Last night I drank a few shots – scotch and ice.
My grandson was in the process of coming into this world just as it appeared the world as I knew it was falling apart. Welcome to Trump World.
It was a good night for drinks both for celebratory reasons and for OMG reasons. Clark Cassius Wolf (“CC” for short) didn’t care. He simply opened his eyes and looked around.
This morning we are all looking around. Last night I knew Hillary was in trouble early on. Florida did not go the way the pundits foretold; nor did North Carolina; nor did Pennsylvania. It was downhill from 9 P.M. on. CC wouldn’t come into the world until after ten; by that time I had polished off two drinks and left the bottle on the kitchen counter for easy access.
The birth of my grandson put me in joyous mood as congratulatory phone calls and texts came in addressed to “Grandpa!” By the time it quieted down and I got back to the television, the election was over.
The white working class of middle America had thrown a bomb at the elites of both parties. The Republican party of Ronald Reagan and Bush the greater and Bush the Lesser is dead. In it’s place something still quite unknown.
It remains to be seen what we have wrought.
The Democrats, come January, will wield the least amount of power in my lifetime. The GOP will hold the Presidency and both houses of Congress with the power to select the next Supreme Court justice replacing the late Justice Scalia.
We are essentially in a period of one party rule.
The Dems have no one but themselves to blame. The party abandoned the white working man thirty years ago.
Last night over drinks I thought about where I came from and my dad – a white working man with an 8th grade education and a union card. And I knew why Donald Trump is so popular among white working men without college degrees.
I recall watching the Democratic Convention on the night Hillary was nominated over Bernie Sanders. During that evening I saw one female speaker after another. Black women, Hispanic women, white women, disabled women, Native American women, “dream” girls. They talked about love, don’t hate, inclusion for gays, the disabled, Muslims, single mothers, equal pay, glass ceilings, our children, young girls all over the world yadayadayada. Rich celebrities joined in – more about equality and equal pay and glass ceilings. I guess I was supposed to feel sorry for millionaire female celebrities.
The only male on the speaker’s rostrum that night was Bill Clinton.
Oh wait. There was a young man with a rare form of dwarfism who spoke briefly.
I did not see one representative of the lower white working class. Not one. Not one representative of a union. Not one white male from a rural area of West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Ohio. Not one white male from the rust belt created by Bill Clinton’s trade policies.
That night there was no one in the Democratic Party addressing his issues, his concerns. Bernie Sanders had been defeated.
And we now wonder where Trump got his support?
The Clintons have suffocated the Democratic Party for decades. Perhaps now is the time; they are thrown off and the party is free of them.
I can only hope, looking at a picture of CC that he was not born into the reincarnation of Weimar.
Today is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht.