Two very interesting and thought out articles. READ BOTH to get a better understanding of Trumpland, the problems with Democrats and the BIG PROBLEM with the system. And looking at some of the people that Trump wants to put in his cabinent seems like the SAME OLD SHIT and back to trickle down economics. I hope I am wrong and hope that Donald sticks to his one winning promise which is to build up this country’s infrastructure, which we need badly and would create good paying jobs.
But my fellow liberal Democrats, stop calling ALL Trump supporters racist, not all of them are. And not so peaceful protesting, which was seen in Oakland California, is BULLSHIT (as is saying “Not my President”, unfortunately he is our next president, whether you voted for him or not). Hell, I am not happy at all that this con artist and egomaniac won, but he did. Trump did not steal the election, he won it fair and square and he won it because not enough Hillary or Obama supporters came out to vote.
AND Republicans, if you are planning to repeal Obamacare, which helped to get 20 million people health coverage (and that includes many Trump supporters), eliminated that horrible “existing conditions” bullshit which stopped many in the past from getting insurance, then YOU better have a plan that works and covers all those people before you tear down a program and have either nothing in place or something worse. AND for you folks who supposedly voted for change and did not want the status quo, here are a few name for a possible Trump Cabinet: Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gringrich, Chris Christie, a Goldman Sachs former executive, Steven Mnuchin (you folks complained about Clinton speaking to executives at Goldman Sachs), Myron Ebell, a climate change denier to head the EPA (WHAT THE FUCK), retired Lt. General Michael Flynn as Secretary of Defense (the same person who clapped along with crowd at a Trump Rally that chanted “Lock her Up”, Sarah Palin (seems that brains are not necessary for a position in the Trump Cabinet), to name a few. SOUND LIKE THE SAME SHIT and a HUGE GROUP of elitist (just ask Sarah Palin, how much money she has made since she was VP nominee). So is that the kind of change you wanted folks, because you have been sold a bad bill of goods by the biggest con artist in American history and you will pay the price down the road.
From The Daily News:
I love my brother in Mississippi, even though he is the reason why Donald Trump is President.
My brother is white, and, at 57, a year younger than I am. He has an engineering degree and a job with state government. His son and daughter, my nephew and niece, are in college near the rural home where we grew up. They voted for Trump, too.
They have never cared about politics but, like many other Americans, they cared a lot Tuesday, for the first time.
They are not angry people. They are not hidden or hiding. They just feel ignored and forgotten, ironically, in the same way many people of color, Muslims and LGBTQ people feel.
My teenage daughter and I spent two weeks this past summer in Mississippi with my brother in the house where we were raised. He and I shared stories about our families and our lives over several early-morning cups of coffee before he headed out for work. When I was younger, I never hesitated to tell him he was wrong about something and why, and he always expected it during our talks.
Our father died when we were both in our teens. In 2010, our mother passed away. With just the two of us, I stopped fighting about politics during holidays and vacations. I just wanted to listen to him, look at him and get to know him better.
So, over coffee one morning, I asked why he supported Trump, and this is what he said:
“Neither party cares about me. These Republican leaders here in Mississippi, they are the elite. In Washington, they just care about the rich. The Democrats just care about immigrants, blacks and Muslims. . . . Don’t get me wrong. I don’t oppose immigrants, but I am worried about letting people into this country without really understanding who they are.
“We need to pay more attention to Christians and their beliefs. . . . We are ignored now. They say on television we have been forgotten. I guess that’s right. . . . Hillary Clinton seems smart and capable, but I don’t trust her because she is part of the past. I don’t think it’s because she’s a woman.
“I’m 57 years old and I haven’t saved a dime for retirement. I can’t get ahead, but I am better off than most. Where are the good jobs? Where are the industries? They are overseas. Trump wants to bring them back. . . . I know he is no moral compass, but who among the elite political types are?
“For the first time, I feel like someone is speaking for me and listening to me.”
I am not interested in turning white Trump supporters into martyrs or sages. Embedded in my brother’s comments are decades of racism and bigotry that, in some ways, are unique to Mississippi but, in most ways, are common to the entire country.
At the same time, a high bar should be raised before calling someone a racist or a bigot or a sexist. Trump surpassed the bar. I don’t believe my brother does.
I do believe too many Americans choose to separate themselves from people who are not like them, leading to an inability to empathize. This is as true for liberals as for conservatives, for Democrats as for Republicans, for me as for my brother.
Separation is the only explanation for this surprise victory. Both parties, the news media and pollsters separated themselves from a healthy proportion of Trump’s supporters, as well as African-Americans and Latinos, who did not turn out as all of the aforementioned expected.
The party of Abraham Lincoln and the party of Franklin Roosevelt once spoke to the working classes of all races. With all his flaws, Bill Clinton had moments of pure genius bringing together people of all colors, shapes and sizes.
Those days have been over for a long time — not because George W. Bush was a bad, bad guy or Barack Obama didn’t try, but because the political apparatus is too entrenched and divisive and, more often than not, spews useless noise.
Perhaps it’s time we spew less and listen more.
Hinton is chief strategy officer at the communications firm Fenton.
But I must linger there for a while. The Democratic Party has mastered lying to itself and its core constituencies. It claims a progressive identity, but is as moderate and lukewarm as it has ever been on so many issues that matter to everyday people. It claims to be tough on Wall Street, financial corruption and white collar crime, but is awash in donations from lobbyists and executives in the industry. Democrats claim to be the party of working people, but so often seem to be deeply out of touch with their problems and needs.
The Party is nowhere near anti-war, but wants the undying support of peace activists. It claims to love the environment, but has spoken against the Dakota Access Pipeline with the strength of a gnat with one missing wing. Its strongest voting blocs are people of color. The overwhelming majority of white people, including women, voted for Trump, but the party insisted on having an all white presidential ticket.
Until many of them were fired or replaced after the primary against Bernie Sanders, the senior leaders and puppet masters of the party were almost exclusively white as well. Of the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the Democratic Party, an embarrassing 1.7% of that went to contractors of color. Do the math, that means 98.3% of Democratic funds go to white businesses.
I could go on and on, but I’ll highlight one more terrible inconsistency within the party. Young people are the lifeblood of the Democratic Party. They are the idealists and dreamers. They overwhelmingly supported Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, but for the first time in recent memory, the clear and obvious candidate of young people was not the choice of the Democratic Party establishment.The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis. While the groundswell of grassroots support in its base is anti-police brutality, pro-environment, pro-immigrant, anti-war, pro-$15 minimum wage, for the legalization of marijuana, and strongly against the Dakota Access Pipeline — the party in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular, lack core convictions on all of these issues and it shows. I’d be that nearly every single activist and leader in each of those niche communities will tell you that they feel like strangers in the Democratic Party.
Although it already seems like ancient history, you must remember that the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, left in a shroud of scandal surrounding emails that were derogatory towards Bernie Sanders and only confirmed the anti-Bernie bias many of us knew existed for more than a year. Three other top officials from the DNC were fired for the very same thing.
Longtime Democratic operative, Donna Brazile, was brought in to replace Wasserman Schultz. It seemed like a smart move, but further email leaks have only showed us that she, too, was a part of the problem as she continually fed the Clinton campaign questions that Hillary would receive for debates during the primary. The move has all but eroded trust in her leadership from progressives who were already deeply skeptical of the party.
Before the Democratic primaries even began or any of the candidates had their first debate, Hillary Clinton and her team had already sowed up commitments from hundreds of career politicians to serve as her superdelegates — building her what often looked like an insurmountable lead. Even in states where Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by a landslide, party operatives routinely pledged their support to her anyway — all but ignoring the reality that Bernie was building the very type of populist movement that could have actually defeated Donald Trump.As we now see, this election was not about high-skilled political operatives, polls or even national campaign experience. Trump had none of that. This campaign was about large crowds, big events, momentum, tone and social media. Bernie did those things well. Bernie was the anti-Trump. Trump lacks integrity. Bernie is known for his. Trump is a shady billionaire who has stiffed tons of everyday people. Bernie has spent his whole life fighting for working class folk. Trump is a liar and Bernie is known for his straight-to-the-point honesty.
Hillary Clinton was an absolutely terrible matchup for Donald Trump. I said as much in May when every poll that was released showed Bernie crushing Trump, but Hillary consistently struggling against him. Time and time and time again, polls showed Hillary struggling against Trump. Instead of taking the time to truly understand them, expert pundits and pollsters opted to repeatedly dismiss the validity or methodology of those polls. Clearly, polls like the LA Times/USC poll, which consistently showed Trump ahead, but was widely dismissed as junk science as a result, were on to something.
But that was the M.O. of the Democratic Party from the time the primaries began until we were all gobsmacked by a Trump victory — dismiss all evidence that says anything other than Hillary Clinton was inevitable. But here we are.
The Democratic Party can no longer ride the coattails of President Obama. The Democratic Party truly needs to start over from scratch and put people at its core. It clearly has no idea what it’s doing and has, as a result, put us all in danger.