Post-election of Donald Trump you’d think the Soviets had invaded and America was now an occupied country. Watching the hyper-hysterics of anti-Trump demonstrators, especially the tears, leads one to wonder how this nation will survive another 30 years if this is the “Best and the Brightest” being produced by our colleges and universities.

One expects such theatrics from celebrities; after all, pretending to be someone else or a heroic figure is how they make their living. From the sons and daughters of those able to afford a college education for their kids, the public should at least be presented with a few rational thoughts. Instead we are abused by crying college students followed by tantrums and wanton violence against both unlucky bystanders and local businesses. Even more disgusting is the provision of “safe spaces” stocked with puppies, coloring books and play-dough to sooth their wounded psyche.

Can you imagine for a moment how this bunch might have reacted to an actual attack upon their country? This December 7th is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Over 2000 Americans were killed in that attack and until the “9-11” attack in 2001, it was the largest enemy attack on American soil since the War of 1812. We’ve had some major disasters as well, the worst being the Galveston Hurricane of September, 1900 which killed about 10,000 people, leveling the city. Life and death are realities that all must deal with as all of us will eventually face a crisis in life that will challenge us beyond anything in our experience.

Past generations knew this; death was an everyday part of life. Prior to the 1920’s, maternal death in childbirth was not uncommon, losing half your children before age 10 was more normal than people care to remember.

My point is this: life is hard for most people of the world, most of the time and has been so throughout history. Weak civilizations or societies don’t survive; they either collapse from within or are conquered from without. Raising young men and women to be self-absorbed wimps will not create a better society and the evidence is being played out in the streets of urban America.

Looking back at the election which surprised most political analysts, it’s apparent that a seismic shift in political loyalties has occurred. The reason working men and women defected from the Democrat Party to the Republicans was obvious: they were left behind, forgotten and ultimately scorned by the urban, coastal elites who stopped listening to Americans a long time ago.

The national media mocked them as did then presidential candidate Obama in 2008; remember “bitter people clinging to their God, guns and religion?” Clinton made the same mistake by referring to Trump supporters as being “deplorable.” Within 48 hours Trump campaign buttons came out proudly stating “Adorable Deplorable for Trump.” It was a reflection of the failure of Clinton to show empathy with a sizable segment of the American people.

Government statistics constantly said life was better, the economy was great, Bin Laden was dead, etc., but the people weren’t feeling it. Simultaneously, Trump visited factory towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, affirming the reality of life in the post-industrial Midwest, describing closed businesses by names, towns with closed factories, citing numbers of lay-offs, jobs sent overseas. He attracted crowds of thousands, often over 10,000 who listened to a businessman-billionaire who promised to bring jobs back.

Meanwhile, the big fight in the Democrat Party seemed to focus on pushing little boys into the girls’ locker room at school along with other alien social experiments of no interest to Americans with real economic problems. Clinton didn’t help herself by catering to the San Francisco environmental elitists when she promised to put the coal industry out of business. Coal provided the power for mid-western factories that made steel and the fossil fuels the elites hated provided head-of-household jobs for an area severely impacted by a prolonged recession. Over 300,000 such jobs have been lost in the Mid-West due to environmental regulations pushed by the Democrats and federal agencies.

Appalachia in particular was hit very hard and ironically, this is the area the “War on Poverty” was launched by President Johnson in the 1960’s. Today’s Democrats stole the dreams of millions of modest households, forcing breadwinners to travel long distances for work, creating one-parent households, family stress and a host of other social ills. Their hope of escaping poverty was replaced by empty promises of new jobs and training that never materialized. The trade deals promoted by elitist hedge fund managers destroyed industry after industry, emptying towns, shredding communities, replacing hope with despair.

Trump was the only candidate taking on the powerful who destroyed the lives of millions. He did so fearlessly, creating a populist revolution that has just begun.

By Al Fonzi, RPSLO Chairman

First published in the Atascadero News on 18 November 2016