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Karen Harradine: Virtue-signalling global elitists show contempt for democracy


Due to the nature of my husband’s profession, I travel a lot. And wherever I go in the world I can always count on meeting someone who ridicules Donald Trump. At dinner parties I have heard wealthy entrepreneurs mock Trump, who, uncomfortably for them, is one of their own. Yet what these elite virtue-signallers seem to forget is that millions of the marginalised and dispossessed voted for Trump. To watch them savage Trump in their desperate attempts to be trendy is a nauseating experience – reminiscent of the most snobbish and selfish parts of our society and contemptuous of the millions who voted for him.

But it is not only our elite who have this disdain for Trump. Many people worldwide actively and intensely dislike him. Neither he nor Hillary Clinton would have been my choice for American president. It is staggering that out of a country of 350 million these were the only two candidates for the most powerful political position in the world. But millions of the forgotten, the impoverished and the struggling voted for Trump. And anyone who respects democracy needs to respect the vote which put him in power.

This Trump disparagement syndrome is indicative of a greater malaise in our Western society. All reasoned and enlightened debate has been shoved aside in favour of a collective of drooling masses who want Trump’s head on a spike. Westerners seem to have lost their collective minds, acting like lovesick teenagers who drool obsessively over the cool hippy in class and bully the unpopular kid with death threats, regardless of the consequences and who this harms.

The fact that Trump has to downsize his visit to the UK or even cancel it is a disgrace. The UK is in danger of turning into a mass virtue-signalling entity of unreasonable toddlers who have turned this man into a monster and screech with horror at the idea of having their ‘safe space’ encroached on by him.

Our Western society is now so superficial that it judges politicians only by emotional reaction. It should not matter whether we like a politician or not. We do not need to have politicians who are worshipped by the masses. What should matter are their policies and ability to fulfill their job.

It doesn’t matter whether or not I like Trump. What matters is whether or not I have respect for the democratic process. And given the hysterical overreaction from the Left to the Trump, Brexit and UK general election votes, I can easily come to the conclusion that they do not care for democracy and probably never have.

In fact the terms right and left wings no longer apply. This has been made apparent by recent events. In our post-liberal world it is globalism, which enriches our elite, versus nationalism, which the marginalised and dispossessed, both in the UK and in the US, yearn for. So while I have no time for the clumsy and gauche Trump, he is far more patriotic than the corrupt and deceitful Clinton will ever be.

But there are far too many useful idiots who are only too happy to destroy our democratic system and our Enlightenment values. Many of these social justice warriors think that they are independent liberal thinkers. But they may not realise how much effort is being put into propagating anti-democratic ideas.

The Congressional Black Caucus’s (CBC’s) recent refusal to meet with Trump is an example of this sly attempt to undermine his authority and the effectiveness of the White House. They are acting like petulant children who have been told they cannot have another bag of sweets. By throwing this tantrum the CBC are displaying the increasingly fascist nature of the Democratic Party, similar to our own Labour Party. Instead of following a logical path of meeting with someone who could help their constituents, they have instead decided to pick a fight with him. The CBC is more obsessed with proving their anti-Trump credentials than actually helping their own constituents.

Unsurprisingly, the CBC is indirectly funded by George Soros via its off-shoot – the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Soros has also given $33 million to Black Lives Matter – another organisation which tries to subvert the democratic process. Through Soros, Westerners have also been duped into believing that the open borders ideology is noble and good.

This is made apparent by the lingering outcry against Trump’s travel ban, which is back in the news again. We need to remember that this ban is in place to protect American citizens. For it is not the wealthy elite, behind their high walls and expensive security systems, who are at risk of terrorist attacks by jihadists, but the rest of us who cannot afford such luxuries. Yet the elite still scream for no border policies and uncontrolled immigration, because it provides them with cheap labour. They don’t care that these policies end up destroying lives.

This desire, on both sides of the Atlantic, to overthrow election results will end up destroying our enlightened Western civilisation, Judeo-Christian values, free speech and democracy. It shows no signs of letting up. The continual protest against the vote for Brexit and Trump and our own recent election is an attempt to corrupt one of the most important Enlightenment values that we have it the West – democracy.

We have to respect a democratic vote regardless of whether we like the results or not. If we do not then we go down the path of chaos and suffering. We have become a society obsessed with victimhood, emotion and identity. Our politicians choose egotistical and narcissist virtue-signalling over duty and commitment to helping the less fortunate.

This is symptomatic of a greater illness inflicting our society – the delusion of virtue. But given the selfish and increasingly psychotic behaviour of those in thrall to globalism I cannot see this societal decrepitude being remedied soon.

(Image: Gage Skidmore)

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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