I travelled far and wide and learned why so many in the U.S. and Europe despite the popular trend known as "populism."
Investigative producer David Bernknopf tolerated me on our journey and joins me for this podcast.
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Ed Shaw says
This is the first podcast from you that I listened to. I liked it. It was balanced and fair. Thanks.
We haven't had a two-party system in several decades. We have a 2-faced Uniparty, the Republocrat party. So the 2016 election was the Republocrat Party against Donald Trump. Although he successfully hijacked the Republican Party to take advantage of their election infrastructure, he is not a Republican, so all the Republican monikers do not apply to him. People who voted for Donald Trump wanted one thing - that border wall that he is incrementally building despite the House's best efforts to prohibit the diversion of funds, which he is allowed to do under the Constitution.
Americans vote with their pocketbooks, not their ideology. Maybe 40% or so do, and there is no way the President or the media can convince them to do otherwise. The ideologues are from both parties, so they will always vote D or R depending upon what they registered as. The rest of the nation, are not ideologues but are selfish - they vote with their pocketbooks. Trump knew this, so his administration is building the border wall and making the economy work for more people specifically targeting two key constituencies: blue collar Democrats (mostly union) and minorities, specifically Blacks and Hispanics, both of which he has made significant inroads due to targeted economic policies that are now paying off.
While most Americans aren't aware that his initiatives in the Middle East has led to more stability, the side effect of no more wars has left more money available for so-called entitlements, so his lack of politicization of things like Social Security or SSI has led to a quiet bleeding of certain sub demographic groups within the broader group of older people that it is becoming more difficult to peg "throwing granny off the cliff" on the Republicans.