It has amazed me how in four years’ time a rich man can suddenly be prime choice for so many. After all Mitt Romney could not hold a candle to Donald Trump in greed and exploitation of workers. Yet Trump is the man and Romney is not. [Trump has also made on various occasions made racist, misogynist, and made fun of a handicapped man.] But none of this has changed many of his supporters’ minds. Why is this? The American public is angry they tell me. At who: the first black president who led us out of a Great Recession? No Hilary Clinton and her corrupt ways. But why not Trump and his ties to Russia, Trump University, rape and sexual abuse charges, not paying his contractors, having his Make America Great Again hats made in China, non-payment of taxes, bankruptcy, deferment from military services, and on the list goes. The man who talks crass and smack and personifies greed is their man.
So what the hell is going on with the American public? The truth can be found in the fact that the only category of people Trump leads with in the polls are white men. And apparently they are not pleased with the tenure of the first black president and his potential replacement by the first woman president. ‘What the hell is wrong with America,’ they ask, ‘we need to make our country great again.’
Now they will argue that we want the economy that is making the rich richer and everyone else poorer to be fixed. So they would give this job to a man who stiffs contractors and poops on gold-plated toilets. That makes sense. Especially when he says tax the rich less and they will create jobs and donate to the cause of society. Of course Donald himself promises the moon in charitable donations but his rocket of charity resembles the North Korean missile falling far short of its target.
He will build a wall and protect us from the onslaught of immigrants. Maybe but less and less people are crossing the border of Mexico into the United States. Apparently when Mexico’s economy is doing okay they are more than happy to stay there. He will protect us from ISIS because he says Radical Islamic Terrorist and we all know if you repeat that term three times over a smoldering cauldron ISIS disappears. And on we could go for hours.
I cannot help but to return to white men disturbed in an age of change hemming and hawing their way forward and trying to buck the system that may allow women and people of color to have comparable power to them. To explain these various contortions of the American public thinking has to go through to support Trump. Clinton’s chief antagonists are men (although there are a few women) Julian Assange, James Comey and the FBI (eighty percent men), Rudy Guiliani, Newt Gingrich, and the KKK. All of these men or groups have had streaks of misogyny in their lives except the FBI but they are a testosterone driven agency. So they break rules and decorum to take down the great white woman hope. Of course they do; she is evil despite the fact that millions of hours to convict her of various crimes and misdemeanors have failed. Yea but there is her husband and although we admire and want women who stand by their men we criticize her for it. The good news in all of this? Whenever Hillary has actually been doing her job her approval ratings are off the charts. So vote for Hilary because if she wins and is allowed to do her job history says you are going to like it.