Here’s who Middle America elected

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15 thoughts on “Here’s who Middle America elected”

    1. Read George Boardman’s Column today in the Union where he cites PEW media studies to explain how people end up voting against their own interest. There is no cure for it either as far as I can see.

    1. Weldon,
      Don’t fool yourself. The Donald would have you arrested in the lobby if you showed up at his place in your RV, like you did at the Bundy standoff. You got used.

  1. Thomas Franks wrote” Whatever Happened to Kansas” in 2004- around then anyhow. It specifically addressed why people vote against their own economic interest usually because of moralistic and religious issues. In our current case, the people were in some amazing way convinced that the person who lives in a gold tower is an advocate for the ordinary, common person and that the Demos are the elite. Drinking bad cool-aide.

  2. The word,”florid” applies both the the Trump lifestyle and Trump’s physical appearance.
    This is a billionaire with lower class personality and taste, reflecting absolutely nothing elegant or understated.
    Trump was simply not “born to the cloth”.
    Call it “Redneck Rich”.
    He is as inarticulate as the masses of disaffected folk who voted him in.
    He speaks their language.

    I would not wish the man or his family any harm, but I had a familiar prescient chill when I saw them all seated on their tacky golden chairs.
    They reminded me of the Romanovs at their last portrait sitting.
    Then there was the, “Let them eat cake.”, clip of Ivanka, coming off as vapid and dim in her cloistered reality.
    It also made me feel uncomfortable.
    I’m hoping it’s not prophetic.

    Abominable as Trump style is, I wish him well in his presidency and hope he delivers the “goods”.
    Otherwise, he will be out in four, and he will have suffered the greatest humiliation of his life.
    He knows this too, it’s written all over his face.

  3. Agreed, well stated, Judy. However, I think it’s optimistic to think that if Trump doesn’t deliver he’ll be out in 4. The neocons have a stranglehold on our country which was achieved by gerrymandering and voter suppression which is why the electoral college goes for the guy in the gilded suit when Hillary won the popular vote by almost 2 million. And, under the Trump administration it’s likely that more voters will be disenfranchised. Makes me sick to think like this, but I’m afraid it’s a reality.

  4. The Nation has an interesting perspective- “Death by A Thousand Cuts”-
    “It is these very voters—less educated, struggling to get by on low incomes—who will bear the brunt of unified Republican government under Trump. The GOP Congress may give Trump his “infrastructure plan,” but that looks like it will consist of a bunch of tax cuts for investors to sink into toll bridges and toll roads. It will definitely give him the rest of his huge tax cuts, but those are skewed toward those at the top and won’t bring much relief to the “forgotten men and women of this country,” as he promised when campaigning. If the GOP repeals the Affordable Care Act, as it’s vowed to do since it was enacted, many of these voters will lose their subsidized health insurance. Block-granting Medicaid and privatizing Medicare will dramatically increase these their economic insecurity. They’ll lose food stamps and Head Start slots. They’ll lose access to reproductive health care. They can forget about a hike in the federal minimum wage. According to one estimate, 20 million Trump voters will lose out on a big raise when Republicans kill Obama’s overtime rule. And if the GOP doesn’t get rid of it entirely, they’ll at least hobble the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which reined in the kind of predatory lending schemes that often indenture the working poor. It’ll be death by a thousand cuts.”
    https://www.thenation.com/article/struggling-white-voters-who-helped-elect-trump-are-headed-for-buyers-remorse/

  5. Trump has merely confirmed predictions concerning his modus operandi. As I posted many months ago, he thinks foreign policy is asserting he’ll kick some ass if he doesn’t get his way. He must be fought tooth and nail on most issues. Only way to beat a NYC thug with highly probably connections to the underworld and the world of Volad’ya Putin (possibly T’s Sugar Daddy.)

    And didn’t Conway, his campaign manager or spokesperson, warn people to watch what they said about trump?

  6. President elect Trump understands the masses.
    He really is a modern Julius Caesar.
    He also knows that if he doesn’t produce for his voting base, and fast, they will be about as loyal to him as Ramsey Bolton’s hounds to their “master”.
    In passing somewhere I heard someone observe that he is appointing the folks, for high positions, most likely to give him trouble, and who have given him trouble, especially during the campaign.
    Drawing these people close to him might be really smart.
    I am interested to witness their behaviors once they are locked into the POTUS’s orbit.
    The only question is, knowing that his opponent lost her bid for the presidency in the sectors that apparently count more than we thought, by not really listening to them, going forward will the new President listen, and to all off us?

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