The Democrat Party is not a monolithic body. Instead it’s a group of various interest groups working under the same umbrella to accomplish mutual goals. Allies if you will. After assessing the numbers after the Presidential Election; one thing became clear. All the allies didn’t come thru. The reason being they had no skin in the game.
Donald Trump was portrayed to be one of the worst nominees of a major Party to run for President. He began his campaign by claiming he’d “build a wall” and threatened immigrants and Latino families. Hispanics responded by increasing registered voters and turning out the vote. Trump disparaged Black Americans, threatened to flood their communities with police and to implement “Stop & Frisk” nationwide. Black voters showed up like they always have despite dozens of laws attempting to block or dissuade them. A lie was spread about apathy among Black voters. The numbers proved they showed up. Muslims voted for Hillary because their lives and future in this country depended on it.
One bloc of voters that did not show up was Millennials, many of whom voted for Third Party candidates. The votes for Johnson would have been enough to change the outcome in Florida and elsewhere. The majority of the millennials making that decision were white. For them there was no fear of a Trump Presidency. No family members under threat of being deported. No increased chance of being shot with their hands up with no chance of justice. Their privilege allowed them to let a Trump and his Alt-Right cronies into the Oval Office. No Skin in the game.
Then there were White Women who gave Trump a 10% edge despite all the Trump misogyny and admission on tape to being a sexual predator. Many women were indeed concerned about what it says about giving such an unfit individual such power. Trump may appoint multiple Supreme Court Justices during his term(s) and women’s rights may suffer as a result. The right to choose. Planned Parenthood and all the healthcare it provides in addition to abortions which were getting no Federal funds. Equal pay for equal work. All will suffer for your choice in the election. Assuming some of the things Trump has done and those he will do resonate somewhat with the women who voted Trump. What was it that made the difference that allowed you to vote Trump as opposed to Clinton? It wasn’t based on Trump policies as he pretty much had none. He has some promises with no visible way to get there.
I’m left with the conclusion that the real fear and suffering experienced by your Black, Latina and Muslim sisters didn’t matter to you. It brought back thoughts of Women’s Suffrage where the White leaders distanced themselves from Ida B. Wells and others who hoped the alliance would work both ways. It didn’t then and doesn’t now. Like the Southern Belles of the Confederacy you remained aloof to the real issues facing your darker sisters. You don’t have a fear for your son’s lives. You don’t worry about raids that might take away a family member. You need not worry about voter suppression, and the inroads of the KKK, Neo-Nazi’s and White Nationalists. These things are the concerns of others. You have no skin in the game.
When Trump talked about “Making America Great Again.” It doesn’t conjure up negative connotations to you as it does to those who know discrimination, lynching and fear. It didn’t bother you when Trump winked and nodded to the White Nationalist groups because when it comes down to it. They are your friends and neighbors.
I want to give a pass to the millennials who chose idealism over pragmatism. They’ll hopefully learn and maybe realize that when any of us suffer, they’re impacted as well. To the women who chose Trump. You’ll one day need allies to reach the goals that do matter to you down the road. Why should you get more than a shade and side-eye combo?
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