Yes, seeing women and Muslims and Jews and people of color and LGBTQ people demanding rights must have been very frightening to the white supremacists.
I doubt if they’re afraid in the least. I have no idea what their thought process is, but “fear” is unlikely to enter into it. I’m sure they see the matter differently.
Certainly when they say they want their country back, they mean that we are the ones who took it from them.
I don’t know what they think when THEY say that, but most of us on the conservative side don’t think that way at all. That slogan to most of us is an economic one. We see the way the global trade agreements cut starting in the Clinton Era have worked against small American business, we see the big corporations getting tax breaks that the small companies that employ most of us don’t, we regulations choking business startups which have to rely on bank loans rather than venture capital. What we’d like is a government that puts the economic well being of its own citizens first, rather than prioritizing said citizens behind globalist priorities.
Yes, this is a backlash against the egalitarian advances of the Obama era.
You’re joking, right? Egalitarianism isn’t a zero-sum game. To give somebody rights does not mean that somebody else’s rights are taken away. But often, during the Obama period, it WAS framed that way. Perhaps that’s not Obama’s fault, but there seem to be no shortage of media commentators on the left who took each “egalitarian advance” and took joy in shoving it into the nose of those who opposed it, without thinking for a minute that there were decent reasons WHY it was opposed. It was just always taken for granted that the reason was “discrimination.”
But what should we have done differently?
Listen to us, and we’ll listen to you. Find compromise. I cannot for the life of me figure out why people haven’t concluded that the solution to the transgender bathroom dustup is to require that a facility have three options instead of two, and you solve it in the building codes, not by legal decree. But, if you suggest to anyone that a facility should have all three, the shit hits the fan, I assume because one side would feel like compromise is a “loss.”