March 30, 2016
Theory: Utah rejected Trump because they already ARE Trump Nation — but for how long?
Columnist Michael Brendan Dougherty suggests Utah’s relative success as a society makes it impervious to Trump [Why Utah was impervious to Donald Trump, The Week, March 24, 2016]. While Trump attracts white voters facing social chaos, economic turmoil, the costs of globalization, and diversity, Utah remains overwhelmingly white (almost 90%) and prosperous, with low unemployment and high social cohesion. Utah also has a high fertility rate, making it a state where Steve Sailer’s concept of Affordable Family Formation is already in effect. Dougherty write: “Utah lags the rest of the nation in its diversity. But it is a low-crime, economically healthy state with stronger-than-average marriages.”
My emphasis! Shouldn’t the word “but” be changed to the word “so”? If diversity ever hits Utah, the social cohesion and strong values which so impress Dougherty will evaporate.