Now I found this column in today's Wall Street Journal, and the author is dead on:
The Real Reason They Hate Trump
He’s the average American in exaggerated form—blunt, simple, willing to fight, mistrustful of intellectuals.
David Gelernter Oct. 21, 2018
Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong. In foreign affairs, the U.S. has remembered in the nick of time what Machiavelli advised princes five centuries ago: Don’t seek to be loved, seek to be feared.
This has happened before, in the 1980s and ’90s and early 2000s, but then the financial crisis arrived to save liberalism from certain destruction. Today leftists pray that Robert Mueller will put on his Superman outfit and save them again.
For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful.
Not that every leftist hates America. But the leftists I know do hate Mr. Trump’s vulgarity, his unwillingness to walk away from a fight, his bluntness, his certainty that America is exceptional, his mistrust of intellectuals, his love of simple ideas that work, and his refusal to believe that men and women are interchangeable. Worst of all, he has no ideology except getting the job done. His goals are to do the task before him, not be pushed around, and otherwise to enjoy life. In short, he is a typical American—except exaggerated, because he has no constraints to cramp his style except the ones he himself invents.
Mr. Trump lacks constraints because he is filthy rich and always has been and, unlike other rich men, he revels in wealth and feels no need to apologize—ever. He never learned to keep his real opinions to himself because he never had to. He never learned to be embarrassed that he is male, with ordinary male proclivities. Sometimes he has treated women disgracefully, for which Americans, left and right, are ashamed of him—as they are of JFK and Bill Clinton...
I've posted multiple times, the STRATFOR Geopolitical Diary for Ronald Reagan's death. A quote from it is relevant for this article:
...Reagan reduced the problem to its essence and correctly identified the trajectory. We tend to confuse the terms "intellectual" and "intelligent." An intellectual is a person who makes his living dealing in ideas. He is learned by profession. He could also be a moron. There is no guarantee that an intellectual is intelligent. At the same time, there are people who are enormously intelligent, but not at all intellectual. They do not make their living working with ideas. They are not learned. But their unencumbered intelligence can sometimes see the future more clearly than someone who is encumbered by complex ideas that their intelligence can't sort through. Reagan was no intellectual. That allowed him to see things that intellectuals could not see...
A point I've made describing "public servants," i.e. the professional political class. They are often learned, educated at the best schools, connected, and went up a political latter. And they are often idiots that have never done anything. See Mrs Bill Clinton (Eight years in the senate and authored all of three bills), Joe Biden (One of five senators who voted against the Alaska Pipeline), B Hussein Obama (Enough said). Republicans, to a much greater degree, draw men and women of accomplishment to office. No question, Trump is part of that group. Is he my style, no. But his administration has accomplished multiple things (tax cuts, judicial appointments, the end of the war on police) or tried to do his promises (Repeal of Obamacare (Rest in piss McCain), the border wall).
So yes, come 2020, I will proudly and gladly vote for Donald Trump's reelection. Don't know if that election night will be as fun to watch as 2016, but as long as the Democrats are kept from power.