• Thomas L Wilson

    “an outsider who can shake things up, who isn’t afraid to speak the truth
    even if it offends, and one who has proven leadership abilities” This describes the Greek Premier who made a total mess of the Greek economy.

    • RadicalCentrist

      The best parallel to Trump is Berlusconi and he left Italy a holy mess, yet could actually end up in charge again.

      • Lois Mintah

        Mama Mia!

  • DKDC

    And the root cause of this mainly republican anger is???

    1) Being fed a constant stream of outrage peddled by right wing media

    2) Collapse of the blue collar economy and globalization

    3) Dawning of the realization that white privilege might not be enough to guarantee access to the American Dream

    4) Election of a black man to the Presidency

    • ladymissdiva

      5) All of the above.

    • Dave

      6) Angry old white man syndrome.

      • Dale Andrews

        You mean the (not so angry, actually) white men who founded this country, wrote the constitution and whose policies and wise direction and guidance continue to make it great?

        • Fliael

          Well golly, I’d have thought they were angry, considering they overthrew the established government in the area and all.

        • Dave

          Get over yourself. White men “built” this country on the backs of brown, yellow, red, black, and white Americans. The Constitution includes no mention of race.

        • MVH1

          Oh good grief.

      • Johnny Thorne

        Trump’s support is broad across the entire demographic spectrum.

        • Ygorbla

          Not really. His support is primarily white males, who make up a large portion of the Republican base.

          I mean, the modern Republican party is heavily white and male, so this isn’t surprising, but Trump’s support isn’t particularly demographically broad. It’s a bit ideologically broad within the Republican party, but he does comparatively poorly among moderates.

        • Dave

          The polls prove you wrong. Trump handily loses every voter category except older white males.

    • montag

      7) Re-election of a black man to the Presidency.

  • RadicalCentrist

    Objectively, times are about as good as they have been in my lifetime (I’m in my late 50s) other than the late 90s:

    1. Crime is at historic lows.
    2. Economy is good. Not perfect, maybe not booming, but solid.
    3. Very few Americans dying in wars.

    OK, music today mostly sucks, but TV is in a golden age.

    • DKDC

      There is some really good new music. It’s just that most radio stations suck. So if you’re not connected to music through social media, Spotify, or something, then it’s really hard to find the stuff you like.

      So yeah, it an ok time.

      Of course, we still have racism, war/terrorism, rising inequality, and Fox News. So it could be better.

      • RadicalCentrist

        What there isn’t is broadly popular good new music. There is wonderful niche stuff, but very few like the bands of the 60s and 70s that were hugely popular and great.

        There has always been racism and war. Both are probably less than they were in the past (have you read Stephen Pinker?). Income inequality, if you read Piketty, is endemic to capitalism (and probably communism and pre-capitalism as well) and was only interrupted by 2 horrible world wars. I would rather live with inequality. As for Fox News, there were vicious broadsheets in the 19th century that would shame even O’Reilly and Hannity.

        • DKDC

          Ok. You win. I concede that modern times are pretty good compared to the past.

    • Johnny Thorne

      The drug of choice, TV? Turn it off and turn on to get a life.

    • Blondebomber

      Then you missed the really good times of the 50’s and have no way to compare…likewise, crime is not at historic lows, the economy stinks (no raises, no stock market earnings, no way to advance0, and now more American’s are dying due to crime, hunger, disease and we are now in an asymmetric war. You are right about the music and tv still sucks.

  • dionysus_finch

    I’m sick of hearing about how “angry” Americans are. Do they have things to be angry about? Sure. Do they do ANYTHING constructive about it? Nope. In fact, they typically orient their anger in the wrong directions, toward those who have done nothing to them or in some cases are trying to help them, and they do that because they are willfully ignorant. And I’m done feeling sympathy or compassion toward that.

    • Lois Mintah

      You sound pretty angry.

      • dionysus_finch

        Oh no, not the standard right-wing answer to any critique of the condition of our society or politics! Please no, anything but that!

    • Johnny Thorne

      Lots of constructive solutions coming soon. Start listening if you can drag yourself away from the TV.

      • dionysus_finch

        My TV gets turned on when my girlfriend and I feel like watching a movie on it, about once a week. Thanks for playing, though.

  • Leftcoastrocky

    This angry minority of Americans wants a strong leader who will ram their wingnut politics down the throats of all of America.

    • Johnny Thorne

      Just the opposite. It’s a reaction to Obama doing just that.

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  • Siegfried Heydrich

    Losers tend to be angry. That’s a lot of what makes them losers.

    • Blondebomber

      Disenfranchised tend to be angry…go look up the word.

      • Arturo Rivera

        If a soft approach won’t work, then hit it hard.

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  • embo66

    What I find fascinating is that the anger lines depicted above almost always flow in the same direction. Although Democrats are far less angry than Republicans, both groups (and Independents) all show spikes and drops at the same time.

    Guess you could go back and trace what events, etc. were occurring around each spike time . . . but I wonder what they were?

    • Ygorbla

      I think that there’s also a feedback effect to anger. Seeing the other side get angry makes your side angry, and vice-versa. And angry politicians do and say things that makes the other side even angrier, which forces their politicians to do and say red-meat things that makes the other side even angrier, and so on.

  • Johnny Thorne

    Republican betrayal after last year’s election has motivated me. The Republican leadership handed the vote over to Obama. Trump has filled that empty vacuum that the GOP vacated. https://youtu.be/FG82_aHZJkM

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