But America is Already Great and so she fell, taking us with her

A more reasonable analysis of “What Happened”  September 13, WAPO

“Another reason these Obama voters defected to Trump is that they kept hearing from Clinton and the Democrats how great the economy was doing. Yet, according to Priorities USA Action, “50 percent of Obama-Trump voters said their incomes are falling behind the cost of living, and another 31 percent said their incomes are merely keeping pace with the cost of living.” When Clinton touted Obama’s economic progress, she seemed hopelessly out of touch.”

I remember well the sickening feeling I experienced during the Democratic National Convention each time a speaker proclaimed that America was already great and doing well, thinking that there were a good number of very angry–justly angry–people in the country who were suffering while those speaking were experiencing a prosperity shared by a relative few, amongst them the anointed candidate and many members of the democratic party leadership.

It was the party atmosphere at the convention, the celebratory nature of the event that galled me and caused me to think about how many people would be alienated by the claims being made about our nation’s good health as indicated by a growing prosperity fueled by entrepreneurship, this when wages for wage workers were stagnant, even those working for the prosperous entrepreneurs, many of them actually thrown out of work through application of the innovations these entrepreneurs were selling to cut production costs with technology, technology that was replacing workers with machines.

I thought that there would be a good many who would hate the message and those delivering the message and that Trump’s lies would gain power in contrast with the everything is so much better refrain consistently delivered by those who were nominating a candidate to oppose him.

So, I find this article to be one that all who are opposed to Trump and who are looking for whom to blame for the debacle that is his presidency an important one to read and to think about until it hurts, to think about with a degree of honesty, enough to get past the blame others than the current democratic party and its leaders kind of thinking that pretends to greater tragedies down the road.

By lafered

Retired professor of education concerned with thoughtfulness

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