Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected (Peggy Noonan) from the Wall Street Journal
"... my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. ... I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West. There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully. The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time."
Peggy's best column in years!! I have been saying something like this for years -- but my focus has been more on (I guess) a narrower group, the "super-protected" -- which is to say the chatterers on the 24-hour news channels, with their endless panels of talkers. You can hear heated gas-bagging for many hours and not see ONE PERSON on those panels who is making less than six figures a year. CONVINCE ME that any of these people have any experiential knowledge of the recession, of health care crises, of the fear of losing their homes, their jobs, or their livelihoods in an economy that may provide nothing to replace them! -- Nuggetsman