A question for you: Why did so many millions of ‘hillbillies,’ rednecks,’ and other such ‘deplorables’ choose to elevate to the seat of Washington and Lincoln one of most shamelessly-incompetent, morally-corrupt, intellectually-vacuous, self-absorbed ‘leaders’ ever to desecrate the sacred ground of the American democracy?
Could the answer possibly be that for most of these people, electing Donald J. Trump president was the first time in their lives they had had any real opportunity to exercise real power over their own fate (or so they thought). Was not a vote for Trump, for them, a finger in the eye of all those smug, Ivy-educated, know-it-all elites out there who have been looking down their collective noses at America’s unwashed for decades? Might the animus that drove these people to the voting booth in 2016 rightly be called ‘payback?
The question now is: Will the pendulum swing back from whence it came, or not? And if not, what?