I was born in what was then a deep blue state, into a Democratic family. Among my kin you were either a Democrat or un-American. As a youngster I asked my parents, “Why are we Democrats?” They answered, “Because Democrats are for the working people.”
My parents both worked very hard, and so I just accepted that. When I turned 18, I registered to vote and proudly voted in every election. I didn’t know anything about the issues, but I voted. When I became a parent, I began to study the issues and realized that Democrats were not what they seemed. They supported principles that undermined the working class, small-business owners and immigrants who wanted their shot at the American dream. As the years rolled by, these Democrats took policy positions that were, well, un-American.
Much to my chagrin, I discovered, that Republicans weren’t much better. Although, they talked a good ballgame about law and order, the free enterprise system and protecting the rights of the minority by defending the Constitution, they were afraid to make the case for these beliefs. They were gradually taken over by political correctness and were unwilling to fight for anything for fear of losing their precious seats in Congress and their small grip on what power they had left.
Donald Trump’s win was a victory for the forgotten working class: those people who plow the fields, stock the shelves, police our streets and make the trains run on time. Exit polls show that one of the defining issues was that voters wanted a “strong leader.”
Far from the Clinton blowout the media and the pundits expected, people seemingly came out of the woodwork to vote for Trump. In doing so, they kept the House and the Senate firmly in control of his party, which, frankly, didn’t deserve it. Now, all those GOP leaders finally will have to put up or shut up.
It is no secret that this country can control its borders if there is the will to do it. Long ago, Republicans made an unholy bargain with Democrats to keep the status quo. GOP leaders wanted to reward their big-business friends who wanted cheap labor, and Democrats simply wanted votes. Trump was right when he said that a country that does not control its borders is not a country.
Even Hispanics understand this. Almost a third of them voted for Trump despite the scare tactics employed by the Democrats and the Spanish language media. Hispanics, like all immigrants, sacrificed a lot to come here, and they, too, want their shot at the American dream.
Perhaps the largest single group energized by his campaign was evangelicals, who turned out in numbers we haven’t seen in decades.
Though Trump, in the early stages, showed that he had very little understanding of Christianity, he appeared to have gathered knowledge and an appreciation of this faith and its followers along the way. When he vowed to protect the Constitution, which guarantees religious freedom for all people, this awakened the downtrodden Christian juggernaut that supported Ronald Reagan and, to a lesser extent, George W. Bush.
In the end, we have a future president who seems to have matured late in life and especially on the campaign trail. Trump was humbled by the plight of the working class and the faith and trust it put in him. He clearly lacked the skills and polish of a seasoned politician, but gained knowledge of the issues and solidified his positions along the way.
Trump defeated a woman who based her campaign on dragging up his decades-old misdeeds and some of his early unvarnished remarks on the campaign trail. It was his past against her more recent unethical, if not illegal, behavior.
We eventually will elect a woman president, but one more deserving than Hillary Clinton. We simply will have no part in elevating a liar who stayed married to and enabled a man who was a serial womanizer and abuser in order to ride his coattails. Good riddance!
The best news of all: The jig is now up for all those Republican and Democrats in Congress who have pretended to work for the people who elected them for far too long while robbing us blind.
We gave the GOP control of the House of Representatives, where all spending bills must originate, but they blamed their lack of resolve on the fact that they didn’t control the Senate. We gave them control of the Senate, and they blamed the president.
Thanks to Donald Trump, the GOP now has complete control. There is no place left for those Republicans to hide!
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