Dems could have seen Trump vic­tory com­ing


Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

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

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