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December 1, 2016

The Trump Election and What It Means

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Kirby Delauter


You can hold the applause until the end of the column. Why, you ask? Because I called the Trump victory as soon as he filed the paperwork well over a year ago.


How could you not see this coming? We’ve had failure after failure from the Democrat left. Just to mention a few, there’s Obamacare, national security, the open border, the socialization of our military; and, just in general, the arrogance of the federal elected officials both Democrat and Republican. Donald Trump was new, not part of the establishment, and he understands economics. I saw that then, and I still see it today.


Let me go through the list one by one and explain why Donald Trump won (just as I predicted) by an electoral landslide.


Obamacare: This gem may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. I own a blue collar business. I have employees who, quite possibly for the first time in their lives, voted. They voted largely because their health insurance premiums were going up year over year, 25 – 200%.


One thing an elected official needs to know, when a blue collar worker can’t buy beer, cigarettes, snuff, lotto tickets or ammo for their hunting season, you – as an elected official – just woke up a sleeping giant. These are people who rarely, if ever, vote, are simple, hardworking, and they want one thing – to be left alone. Obamacare proved to them they were lied to, and it took away the excess cash (that most of them have little of) for the things listed above. Never before in my 30 years of being in the construction industry have I seen blue collar workers this engaged in politics and ready to vote the bums out.


National Security and Open Borders: Speaking of national security, a lot of blue collar workers, and many who work for my company, are military veterans. We have an Army infantryman; airborne, air assault qualified who has 16 combat jumps; a retired 20-year Army sergeant who was a drill instructor with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have a former Army non-commissioned officer, who works in our maintenance shop; and we had an employee just leave to go back to school who, when I hired him, I wasn’t sure by his young appearance that he was over 16. It turns out, as I read his résumé and looked at his attached DD214 (military background form) that he was in fact 22 years old and received a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge in Afghanistan. In plain clothes, he looked to be not more than 16.


These are people we hire in construction. These are people who have fought for the freedom Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and many other Democrats and Republicans took for granted. These veterans are smart, motivated and will not stand for open borders and policies of selling out the military such as Benghazi, or stealth secrets to the Chinese, that harm the country they fought for. Another major miscalculation by Hilary Clinton.


Socialization of the Military: From Bowe Bergdahl deserting his post and being treated like a hero by President Obama, to lowering the standards to a point where it may be harder to join the Cub Scouts than the Air Force, Mr. Obama and the Clinton machine ripped apart everything about the finest military the world has ever known in order to allow our enemies much needed time to close the gap militarily.


Decades of hard work wiped away in just a few years of socialization in the one area where socialization doesn’t work. The military has one purpose, to kill people. It’s not meant to be an experiment of social justice, and it’s not meant to be political. Its purpose is that when diplomacy and politics break down; or, as with Pearl Harbor or 9-11 when we’re attacked, the military is then sent to change the outlook of those who cannot be reasoned with through politics or diplomacy. Real soldiers, Marines, airman and sailors know this. People like Oliver North, Allen West, Kris Paronto, Marcus Luttrell, Eric Grietens and Ryan Zinke. The last two mentioned are former Navy SEALs who have been elected to federal office.


You’ll see more of that as well, veterans who fought for the freedom we take for granted, will run, get elected and serve in offices across the U.S. They’re tired of being pawns of the leftist, socialist agenda; and they’re tired of watching this country be torn apart by people who have never had any skin in the game. Again, another huge miscalculation by the Clinton machine.


This election was an election to save this country. Donald Trump won big, he won by an electoral landslide, and he won for a reason – because the American silent majority has finally stood up and said “Enough is Enough!”


Thank you Barack and Hilary, we couldn’t have done it without you. (Applause now, if you please!)


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