GIVE TRUMP A CHANCE? Depends Whether You’re Mid-Westerner Or A Coastal Elitist

As most people know, there is intense and sometimes personal competition between candidates during the nominating process and subsequently during the general election. But normally these personal tirades diminish after the election, at least until the next round of elections, two or four years hence.

Unfortunately, that is not the case this year. The Democrat Party’s attacks on President Trump are unprecedented and unrelenting and often unfounded or distorted. The Democrats – with the support of their leftist colleagues in the mainstream media – seem determined to undermine everything Trump was elected by the people to do.

So far, Pres. Trump is determined to honor his election commitments regarding national security, jobs, domestic business investment, fair trade, regulations, taxes, affordable healthcare, military readiness, government spending, government deficits, etc. Never in my lifetime has a president addressed these challenges with more vigor or a greater sense of urgency than President Donald Trump. He hasn’t even taken a vacation.

Yet, the Democrats are doing everything possible to undermine the President’s effectiveness and to make his job more difficult. They have even denied him (and the American people) the support of many of his most outstanding appointments. Clearly, the Democrats’ behavior is totally unpatriotic and beyond normal American tradition and our historic, peaceful transfer-of-power.

Frankly, as one who was once a Democrat, I find the Party’s current behavior disgusting. And even more disgusting is the irresponsibility of the leftist, mainstream media – as they dramatize and exaggerate and criticize every effort by President Trump to honor the commitments he made during the recent election. Headlines and articles are almost always negative or tilt to the liberal left. They are rarely supportive of the President’s effort – and when they are its deep into their rarely-read commentary.

Thank the Lord that I was born, raised and employed in the Midwest – in the Rust Belt for the first 30 years of my life. Subsequently, I was transferred to the East Coast – Connecticut and later, New Jersey. This has given me an appreciation for the differences between the elitist East/West coasts and the working Middle States.

Frankly, were it not for small-town America and the vast majority of US counties that voted for the Republican ticket in the last election, our nation would be experiencing a third term of the do-nothing, weak-kneed Obama administration. (Hey, I was once a voting Democrat, but the party left me with President Lyndon Johnson’s so-called “Great Society” – really a quasi-Socialistic society. And it’s been downhill ever since.)

At long last, the people in America’s productive states have put their foot down in favor of traditional American Values – the traditional American-Way* – and America’s traditional Prosperity Machine*. They’ve elected President Donald Trump and Vice-President Michael Pence – two men committed to the traditions that have made America the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Unfortunately, the leftist elites on the East and West Coasts simply cannot handle their loss of power – their ability to impose de facto Marxist/Socialist/Progressive Leftism on the people of our nation. Despite the gross failings of the Obama administration and the Democrat Congress since 2007 – they desperately want more of the same, i.e., political power, quasi-Socialism, drugs, free-sex, the right to kill unborn babies, irresponsible immigration, open borders, secularism, globalism, etc. They refused to recognize the downhill slide that our nation has experienced since the 1960s under Democratic Party influence.

Our youngsters – rioting in the streets and at our taxpayer-funded universities – have little recollection and/or appreciation for when America was the unprecedented social and political leader of the world. They want their drugs, secularism, free-sex, abortions, etc., as a first priority. They are easily manipulated by irresponsible, leftist Democrats, de facto Marxists/Socialists/Progressives and supporting journalists. When they grow up, I’m confident they will recognize how ill-informed and reckless they were.

*The American-Way ― *The American Prosperity Machine: Traditional Judeo/Christian principles and values . . . the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness . . . freedom of speech, action, religion and family governance . . . an educated and informed society . . . freedom from gender and racial discrimination . . . affordable healthcare . . . the rule of Constitutional Law . . . the peaceful settlement of disputes . . . honest elections and presidential leadership . . . patriotic, truthful, checks-&-balanced, limited government . . . a strong military . . . cost-effective national defense . . . secure borders . . . the right of citizens to own and bear arms . . . free, competitive markets and institutions . . . properly-regulated, free-enterprise . . . balanced trade . . . private property rights . . . low cost, domestically supplied energy and natural resources . . . controlled immigration . . . individual responsibility and ingenuity . . . entrepreneurialism . . . businesses and enterprises that exist to meet the needs, wants and expectations of customers . . . a strong work ethic . . . full employment . . . fair pay . . . appropriate safety nets . . . low taxes . . . a strong, reliable currency . . . financial availability, mobility, and responsibility (balanced budget, minimal debt) . . . Competitive, Free-Market, Free-Enterprise, Constitutionally Limited Government . . . and American Exceptionalism.

photo credit: Gage Skidmore Donald Trump sign via photopin (license)

Share if you agree Mid-West vs. East/West Coast values account for much of Donald Trump’s popularity.

William Pauwels

About the author, William Pauwels: William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980. View all articles by William Pauwels

Like Clash? Like Clash.

Leave a Comment

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.