Some folks are still mystified that Donald Trump became president. Millions think Hillary was a lock. What made the difference?
Sure, Hillary won the overall popular vote, but only because far left liberal Californians voted lock-step for Hillary, giving her 3 million more votes than Trump in that state. Outside of California, Trump won the popular vote by a million. He also won 60 percent of the states, 30 to 20. He also won many of the Midwest industrial states that normally vote Democratic. And he won the electoral college vote handily. Trump clearly out-campaigned his opponent.
But why? Trump had no political experience. He was brash and blunt, even to the point of insulting to his republican counterparts. Many of his comments, though taken out of context were deemed racist, though they were actually not. The music and movie industry made asses of themselves insulting and threatening Trump. Certain left-wing Democrats began a vitriolic hate campaign against Trump, often with false accusations, that continue to this day.
Why did he win?
In a nutshell, he wasn’t for sale.
Most politicians, including Hillary and no doubt many Republicans, work within a no-choice system where – to be honest – they are bought and paid for. That’s what campaigning, lobbying and fund raising is all about, accepting millions from private and/or corporate donors to gain support…and power. It’s corruption, by necessity. Call it legal bribery. Whether it’s the pharmaceutical industry, gun lobbyists, manufacturing companies, unions, and so on, we’re talking about advanced support for future favors.
Most politicians must pander for support from constituencies and provide quid pro quo to keep the money rolling in, integrity be damned. The syndrome is notorious in both major political parties, which is why many folks have splintered into Independent or Libertarian modes. These people may be registered republican and/or democrat, but in truth, they are making up the new silent majority.
According to The Center for Responsive Politics, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tops the long list of big contributors. Mega-millions of donation dollars have come from utility companies, insurance companies, AT&T, Boeing, realtors, Comcast, Amazon, hospitals, the American Medical Association, and et al. Even more frightening are politicians who deal with foreign government representatives thereby leaving themselves vulnerable for pay-back expectations.
Then there’s Hillary. Quoting from an article in the N.Y. Times, (8/20/16); The Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that the State Department — before, during and after Mrs. Clinton’s time as secretary — criticized for their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues. The countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Brunei and Algeria.
As of December 31, 2016, according to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton raised twice as much as Trump in her campaign. ABC News reported on the statistics for each campaign with interesting results. Clinton: Total fund raisers – over 350, Trump — just over 50; Cost of TV Ads: Clinton $253 million, Trump $93 million.
Donald Trump is an extreme exception from the political norm. Already a mega-billionaire, he made it clear that he used much of his personal fortune to run his campaign, although contributions still came in. While he enjoys support from people, his fans appreciate the idea that he is not a bought and paid for politician. He owes no one. How rare is that?
Trump is not molded from the same block of clay as we generally see in political office. Yes, he stumbles over his words sometimes and tweets comments that some find offensive, but the bottom line is that he has the best interests of the nation in his heart, not the best interests of donors.
Trump is certainly an egomaniac, but so what? Anyone who is hell bent on being a president, must be an egomaniac. If his bold policies and leadership on the domestic and international stages can further the economy, improve opportunities for Americans and rebuild our status in the international arena by establishing peace through strength, I’ll take him in a heartbeat over any other politicians whose integrity may be for sale.
I like the idea that he challenges the United Nations. I like his unwavering support of Israel who still manages to survive being surrounded by Jew haters. I like that he is ready to pull out of treaties that are not in the best interest of America. It is wonderful that ISIS has been devastated in one year, sending a clear message to other potential enemies. I like knowing when he draws a red line, it will have meaning. I like his approach toward rebuilding businesses in the homeland, benefitting Americans. I like seeing all the economic indicators flourishing. And, I like his sense of patriotism.
Since the morning after the election, until this day, he has faced unfathomable battering by opposing politicians and media. The headwinds of political hatred, have presented enormous obstacles to doing his job. But he keeps on trudging. And, as we have recently learned, some of that hatred stems from the FBI hierarchy and holdovers from the Obama team.
I don’t like everything he says. Whatever is in his brain comes out his mouth. That may be worrisome, but it’s also refreshing. I question some of his policies. He is certainly imperfect. He may be bold and brash, but we never have to wonder what he’s thinking. Most impressive, he’s not for sale.
That’s an anomaly.