Seeing all those complaints about the outcome of the American election, the comments on President-elect Trump’s intelligence capacities, and most of all the degrading comments about the American people and voters who have chosen a new path – liberating themselves from a cage of political ideologists – I have to tell you that in my opinion the only ones to blame are the Dems and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) allowing
the pre-election to be rigged and manipulated; declaring Clinton the winner over Sanders; the Dems’ candidate Hillary Clinton herself, and her way of dealing with (state) issues and money.
Looking at the public perception of the Clinton clan and Hillary in particular: Clinton simply was the worst candidate the Dems could have come up with, and support her with the vast majority vote of the so-called “super delegates” (which in its own way is a very questionable thing in a democratic party…).
This system of super delegate vote is nothing else than a chance to keep the control of the party in the hands of the establishment (exactly what Trump was fighting very cleverly against from day one). So he used what the DNC was presenting to him on a golden platter: an opportunity to win!
Therefore, the blame shouldn’t be on the voters, and on Donald Trump who – obviously – did what he needed to do to beat Hillary, and win this uphill battle not only against his direct opponent and her dirty tricks (for example the manipulation of all TV battles by having a mole within CNN who provided her the questions upfront), but against ALL political lobbies (weapon lobby, financial lobby etc…) and the entire media – who had him losing in basically all polls –, and last but not least all the (foreign) money supporting and given to her by for example (her weapon deals buddies from) Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar and the Soros foundation.
Describing political and social problems in real words and not in political phrases or ideologies is neither a sign of stupidity nor a sign of (right-wing) populism – something the career politicians love to use to label competitors –, it’s a sign of understanding how the world has changed, and what people are seeking in a leader these days. And populism is anyway not the right word to describe politics or political visions which want to change structures and increase benefits for society by increasing the number of people in labour (taxpayers).
The times of career politicians with no “real life” background and experience are coming more and more to an end. If political parties and their leaders don’t realise this and adapt, they will fail. We don’t need politicians who seem to “know” everything because they can talk hours about it. A business leader also doesn’t know everything in detail in his company or business, nor can he do all the jobs himself.
But he/she needs to be a leader with a vision, management and leadership skills. A country is in principle nothing else; the only difference is that some countries are running on so much debt that a normal enterprise would be bankrupt a long time ago.
But for the Dems this was not the main problem because they had the choice in Bernie Sanders – a candidate who understood the need of the people as well, and who could voice himself very well among all parts of the American population and society –, just not within the party establishment (so actually in that respect very similar to Trump).
And therefore it is no surprise that Sanders offered his support to Trump! If the DNC nomination and the election process would not have been manipulated and decided by the establishment, and the voters manipulated by the media – who labelled Sanders a communist because he was going against banks and financial institutions –, the main supporters of Clinton (another nice label from career politicians by the way), Trump would have had a much harder time to win this election because Sanders – like Trump – was able to motivate non-voters and non-party members (and these mainly abstained because they were not willing to vote for Clinton).
The main problem was that the candidate Clinton (and the stories of her husband) for many known reasons was not electable for at least half of the country, and therefore it is not the right approach to call voters who have had enough of her, and the political structures in the US, dumb or idiots. In fact Republican voters as a percentage of the American population are in a big majority taxpayers, and therefore the backbone of the national economy.
If a party and all the associated media fail to listen to their needs and fears, and support the wrong choice of candidate and even help her in the case of CNN to give her an advantage in the TV battles, then it is not the fault of the opposing candidate Trump to realise how to defeat her and utilise on that.
And by the way it is also not the fault of Assange – who sits for years in a “prison” because of Clinton/Obama ignoring even the UN ruling on the situation – to tell the world what he knows from Clinton’s emails. She should have kept them on a state server, so she shouldn’t blame people for leaking the truth about her.
Time will tell if Trump has real solutions. But to call him dumb or less intelligent because he does not speak and behave like a career politician, but instead he speaks the language of the people, understands their needs and gives them a vision; is wrong because it’s not dumb. It’s actually very clever.
And I remember how people were very upset when Ronald Reagan was elected the first time and they labelled him Cowboy and Actor because he was not enough of a career politician for the establishment… There were demonstrations against him everywhere in the world… and then he was elected the second time around and people loved him!
Besides that, they shouldn’t label voters or states as dumb because they always vote Republican; even some of the Dems’ so-called firewall states (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania), and all swing states voted in majority for Trump.
In addition, not only white males but 40% of female voters (53% of white female voters) voted for Trump. And more importantly – because it shows the perception of Clinton among her own strongholds – fewer Latinos voted for her than four years ago for Obama! And actually 35% (!!!) of the Latino population voted for Trump, too.
So if you analyze the elections and post about it on any social websites then please do it right and don’t blame Trump or the Americans who voted for him, blame the Dems and Clinton for poor judgment, wrong choice of candidate, manipulated party nomination, rumors about corruption and unclear sources of finance, etc.
In the end, according to exit polls, the election result seems to have been more about the clear backing of America’s white and wealthy voters for Trump – including white graduates and white female voters – and less about being purely a revolt by poorer whites left behind by globalisation, who did indeed turn out in greater numbers for the Republican candidate than in 2012. His victory also relied on the support of the middle class, the better-educated, and the well-off!
– White voters, who make up 69% of the total, voted 58% for Trump and 37% for Clinton.
– Non-white voters, who make up 31% of the electorate, voted 74% for Clinton and 21% for Trump.
– White men opted 63% for Trump and 31% for Clinton; white women voted 53% for Trump and 43% for Clinton.
– Among non-college-educated whites, 67% voted for Trump – 72% of men and 62% of women.
– Among college-educated whites, 45% voted for Clinton – 39% of men and 51% of women (the only white demographic represented in the poll where the former secretary of state came out on top). But 54% of male college graduates voted for Trump, as did 45% of female college graduates.
– More 18- to 29-year-old whites voted for Trump (48%) than Clinton (43%)
– Compared with Obama four years ago, Clinton underperformed with black and Latino voters generally, winning 88% of the black vote overall, against Obama’s 93%, and 65% of the Latino vote, against Obama’s 71%.
Those are the facts.
And that it was a vote against Clinton and the government and their way of dealing with the country in whole is underlined by the fact that not only was Trump successful, the Republican Party won/kept the majority in both the Congress and the Senate. So clearly many many things and political decisions in the last eight years of Obama/Clinton government were seen, and evaluated, as wrong.
So please have some respect for the American people (and not everything which is created by someone and flooding around the internet and Facebook is either correct and/or funny).
Will Trump be a good president? Nobody knows today! But the people elected him! Also, for sure he knows how business works, he will have advisors at his side, and if he picks more people such as Rudy Giuliani – who cleaned NY like no other mayor before or after him (if you knew NY before and after him being mayor, you’ll know what I mean) -, then I am personally not that afraid.
The election was a democratic process within the constitutional borders and election frame in the US and in all fairness should be accepted, and every president or leader should be evaluated AFTER you see his or her actions and behavior in office (which is actually another reason why Clinton lost)!
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