While the post mortems on the 2016 general election are flying fast and furious, concentrating on the obvious “why” of the presidential election has escaped most of the talking heads. One commenter, though, summed it up cleanly in an extended essay in The Guardian about a visit to Muncie, IN (Why Trump Took Middle America by Gary Younge):
“What I heard over and over again in the city, in many different ways – in matters national and local, political and personal – was ordinary people feeling that they were not getting a fair shake. That the news they get is tainted, that politicians are lining their own pockets and getting away with it; that nobody in power really cares about them and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.”
Well, there was something We, The People could do about it. We elected the biggest monkey wrench that could be thrown into the gears of a government that for a long, long time hasn’t bothered to serve The People.
“Kill them all and let God sort them out.” (A probably apocryphal quotation from the First Crusade)