A Reason for so Many Trump Voters – Anger and Fear of Change

Bob Elschlager – March 1, 2016

The Guardian has an online article about Trump’s landslide victory in Nevada, yet another victory in yet another state: The Guardian article on Trump Wins in Nevada.

The whole article is factual, well, alas, not exactly all of it, and some of the most important parts are not. Or are they? Well, let’s look at them and see. In fact, we want to focus in on one particular paragraph.  ( 90 more lines)

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A Reason for so Many Trump Voters – Anger and Fear of Change

The Guardian has an online article about Trump’s landslide victory in Nevada, yet another victory in yet another state: The Guardian article on Trump Wins in Nevada.

The whole article is factual, well, alas, not exactly all of it, and some of the most important parts are not. Or are they? Well, let’s look at them and see. In fact, we want to focus in on one particular paragraph.

The evidence in Las Vegas, as elsewhere in the country, points to this being an election year in which Republican voters – disaffected with conventional politics, angry and fearful about a quickly changing world – want to gamble on Trump.

Actually, we want to focus in on an even more limited part of this, just the phrase

fearful about a quickly changing world – want to gamble on Trump

Now I’m going to go into this part in a certain kind of detail, which frankly some people may just not be interested in such detail, regardless of their political persuasion. That is, whatever side they’re on, whether pro-Trump, or anti-Trump, going into this kind of detail in this kind of way just isn’t their thing. So I’m just pointing this out ahead of time, so that you can move on to another article in case it is not your thing. So

“fearful about a quickly changing world – want to gamble on Trump

We’re interested in what way this section of the article, this phrase, is being presented by The Guardian. In what way is it intended, in what way does this mean, what is the meaning of this as it is being used in the article. For instance, is the phrase meant purely as a factual statement of what is true? Or, is it intended as an explanation to cloud out other explanations that apply. Is it maybe meant as an explanation for the reader to absorb as a truth so that the reader can regurgitate it when, in public, the reader is hearing other explanations. Perhaps, another possibility, is that the writers of the article did not intend it this way, but, in fact, that is what the appearance of the sentence in this article accomplishes.

We could go on with quite a few possibilities, and we could even look at far more ways of combining those possibilities.

But we are only interested in a few major issues – after all, philosophically speaking, we could expand all the possibilities into a book or maybe several books, but that is not at all what we want to look at here. We are going into a fair amount of detail as it is, we don’t want to go to all the places that a super expert would go into. That would just be way too much for us, and for what we need.

So let’s give three rough classification of the possibilities of the phrase “fearful about a quickly changing world – want to gamble on Trump”.

  1. Are there other explanations than fear of a quickly changing world as to why people voted for Trump?
  2. We want to look something at the truth of the various possible explanations.
  3. Is the phrase being used in the article as a way of propaganda?

OK, so now we have these three things. And I’m sure the term “propaganda” popped out at you.

We want to define this term “propaganda” a little bit more.

Here’s the definition we will use.

Independently of whether the phrase is true, it is intended by the newspaper or author or speaker or whatever, as a way to place a certain idea in the reader’s mind. And then as the reader interacts with their daily life and the rest of the world, this idea is somewhere floating around in their mind, and sometimes they call on this idea as they are interacting with the world – or even interacting with themselves, for that matter.

This is the definition of “propaganda” that we will use.

I’m not going to go into any more detail than this. For instance, to what degree is it conscious that the writer or speaker has this intent. NO, no, we’re not going to go that far into such workful detail.

OK, so we have the three points above. I’m going to reiterate them here.

  1. Are there other explanations?
  2. We want to look something at the truth of the various possibilities
  3. Is this being used in the article as a way of propaganda?

So first let’s look at (1):  Are there other explanations – are there other explanations than that the voters for Trump are angry and fearful of a quickly changing world?

Are some of the other explanations is that they are afraid of whites being replaced? Are they afraid of their civilization being replaced? Are they afraid of some good things about their civilization or society or environment being replaced or destroyed in a bad way? Are they afraid that the particular people (immigrants (legal or illegal) and refugees) coming in, once they start to get some larger number of people in the country, won’t be so nice any more to the people already in the county.

Note. I am not saying whether or not these things are true. I am asking whether these are concerns other than what the newspaper article said, concerns that might be motivating people, motivating them to vote for Trump.

Alas, the newspaper makes no mention of these other possibilities. The way the article is written, the reader isn’t made aware at all of these other possibilities. Bad, bad, bad.

What about item (2) in the above list, the truth of these various possibilities. You may already have ideas on the truth of these other possibilities. And this post has already gone on long enough. And for our purposes, we have already covered the main issues.

So I will close just by reiterating the 3 points above, with a little closing comment to each.

  1. Are there other explanations? Very much so.
  2. We want to look something at the truth of the various possibilities. For quite a few people, the other possibilities have quite a bit of worrisome possible truth. And that is the big motivation for many voters for Trump.
  3. Is this [the statement in the article] being used in the article as a way of propaganda? Using the definition I gave for “propaganda”, the answer is yes.

There is much else that can be analyzed in the paragraph, but we want to look at only one thing at a time.

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Please criticize the above post if you see better ways of writing it.

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