A while back, I wrote a post saying that conservatives are like vampires. In that, I pointed out that like the classical movie vampires, conservative voters are unable to see themselves in the mirror. After the 2016 election, and through the first 6+ months of the Trump administration, I’ve come to realize just how true that is. I’ve had to listen to the rhetoric, the news reports, and lord knows I live in an area that went 2:1 for Trump and hear it every day. Since they refuse to look the mirror, I thought I’d tell them what they’d see.
As is the usual at this time of year, my time for blogging shrinks to virtually zero. I only get home for two days of the week, and most of my time is spent getting ready to go back out to the field. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the political news – and yes, I have some firm opinions on them, even unprintable ones. So, what’s this post about?
There was a Republican candidate who touted his business success as a qualification for office. During the campaign, a number of unflattering facts came out about his past, and his reaction was to attack the press for it. He made quite a number of outrageous statements, rude suggestions, and frequently issued threats. That he was actually the Republican Party’s candidate was a source of astonishment not only to Democrats, but a large number of establishment Republicans. Am I talking about Donald Trump? No, that was back in 2010, when the candidate for governor here in NY was Carl Paladino. Donald Trump was him 6 years later, on the national stage, and it’s no surprise that Paladino was one of biggest supporters here in New York.
Reading through the news over the past month, I’ve seen a lot of stories about worried people. Texas ranchers are facing difficulty in getting loans, farmers in the South and California are wondering if they’re going to be able to harvest their crops, thousands of people in coal country are worried about losing their health insurance, and farmers in the plains are concerned about losing export markets. Yes, they’re facing real problems, and they’re not happy. But here’s the thing: They all voted for Donald Trump and for Republicans for Congress.
After much press and campaigning, the Democratic National Committee elected a new chairman, Tom Perez. His main opponent, Keith Ellison, accepted the position of vice chair, and the overall message from the two of them was “unity.” Like clockwork, the “real progressives” promptly started whining about how the party “hadn’t learned its lesson,” and spent time on the internet and press complaining. What makes this annoying is some of the statements are from people who should know better.