You know, we could bash Donald Trump all day long, and it would all be understatement. I am not complaining, though: somebody needs to do this work, and it is hard to work up the interest.
I believe that the article actually slides by something interesting here, however. The thing is, there really is something to this "America the great" stuff, though surely it has nothing to do with Donald Trump, and nothing to do with beacons on hills or a world safe for democracy or anything much like that. The economy was far, far different in the 50s and 60s and thereabouts. Among other things, for all the very real racism and sexism and general xenophobia that I think would shock many contemporary people to confront, money was distributed a whole awfully lot more equally than it is now. People of moderate means paid cash for medical care. Education was cheap enough that people could graduate from a university and then spend a few years doing charity work abroad before settling down.
If I am, let's say, a fairly stereotypical white male of low-to-moderate income and moderate to zippo education, say born in 1980, it is quite conceivable that I know that my father was able to purchase a home on a single income in, gee, 1973 or 1983. I may also know that the same thing is not happening in the same way today. Of course, if I start to imagine that Donald Trump will help me with any of this, then there's a question of ignorance slipping into this. But hang on. I may read that white males have unjustly taken power and autonomy from women and minorities. What is it that I am supposed to have power over, exactly, while I don't own my shirt?
I do not mean to suggest that any of this reduces the impact of racism and sexism: it does not, and it does not excuse it. And I do not mean that it is anything but natural that women and minorities who have managed to buck systemic difficulties and find whatever they regard as success in one way or another should be primarily concerned with their respective glass ceilings.
However, it strikes me that when we leave the issues of income inequality out of the picture, we create a picture that leaves the larger body of the oppressed to Rand Paul or, the educational system and reasonable good sense failing, to Donald Trump.
Again, this doesn't mean that it makes sense for people worried about income inequality to ignore racism or sexism either. But the success of the rich in dividing the poor along these lines does merit some examination in this.