The Rust Belt roars back – American renaissance begins

November 13, 2016

trumpobamahandshakeMichael Moore, yes, that Michael Moore, called it back in July. While the Republican National Convention was unfolding in front of us, the director of Roger and Me and Fahrenheit warned his liberal base that Donald Trump was going win the 2016 Election. While he basically blamed it on a “dumbed-down” and “easily manipulated” population (a sentiment I actually agree with but from a slightly different perspective) he was also speaking with first hand knowledge “I live in Michigan. Let me tell you, it’s going to be the Brexit strategy”. And then he hammered in the final spike: “The population of schools has been wrecked, and the news media is just insipid and stupid and doesn’t give the people the facts about what’s going on,”….

While I wanted to believe him at the time, I confess I did not. Trump was just too undisciplined to stay the course needed to arrive in port on November 8th with the flag of victory flying from the bridge. And in one way I was right. Trump torpedoed himself so many times that with each new hit I was sure the order to abandon ship, the capsizing and inevitable slipping under the surface for the ride down to his final resting place at the bottom of the political ocean was just moments away. Yet each time, the hole was plugged, the flooding stopped and the USS Donald J. Trump somehow managed to sail on.

But on the matter of whether ultimate victory would be had, I was dead wrong. Although I hoped, I prayed, I Googled ancient rites of the political Gods, my mind could not relinquish what I had witnessed these past eight years.

As much as my heart felt there was still an America out there willing to give the Constitution one last chance, my brain told me that between unchecked immigration and a generation of millennials who had been spoon fed a daily diet of just exactly what their liberal minders in school and media wanted them to eat, the Obama administration had succeeded in tipping America permanently to the political left. A Convention of States would be our last stand against a Clinton Presidency.

Even on election night, as the pieces began to fall into place, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, I was still the staunch “negative Nellie” with the family and friends I was connecting with via text, Facebook and twitter. While they were excited I was “yeh, those are must haves, until he flips a state, we’re still set for a dive into the deep blue”. And then AP called Pennsylvania for Trump and I knew. I knew that Michael Moore had been right and that the American Brexit was happening. Wisconsin would follow an hour later and the rest as they say is history.

I have never been more happy to be wrong than I was in those wee hours of the morning November 9, 2016.

The original closing to last Sunday’s Veteran’s Day column asked a simple question for voters to ponder before casting their votes: “Will this coming November 11th, Veteran’s Day 2016, see dawn break brightly over an America re-dedicated to founding principles, the Constitution and the rule of law or will that dawn break dark under the same clouds of corruption, lies and malfeasance that have enveloped us these eight long years past?”

That question may not have gotten asked publicly, but privately, in the sanctity of voting booths all across this great nation, millions of Americans answered it anyway. And boy did they. As of 7am CST Friday the electoral vote was 290 to 228 with Michigan and New Hampshire still keeping the nation waiting.

To all Trump supporters, congratulations you have given America a second chance. And to all the Clinton supporters, grieve as you must, but please remember that America is not the violence being perpetrated in our streets by the and Soros funded “activists”, it is the solemnity of the vote, and the peaceful transfer of power.

It is the one principle that for over two centuries has made America, America and it keeps all of us free. Without that, we are nothing.

And on that, I know I’m right.

Publisher Note:  A version of this column first appeared in the November 13, 2016 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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