Whatever their class or station in life, everyday people have a right to live normal life that has its moments of satisfaction and pleasure and peace. So many people live lives of quiet desperation, and over time, if the conditions of their life continues make them suffer, they will feel alarmed, oppressed and cheerless.
Trump supporters are very aware of these things: the vast wealth that has infiltrated politics, the closing of the doors that were to help them rise in life, the flood of consumer goods, that they are being ignored by the TV news. All this funds indignation and anger that social evils that make them miserable are allowed to continue without efforts to alleviate or change them for the better. They believe it is entirely unjust that they have to suffer from needless misery all their lives.
Many people don’t have time to reflect on the meaning of their lives. Their lives consist of strenuous exertions, back breaking efforts, and for many the rewards for those efforts is piddling. They are fated to work like oxen and their pain only ends when they die. No respite, no encouragement, no praise or honors are theirs. For the majority life offers noting but the slavery of work.
President-elect Trump said he loved uneducated people. His aim was to reach people through their feelings. I may disagree with many of the stances of such people, but uneducated people are still people. They are proud, they fearlessly confront suffering, they provide for their families and children, but without rewards and new incentives, providing for others becomes a thankless task.
People who lack education, who aren’t cultured, who have no knowledge of history are still human beings, and they still have rights. The goal of any political system is to provide the means for people to pursue happiness in any way they can under the law. We all have a right to be happy and contented and proud, They work to expand the benefits and pleasures earned by their efforts. We used to respect “the “common good” as an ideal, but the common good isn't common any more. The common good these days belongs to the elites. If you don’t belong to an elite, you feel betrayed and left behind. No enjoys second place.
Tedious, poorly paid work which offers no prospects, strangles ambition. Human beings must have certain prospects before them or they wither under ceaseless drudgery. A hopeless life is a dismal one. To try to improve your lot, when the social and political conditions denies us any feeing of real worth, is the worst fate imaginable.
When people are trapped in that kind of life they will choose to change it. They hope for escape, and the hope of change helps them to endure their lot. That is what Trump supporters feel. Patrick Henry wrote, “we have it in our power to create the world new.” President-elect Trump campaigned on this idea. He told his supporters that he would build a better, more just order of human society. He said that certain evils had no right to exist, and that he would combat them.
No human being should die feeling that his or her was basically a disappointment.
In 1925, a British clergyman noted these things as enemies of the common people:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
Perhaps the battle against such things can begin anew.