Thursday, November 10, 2016
POSTMORTEM 2016 ELECTION
All the news programs are thinking conventional, politically accepted reasons for the Trump blowout. They are ignoring the elephant in the room.
Most rank and file Republicans see the Democratic voters as elitist and it doesn’t help when news programs start expressing Democratic electorate as college educated vs Republican non-college educated electorate.
The fact is, that a good percentage of Republican voters are poorly informed and somewhat fact free – these people gravitate toward the Republican Party.
After the announcement that Trump had exceeded the 270 electoral College vote a reporter asked one of the women celebrating what a Donald Trump presidency would mean. The woman answered that he will give our country back. The reporter asked what that meant and she was stumped, then answered: he will make America great again and give us back our freedom. She had no idea of Trump’s policies.
The Democratic and Republican Parties are almost equal in registered voters, with the democrats usually exceeding by one or two percent.
However, around thirty-five percent of eligible voters do not vote. Many of these are elderly or infirm, many are young people just out of high school and some feel not accepted because of race or poverty; but a goodly number are poorly educated white red necks living at or near the poverty level who fly their rebel flags or American flags, are racially prejudice, love their guns, feel superior to women and view neither party as something they can identify with. They look at Hillary Clinton as uppity bitch, and Mitt Romney a rich asshole. These dropouts don’t speak the same language or think the same as the people put up for election by either party – so they don’t vote.
Until Donald Trump.
The garbage Trump spouted connected with this group and they attended his rallies, registered and voted, some for the first time.
Reporters keep referring to the lack of jobs and the anger of middle class white men as the excuse for Trumps win, without addressing the point that a good percent of this country are not bright and easily manipulated, and they vote Republican and a new disenfranchised group has joined them. Particularly in this election many of the most extreme elements were tapped into and motivated by Trump’s outlandish behavior.
Like Brexit, most of the Trump supporters have no idea the consequences of what they have done.
What can Democrats do?
Probably nothing: you can’t fix stupid.
But perhaps it is time to go back to ZEN and take a breath.