Almost everyone on the left side of the political spectrum is struggling to understand and explain the solid support behind President Trump.
Maybe this is why they have resorted to disparaging well over half of the country.
Yeah, I know, Hillary won the popular vote. There’s a reason that our elections do not turn on this number. Merely acknowledging the conditions in California today should make those reasons clear.
Despite over three years of horrifically dishonest and biased media coverage, a multimillion-dollar and wide-ranging special counsel investigation, and now “impeachment,” there seems to be no effect on his support.
To understand why this is happening, you must first look into the reasons for which he was elected. To understand those reasons, you must study the previous 50 years.
There is nothing special about me. I’m just a working-class guy and doing like most Americans, trying to live my life the best I can and as I wish. I don’t begrudge anyone their point of view or their choice of lifestyle. I expect the same.
Granted, 50 years ago, I was 14 years old. I wasn’t highly involved in politics, but I don’t remember a time when it did not interest me. I remember asking my parents and grandparents years earlier how the government could commit to expensive programs running into the future. I did not understand how things could keep piling on and remain affordable.
In the summer of 1973, before my senior year in high school, I was out of state, and my days were spent watching TV and playing pool. At that time, there were only three or four channels available, and every one of them was covering Watergate. I watched almost all of the public hearings.
Watergate, and the politics around it, only increased my cynicism towards big government.
At that point, I realized that the only way to correct the course of our government towards its intended purposes, and constitutional structure, was a disruptor.
That was the reason I voted for Jimmy Carter in my very first presidential election. He was somewhat of an outsider and promised the kind of change I felt was needed. We all know how that worked out.
From that experience, and after the second disruptor, Ronald Reagan, I further understood that it would be unlikely the disruptor capable of these changes would come from inside our politics.
I was disheartened because no one ever got elected unless they were quite experienced at kissing butt. Butt kissers are not genuinely committed to disruption. They always have their own, or their party’s political interests and power at the forefront of their actions. Their primary consideration is never wholly focused on the people.
This lack of focus is significant because our country
is made to run by the will of the people and
in the interest of the people.
Not the political class.
My concerns and observations went far beyond all of this. But, this brief explanation will help to frame my point.
When Donald Trump announced his candidacy, it piqued my interest. He was obviously not a politician and didn’t appear to be running for a political future. I thought it possible that he had the chops, but I did see how in the world he would ever get elected. Besides, I wasn’t sold that his presidential run was serious.
I did, however, look forward to the spectacle. At least, I thought he could disrupt the primary and debates forcing conversations long avoided.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Many American citizens share similar opinions to mine about the size and scope of our government.
Not to mention the elitist attitudes and corruption
As the primaries progressed, it became more and more evident that Trump was indeed serious. It also became more apparent that he did have the chops. It seemed a reasonably safe bet that Donald Trump would not be feathering his political nest.
And, on top of that, he self-financed his campaign. He owed nothing to anyone except the American people.
The other thing about Donald Trump that made him an entirely new type of candidate was the fact that we already knew him well. He has been a public figure his entire life. His bombastic and sometimes boorish personality can seem larger-than-life. His many successes and failures have been visible for all to see.
Most politicians, even those who have been around awhile, are people we don’t truly know. All we know is what they show.
Did you know anything about Barack Obama’s personal history and background? The Bushes were a bit more of an open book, but still, how well did you know them or any other candidate before you pulled the lever?
And that brings us to the point.
The support for President Trump is about as bulletproof as any politician could ever hope to have. Unless you are only capable of viewing the world from your singular perspective, the reason for this should be quite apparent.
Donald Trump is still Donald Trump even though he’s President Trump. Unlike other politicians, there is no mask
He can be brash, confrontational, all of those things that people say are “un-presidential.” That’s just who he is and how he works.
Whether you agree with his policies or not, he is making every effort to keep each promise he made on the campaign trail. Again, unlike any other, and I do mean any other politician who has held this office in the last 50+ years.
If you’re still having trouble understanding Donald Trump’s support, let me give you the elevator speech version.
The reason Donald Trump’s support is unflappable is simple; he’s doing the job he was elected to do.
Americans who support Trump would not continue to support him one single bit if he behaved like any other politician. That’s not what they were sold, and it is not what they bought.
They do not care if he is not nice. We’ve had nice and look where we are. We’ve had great orators like Barack Obama, don’t get me started.
Donald Trump was elected because his track record showed he could get a job done in severe conditions. He has the same concerns about the direction of our government as a large swath of the American public do.
Look at it this way, you have a flood in your kitchen, and you need a plumber. The best plumber in town is available right now, but he is surly and crass. He has a reputation for his butt showing the entire time he’s working.
Do you care?
If he shows up when you need him, and does the job you ask him to do, would it matter at all if he was not cute and sweet?