Trumpism as ‘Signaling’

I have been in contemplation of ‘virtue signaling’ a bit, a term that is increasing in use.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/10/i-invented-virtue-signalling-now-its-taking-over-the-world/

I’d assert the left is generally guiltier of this than the right, a prime example being the notion we’re altruistically obligated to bring a bunch of culturally incompatible third world refugees over here and put them on welfare.  If you argue we ought to do that in absence of a real rationale…. That’s straight up virtue signaling…. of the lefty variety.

But it’s not like others can’t be guilty of this too, be it ‘virtue signaling’ or some other ‘signaling’.

And ya know…. much as we hear Trump speaks to ‘something’ out there, the dipshits people responding to him are in fact ‘signaling’.

To what?  Oh, there’s a kernel of wisdom / prudence on immigration… I guess.  But the big thing is, Trumpism is so low-brow and devoid that it’s a low hurdle-there to affirm it if you’re so inclined but otherwise not intellectually fit engage in this country’s political discussion.  It’s to say, he’s attracting the obtuse, the low-info, the disengaged, and the nihilistic who by affirming Trumpism are able to ‘signal’ something that they’d otherwise be incapable of signaling and not have a vehicle to signal with.

So he’s ‘leading’ right?  You telling me these people are going to show up for him next Tuesday?  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430272/are-cnn-and-cbs-overestimating-turnout-expect-caucus-night

I’m not buying it.  I say Trump never wins a primary / caucus, and its Rubio at the end.

Other

….Not obvious to me that Sarah Palin helps Trump.  I don’t think Palin has a politically active audience anymore

… Palin…. Wow.

… Much as Trump is a POTUS potentiality, let’s acknowledge that the Overton window is open in a similar way for Bernie.  It’s quite a bit better than a remote possibility that he wins the Democrat nomination. And ya know if he does garner the delegate math there…. They got to run him or destroy the party.  So I was thinking, who’s his VP?  It’s probably Keith Ellison.  Think about it….

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One thought on “Trumpism as ‘Signaling’

  1. pm1956

    classic example of signalling (virtue or otherwise)–people who say that they go to church on Sundays. The percentage of people who say they go to church regularly is way, way higher than the percentage who actually go to church. A classic case of “virtue signalling”.

    Interesting fact: illegal immigration has been falling during Obama’s time in office ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/when-will-gop-rhetoric-on-immigration-catch-up-to-the-truth/2016/01/24/7811ec96-bbaa-11e5“-99f3-184bc379b12d_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory ), and is at its lowest level since early in W’s term (2003). “Notwithstanding the demagoguery of Donald Trump and some of his GOP rivals, the number of illegal immigrants in this country, which has declined each year since 2008, is now at its lowest level since 2003, and the percentage of undocumented immigrants likewise is at its lowest point since the turn of the century.”

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