Fear and Arrogance: The Election of Donald Trump

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

Like most people, I’m still in a little bit of shock after the election results this week.  I’ve read a lot of articles and seen a lot of interviews, and I’ve found the backlash of this election to be highly entertaining, if not at all surprising.

I believe Trump’s election is the direct result of two things:  fear and arrogance.  More specifically, the fear of the Republicans and the arrogance of the Democrats.

The Republican Party, a.k.a “The Party Which Donald Trump Could Grab Groupies By”
The Republican Party has failed.  This is a party which idolizes Ronald Reagan, yet has rejected or watered-down every principle for which he stood.  We’re at the point where Republican politicians and Democrat politicians look a lot alike.

I’m looking at the GOP platform right now and it talks about things such as constitutional government, government reform, smaller government, etc.  In other words, all of the things the Republicans have completely failed to do.

Why?  Because they’re terrified to take a stand.

We (rightly) make fun of the “Snowflake” Millennials who need safe zones to protect their delicate little feelings.  Well, the GOP is the political party equivalent.  Republicans are terrified they’ll be bashed by the media and vilified by the political left.

Guess what?  It’s going to happen no matter what, so stop pandering.

You look at every Republican president and vice president we’ve had in the last 50 years and tell me which one was loved by the press.  Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41, Quayle, Bush 43 and Cheney were all ridiculed and/or demonized.  Granted Nixon deserved some of that, but he was no more crooked than his predecessor.  (I leave out Rockefeller because I honestly don’t remember him at all).

Why would any other Republican or conservative candidate expect to be treated differently?

Republican voters are tired of the GOP fielding weak and cowardly candidates.  They’ve been clamoring for a bold leader who would have the testicular fortitude to take on the left:  someone who is not afraid of the media, who doesn’t care about hurting people’s feelings and who is willing to call out politicians on their corruption, dishonesty and failures.

Like him or hate him, Donald Trump filled that role.

As much as Tuesday was a huge blow to the Democratic party, the GOP leadership should stand up and take notice.  Donald Trump – who isn’t even conservative – beat a bunch of Snowflake Republicans to get that nomination.  And the Republicans who lost their seats Tuesday were the ones who didn’t support him.

Hillary Clinton – The Middle Finger of the DNC
Hillary Clinton lost the election for one reason and one reason only:  she was the wrong candidate.  You can’t blame Comey.  You can’t blame the media.  Hell, you can’t even blame Trump.

Blame rests solely and completely with the Democratic Party.

Preparation for Hillary’s presidential campaign began when Bill Clinton was president.  The DNC got Nita Lowey out of the way so Hillary could take Giuliani’s senate seat.  When she lost to Obama in the 2008 primary, the DNC got her in as Secretary of State for Obama’s first term.  The next few years were spent building the biggest, most well-funded political machine the world has ever seen and that machine existed for the sole purpose of getting Hillary Clinton elected.

In the meantime:

  • People who were in financial crisis got to see Wall Street and the big auto makers get huge government bailouts.
  • Obama’s spending spree didn’t bring about the economic recovery he promised.
  • Millennials were shocked to find out there’s no such thing as a six-figure starting position, student loans have to be paid back and only their parents think they’re special.
  • The Democrats propped up the rhetoric of Occupy Wall Street to strengthen their own positions.
  • The reality of Obamacare hit people in the pocketbook like a $5,000 Band-Aid.

In steps Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders was able to tap into the discontent created by Occupy Wall Street, the failure of Obamacare, and the entitlement mentality and general neediness of Millennials.

Bernie Sanders was the voice of those his party had disappointed.  Like Trump, he was the guy who was anti-establishment and was going to shake up Washington and destroy the status quo.  He was The Revolution.

Not if Hillary had anything to say about it.

In using strong-arm tactics to secure the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton, the DNC fielded the one candidate who represented everything the voters had come to resent about politicians.  And in doing so, they gave a huge part of their base the middle finger.

This is where the Democrats were just as short-sighted and stupid as the Republicans.  Neither party recognized that voters are sick and tired of the political elite.  They’re tired of being lied to, lectured, ignored and trivialized.  They’re tired of special interest groups controlling politicians and politicians acting as if they’re above the law.  They’re angry about a health care plan so horrible the politicians who passed it made sure they wouldn’t have to use it.  They’re tired of shady deals and the absence of accountability.

Donald Trump got the Republican nomination because he was an outsider going against the political elite.  Bernie Sanders, had the nomination not been stolen from him, would have won the Democratic nomination because he was a revolutionary who was going against the political elite.

One has to wonder…. Would Sanders have beaten Trump?

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