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While many in Washington, D.C., love to crow about how they went to Princeton or Harvard, being highly educated is meaningless when it comes to human interaction.  

The D.C. establishment is elitist, clueless, and out of touch. But these snobs are in uncharted territory in the Trump era. And not only in America. People are rising up in France, Brazil and Great Britain against a ruling class who seem to think everyday people don’t matter.  

Because many of these liberal elites and country club Republicans have walled themselves off from everyday people, they can’t understand why the working class has made Donald Trump their hero. They can’t understand that what is ideal is not realistic. Someone high on a hill can afford to hold out for the ideal candidate, while those struggling to survive may sell their soul for a chance of fame and fortune.

The elites have told you the American Dream is dead. They said the factories aren’t coming back. Progressives say solar panels and windmills will replace the coal-burning stove and fireplace. However, some of us like the burning and don’t want to live on dandelions and ragweeds.  

I don’t mind sacrificing and saving to buy my own stuff. I don’t want charity, I want to know where I stand in the marketplace. I’m not interested in liberalism, I don’t want to be treated like a noble savage that needs to be made Anglo, enlightened or Middle Class. I’m okay if my presence embarrasses polite society. I like Popeye’s chicken. I’m American. I’m a straight male Christian who respects those who respect me. I treat social issues like smoking cigarettes: I don’t care if you smoke as long as you don’t blow it in my face. But unfortunately, radicals and extremists are not interested in live-and-let-live.

What are the alternatives to Trump? Julian Castro wants to dramatically raise the taxes for the wealthiest tier of Americans. While some are born wealthy, others start with nothing. They sacrifice and become wealthy. Overly taxing someone just because he or she made something of themselves is why America had a Revolutionary War.  

The other Democratic choices are just as radical. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t know what would make her more relatable,  being a Native American or a beer drinker. Kirsten Gillibrand stresses feminism and identity politics.  

What was Trump supposed to do about shutting down the government? People voted for him because of issues such as illegal immigration. It’s the moral issue of our lifetime, like slavery or the Civil Rights movement. This is an issue where a president has come along to do what’s right rather than what’s politically convenient. We either are a nation of laws or just open ground where people can come here and do whatever they desire. 

The Democrats could put a better foil for Donald Trump than Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker. Having Maxine Waters run the financial services committee and giving air time to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is deliberately divisive. Like with Nixon ’72 and Bush in ’04, if the Dems keep this up, many moderates and independents will hold their noses and beat back the socialist onslaught to re-elect Trump in 2020. 


Jeffery McNeil is a Street Sense Media artist and vendor who also writes for the Washington Examiner.