It had never occurred to me, but now it’s clear. It came from two disparate sources, Michael Moore and Genn Beck, at exactly the right time. A time in which I and millions of others (I suspect) are at the end of our patience with listening to an endless stream of electioneering lies and blather to the point that it is becoming nearly meaningless.
First it was Michael Moore, talking about millions of Americans, many in the rust belt, who feel betrayed by the system, and who will be voting for Donald Trump because they believe he will blow up the process that has shown them nothing but neglect. These people are desperate and they don’t care what the New York Times reports about Trump’s taxes. Desperation will do that to you.
These folks are not among the grass-fed beef eating and educated “elites” who will be voting for Clinton. These people are our neighbors who need to go fishing and hunting to put protein on their tables because they can no longer afford the price of groceries. They are living from paycheck to paycheck or with no paycheck at all and they feel overlooked and neglected, cut off from an elitist process that favors the wealthy. So they will vote for Trump, because he promises to blow up the process. Because with America’s new class system the process is leaving them behind, opening the door for an extremist (possibly someone with unacceptable ties to Russia who refuses to release his tax records) to get elected as our next American President. Even that will be better than what they now do not have. Or so they think.
That was Michael Moore’s thesis, except for the part about a disenfrancihsed electorate opening the door for tyranny to sieze the White House. That part came from Glenn Beck, who, almost totally (as hell froze over), agreed with Michael Moore. All of it struck me this morning, as I had just finished reading an excellent piece in The Guardian entitled “Hidden Faultline” How Trump v. Clinton is laying bare America’s class divide.”
David Smith’s story, profiling some of my fellow Marylanders, paints the picture for those of us who still don’t get it regarding the divide between educated organic food eaters who are logically (they think) voting for Clinton, and all those others who think that almost anything, including Donald Trump, will be better than a continuation of the broken government we already have.
This dear friends, as Glenn Beck has pointed out, is how tyrants come to power. Which could very well happen, unless we all pull together to demand a more representative government, one that can be trusted to look out for the best interests of all Americans, and not just a priviledged class. On this point, I fear, Mrs. Clinton is dropping the ball. Reforming the broken, bought off and generally bribed to death federal government she has been a part of for so long is the elephant in the room. We need to recognize that it’s there before it steps on us all. Sending Bernie Sanders out to plead with politicially exhausted Americans to vote for Hillary because Trump is unacceptable may not be enough. One gets the feeling that Bernie’s real conviction is that Hillary is still too much of an insider. Too much of a Wall Street moderate Republican in Democrat’s clothing to deserve a full-throated Sander’s endorsement. Just more of the same old, same old politics as usual, and Bernie’s supporters know it. It’s why they aren’t tripping over one another to throw their support to Mrs. Clinton.
We should not be heading into an election with (by some estimates) 40% of the electorate prepared to rise up in anger if their guy loses because they have lost all faith in the American political process. If their side loses, they will be sure it was because the fix was in with the result assuring that they will remain locked in a lower class. Doomed to pay their fair share of taxes while the uber-wealthy, like Mrs. Clinton’s Wall Street buddies, dodge their tax responsibilities with tax code hustles, corrupt banking practices and offshore accounts.
This cannot be sustained at a time when Vladimir Putin is positioning himself to take advantage of our division by hacking out our electronic guts.
Our politics have let us down. We appear to be on the brink of something very, very bad. On the other side of the equation is the thought that if Glenn Beck and Michael Moore can be in agreement on anything then perhaps, just perhaps, we might get through this madness in one piece. If only someone can show enough leadership to heal our class divide. Clearly, Donald Trump, with his border wall, racial fearmongoring and derogatory comments about women and the disabled, is not that person.