Who are these people who are so traumatized by the idea of a President Trump that they need counseling, need to cry, need to strike out at those of us who disagree with their views of socialist paradise? They are largely the non-productive and public school/college-indoctrinated people who I term Passive Investors (from my banking days). I wrote a News With Views article in 2009 about the new Civil War that was then on America’s horizon: The non-productive versus the productive. I believe that is precisely where we are. It may be impolite to say “I was right,” but I was right! Why was no one listening?
To understand the mindset of liberal progressives and why they are having such a difficult time accepting reality, read the NewsWithViews articles I wrote (here and here) about passive and active investors. Passives are liberals and actives are conservatives.
Liberal Passives are security-driven people who are motivated by fear. Conservatives tend to joke that liberalism is a disease. Actually, depending on how deep the need for security, how great the need for power to protect them from their fears, how pronounced their fear motivation... it can become phobic or psychopathic. We've seen that in the streets of major American cities the last few nights.
This election placed an Active Conservative in the most powerful position in the world. It has literally caused liberals/progressives/socialists to fear not being able to live in a world wherein conservative values of individuality (rather than group think), liberty that is self-responsible (rather than group determined), and the junking of political correctness (which is the only world in which these groupies function well) is very real – and yes, it is an illness. How long it will last and how severe the demonstrations and protests are depend on how large the needs discussed in the preceding paragraph are.
How do fearful people behave? Watching the anti-Trump protests continue night after night should give you some insight. This group of people is power-motivated (because power can protect them from the things they fear). When the power that protects them is removed, they feel very vulnerable. When a fearful person feels vulnerable they often resort to violence. It’s one reason liberal progressives are so easily motivated to join groups that have violent intent. This will continue in various ways until something they fear more than their loss of power is in place: Being held responsible for their behavior.
It is very important for conservatives to understand this is not just a momentary objection to a political candidate. The socialist mentality has been injected worldwide and its roots run very deep in the psyche of Passives. It’s not an American phenomenon. President-Elect Trump has so far played the hand he has been dealt perfectly. He has been behaving in a way that should, over time, reduce the fear that is causing the violent behavior. It will reduce it – but it won’t eliminate it. The thing causing the fear and resultant behavior is deeply rooted. How many times have you asked yourself why liberals are so inclined to socialism and are so opposed to capitalism? Here’s your answer: Socialism promises to remove risk from the lives of those willing to give up their freedom to serve the needs of the elite.
Under socialism, government takes care of everything. It will determine your career, reward you when you serve them well by making it possible for your kids to get into good universities, withhold access to your kids to those same good universities if you say something they don’t like, and will decide when your life has served its purpose and it’s time for you to die (the lack of individual worth by comparison to the common good of society). They are anti-individual and pro-group.
Liberals are risk averse people and capitalism is a risk management system. Conservatives who are more concerned with controlling their own destinies have no problem with risk management. They deal with it well. Our Founders were individualist risk managers. Non-risk managers do not take on the largest and best-trained military in the world, the English, at the time of our Revolution. They understood that people either manage their own risks in life, or government will do it for you in return for your freedom