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The Dichotomy That Is America

It’s when the minority believes it when they are told they are the biggest majority since Ronald Reagan…

How America Voted

Here’s the truth of the 2016 Election… Donald Trump was elected by 19.5% of the American People. 22% voted for someone else. Senate Republicans and House Republicans both lost seats despite the most gerrymandered election maps Tom Delay could dream of.

Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters…say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal relatives or friends on Facebook. They don’t understand why major media outlets don’t see the same successful administration they have been cheering on. And they’re increasingly frustrated that Democrats — and some Republicans — are too slow to approve some of the president’s nominees and too quick to protest his every utterance.

Washington Post: Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

And there’s exactly what is happening, as you learn if you read about these Trump supporters, they get their news from Fox News or talk radio, they don’t believe the mainstream media, if they ever see it, because Donald Trump tells them it’s all lies. So they don’t know he was elected by a minority, they don’t know more people voted for someone else. “Russia is fake news” so they are told.

Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

But, in reality, they aren’t in the majority. And when a minority tries to force the majority to do it’s bidding trouble ensues… This conservative coalition has it’s foundation built on the crumbling sand of a history most of us want to move past. Led by a man who spent years lying about the birthplace of Barack Obama. Egged on by talk radio hosts who questioned Barack Obama’s religion. This coalition has fed conservative voters a bill of goods. And eventually, the truth will come out…

Since I don’t watch Fox News, and I don’t listen to “conservative” talk radio, I have no clue what their news is. But, I do listen to the White House press briefings, and the White House Press Conferences, and the White House surrogates on the news shows. I don’t pay much attention to what the reporters espouse, just what the President and his spokespeople have to say… And Trump supporters, we have a problem, ’cause I don’t see what you see. I am not looking at the Trump White House through rose colored glasses, I am listening to the words that come out of these people’s mouths and what I see and hear is troubling to say the least.

You know what? If this was just the same old partisan politics, it would be bad, but it wouldn’t have the whole world afraid of the actions of one untruthful man. And that’s the real news that Trump supporters will never hear… Trump lies… all the time… about shit that only matters in his mind. Come on, a month later and he’s still upset by the size of his crowd, he is still saying the popular vote was stolen because millions of people voted illegally and they all voted for Hillary, he has no ties to Russia… No one in his orbit has ties to Russia, yet day by day, tie by tie we see different… Except, his supporters are never told. They don’t know. Lying media… Another Lie.

Once, American idealism was the touchstone of the world. The world may not have agreed with everything we did… Hell, I don’t. But, most of the world respected that we were led with good intentions. Led by men, who while not perfect, tried to do the right thing. Men who at their heart were politicians. Men who believed in compromise and coming to working agreements. Now the world fears that our ideals have run aground on the ego of a man who cannot compromise with anyone. Who believes his own press… Alternative Facts.

In 623 days we get the chance to change the direction of this country, to be the shining light once more, to lose the fear of our own shadows. To once again be Americans.

 

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