Dear Trump Voters,
I would like to take a moment to try and understand how you arrived at your decision. I have many dear friends that voted for the is man. Many of them have petitioned me on facebook to "give him a chance!" These same friends honestly believe that I am just a sore loser. "you're just mad because our guy won! Accept it and let us have our win," they say.
I feel compelled now more than ever, to understand this thought process, especially from my friends. First of all, this is not the first time my guy lost, hello George W Bush! Though sadly, I would hug him right now if he would come back, but I digress. Secondly, at no point in the history of my life have I been so politically vocal about my disdain for a public official. So I must ask how it is that so many of you can see this reaction as one of "poor sportsmanship." After all these years, do you even know me? While this question may seem targeted and personal, I am not alone. This is a mantra being repeated by Trump voters and refuted by those who do not support Trump, now labeled "liberals." Something my husband, possibly one of the most unpolitical people I know, finds hysterical. He never in his life thought he would be the subject of any kind of political label or branding. He simply started watching the news AFTER the election and found himself scratching his head in shock going, "WTF, just happened to our country?" A few facebook posts expressing his shock and poof, like some form of liberal magic, he was transformed into a "MAINSTREAM LIBERAL TROLL." So again, I ask, did all these people we grew up with and spent years hanging out with, suddenly forget who we are? Then I realized, they must be asking the same question of me! I know that I have touched on this subject before, but It was not until the other day, that I think I found some answers in an unexpected place. I was on facebook and noticed a funny link, "Michael Moore supports Trump?" Being in the mood for a good laugh, I clicked. What I found was profound insight, funny source, but profound just the same. Michael Moore had recently found that Trump supporters had started to buy his movie "Trumpland" as a result of a misleading tweet. The tweet took a clip from the movie out of context and gave the appearance that he was sympathizing with the Trump voter demographic. The result was a huge spike in sales. He felt so bad that people were buying his movie under false pretence, that he asked to be invited to Fox news so that he could clear up the misconception. I tell you this story only because it is what lead me to an interesting discovery. Upon realizing that the misleading clip resonated with so many Trump voters, I could not help but know what Mr Moore could have said to touch so many of them. I, of course, had to see it for myself.
What I discovered was an interesting understanding of the Trump voter. Mr Moore had touched on the fact that Trump voters, many not all, are hard working formerly middle class Americans. People who have worked long hours often in blue collar jobs. They have struggled to make house payments, seen healthcare cost rise to unaffordable prices and even faced pay cuts or layoffs. These people have watched as companies have downsized and shipped their jobs overseas. They have watched welfare families enjoy better healthcare than they could ever afford. They often find themselves working well over 40 hours a week when they can get it ,just to make ends meet during the lean times. They have watched as wages and benefits regressed and expenses increased leaving them working class slaves to their employers. After all, what choice is there, really? Some pay is better than no pay. They have a family to consider. No matter how much they may love to walk into work today and tell them to take their cuts and shove it. They can't REALLY do it, not without putting their family on welfare or risking their mortgage. These are proud people who would near view themselves as slaves to anything, instead choosing to see themselves as Marines as they charge forward, adapting and overcoming every obstacle being thrown their way. The truth is, they and I are not so different in this respect. I too, the liberal troll, have suffered many of the same challenges. So how then did we end up in such different places on the political spectrum? If I am my brother's keeper, and we share the same burdens, how could we arrive a such different conclusions about the way forward? The answer is anger, and where that anger took root. For those Americans that felt Obama inherited a war weary, economically failing United States that rivaled only the Great Depression, your view of the last 8 years is substantially more forgiving than those who viewed Obama as the catalyst for America's decline. For voters who fall into the latter category, Trump offered a "yuge" political weapon of mass destruction. Trump rallies offered blame affirmation, and anti-establishment rhetoric that feed the angry appetites of disenfranchised working poor. As traditional establishment bodies of government and mainstream media warned against Trump, he skillfully embraced this as proof that he was an outsider force for change. He offered to dismantle the system that these voters believed had left them for dead. Trump voters began to see a way forward in the deep rooted belief that politics, in and of itself, was the clear enemy. By default, the political machine needed to be "deconstructed," a term Steve Bannon has used repeatedly, and Donald J Trump offered himself up as the suicide bomber of the working class. He offered to martyr himself on the political altar by calling out big business, big government regulation and trade policies as the enemy of the people. Voters desperate to be heard finally had a champion? A recent Facebook post touches on the specific promises Trump offered to blow-up as a working man's political grenade:
"Remember when the so-called President said he was going to donate his salary? Well he just accepted his second paycheck.
Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall? He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.
Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses? Changed his mind.
Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns? Changed his mind.
Remember when he said he wasn't going to go on vacation or play golf? 5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.
Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines? Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.
Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days? He still doesn't even have a plan.
Remember when he said he was going to appropriate money to HBCUs? He lied to get a photo-op.
Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders? His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.
Remember when he said he wasn't going to cut social security and Medicare? The Republican bill does just this.
Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign has any communications with Russian govt? 7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.
Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost? The AHCA that the GOP and 45 are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost."
So I must ask you now, do you still feel I should be a "better sportsman" and support "our president?" Do you honestly feel this man who hired a cabinet of wealthy unsympathetic billionaires that openly say things like,
" At the end of the day, it’s better for our national budget if cancer patients pass away more quickly, it’s a lousy way to live anyway, and I’m sorry to say it out loud, but it’s the truth,” --Tom Price http://uspoln.com/2017/03/17/tom-price-better-budget-cancer-patients- die-quickly/.
Is he really working to secure your interests? "Liberals are not the enemy. The media is not the enemy. Moderates are not the enemy. We are not taking things away from you. We are fighting for you even though you are not fighting for yourself. We are fighting for you even when rage and anger have left you blind to those who are doing you harm. We are your allies even as you rage against us, because at the end of the day, we are your neighbors and your friends. We share the same burden, and we seek the same quality of life for our loved ones. We want you to have good quality healthcare that won't put you in bankruptcy. We want you to earn fair wages with the prospect of enjoying your golden years in retirement bliss, not destitution. We want our children to flourish and thrive, and emerge from an educational system that leaves them empowered with the tools coveted by businesses throughout the global market. We long for them to begin their young lives free from the burden of student loans, free from the slavery of debt. We are the people who stand beside you in your fight for the American Dream.