Trump sup­port­ers fed up with sta­tus quo

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Wendy Se­vier, Park­ton

The ba­sic pre­cept of Nancy Langer’s re­cent commentary (“Clin­ton should go ‘a lit­tle bit coun­try’ to court Trump fans,” Oct. 13) is flawed. I, and many oth­ers, take um­brage at her elit­ist, Demo­cratic pre­sump­tion that all Don­ald Trump sup­port­ers are “non-col­lege ed­u­cated, work­ing class whites.” She is sim­ply re­it­er­at­ing for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s “de­plorable” com­ment in dif­fer­ent words.

And so what if some of them are? Does that make them any less im­por­tant or less en­ti­tled to a say in how our coun­try is run? I am a white, fe­male coun­try mu­sic lov­ing, col­lege ed­u­cated pro­fes­sional who sup­ports Mr. Trump. I count among my friends, fam­ily and ac­quain­tances lawyers, judges, doc­tors, nurses, teach­ers, po­lice and fire­fight­ers as well as lo­cal farm­ers, truck driv­ers, me­chan­ics and ser­vice providers who are also Trump sup­port­ers. The com­mon re­frain I hear is one of frus­tra­tion with a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that is com­pletely out of touch with the peo­ple.

The per­cep­tion (true or not) is that politi­cians’ salaries keep go­ing up thanks to their abil­ity to vote them­selves a pay raise and that they have out­stand­ing med­i­cal care that does not have to be con­sis­tent with what we mor­tals have to choose from. Th­ese elected lead­ers also re­ceive overblown pen­sions at a time when many work­ers have no pen­sion at all and laws. The rules don’t seem ap­ply to politi­cians. For those rea­sons, we are look­ing for a change from the sta­tus quo. The po­lit­i­cal good old boys net­work ap­pears to take care of it­self first, il­le­gal im­mi­grants sec­ond, other coun­tries next and the mil­i­tary and their own con­stituents last. That is the change that we are look­ing for.

Po­lit­i­cal of­fice was never meant to be a full-time, life­long ca­reer. It was meant to be a way to hear the will of the peo­ple and mold it into a sys­tem that would al­low our great coun­try to grow and pros­per. Un­for­tu­nately, the idea that the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion should have a say in how our govern­ment is run has faded into obliv­ion. Pol­i­tics has be­come a “me first” mind set with the rest of us foot­ing the bills. Is there any won­der that some of us would like to see a dif­fer­ent ap­proach?

It is elit­ist at­ti­tudes such as those Ms. Langer pre­sents in her piece that sim­ply re­in­force the opin­ions of many that there has to be a ma­jor shift in this coun­try’s di­rec­tion. The last time such a ma­jor shift took place there was tea thrown into a har­bor and Amer­ica re­jected the Bri­tish elite who strove to con­trol the masses.

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