I recently read where a celebrity (will they ever get a clue) pointed out 75% of America did not vote for Trump, which is true enough but not completely honest. 75% of America did not vote for Hillary either.
Looking at the adult population total – 242,470,820 and that each candidate got roughly 60,000,000 votes (yes, I know Hillary got more, but I said ROUGHLY) there is the 25% for each and the 75% that didn’t vote for either.
Going into the election, it was obvious that each candidate had a lock on 20% of the vote (total between the two of 40% locked up) and that there 60% of the vote to be had to determine who won. Of that 60%, each candidate only managed to get 5 PERCENT of that 60%.
What did Hillary do? She appealed to the locked in base and rarely ventured beyond them, which was the big cities. She attempted, as she did in 2008, that she was invincible, that it was her due and if you selected her, you’d get your due and it would be more of the same, but with polish.
She forgot what 2008 meant – she lost. For me it was the deplorables comment. I wasn’t going to vote, but she shot her mouth off about people who are my friends who I know to be good and decent and I voted for Trump. It wasn’t what I wanted, but it was the decision Clinton made for me.
What did Trump do. He appealed to his base and then went out and expanded it by going everywhere and doing it several times. He drilled his message in and appealed to the disadvantaged that the Democratic Party had left behind with their, “we know what is best for you” attitude and put them out of work without any corresponding effort to create jobs and trusting to the market (liberals trusting the market, ha!) to put those people to work.
The 5% that elected Trump were DEMOCRATS tired of their party’s ineffectiveness and not thinking things through (or maybe thinking it through and the affects were deliberate) and not taking care of their people. The first rule of a good leader is “take care of your people” and Obama didn’t and they took Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s failings out on Hillary.
Hillary was no innocent and the Russians didn’t make those choices for her since being fired from the Watergate committee in 1973 and the repetitive mistakes that led to scandal after scandal since. It just took pointing out her character, which covered 40 years that she couldn’t be trusted. Clinton is a recidivist that can’t be rehabilitated.
Biggest mistake was handling the Sanders supporters and betraying them as soon as she had Sanders endorsement. The Sanders supporters were saying the same things about Clinton as did the right and they “voted” with their feet away from Clinton . . . . and worse for Sanders if he ever runs again for the feeling those supporters have of being sold out for gain by Sanders.
Ask those people about Obama, and his fellow Democrats, that he put out of work, why they voted as they did.
When voting, people vote emotions, like the Sanders supporters or they vote their pocketbook like the disaffected Democrats. The Sanders people, except the sheep, stuck to their beliefs and either didn’t vote or voted for Jill Stein.
The Democrats, that slim element, in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which gave Trump the win, voted their pocketbooks that ANY POLL should of caught. And Trump has delivered, doing more in one month then Obama did in 8 years, which has to be embarrassing and proves that Obama was never qualified to be president because he-just-couldn’t-deliver and never learned how.
Obama did prove that just anyone could be president and opened the door for someone like Trump.
So why the emphasis that the Russians defeated Clinton?
Everyone (the liberals at least) thought they had a “sure-thing” and, of course, they had to be cheated like all the losers throughout history that bet on a sure-thing and they cannot come to terms they cheated themselves by picking a better bet.
So, the future, what does it hold for the Democratic Party? There is the example of the Occupy: Wall Street movement, which imploded because everyone wanted to follow what they thought was the “right” goal and no one could achieve consensus – and you can already see this in the Democratic Party attempt to recover. You have gender rights, black rights, hispanic rights and all the other groups through the rainbow spectrum each attempting to gain control.
What do the Democrats need to recover? They need Donald Trump – a populist who can go out and do revival tent shows and drum up support from the doubters. But for Trump and any populist is the lesson of Huey Long.
Will Trump succeed? No. Will the Democrats succeed? No. The saying “empire follows the sun” is true, but it is not just America’s day in the sun that has passed, it is the whole planet. There is a new day coming, but a new dark age first. People’s greed made it so and that is the one thing you can count on.
So who did Hillary in? Partly herself, partly Obama, partly the Democratic National Committee. Each forgot that when you stick your head in the sand, people can still see that (you’re) ass.
If the Democrats want any legitimacy going forward, they will need to admit they lost and that it was their own fault, otherwise the cries of illegitimacy will come back to haunt them just like the Obama years already have.