America’s greatest strength
Middle Americans living in fly over country believe in their ability to stand on their own two feet. This is the key to American exceptionalism. Had Clinton addressed this idea, focused on Middle Americans' belief in themselves, the election might have turned out differently.
Middle Americans need tools they can use to bring prosperity to themselves and their families. Clinton could have given them the hammer and nails, but the campaign was more about beating #trump than what she could do for American families. Middle America was forgotten and the election was lost.
America and WikiLeaks
Many people do not turn to CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc., for their news. They turn to alternative news on the web like Anonymous, Zerohedge, Drudge, and Breitbart. All three published the Podesta emails. In open-mouthed amazement, I viewed emails to and from Podesta and people at Clinton Foundation. It didn’t take long to see the hubris and the possible criminality. All intent aside.
Clinton did not address the use of the State Department in a pay to play for access scheme. She did not address the issue of Chelsea using foundation money to partially pay for her multi-million dollar wedding and she did not address the speeches she gave before packed houses of money managers and Wall Street worshippers.
Worst of all, Hillary did not explain her statement that she needed one face to show the public and another to show to her cronies. Had she accepted responsibility and shown some humility things might have been different. Her inability to acknowledge sincere concerns carved the path Donald Trump took to victory.
America and Saul Alinsky
In 1969, Hillary Rodham wrote a 92-page thesis about her mentor Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s dedication in his book, Rules for Radicals, is to Lucifer, whom Alinsky credits with being the first radical. Rules for Radicals is a community organizing how to book that includes the following advice:
- “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
- “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
While there are many more rules, just those 2 at work in a campaign and you can see exactly why Clinton did not have her pulse on the American people. First off, the power she thought she had she didn’t and Donald Trump refused to give her the power she thought she deserved.
Second, presidential candidates must go outside their own expertise, or they lose the most valuable tool they have—insight into Middle America, the very people who were hurt the most by green energy and the financial meltdown. Middle Americans are not Saul Alinsky types. Middle Americans are not interested in Communism and most Middle Americans have no desire to rule an underclass.
Rules for Radicals, is a left punching never give up treatise on how to wrest governmental control and it works if that is the goal in a community. This was the presidential election and while it worked for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is not Barack Obama, and the people knew it.
Republicans are as much to blame as the Democrats. Paul Ryan and the like ran around endorsing then not endorsing the bellicose Donald Trump. Their arrogance allowed the rise of a candidate who was willing to listen to the disenfranchised: Middle America as well as inner city black families and Hispanics. What have Republicans or Democrats done for either block of voters? It makes you wonder if they’ve even seen pictures of Detroit.
Sadly enough, there is no time left to fix the problem and like all things, hindsight is 20/20. We have to take a wait and see attitude, hoping that Donald Trump will tone down the rhetoric and rise to the occasion. America is great and always has been. We have to find the ability within ourselves to accept other people’s opinions as their right and scrub away the divide that threatens us all. #2016 Election #Wikileaks