Patrick Cage
10 min readJan 22, 2021

The Origins of White Grievance

Bully as entertainment

At the moment we develop an awareness of rules, we become mesmerized by those who violate them. If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the outlaw’s antics captivate us; the bolder his defiance, the greater our fascination. We secretly admire those who defy conventions and the rules that we ourselves feel compelled to follow, but that we in our hearts -despise. This fascination often includes a hero-worship of those who lie and distort reality, and those who are willing to wreak havoc. Reverence for the outlaw seems to be a part of the innate human personality. Who can deny that, even as school children, the hellion enthralled us, as did the bully who disrupted class, defied, and challenged authority? His occasional outbursts helped us get through the monotony of the school day. He provided entertainment without serious consequence. As adults, however, we are expected to abandon the ways of our youth and be guided by higher ideals — but some of us never reach this point.

In 2016 while on the campaign trail, Donald Trump talked about other candidates in ways that reminded us of our adolescence. He called the wives of candidates ugly; he described others as low energy, he mocked disabled people . During one of the debates with Hilary Clinton, Trump defied past practice by invading her personal space on stage while she was speaking. Later he began to refer to the former Secretary of State as…

Patrick Cage

Patrick B. Cage is a Labor Lawyer, and Author. His recent book, “Profound Secrets of Jesus and His Inner Circle.” Is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.