You say tomato

If you are the kind of American who wants, as Pat Buchanan recently wrote, ‘an ever-more splendid diversity of colors, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, beliefs and lifestyles’ for America, then by voting for Obama and Hillary Clinton you are doing the logical thing. And you’ll probably hate Donald Trump.

Conversely, for Americans who think their country is being taken away from them by a coalition of resentful leftists, SJWs, La Raza admirers and race hustlers then they will most likely vote for Trump and dislike Obama and Clinton, as well as most of academia, the media and Hollywood. For these people even if Trump somehow ends up destroy the historic American nation it will be through stupidity or ineptitude, not through design.

It seems to me that Trump voters don’t need to do much soul-searching because the things they want are the same as most people in most times and places have always wanted: not to be replaced. However, I think liberals should ask themselves why it is they want more immigration; why they are happy for the demographic balance of America to shift away from whites and towards Hispanics and Muslims; why the alleged benefits of diversity outweigh the decline in social capital that social scientists have noticed in mixed neighbourhoods; why people who prefer to live among their own kind should be forced to live with people different from them; why they think immigrant labour, either legal or illegal, doesn’t depress the wages of American workers, or if they agree that it does, why this doesn’t bother them.

The bottom line is that Hillary’s supporters and Trump’s supporters have two very different visions of what a good society looks like, visions that no end of dialogue or discussion can reconcile. It’s a bit like arguing over which is best, fish and chips or Spaghetti Bolognese. There is no ‘fact of the matter’, only a preference for one kind of life over another. On the one side are those who prefer demographic stability so they don’t have the feelings their country is slipping out of their control. They want a small government that protects the country’s borders and deports anyone who is there illegally. They don’t want lavish social programs that benefit certain groups more than others and often seem to reward fecklessness.

On the other side are those who want to live in a multicultural, multi-ethnic welfare state that welcomes everyone, especially the poor. They want a government that protects its citizens, especially the poor and ‘vulnerable’, from the hardships thrown up by life in a cut-throat capitalist world.

Of course there are probably people out there who like both fish and chips and Spaghetti Bolognese. After all, there’s no reason they should be mutually exclusive. Equally, I’m sure there are a few people who really don’t care if they live under Obama or Trump. Even I might be able to stand a multiculture better if it wasn’t constantly rammed down my throat how wonderful all the diversity is.

Yet for those who have a strong preference either way it’s a case of you say ‘tom-ah-to’, I say ‘tom-ei-to’, let’s call the whole thing off.