In many places, schools are failing and the youth have lost hope for the future. Businesses are fleeing the country because they're...
In many places, schools are failing and the youth have lost hope for the future. Businesses are fleeing the country because they're unable to turn a profit because of high taxes and unfair foreign competition. The cities and states that were once teeming with wealth and prosperity have become nothing more than cheap heaps of land. Many Americans see a country falling between their finger tips as job opportunities disappear in front of them, and their children are sent to schools that seem to do more harm than good. Now, with no where else to turn, it becomes obvious why Trump's slogan Make America Great Again appealed to so many.
Make America Great Again has created nothing short of controversy. Many have labeled the saying racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and an array of unfounded slander to discredit the true meaning behind the idea. Job economy is at an all-time low, the unemployment rate for people with a college degree is five percent, and those without a degree sit at ten percent ... the highest it's ever been since 1983 from Jimmy Carter, who promoted the skyrocket of unemployment through an incredible high amount of income tax for big corporations, totaling out at 70 percent in his last year in office during 1980. To fix the issue Carter created, he distinctively focused on lowering taxes for big businesses, bringing them down slowly to 50 percent in 1983, and finally to just 28 percent in his last term in 1988. Throughout the years, it became undeniable Reagan's legacy was fixing the job economy, and it's clear he did that through lowering the highest rate of taxes big corporations and businesses have to pay. It's important to note, as well, that in 1988 the unemployment rate fell almost seven points, bottoming out at over 5 percent. As Reagan stepped out of office, the economy continued to prosper due to his tax plan.
It's not trickle down economics, it's logic. Democrats riot in protest of a man who wants to develop job growth, while they hurl stones through the windows of small businesses. Liberals take to the streets to protest, burning the property of companies such as Waste Management or automobiles, in slew of the ideas of a man who wants to bring those exact companies back to the country for job growth for the middle class, for the working class. Those who take to protest, and those who take to riot and destroy property and create harm to the finances of local businesses, only make themselves look ridiculous in the process. Simply covering up their inane actions by labeling Trump as a racist or xenophobe doesn't justify their blatant disrespect for their fellow Americans, but only shows their inability to understand they're the root of the problem. People like the San Francisco protesters, who were raised in upper class families, many of which had parents as doctors, nurses, or successful businessmen simply can't grasp the concept of something that has been going on for twenty years, from Carter to Reagan, to H. W. Bush to Clinton, to W. Bush to Obama, and now Obama to Trump. The only thing that has changed is this is the first time the country is filled with college students who aren't affected by the sloping economy, because Obama refused to touch the tax rate for his entire presidency. As a result, those on college campuses can't relate to the problems for those without a college degree, because they've never experienced. Regardless of the generation of naive millennials, everyone else understood the process that was taking place. Many solidly blue states, such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina turned red in support of Trump. Even more, the motor field of the world stood behind Trump in the 2016 election, as Americans watched in shocked as Michigan turned red for the first time since 1988, after Reagan's dominating two terms. One of America's greatest travesty's was the fall of the super-power city Detroit. Known as the motor city of the world, Detroit was one America's greatest producers of automobiles and helped create thousands of jobs for it's single city. However, as companies began to be hit with United States taxes, yet still forced to compete with the growing precise of foreign automobile trade such as Toyota, Detroit fell drastically over time. Detroit went from a city with worldly super power, to a poverty-ridden, crime infested plot of land, all because of tax and foreign competition. Apart of Trumps proposed plan, those companies would be brought back to Detroit and Michigan and boom their economy once again. This is something the people of Michigan understand enough to take to the polls to force change in their homes, to change what is now a heap of potential that was stripped away from them. This is something that liberals in California don't understand, because the only factories in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley are used for museums and hippie joints to decorate with Christmas lights and admire the steel beams. Unlike those who protest the advancement of bringing back these job, this movement of making America great again is a livelihood that places like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania experience every day. And it's the only livelihood they can depend on, and Donald Trump's plan is to bring that back.
So, ask yourself why this plan would appeal to places like California. How could it possibly appeal to a college student in San Francisco or Oakland whose whole life has been predetermined by wealthy parents. Many protesters attend the finest institutions in the United States, yet are still able to find injustices in their world? Or are these injustices more of a leisure opportunity to protest the outcome of something you didn't win, like an angry kid who just watched his beloved baseball team get crushed by the other guys. Will the young child not throw his cotton candy that his parents bought him on the ground, stomp his feet and throw his arms around at anybody that tries to calm him down?
Ironically, California and other blue states alike seem to live in in their own world of hypocrisy and delusional. They seem to pretend that their progressive, believing in going against corporate greed and industrial practices like Michigan and Detroit. Yet, their own state is one of the biggest economies of the world simply because of corporate greed. Silicone Valley is a prime example of this, where rent can go upwards of over a million dollars a year to rent out a worn down, one bedroom house, whereas in Detroit the nicest mansion won't cost you more than a couple hundred bucks. California is overwhelmed with startup companies, providing college students with hundreds of job opportunities left and right. At the same time, they push for a higher minimum wage to support their lavish style of living. They eat the finest Italian meals from cultured San Francisco chefs, experience the heartbeat of Berkeley with live entertainment and a swarm of tourists pumping millions of dollars into their state and cities a year. They live in a bubble of money, derived from greed of corporate owners who have the okay from millennials and California residents to charge $25,000 a month for a single room apartment in downtown San Francisco. All of this happened many years ago in Detroit, and Michigan, too, was a booming blue state that wouldn't consider a Republican and often laughed at the thought. Yet, as their crown jewel feel and Michigan was forgotten, they turned red to help their economy back on track. Will California do the same thing if, or when, their economy crumbles?
The reality is college kids don't care, why would they? They attend luxurious colleges with the finest professors, and experience booming economies with the help of Silicone Valley, San Francisco, Berkeley, and more. Yet they believe they're justified in attacking a group of people who were once exactly like them. Ironic? Definitively. Can the problem be fixed? Absolutely.
The problem starts with society as a whole. The problem starts with what we are told to believe, and what the facts actually are. Our government, our society, and our livelihood depend on a series of facts, not opinions. The reason so many blue states changed to red is because opinions were put aside, and facts were the driving force to get voters to pencil in Trump's name, not Clinton's. Because Clinton represented the same of the problem, and what Americans opinions are about either Trump or Clinton became invalid because of the facts being presented. Protesters chant in the streets, "Love Trump Hates! Love Trump Hates!" like it's something to be taught, when it's nothing. Everyone understands the world is a better place without hate, Republicans and Democrats alike. However, the media has twisted the idea of what it is to be a conservative, or what it is to liberal, and constrained us to a set of beliefs that prevents the country from moving forward. It's a constraint that has been created by the highest powers of media, and the people used the key to lock themselves. Now, it's up to us as a society to first find the key, then take off the chains. The first step is understanding.
There's no doubt that if Democrats have won, many Republicans would take to the streets in protest. While it's irresponsible to say what extent upset Trump supporters would go to, it's also malicious to avoid the idea that it wouldn't happen. Additionally, Democrats would have no shortage of laughter aimed at Republicans, much as we see currently. However, it is also crucial to understand many Republicans are trying to avoid the cat and mouse game that has been constructed by people of power to keep the masses in confusion. It's important to realize that many conservatives understand the pain liberals feel in losing the Presidential race, therefore protesting and rioting only hurts progression.
Love Trumps Hate is a real and valid statement, but not original. Nobody likes to be hated on, whether your a mean jock or innocent nerd. The world is a better place with more love than hate, and you'll find the majority of people agreeing with that. However, in this case it doesn't apply ... because these election results wasn't about hate, it was about reality. Opinions were put aside, and blue states turned red. Unfortunately, places like California and Illinois proved themselves unable to see this reality, and only hold on to opinions constructed by people above them. As someone who was born and raised in California, I say these things with the utmost respect for a state I have enormous pride in, yet saying it's unfortunate to see a country divided because a group of people refuse to accept the results of an election chosen by the people. If the results were flipped, these same people would be jolly and giggly in the streets, hugging and dancing as they prance about their new leader Hillary Clinton. It becomes apparent the only hate being created is by the side that is lost.
By Michael Marsh