We Have Failed

We have failed.

That is the message of the Trump campaign and his die hard supporters.

Hillary will win. Things will go on. Very little will be learned.

Trump supporters are viewed as the “basket of deplorables.” In a way this is not unreasonable given things the candidate has done and said. It also not in any way helpful in understanding the situation.

Why do these people support this idiot? Trump is an idiot that is clear. Everyone can see this. It is not lost on them. Why do they support him?

He seems like their idiot. This is not in any way true. It is however how they feel. People do not vote based on thinking. It is mostly about feeling.

What the hell are these people feeling to cause them to behave in such a manner?

Abandonment

It is that simple. We as a country have abandoned the people who live in the middle. They used to be the backbone of American prosperity. They used to have a decent paying job that could support a family. This job did not require a college education. It was fairly readily available. If you wanted to work hard, you could keep this job for 30 years and retire with a nice pension.

This was the American dream. It is dead as a doornail.

There are lots of reasons for it. These reasons are very complex. Even most people with college degrees do not really understand them.

I am reminded of Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride.”

Inigo Montoya: Offer me money. 
Count Rugen: Yes! 
Inigo Montoya: Power too, promise me that. 
Count Rugen: All I have and more. Please… 
Inigo Montoya: Offer me anything I ask for.
Count Rugen: Anything you want.
Inigo Montoya: I want my father back, you son of a bitch!

Trump supporters want their father’s times back. Count Rugen symbolizes the politicians from both parties that have their own agenda and do not pay much attention to the average American and their needs.

Politicians talk about main street. In the end they do very little to help. Part of the problem is it is not clear to them what would be effective. The other part is that the people who would be on the shorter end of this stick are their real constituents…. Donors.

Economic Rule #1 of non Urban Communities

****The money needs to stay home.*****

You cannot do business with Walmart and the other big box stores. This sucks the money out of your communities. Small business is the key to small town prosperity. You may save 5% or more at Walmart. It will eventually leave you without a job or an economy. It is false savings. It is like the story of the community celebration and the grape juice. If everyone is putting water in the grape juice, there is not going to be much of a party.

Currently because the money does not stay home, the people who decide the fate of your town and its economy do not live anywhere near you. They do not know you. You are not represented at their meetings. You do not count in any way. They are stock holders and high executives. They live on the coasts. Your suffering is at best an abstract notion of little or no importance. You have no means to hold them responsible for the sociopathic sorts of decisions they make to maximise profits. Your business leaders need to be part of your community and live in your community. If they do not, they are not your leaders.

The key issue in this election is that you cannot join with these guys. You cannot be on the winning side by joining with the perceived winners. They are still going to take the money and vacation in St. Barts without you. When they need to boost profits by closing a factory here and moving it to the far east, they will seek out their cocktail support group so they don’t feel bad. The quote I have heard time and again is “I know it is a shitty thing to do, but I have to do it.” The other guys nod sagely and agree that it had to be done. So the guy that just wrecked the economy of a small town in America for a 2% profit boost for the company and a 20% raise for him, perks up as it is clear from the reaction of his peer group that since he really didn’t have a choice, he really didn’t do anything wrong…. let alone deplorable.