Dems could have seen Trump victory coming
Dear Editor: Many seem surprised at the presidential election result, but Thomas Frank predicted it on July 28 in The Guardian.
Back then, the Republican National Convention heard speeches denouncing big business, free-trade agreements and loss of middle-class jobs, opposing foreign wars and calling for the breakup of the big banks — positions long championed by liberal Democrats, most recently Bernie Sanders.
The Clinton response tacked in the opposite direction, with a pro-Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal vice president, big business and Wall Street campaign contributions, and tough talk about a no-fly zone in Syria.
I doubt Donald Trump will deliver on the sentiments expressed at the convention. His party’s legislators generally have opposite views, and Trump’s tax plan favors the wealthy, so the struggling working folks who voted for Trump, after being abandoned by the Democratic Party, may wind up with very little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was smart enough to understand there were a lot more ordinary working people than rich people and captains of industry, an insight that eluded the Democratic Party leadership and their candidate eager for big-money contributions.
Those Trump voters, and the middle class, have missed opportunities for candidates who actually care about them and have fought a lifetime for those liberal positions that attracted them. People like Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders. Look harder the next time.
For the people who led the Democratic Party into the current and recent disasters, resignations are in order. Frank Stoppenbach, Red Hook