Cathy, I’ve read your commentary in many different publications and agree and disagree with them in about equal proportion, but find them thought-provoking either way.
The issue with Jeong’s posts to me is that they are part of a trend in our popular culture that has shown a full imbibing of cultural Marxism. Everything is seen through a prism of innate group conflict. The current zeitgeist in our media is that white privilege seems to be the cause of most of the misery of others. Within this context a member of a minority community can say pretty much anything about a white heterosexual male that they please and know they will not face any consequences for such speech. On the other hand, a white person who speaks critically of any minority is branded as racist and backwards and often lose their reputations and jobs.
Many in the media wondered at the results of the last presidential election and I think that has a lot to do with their own navel-gazing and completely living in their own social bubble. There are any number of folks I know who went and voted with the GOP in 2016 because of cultural factors. Several of them were longtime Democrats who had so soured on the leftward movement of that party that they simply felt it had left them. A woman I know, with a college education and a well-paying job, voted against Clinton because she believed that HRC was too beholden to the politics of BHO and that she never heard the Democratic candidate say what she would do for the average white American. While I would disagree with a good deal of that I do realize there is something to what she’s saying. HRC appeared to focus her campaign on the coastal elites and figured she would win that way. In a sense she did. Her popular vote margin was comparable to GWB’s in 2004.
Until the Dems understand the “cultural factors” that make many otherwise Democratic voters Trump supporters they’re going to continue to lose elections. Neither party is one I could belong to and I’m no libertarian. I hold my nose most election years and select the least smelly of the candidates on offer. What worries me is that things like the Jeong kerfuffle and the white nationalist madness going on is that one of the absolute bedrock strengths of our political system is being torn asunder. The great promise of America that has inspired so many to come here is that tribalism does not run our society. I’m afraid if there isn’t some middle-of-the-road common sense leaders emerge in the next few years we will see voting turn into something largely tied to race and ethnicity and that we will be in a constant of political turmoil between election cycles.