Days of Change

America’s Billionaire | September 11, 2018

More than a year before September 11, 2001, Donald Trump ran and then gave up on a campaign to be the Reform Party nominee for president. George W. Bush was running for president on a campaign of tax cuts and compassionate conservatism. Al Gore was running on a Social Security lock box and global warming. Given the news lately, the Democrats have not changed their tune.

Because elections are still close 17 years later, it seems like not much has changed. The difference is in who votes and why. The Trump voter is more blue collar than White, more male than female. They have flocked to the pragmatism of border security, trade protectionism and a military stance where the worst offenders are nuked and left to deal with the results. It actually mirrors some of the ideas of mid-century Republicans who were making America great the first time.

Democrats are getting support from women along with college educated men and from Black and Hispanic voters. Their issues are longer-term, like global warming and universal health care. The major problem is that the party platform still tries to overcompensate for “Islamophobia” with a kind of Islamophilia that supports Palestinians over Israelis and ignores the tacit support for terrorism in majority Muslim countries.

Any initial rage over 9/11 has become sympathy. The New York City cesspool of the 1970’s has been replaced by an admiration for the character of the community and the embrace of the left-leaning culture of the very liberal people there. This has also helped Donald Trump. The apprentice premiered in 2004, at a time when the city was coming back economically and Trump was the most flamboyant real estate figure. It didn’t have to defend making money, it celebrated the American Dream. It also represents the current American Dream, getting on a reality show.

In 17 years, we have fancier cell phones and have become comfortable with communicating with human beings online more than offline. That has changed society, but so has 9/11. I can honestly say I don’t know what happens next.

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