The Silent Majority
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Throughout America’s history, the country has taken sides: Patriot or Traditionalist, North or South, Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative. However, no matter what one believes, the goal has always been to reinforce the red, white and blue flag. The allotment of clashing viewpoints is responsible for the success of our country thus far and we have always allowed one to come to his or her own conclusion, yet, in the recent election, a shift has taken place. America is divided beyond the normal disagreement as to how to approach an issue. Now, big-city America has turned towards the perilous path of excluding conclusions that do not align with their own as irrelevant: a fault formed from hatred or ignorance. Platforms like the media have exacerbated this mind set and now, there is true hostility not just between the parties, but the people who support them. This election has revealed a new stance: either for America, or against it.
On the backdrop of America’s election stage, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump vied for a chance at America’s helm, two starkly different futures in mind. Hillary Clinton touted the breaking of the final glass ceiling: the election of a woman. She advertised observance of the course that Barack Obama had set for America in his eight years in office. Donald J. Trump, a well-known and successful businessman, stepped onto America’s stage with a different message, one of change. Without the finesse garnered from years in politics, Trump broke the cookie-cutter mold of the traditional politician who speaks with tediously calculated responses.
His presence was not well received by the overpowering liberal news media that has been steadily shaking the chains of ethics for years. Journalists are tasked with the mission to provide unbiased, factual information to the public so they can make their own decisions. With the potential of the ball to leave their court, the left-leaning media rallied behind Hillary Clinton, arrantly ignoring her misgivings and highlighting Donald Trump’s. Dana Milbank, a columnist for The Washington Post, said of media coverage, “In an ordinary election, press neutrality is essential. But in Trump… attempting neutrality legitimizes the illegitimate.” Milbank, along with his counterparts of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NBC all took up a new role. Much like high school girls, they edited Trump’s statements, dug up past mistakes, and slandered the candidate with unprecedented ferocity. With a lack of media literacy, Clinton’s supporters lapped up the drama, ignorant or uncaring that their news source clearly had no faith in their ability to choose the right candidate. Instead, they filtered the information so their followers could not be led astray by the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, the list of ics and ists goes on, candidate.
The media tried to gloss over a fault in Clinton that could not be ignored. As Michael Moore, an outspoken liberal supporter said, “Let’s face it: Our biggest problem here isn’t Trump – it’s Hillary. She is hugely unpopular — nearly 70% of all voters think she is untrustworthy and dishonest. She represents the old way of politics, not really believing in anything other than what can get you elected.” Moore had predicted Trump would win, and he was right. Clinton has been in politics too long for people not to remember what she stands for, which is whatever will get her the next political position. Her entire life has been immersed in politics, climbing the ladder to the next role. While a plethora of experience may seem to be an asset, it becomes a double edged sword when there are unanswered promises, hundreds of recanted statements, and no true passion involved.
Thus, leadership is best left to those who do not need it. Donald Trump’s motivation for running for the presidency is purely to try to, “Make America Great Again.” He does not need the salary; he does not need the fame. He has had a successful career, built a business empire, raised a wonderful family of equally as successful children, and has had a productive life. Instead of retiring and enjoying all that he has earned, he has decided to stand up and give back to America. He is not inheriting a vacation home from Obama, he is receiving a massive financial disaster coupled with a country of ungrateful, hysterical people calling for his assassination. But Donald Trump is willing, able, and is the perfect man for the job. A new set of eyes and a person who knows what it is to build from the ground up is exactly what America needs to bring jobs home, get families back on their feet, and put a dent in the trillions of dollars of debt that looms over America.
Clinton wished to stay the Obama course that clearly was not working, while Trump promoted a message of change and restoration. Voicing objectives is not enough to win the presidency; the ability to connect with voters is pivotal. One can learn a lot about a leader by the people who follow them. Clinton’s supporters, who reside in polished, metropolitan cities, and attend prestigious universities merely to sit stagnant and contribute nothing but unfounded opinions to society, have labeled Trump’s supporters as uneducated, bigoted scum from the underbelly of America. Deemed “the basket of deplorables” by Hillary Clinton, these people are the nuts and bolts of America and are far from uneducated. They make up the skill trades and blue-collar positions which allow Clinton’s supporters to sit in their posh penthouses and complain. They are the humble farmer, electrician, mechanic, plumber, small business owner, and rancher. They are some of our military men and women who sign that blank check that means their life in exchange for our freedoms. They drive old pickup trucks; they hold on to their guns; they cling to their Bibles; they have never had the luxury of taking a break. Their values run as deep as their work ethic; they are passionate; they are loyal; and they are humble. They work tirelessly to serve the rest of America, and they are not the enemy.
These deplorables, like Trump, have been deemed illegitimate, but they stood together; a silent stand against a seemingly impregnable force which had been breathing down their neck. The shadow had cast its dark silhouette through their quiet communities, extinguishing jobs and stripping families from lifelong homes. It pressed its face to the windows of churches. It laughed as mom and dad fought to make ends meet. It told the people what they could say.
As Mike Rowe, star of Dirty Jobs and an advocate for the skill trades said, “Yeah, it was a dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation—it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not.” Trump heard a voice out in America that others did not hear. He connected to them because he too was shunned, taunted, and cast out. He spoke of a change that is crucial to America’s survival. “Progressives” do not seem to understand that we cannot continue down the path we are on: we are not progressing, we are regressing. According to the Republican Senate Conference, since Obama became president, the number of long term unemployment has risen from 2.7 million to 5.2 million. We cannot make America a better place for all people if we do not have a stable country to begin with. Donald Trump aims to ensure the longevity of our country. Look beyond the media – he is not out to revoke gay rights, he is not here to demoralize women. Fear of Trump is irrational. He is a man on a mission to better America. The presidency is not a win for him. It is going to be a long, harrowing journey that he may or may not succeed in. As Americans, we elected him, and it is now our job to ensure he is supported in this endeavor.
Hillary Clinton said herself, “Anybody not willing to accept the results of an election is a danger to Democracy.” Little did she know this would be applied to her supporters in the aftermath of the election. The mantra, “Love Trumps Hate” quickly dissolved into vandalism, foul commentary, violent attacks on Trump’s supporters and a call for the assassination of the president elect. Kristi Stone Hamrick of Fox News commented, “Isn’t it interesting that it is clearly bullying if someone is mocked for their looks or sexual orientation but it’s commentary and analysis if they are mocked for their faith, or the region of the country they live in or their support for a candidate they have every right to choose.” There is a double standard within this country that millions Americans have been subjected to and have finally grown weary of…
So the Blue wall crumbled. A tremor passed through its foundation, and it fell. Shockwaves shook the inhabitants of dense cities, horror overtook the faces of celebrities, and the media was cast to its knees. How could this be? But the silent force from places unseen, laid down their pens, and breathed a sigh of relief.
Daniel Greenfield said this election was a revolution. “Fifty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media. They voted because they believed in the impossible. And their dedication made the impossible happen.” As a country, we saw a need for change, and we made a decision we hope will be conducive to that. Donald J. Trump has earned his place in the White House and has every right to have the chance to lead. The only decision left is: are you for America or against it? America has always required a level of disagreement amongst its people to evolve; however, we are, in the end, the United States of America. We are all Americans. This is our flag. This is our country. And Trump is our new president. Do not repudiate the republic that grants your freedoms; do not stand as a danger to democracy. Fulfill your role as a member of this nation. Unify the country and work with every people – regardless of background – to help make America great again.