Political Revolution

Trump Supporters Identify the Real Problem

No worries. Trump supporters don’t hate minorities. They hate the poor.

The Trump Voters You Don’t Know | The Christian Science Monitor

” won the election because key groups of voters overlooked those comments and instead embraced him as an agent of change against a government seen to be subservient to corrupt elites who cater to the poor.”

~ Staff, The Christian Science Monitor

As I read the article linked above, I expected the above paragraph to end with “rich donors” instead of the word “poor.” However, it did help me understand something…

Those poor people are really powerful. Look how they control our nation’s political leaders. Everybody should want to be poor, because they really get what they want.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


    • Yes. Many good people are duped by Republican anti-abortion/sanctity of life rhetoric. Since a lot of people have a strong emotional reaction to abortion, it’s useful for propaganda purposes. If the Republican Party was genuinely pro-life, it would also be anti-war and against capital punishment.

      Maybe we should be soft-hearted in relationships, but wear our critical-thinking cap in politics.

      • It’s a terrible contradiction. One cannot favour the death-penalty and scream murder when a fetus is removed. That has long been my argument. If one respected life, one would not let people go hungry and send them to war. These people do not make any sense and they have no compassion Best.

  • I expected the same ending, too, JoAnn. But upon reflection, it makes sense. Poor people have always been reviled in the history of the US – referred to as “the dangerous classes” by Charles Loring Brace in the late 1800s (http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/dangerous-classes). Those attitudes have continued to influence policies enacted to address social welfare issues.

      • Thanks for the link, Carol. I’ve known people who ended up in orphanages (my own father) or a safe farm (England WWII) who had at least one living parent. Not an easy experience, and some were abused. Harsh times are just simply bad, evil.

        This Saturday morning I feel the weight of the world, fearing a pending harsh era that will make all previous hardship pale by comparison. Climate scientists say global warming is advancing faster than they expected. A shallow ignoramus, soon to be US President, will attempt to halt efforts to address climate change. (Not to mention his contempt for “losers,” which is everyone outside his immediate circle — if only the people who voted for him understood.)

        It is no time for anyone to indulge in a false sense of superiority, or safety. We must pull together. Not to be saved, I am afraid, but to exit with as much compassion and dignity as possible.

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