Donald Trump has invented a new way to winAs for deaths of the common man, the political elites couldn't care less. Common folk are not a Protected Class (unless they're union, of course). They don't raise as much of a fuss as do the pampered Victimhood Classes who have all the media as their playground. Trump is seen as a White Knight with what it takes, as opposed to say, Bush-the-elitist. Essentially Trump's the messiah for the bullied, hated, fly-over, producer class which gets no air time on MSNBCBSABCFOX. All the elites hate Trump, including the elites at National Review; thus the abandoned class grows even more numerous.
From the start, Trump targeted the (mostly) white working class, which happens to be 40 percent of the country. And he’s done it not just with issues, but with how he talks — the ball-busting, the “bragging,” the over-the-top promises.
“Bragging” is in quotes because it’s not (all) about his ego: The endless reciting of poll numbers, the constant references to how much the media’s paying attention, is mainly about showing that he’s beating the cultural elite.
Beating the elite on behalf of his voters — who’ve been invisible to the politicians and the media for decades.
Consider a huge story that vanished almost immediately in early November: Two Princeton economists discovered that deaths are soaring among middle-aged, low-education whites.
The rise in mortality from 1999 to 2014 was 22 percent: Up 134 deaths per 100,000 for whites aged 45 to 54 whose education ended in high school.
To blame: jumps in suicides and in deaths from drug abuse — that is, from alcoholic liver disease plus overdoses of heroin and prescription opiates.
One of the economists, Nobel winner Angus Deaton, notes that the only modern trend that compares is the AIDS epidemic.
AIDS won headlines for a decade. The Deaton findings basically vanished from the media after a day.
And these soaring death rates are just one sign of the stresses the American working class faces. Many other blue-collar folks struggle on OK. But they know they’ve got huge problems that just don’t get talked about — and anyone who does raise them gets denounced and then ignored.
America hasn’t been great for the working class for decades — which is why “Make America Great Again” is a great slogan for a guy who’s talking tough on the problems that blue-collar Americans (and more than a few middle-class folks) see as killing them.
And getting attention — unbelievable attention — even as he breaks all the “establishment” rules.
Because he’s playing and winning by blue-collar rules, and what are you gonna do about it?
The party system is corrupt to the core: Democrats buy and pay for "Super-delegates", and the DNC is bought by the Clintons - they are all either pimps or parasites. The RNC attacks anyone that they can't manipulate toward their own Leftist/capitulatory pusillanimity.
It's always too early to predict the demise of a party or a party system; but one can wish and hope, however much in vain.