Vice Signaling: nobody sane wants to listen to politicians, professors, movie stars, rappers, tech billionaires & journalists testify to their own moral superiority over the rest of us mortals who appear to be FAR more self-aware of our human failings.
Trump isn’t selling guilt.
Almost no good parent wants a level playing field for their own children. Have you ever seen a bear that is just as concerned about another bear’s cubs?
Almost no one always tells the truth or wants to pay their fair taxes.
But there is more here. It’s not just virtue fatigue.
Let’s be honest: virtue signaling in the Democratic Party is also about figuring out how to cryptically serve our donors. Kamala is not going to race to apply “Equity” in her new black Vernacular speech to her hedge fund friends in the Hamptons.
This is anti-virtuous posturing.
So every time Democrats testify to their own goodness, I assume they are preparing to throw us overboard to serve 9, 10, 11 and now 12 figure families. It’s Pavlovian or Skinnerian conditioning. Since Clinton, just before we get economically raped, we hear a lecture about virtue.
“No Person is Illegal!” means push out the labor supply curve for employers.
“Only folks making over $400k will be taxed.” may mean focus on salary income of the upper middle class rather than non-wage income of the true rich.
“No Xenophobia!” means ignore Chinese interference.
“No islamophobia!” may mean ignore jihadism so long as Saudi Arabia is making me rich.
“Nationalism is evil!” Means f—- Appalachians et al while we the rich get paid to relocate their sources of support.
We‘ve been conditioned to despise virtue by the Post-Clinton party.
I don’t ever…and I mean ever…want to listen to the Davos scolds on any subject.
You fly in on a private jet to talk to me: fine, I’ll listen. You do so to scold me about my carbon footprint? Now you‘re dead to me.
We the Left need to stop this madness. This is Clintonism.
Most normal citizens want the US to have borders. We care more about our fellow countrymen than we do equally deserving foreigners. We want the BEST for our own kids. We aren’t excited about paying reparations for 1619. And Trump is telling us “Same here.” So: What are we saying?
The Left needs to appeal to folks who want to get rich, not be taxed into oblivion, get laid and who LOVE their flawed country, their guns & those in uniform. We have to stop appealing *only* to self-hating monks, the hyper-manipulative & the dumb. We were about something before.