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Don't Misunderstand My Vote for President Trump

The author published two political newspapers, predicted Trump's victory in July 2016, and a recent article on many of Trump's achievements.

Folks Vote for All Kinds of Reasons...


Left Versus Right Versus Understanding

2016 voters who were enamored of Mrs Clinton are understandably miffed by voters they see as having preferred President Trump, a president they see as distasteful and flawed..

Given that voters vote for a party or a candidate for any number of reasons (besides wanting to vote for the ultimate winner, and say that they did so) the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, decided by which candidate won the most electoral votes, left a plurality of Americans dissatisfied—even mystified.

In that aftermath, those voters who voted for Trump were satisfied, even elated. Those voters who voted for Mrs.Clinton were caught just short of the Finish line and faced with waiting another four years to win the White House back.

Worse still, the prospect of watching all three branches of the government operate under Republican influence made that prospect one of doom and gloom.

The same people who had just finished eight years of watching a determined opposition that was able to frustrate much of their national agenda, were now relegated to being an equally determined opposition determined to frustrate their adversaries national agenda.

Woe, woe, and double woe!

Who could be blamed for such a turn of events?

While there was blame enough to go around on both sides, that fact has simply added to the prevailing discord as Americans prepare to head into the midterm election of 2018.

If electing Donald John Trump to be president of the United States of America was the "travesty" some claim, and not instead electing Hillary Rodham Clinton to that office is a "bumbled opportunity" for which Trump voters are to blame, I am one of the guilty parties.

Russian influence, or no significant Russian influence, my wife (she's guilty too) and I had watched Clinton's ambition and DC power politics override the nation's interests in favor of parochial interests.

We two, and millions of others like us, were determined to see change in Washington, DC, and to see it at almost any cost. That cost could be, as some claim it is, too great. But just "more of the same" also appeared too bitter to swallow.

What Now?

It isn't good enough to just be against something. Americans have to be for something.

A majority of America's voters in 2016 were for the idea that we are "Stronger Together" (Mrs. Clinton's chosen campaign slogan.) The largest minority of voters favored the competing slogan of "Make America Great Again" feeling rightly or wrongly that something had been lost.

If anything, what is still missing in America is the strength we have had when we debate, decide, and do things together.

We cannot be great by dictating laws that are not openly debated and decided.

We cannot be together, if we allow ourselves to be torn apart into factions, races, regions, and uncompromising ideologies.

The 2018 midterm elections must be about leadership. "Leaderwhip" will not do, and empty, unimplimented slogans will not do either.

A year from now we will see just how far we have come as a sovereign people able to find and support worthy and effective leaders.

Many, as my wife and I do, pray that our nation's president will grow into the job he said he aspired to. He still can unless he is too old a dog to learn and master his present role.

Our present times seem somehow compressed and accelerated, requiring being quick on our feet, goal oriented and determined to be better masters of our fate.

Having better, even gifted, speechwriters will not turn the trick, if Americans don't associate the speakers with the words they speak.

Give us candidates who meet that test.. We are not too stubborn or stupid to rally to them, and to do so together with other loyal Americans..

"The better of two poor choices" never gets us very far, never has, and never will.

Give us not cleverness, but wisdom; not bravado, but real bravery; not attractiveness, but candidates with real, natural appeal who draw us to greater unity of purpose and a true willingness to sacrifice for the common good.

That's our hope for 2018, and we are willing to sacrifice for that.

President Trump and the Congress have three more years to actually do what needs to be done.

Democrats say they "know" what needs to be done. Republicans also say that they know what needs to be done. Let's see an honest, straight forward debate of each of those issues (debt, taxes, infrastructure, immigration, national security and defense, personal income, health care, education, terrorism, guns, etc..) Then let's agree to disagree, if we must, but take the best agreed actions we can muster, and move forward again.

We don't get "stronger" or "greater" by standing still and pouting at each other. Listening to each other and communicating our concerns in open public discussion works. Let's try that for a change. We just might like the results.

The Flag Still Stands for Something

We are under the same flag, but marching to different drummers, and opposing each other, will not get us to where any of us want to be.

We are under the same flag, but marching to different drummers, and opposing each other, will not get us to where any of us want to be.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 Demas W Jasper


Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 28, 2020:

Ken, You write that " I believe you are being far too optimistic." Wow! If my comment reflected an optimistic outlook, I cannot see where. Same people, same problems, same failures even though Trump has performed on some of his promises and that is rare for any politicians, perhaps due to his not being an effective politician in any sense of the term. Does "hell in a hand basket" represent some shade of optimism?

Ken Burgess from Florida on May 28, 2020:


Well articulated, but I believe you are being far too optimistic.

It is quite clear to me our situation is a bit bleaker than the rosy scenario you are painting.

It is very clear the filthy rich and corrupt politicians are just trying to keep things afloat while making themselves richer.

Whether its Pelosi with her hundreds of millions, or Biden with his funneled from foreign nations thru his son billions, the Democrats don't offer much in the way of Hope & Change.

The Democrats offer more restrictions, more authoritarianism, more government over-reach, and pie-in-the-sky promises with no means of paying for them that people love to hear.

And on the other side we have Donald Trump... and a somewhat cooperative Republican Party that is willing to work with him for the sake of long term survival and comprehension that to openly go against him would be to get the boot from his supporters.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 27, 2020:

Here we go again. It's Election 2020 coupled with COVID-19. We are still involved in several wars none of our leaders seem to know how to end. The issues of 2016 and 2018, such as debt, taxes, infrastructure, immigration, national security and defense, personal income, health care, education, terrorism, guns, etc., remain unsolved and largely unaddressed. Unity is the last thing on the two dominant parties minds. Lip service has been paid to North Korea, Russia, China, and Syria, while we are still trying to solve domestic problems by throwing money at them. Racism, if anything, has grown worse. Saving makes no cents, while our Ship of State lies still and unmoving with Republicans trying to row forward while Democrats on the other side are trying to row backwards, and the prospect for meaningful change rests in the hands of old political warriors who only know how to fight each other. Say it isn't so, oh say it isn't so.

Eastward from Bangkok, Thailand on January 20, 2018:

There are certainly many points where I disagree with Trump but have to give credit where credit is due. The market is up and the corporate tax cuts support confidence in that arena. I appreciate that he has ended some CIA funding of rebels as those experiments rarely end well. He's at least vocally addressing issues like our gargantuan trade deficit with China. I'm hoping to see him put some meat and potatoes behind those words in 2018.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 16, 2017:

Hopefully, if not already, Republicans will get around to thinking and saying such things, too. "You can't get anywhere by oaring only on one side of the boat." (Just thought that example up, but I like it for how much it applies to our Congress.)

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 06, 2017:

Demas, I just now read your reply to my comment, and I must say that a Democrat couldn't have said it any better.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on December 06, 2017:

Which is sad that people cannot try and understand how people from a different political party view the status of our country.

Oh well on December 06, 2017:

You’ve lost readers and followers over this Trump stuff.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 05, 2017:

Without the manufacturing, military, food, and fuel resources provided by the U.S., the Allies would have lost W.W.II. Churchill and Franklin both wanted the U.S. in the war for that reason.

The RAF flew escorts in the beginning, but eventually, America led the raids.

Let's be honest: a bunch of tired soldiers are going to outperform fresh and determined new soldiers? Really. Battle hardened only gets you so many points before exhaustion seeps in. There is this thing called PTSD. (Look it up.)

Common sense and hope. America's charm.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 05, 2017:

Please, go read about who runs the internet. In addition,I am very educated, go read my bio. Please, check and find out who landed on the moon while you're at it.

While your at it: find out why the British considered W.W.II loss without America. Find out what Churchill said about America and W.W.II.

Go do a lot of reading before you belittle a nation.

It's not our fault that we can "hope." It's our destiny. There's your propaganda. Make it a slogan, if you prefer.

Go read about the atomic bomb, the Marshal Plan, and all sorts of things. By the way, where is the U.N.? Look that up for me.

Tessa Schlesinger on December 05, 2017:

Why wouldn't I be? It's Americans who claim that the American contribution was so immense, we would have lost without them. Poppycock. :)

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 04, 2017:

Tessa - I hope you are convinced of what you wrote when you wrote: "It was a united effort, and the war was won together."

Tessa Schlesinger on December 04, 2017:

Again, the claim that Europe would be a nazi haven if it wasn't for America is based on American propaganda. It simply isn't true. It was a united effort, and the war was won together. America came in on third base, anyway.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 04, 2017:

Tessa - Without America's help for Great Britain early in the war (and the heroism of the RAF and British people) there would have been no place for the American and Canadian planes, ships, and troops to launch their direct attack against the Third Reich from the east, making Hitler's military fight the two front war the Soviets were prevented from having to fight because the Japanese were busy elsewhere.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 04, 2017:

Tessa, Why do you suppose Germany's alliance with Japan did not result in The Soviet Union having to fight a two front war against the Japanese Imperial Army from the east and the Germans from the west? The answer is an obvious one. Admit it.

Tessa Schlesinger on December 04, 2017:

Nobody denies that America played a part, but the fact that you are a young country doesn't give you much of a perspective. Without the British Empire, you wouldn't have had a place to park your planed, and without the escort of the Royal Airforce, your ships did not have safe passage. You have no conception of the size of the British Empire and the might of the Soviet Union at the time. It was Russia that took Berlin - not America.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 04, 2017:

While you are at it, Tessa, don't forget who braved the U-boats to carry USA supplies to the Soviets at Murmansk, and what the Soviets tried to do to the Finns while they were allies of Hitler. You might also recall who was flying supplies over the Himalayans to the Chinese, and busy with the Japanese and the Italians while the Soviets were meeting up with the Americans in Berlin.

Tessa Schlesinger on December 04, 2017:

Thank you! :) You have inspired me to write a hub on how Russia won WWII for the whole lot of us! :) Nobody ever talks about it. :(

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 04, 2017:

I was in such a hurry to compliment you, Tessa, that I inadvertently did the compliment before the "Approve." Sorry the praise came so quickly and the acknowledgement so late. Please forgive me?

Tessa Schlesinger on December 04, 2017:

You didn't publish my response? Why is that?

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 04, 2017:

Bravo Tim! Bravo Tessa! This is the kind of discussion I hope Americans will have, even those who once lived here for 11 years. After 400+ years America is still evolving (or devolving, if Tessa is correct) and "The future is ours to see, que sera, sera." Trump, BTW did not eliminate Bears Ears, or Escalante today. He and Zinke merely reduced them to what is actually monumental. We will still be able to hear the flutter of birds wings, the chatter of squirrels, and reach up as if to touch a myriad of stars in reverential silence, here in Utah, USA.

Tessa Schlesinger on December 04, 2017:

Fact. America did not win WW Ii. The greatest contribution came from Russia - not America. Go do some reading.

Fact. The internet was certainly created by Darpa. However, it was limited in its use. Timothy Lee Berners, a British scientist created the WWW (which is what most people mean when they talk about the Internet) at CERN in Switzerland. Go do some reading.

Yes.America was created an oligarchy, but there was never any intention to let the people have any real say.

In fact, you need to stop listening to propaganda and start doing some real reading.

As billionaire Nick Hanauer has sad 'The Pitchforks are coming.: You might like to google that.

It was German scientists who put men on the moon - not American brains.

And the money flowed into the USA because America was given the Reserve currency. This will be reviewed in 2020. China is being given serious consideration. Then FOREX will be measured agsinst the yen -not the dollar.

Oh, well, not my problem

Tim Truzy on December 04, 2017:

Facts to note: America was set up as an oligarchy with the vote gradually extended to all of her citizens. Fact: We didn't start W.W. II, but eventually saved Europe and the world from fascism and nazism. Fact: While the world laughed, we gave a man of color the most powerful position in the free world. Fact: America with her allies caused the Sobiet bloc to collapse from its own out-dated practices. Fact: Americans are incredibly hopeful.

I intentionally left out: creation of the internet, because many do not know America created and maintains it. I left out computer innovation. I left out quite a bunch of stuff others benefit from that we played a primary role in.

"I'm hopeful that our president grows with the job," as well. Otherwise, without a civil war, we can remove him.

Also, what's really under assault is education. Our founding fathers meant for us to be educated about our political process. Many Americans are not.

The world may laugh, indeed, they will; we just get results. (There is that little thing about the moon - we don't have to get to the stars. We already landed there.)

Tessa Schlesinger on December 03, 2017:

As someone who lived under socialist (mixed economies or otherwise known as democratic socialism) for at least 30 or 40 years of her life, in various countries in the European Union and South Africa, I would like to comment. I was and am a Bernie Sanders supporter, and I loathe Hillary Clinton. I have loathed her (and Bill) for some 25 years. I also have loathed Donald Trump for the same amount of time.

What I cannot figure is how anyone can have thought that this man would ‘grow into his position.’ He is quite clearly, to anyone of genius intelligence, stupid. He doesn’t have an ounce of wisdom, is self-interested to such an extent that he appears to most mental health professionals to be mentally ill, and he is beyond ignorant. I’ve forgotten how many times he has been bankrupt, and he doesn’t know anything about either morality or ethics. How on earth can anyone like this ‘grow into a position?”

Both the UK and the US were great countries to live in during the 50s and 60s. This was a result of progressivism which started coming into being at the end of the 19th century. As a result of progressivism, there were strong unions to temper ‘the robber barons,’ and a middle class was born.

As a result of the tenets of neo-liberalism implemented by Thatcher and Reagan, the old order was once again established. Put that together with increasing technology that put more and more people out of work, and you have your current position.

I’m afraid that neither of the slogans ‘together we are stronger’ or ‘make America great again’ in any way indicate the real issues.

Yes, most certainly something has been lost – the strong unions and the welfare state which enabled cheaper education, sufficient help to get those who needed it back on their feet, etc.

In the 50s and 60s, the world was also moving increasingly to secularism. Those countries which have maintained this state (Western Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) still have strong economies working for the people. No coincidence, they are also democratic socialist countries (i..e mixed economies with government using taxes to provide certain services to the public).

When one has freedom of belief and freedom of ideology, people will ALWAYS be divided in opinion. The thing that causes anger isn’t different belief systems. It is poverty and the lack of freedom to make one’s own decisions in life.

You currently have 56% of Americans with less than $1000 in their pockets and 25% of Americans with less than $100 in their pockets. That is the real source of anger. And because Americans (sad to say) are relatively ignorant and uneducated compared to the rest of the first world, they have arrived at the entirely wrong reasons as to why this is. It certainly isn’t a lack of faith in Jesus Christ. I’m afraid that the wealthier countries are all mostly atheist and secular. Plus they are democracies. In fact, 182 countries out of the 194 countries in the world are democracies of one sort or another.

America is not a democracy. It is not even a representative democracy. It is an oligarchy or plutocracy. The electoral college was set up to prevent we-the-people making the ‘wrong choices’ so that the elite could retain leadership.

The entire voting process in the States is undemocratic. Put that together with gerrymandering, and the last thing you have is a free and fair process to select suitable leaders.

It also doesn’t help that America has a culture of thinking that money makes one successful, and that if one isn’t successful, one is a loser. It is an extremely harsh environment to live in. I lived there for eleven years. I should know.

You ‘pray’ that your president will ‘grow into his job.’ Excuse me while I roll on the floor laughing. Not only do you elect a incompetent, immoral jerk to be president in the hope he will grow into being president, but you pray to a non-existent god that he will do so. I have news for you – leopards don’t change their spots.

You say “A year from now we will see just how far we have come as a sovereign people able to find and support worthy and effective leaders.”

I trust you now know that you’ve gotten precisely nowhere – that those of us in the rest of the world have relegated America to the backwaters. We know you’re beyond help and that you have no idea of what leadership is. It isn’t about power. Regardless of what you think, America cannot take on the entire world and your past allies are no longer your allies.

We’re tired of your wars, your ego, your posturing, your constant sticking your head into the affairs of other countries, and your erroneous belief that you offer some sort of democracy and freedom that the rest of the world doesn’t have. Most of you have never set foot into the rest of the free world. You have no idea.

I think Jeremy Corbyn will take the British premiership in the next British election which takes the UK back to socialism – when it was a great country. I think Bernie Sanders is too old to run for 2020, but 75% of Americans now support him. In any event, with some luck, Trump will have been so bad that most people will get away from voting for wealthy candidates and start voting for progressive candidates (NOT LIBERALS).

Tom from New Mexico on December 03, 2017:

Demas,l enjoyed reading your article. I think that we are in real trouble right now! We really need for all voters to start paying attention to what is happening. Maybe we need to overhaul the tax code but what the Republicans did was disgraceful. Why not include some Democrats in the writing of this legislation? Why the rush? We have one party rule now instead of representative government. A full half of our nation has no say in anything! What's worse is that sooner or later the positions will be reversed and the pendulum will swing too far to the left. This will be done out of spite not the national interests. We all deserve better than frat boys wreaking havoc on anything Obama just because it was his!

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 27, 2017:

MizBejabbers We made the mess, so we can fix it. It will be painful and slow. We didn't sell the farm in a day, and we won't win it back overnight. But when we are fed up with paying 30% in taxes and going deeper in debt without the benefits other people have while paying less (or more and getting everything some Americans dream of getting but aren't even close to getting) then things can be changed by a riled up and united people. First the uniting has to take place, as much by the common folk as it is now among the headliners and greedy folk.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 27, 2017:

You've made a very fair presentation, Demas. I saw and still see an overgrown spoiled child in Trump. I also realized that Hillary was no Bill who could get things done, and despite the fact that she remained true to her marriage while Bill ran around like a teenager, I decided to vote for her...with trepidation. I'm not sure that anyone can bring this country back to its post WWII glory days.

Our population has grown to side-splitting proportions, yet many of our citizens still argue that "we have room for many more people in this country." Have you looked at your grocery store shelves lately? Does your favorite dry goods store carry that pair of shoes in your size? Are you having to go online and buy foreign made goods to meet your needs? I'm just afraid we've reached our limit. We may have overpopulated, over polluted, and over consumed and will never be "Great" again" regardless of who is at our helm.

Ken Burgess from Florida on November 26, 2017:

Great article, a sane and rational perspective, something so common 30 years ago, yet becoming so rare to find in print today.

Trump is no JFK with an ability to weave a motivational speech like no other. Nor is he an experienced and articulate politician and patriot like Reagan. What he was seen to be by those who voted for him more than anything else, was the better of the two options presented.

Sadly politics for many has become for many people something that fall between sports fanaticism and religious extremism, the other side is the enemy, is downright the embodiment of evil, and there is no reason or rationale with those who are so blindly devout.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 26, 2017:

If I am wanting change then I cannot complain about governance that is new and different. I never became so important enough to demand that all my desires be enacted.But I hope for change. It is rough and tough and I am willing to suffer for the betterment of our governance.

You speak well here my friend.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on November 26, 2017:

Both candidates sucked.

Sharlee on November 26, 2017:

I enjoyed your article, you show great insight on a really difficult subject.