Noonan: “A historic decoupling between the top and the bottom …”

Frequent readers know that I’m big fan of the WSJ’s Peggy Noonan.

I love the way the lady writes and she always cutting to the chase with keen insights.

Her most recent column is no exception:



Here are a couple of snippets from Noonan …


Merkel & the Refugees

Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced that Germany would take in an astounding 800,000 refugees.

In doing so, Ms. Merkel had put the entire burden of a huge cultural change not on herself and those like her but on regular people who live closer to the edge, who do not have the resources to meet the burden, who have no particular protection or money or connections.

Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never would be.

Nothing in their lives will get worse.

The challenge .. was put on those with comparatively little, whom I’ve called the unprotected.


Suck It Up

The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this.

When the working and middle class push back in shocked indignation, the people on top call them “xenophobic,” “narrow-minded,” “racist.”

The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called “humanist,” “compassionate,” and “hero of human rights.”

A few weeks ago, Ms. Merkel told Germans that history was asking them to “master the flip side, the shadow side, of all the positive effects of globalization.”


More Broadly

The larger point is that this is something we are seeing all over, the top detaching itself from the bottom, feeling little loyalty to it or affiliation with it.

At its heart it is not only a detachment from, but a lack of interest in, the lives of your countrymen, of those who are not at the table, and who understand that they’ve been abandoned by their leaders’ selfishness and mad virtue-signalling.

Our elites have abandoned or are abandoning the idea that they belong to a country, that they have ties that bring responsibilities, that they should feel loyalty to their people or, at the very least, a grounded respect.

Some of the detachment isn’t unconscious.

Some of it is sheer and clever self-protection.

They take care of their own.


My Take

Many of my friends are struggling to understand why so many Americans support a flawed candidate like Donald Trump.

I think Noonan provides a nice, veiled explanation.

They’re the folks who have gotten screwed.

They’ve played by the rules and worked hard.

They don’t have academic tenure, a gerrymandered home district, a stash of millions, or a flow of free stuff funded by working stiffs.

Others benefit, but they’re left holding the bag.

Of course they’re mad … and grasping for somebody –- anybody — to take their side for a change.

It’s as simple as that


Whole article is worth reading.



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