Trump Voters Won’t Like What Comes Next–or will they?

The provocative column, “Trump Voters Won’t Like What Comes Next”, by Garrison Keillor, Washington Post (Nov. 10, 2016) Forum page, has a sub-headline. “We liberal elitists are now completely in the clear. The government is in Republican hands. Let them deal with him.”

As usual, Keillor is clever with his expression of dismay. What is unusual is the sincerity he expresses, and the real insights. He says, “The Trumpers never expected their guy to actually win the thing, and that’s their problem now. They wanted only to whoop and yell, boo at the H-word, wear profane tee shirts…etc.”
“Alas for the Trump voters, the disasters he will bring…will fall more heavily on them…the uneducated white males who elected him….How he won on fear and bile is for the political pathologists to study….His supporters voted for change, and boy, are they going to get it… The future is scary. Let the uneducated have their day. I am now going to pay more attention to teachers.”

(Notes): Liberal elitists tried to get health insurance coverage for more Americans (like almost every other “developed nation” has), and partially succeeded. I recall an observation by an advocate of the poor, St. Vincent de Paul, who once said, “When you help (the poor), if you wait a long time, and are very humble, maybe they will forgive you.” The waiting has now begun. But if Pres. Trump and the Republicans abolish Obamacare, there will be no need for to forgiveness.
This election is also an illustration of how the “Power to the People” slogan can come back to bite its supporters, not just in the rear but in the throat. What these people did was “give away to the Trump “people” any power they thought they had. Will they now expect Rudy Guiliani, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, etc. to show them any respect? We will see.

It seems clear now, that eventually, or soon, Trump and the Republican Party will “overreach” in some way that offends his support base. Then the crowds today in the street protesting will be enlarged by many others, some of whom voted for Trump, but many others who supported Sanders and/or did not vote at all. Let’s hope that the protests will NOT be about reinstating the draft, to include women in it, or to “settle the Mid-East crisis”. Or, “test” our atomic weapons on North Korea, Iran, or some other third-world country—and then get the same response from another nuclear nation.

We may get lucky, and as an “evangelical” of my acquaintance said about Trump, “He has changed.” From what, to what, is my question. No one has been able to tell. But back to Keillor. He says, “Democrats….(can) let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids….”

He also says, “To all the patronizing B.S. we’ve read about Trump expressing the white working-class displacement and loss of the American Dream….(that’s) no excuse for bald-faced stupidity. America is still the place where waitresses can…become physicists and novelists and pediatricians…but it helps a lot if (parents) encourage good habits and ambition…use their talents…and (kids) are not plugged into electronics day and night.”

Lots of people have responsibility for what will happen next. If it is, overall, good, then “change” will have been worth the effort. Now, we know “The government is in Republican hands.” They can take the credit—they will deserve it, and the blame too, if Trump and the GOP don’t deliver.


John H. Langer, JD, Ed.D. Retired Federal agency manger, former professor of education, public school administrator, and writer of a number of articles and publications on education, public affairs, substance abuse and social issues. In writing a book on attention and memory as it relates to education, this blog is helping to focus attention n current issues, and hopefully, add something useful as well.

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