According to an IPSOS/Reuters poll a majority of Americans feel out of place in America as it is today:
More than half (58%) of Americans don’t identify with what America has become. Almost as many (53%) feel like a “stranger in their own country”. This sense of loss is particularly pronounced when we look at party identification: while 45% of Democrats don’t identify with what America has become, a whopping 72% of Republicans don’t. Trump’s populism speaks to this real and emotional sense of economic and cultural displacement.
You’re more likely to feel that way if you’re old and white. Guilty on all counts.
I suspect that the reasons for my dissatisfaction may be different from those of many who feel that way. I’m unhappy with an America that’s always at war. I’m unhappy with an America in which the top 10% of income earners earn such large amount of the total income and possess such a large amount of the wealth. I’m unhappy with an America in which ordinary people see their lives as always being on the brink of disaster.
I’m uncomfortable in an America in which the nuclear family consisting of a man, a woman, and children is viewed as anything other than the norm. I’m uncomfortable in an America in which college students, rather than demonstrating for free speech, are demonstrating for restrictions on the speech of others.