by John Hertz: (reprinted from Vanamonde 1228) May I, who voted for Trump’s opponent in the Presidential election, speak against the notion Trump’s supporters were “people … scared silly by the progress we’ve been making for the non-Christians, the blacks…. [who thus] don’t know their place anymore”? I hear that often. In an objection we on the Left are quick to raise in our defense, it’s dismissive. It waves away any possibility that Trump’s supporters have any creditable basis for their opinions – which unsurprisingly those folk maintain we lack. I think we on the Left have long been smug, self-righteous, arrogant about our opinions. That isn’t good argument. It isn’t good politics. It isn’t neighborly. It violates our own principles. Trump cried Aren’t you tired of all those left-wing people’s telling you what to think? Had we been better preachers, teachers, reachers, that would have been laughed down. A well-known man in November 1963 was wrong, I believe, to say “The chickens are coming home to roost”, but perhaps that’s a lesson for us now.