Why Clin­ton lost

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Mark Wil­son, Fall­ston

I find it amus­ing lis­ten­ing to all the Democrats who all need ther­apy now try­ing to fig­ure out why Hil­lary Clin­ton lost to Don­ald Trump It’s the Rus­sians! No, it was Wik­iLeaks! No, it was James Comey and the FBI! And on, and on, and on.

But for all the Demo­cratic whin­ing, they’re not see­ing the big­ger pic­ture. The Demo­cratic Party has spent the last decade try­ing to fig­ure out as many ways as pos­si­ble to get more im­mi­grants into this coun­try ei­ther legally or il­le­gally. Their hope was most of th­ese peo­ple would be on some sort of fed­eral as­sis­tance and that even­tu­ally th­ese peo­ple would be granted amnesty and would then be­come cit­i­zens and faith­ful Demo­cratic vot­ers due to their de­pen­dence upon fed­eral pro­grams.

Along the way, how­ever, they took for granted and to­tally aban­doned one of their nor­mal and re­li­able strongholds, which was the non-col­lege-ed­u­cated work­ing class. Th­ese were the folks who worked in the tex­tile mills, the steel mills, the con­struc­tion in­dus­try — ba­si­cally the back­bone of this coun­try. The Democrats still con­trolled the teach­ers unions and the fed­eral em­ploy­ees unions, but your ba­sic rank-and-file union mem­bers — plumbers, steam­fit­ters, car­pen­ters, etc. — all saw the writ­ing on the wall that the Demo­cratic Party was more wor­ried about get­ting more peo­ple into this coun­try then look­ing out for the ones that were al­ready here.

It should be no sur­prise that th­ese same folks have now voted for a can­di­date and a po­lit­i­cal party who prom­ise to re­turn their jobs back to this coun­try. If Mr. Trump can de­liver on his prom­ises to get our eco­nomic growth back in the 4 per­cent range and bring jobs and wealth back to this coun­try, the Demo­cratic Party will rue the day that they for­got about the work­ing-class voter.

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