Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bazzo Says: No One but the Voters Saw This Coming

Bazzo Says:


Yes! We have not lost our country, yet. Trump won!

It’s not just that he won, but how and where he won. Somebody, I forgot who, said way back when and as late as three weeks ago this would happen. Oh yeah, it was me!

Now, to all my liberal readers, repeat after me, “Yes, Andy, you were right.” To anyone who could see what was right in front of them, this was predictable.

The first wave was in 2010 with the rise of the “Tea Party,” which gave the House to Republicans. The second wave was in 2012, when 3 million conservatives, who voted in 2008, stayed home. The third wave was in 2014, when the same “Tea Party,” who we were told was dead, not only kept the House and increased their majority, but gave them the Senate with a nine-seat sweep, but also gave the Republicans the majority of state houses. Each election cycle, the Republican base kept getting stronger, not weaker.

However, the establishment Republicans refused to listen to their voters. They made excuse after excuse on why they had to go back on their promises to the voters who put them in power. They kept passing budgets that funded everything Obama wanted and then some, increasing the deficit to $20 billion. The myth of gridlock was just that, a myth!

Hell, they would not even impeach the head of the IRS for abusing his powers and ignoring judicial orders to stop singling out conservative groups for denying them tax exemptions. They would not even impeach the head of the Veterans Administration for the shoddy way he neglected our returning vets. The Republican establishment was complicit in joining Democrats and Obama in ensuring illegal persons getting better government services than our vets. None of this went unnoticed.

So came the fourth wave, with the Republican base forcing out House Speaker John Boehner and replacing him with Paul Ryan. Still, the Republican establishment would not listen. They passed another budget funding everything Obama wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went on the Sunday talk shows to say the Senate would not block Obama, fearing retribution in the 2016 election. This, of course, caused the retribution we saw on Nov. 8.

This, of course, also caused the fifth and final wave, the candidacy and eventual victory of Donald Trump. As I have written in the past, the “Tea Party” was the creation of President Obama, but the Trump movement was the creation of the Republican Party and their betrayal of its voters.

We were told after the election of 2012 in the post-mortem that the Republicans, to win the White House, had to increase their voting base. This was correct, it was the “who” the increase should come from that was wrong. We were told that Romney was wrong in not fighting back and allowing the Democrats to define him and allowing debate moderators to manipulate him.

So, the first thing I and many others who voted saw in Donald Trump was someone who the Democrats could not define. After 30 years in the media capital of the world, we knew Trump, warts and all. We knew he judged women on looks, after all he owned beauty contests and we heard him on Howard Stern. We also knew he was not a racist. We also knew that in his business, he hired and promoted and paid people based on merit; not sex, race, religion or orientation. If they were good, they got hired, promoted and paid very well.

I and others saw someone who would not only fight back, but take the fight to the Democrats. Someone who would play offense, not continual defense. He made but one apology for who he was and is. I and others knew he was a New York liberal from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s mode, not the present model. I and others were not surprised when he went to the inner cities and the bluest of states in the effort to redraw the electoral map as we knew he, above all the other 16 candidates during the primary, would, could and did.

Trump did expand the voting base. He brought back the hard working people who pay the taxes that fund government giveaways, and that the Democrat Party, which used to own them, turned their back on them. In the final days of the campaign, he took the final fight to the Democrats’ backyard, reminding how over the years the Democrats took them for granted and did not even take the time over the campaign season to come to their state.

From the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling:
“If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; if you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same; if you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools.”

“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much; if you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”

Apparently, also president, for this was written in homage to George Washington. And no, I am not saying Trump is George Washington; do not kill the moment.

This is what I say. What say you?
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