Try something original.

    I guess you have a different sense of humor than I do.  Viva la difference !

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    Michael Brown’s mom is not the parent of a crime thug?


    What about Dontre Hamilton? He beat a police officer with a night stick?

  8. NHolland

    Mr. Scheunemann,
    1) Nonsense. Michael Brown has/had NO criminal convictions. Shoplifting should not of drawn such an aggressive response. Maybe that’s the way they respond in your town but certainly not in mine.
    2) Nonsense. Dontre Hamilton was frisked without articulable reasonable suspicion. Standing up for his violated right caused the officer to beat him with his night stick (first) which was another rights violation. Officer Manny was fired for both of those reasons. Lets not forget Hamilton had been checked on, twice, by a pair of officers who found him to be doing nothing wrong. Hamilton also had a well documented history, with MPD, of mental illness. Sleeping on a park bench shouldn’t have resulted in an illegal search, a beating and being shot (14 times… Bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang) to death.

    Neither of these men deserved to die.

    Considering the circumstances it is completely reasonable for these mothers to speak out and lets not forget about that pesky First Amendment most conservatives adamantly defend, when it suits their needs. Also lets not forget about that other pesky detail… They were unarmed! Remember those nonlethal options. If it was any of my children, criminal record or not, I would make it my lifes mission to bring awareness and fight for reform. Funding, higher education and advanced training would be at the forefront. I am sure any rational parent would do the same.
    Please don’t confuse these statements for an anti-police position. I proudly support our men and women in blue. Especially those who are related or friends. Most of which are appalled by these and other similar situations. Most of which have expressed great compassion for these mothers. Practice compassion… its the Christian thing to do.

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