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There were three groups of voters who were overlooked by the “smarter than thou” pollsters and political handicappers; and suffice it to say these groups, were significant factors on November 8th.
One group is the people who have either not voted for many election cycles and/or those who have not voted going back to the Vietnam War. I was reminded about this particular group the other morning over breakfast with a dear friend.
My friend belongs to a larger group than you would ever think to factor in when it comes to elections. They are those I will call the “pragmatically disillusioned.” They are not the Timothy Leary “Turn on, tune in, drop out” crowd. They are the “We are tuned in and realized many, many years ago there wasn’t a dime’s bit of different between the two political groups right down to them telling the same lies with a different emphasis.”
The people in this particular group are not unaware nor are they uninformed. They are pragmatists, and as such they have refused to participate in being what has amounted to hamsters on a wheel, accomplishing nothing regardless of how fast they churn. They are the people who realized long ago that their votes counted for naught and who believed that regardless of whom they voted for the outcome would be the same.
That is, until the arrival of the gathering storm named Donald J. Trump. In Donald Trump they saw a person they could trust and have confidence in specifically because he is the antithesis of everything they have come to expect from the political status quo.
This group was not counted nor were they been polled. They were not interviewed but they have been paying attention and they were informed. And more importantly they are engaged in rallying those like themselves. I believe they played a significant role in votes cast.
Another group who played a significant role in the election outcome were those who were all in for Donald Trump but who only made it known when their ballot was cast for him. A friend told me not long ago, that a Donald Trump grassroots person was going door-to-door offering Trump/Pence signs. The person reported back that nearly every door they knocked on, the residents told them they would absolutely be voting for Donald Trump but they didn’t want any signs or bumper stickers because they feared their property/autos would suffer damage at the hands of Clinton supporters. The Trump team member passing out the yard signs also reported back that in almost every instance the residents would talk on and on about why they supported Donald Trump and why they believed he was the last chance to turn America around.
This was not an insignificant sized group. There are always a percentage of people who, for a plethora of reasons, elect not to have property signs and bumper stickers. But I submit there has never been a group of such demonstrable numbers as there were who supported Mr. Trump but were afraid/reluctant to publicly portray same. But on November 8th, they made their numbers known.
The third group was those who were tired of being lied to and talked down to. They were the ones who have believed and hoped against hope that a candidate would honor their campaign promises. They are the people who have been the traditional loyal Democrats who obediently smiled and pulled the “Donkey” lever for a straight Democrat ticket. They are the ones who have been repeatedly told the only Party that cared about them is the Democrats. And after years and years of promises, these people continued to find themselves unemployed and being pushed further to the back as illegal aliens and so-called refugees are placed at the front of the line. These same people are those whose children are forced to attend failing schools staffed with unqualified teachers.
These were the people who have heard the promise of free college even as they have watched their children go unprepared while attending the free public schools. These were the people who are tired of hollow campaign promises from those who only show up at election time and believe me, they were a sizeable group.
It is with this last group alone, that Donald Trump may well have destroyed the Democrat Party and destroyed the Karl Rove, Bush family control and influence over the Republican Party.
If President-Elect Trump does a percentage of what he has promised – the congealing of the three groups I have referenced can silently applaud their great awakening as having played a key role the temporary restoration of America.
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