Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Trump Insight

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, F. H. Buckley reports the results of surveying 2016 voters about their economic and social views, and for which major party candidate they voted. An organization called the Voter Study Group did the survey.

Most Clinton voters were liberal on both economic and social dimensions, no surprise. However Trump voters, while conservative on social issues, represented the whole range of economic views.
The crucial differences between the two parties came down to social concerns, including pride in America, immigration, and especially moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The social-conservative awakening that helped elect Mr. Trump came when voters recognized that the liberal agenda amounted to something more than a shield to protect sexual minorities. It was also a sword to be used against social conservatives.

The Trump voters might have grumbled about the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, but same-sex marriage didn’t pick anyone’s pockets and no great political protest followed. That changed, however, when homosexual activists employed their newly won rights to start putting religious believers out of business.

The sweet spot in American politics is thus the upper-left quadrant of the double majority: economic liberals and social conservatives. It’s the place where presidential elections are won, and the winner is usually going to be the candidate who’s won’t touch Social Security and who promises to nominate judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia. In other words—Donald Trump.
Hassling the Little Sisters of the Poor demonstrated to blue-collar Catholics that Democrats were not their allies.