UNITED NATIONS – The Democratic National Convention ended with fireworks and balloons.
It’s all over except for the polling. We’ll see if the American people add their voices to the cheers that filled the hall in Philadelphia.
Donald Trump took the lead after his Cleveland convention.
The Democrats face serious challenges in trying to repeat Trump’s coup.
They have to contend with a candidate who is disconnected from the party’s base and a message that is disconnected from reality.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama derided Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” by telling the audience America is already great.
That’s a hard sell in battleground states where former factory workers haven’t had a decent-paying job in decades.
The morning after the DNC party, the Commerce Department put the lie to all the happy talk on stage. It revealed the U.S. economy remains in a persistent funk. Second quarter growth was an anemic 1.2 percent, following an uptick of less than 1 percent in the first quarter.
Investments by households and businesses dropped at the highest rate in seven years.
Corporate spending on plant and equipment dropped by 2.2 percent after an even larger decrease the previous quarter.
Spending on everything from factories to shops to oil rigs has increased in just one quarter since the end of 2014, Bloomberg Business news reports.
Who needs numbers? One need look no further than northeast Philadelphia to see the deeper problem facing Democrats in the fall.
Nabisco shut its landmark bakery in northeast Philadelphia, axing hundreds of workers who made Oreos and other products under Nabisco, Standard Brands and Kraft labels.
The global conglomerate that owns Nabisco decided to make Oreos in Mexico instead of the U.S., prompting Donald Trump to boycott Oreos.
And it’s the Clintons who are responsible for NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which set the table for Nabisco, Carrier and other companies to move to Mexico, destroying the livelihoods of countless Americans along the way.
This is not lost on large numbers of the very voters Democrats rely on to win elections.
Bernie Sanders supporters and trade union members oppose the globalist trade deals like the TransPacific Partnership, TPP, which have decimated their communities, and they know the Clintons support them.
You could see that inside the convention hall. Democratic Party bosses played whack-a-mole with the “No TPP” signs delegates brandished every time Hillary and other corporatist Democrats – including Biden, Kaine and Obama – took the stage.
The Democratic Party is far more divided than the GOP, though the media did their best to cover it up.
Hillary tried to reassure Bernie’s people that she really, really means it – cross my heart, hope to die – when she says she opposes TPP.
But her efforts were all for naught when longtime Clinton confidante Terry McAuliffe insisted that despite anything Hillary says now, she will push the TPP after the election because “we got to build a global economy.”
Call them old fashioned, but Donald Trump and the American people are more interested in building the American economy than building the global economy.
And this is the critical disconnect between Hillary and voters.
The Democrats have chosen the poster girl of globalism as their candidate at the very moment the American people are rejecting that discredited ideology.
Donald Trump vows to replace the globalism of the transnational elites with a policy of Americanism that puts the United States and its citizens first.
To the Americans who have been left behind in the forced march to globalization, Donald Trump says, “I am your voice.”
But Hillary Clinton is a card-carrying member of the global elite.
She will try to deflect attention from her own disqualifications by waging a scorched-earth campaign of calumnies and character assassination against Donald Trump.
“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it,” said William James, the father of modern psychology.
Hillary Clinton is relying on the wisdom of William James to win.
But 101 days from now, after the votes are counted, Hillary will remember the words of W.C. Fields: “I’d rather be in Philadelphia.”
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