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My personal choice for President was and remains to be Governor John Kasich of Ohio, but he got lost in the shuffle of an extremely crowded field—through no fault of his own—as far as I can perceive. I hope he runs again in 2020, for he has a marvelous record and his stated goals make more sense to me that any of the other candidates.
In the meantime, we have to deal with Donald Trump, and I must admit I'm having a hard time doing that. He made a lot of promises and it remains to be seen how patient we scufflers in the crowd will be with him.
What brought us to this sad juncture?
Many Americans in the great middle class, having lost faith in a government that failed to address widening inequality, see President-Elect Trump as their deliverer. For me, his many assertions are long on emotion and short on details. Having spent my life in the broadcasting/advertising business, I see many parallels in spinning straw into gold though salesmanship. Trump is a superb salesman of a product: himself.
So, in an effort to discover what convinced so many to vote for his electors, I began a search for answers. Along the way, I gleaned the following symptoms from a six-page compilation that originated with Daniel Greenfield. (Footnote below)* Take from it whatever you wish, but it is safe to say that no one speaks to the middle-class angst better than does Donald Trump.
"This wasn't an election. It was a revolution. Fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down— even though the media told them it was useless—even while the chattering classes laughed and taunted them. They were the fathers who couldn't feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn't afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons and daughters who didn't see a future for themselves. They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.
"Who were these people? They were the leftovers in flyover country. They didn't have bachelor degrees and many had never set foot in a Starbucks. They were the white working class. They were told they didn't think right and talk right; that they had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.
"They were told that the future belongs to the urban metrosexual and his dot com, not to the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico. They were told that they couldn't change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable.
"Instead, they got in their pickup trucks and drove to their polling places.
"No one will ever interview all those fifty million men and women. We will never see their faces. Still, they arose and came to a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible.
"America is a nation of impossibilites. We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them it couldn't be done.
"Midnight has passed. A new day has come, and everything is about to change."
(I certainly hope for the better, Mr. Greenfield.)
*Daniel Greenfield is a journalist and blogger who writes for the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a politically conservative "think tank," founded by civil rights activist Horowitz and publisher Peter Collier.
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