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Good times of the past?
I'm old enough to remember the good times of the past (for middle class whites, that is). My father had no problem supporting a family, owning a new house and car and affording to send my sister and me to college. We were hardly wealthy but we were white and times were very good to us. Today, not as good for my kids and grandkids perhaps but far better for the poor and minorities and the country as a whole.
I have no problem accepting this as the natural progression of life. The typical old, white, middle-class family has big problems with it however. They believe they are better than the rest of the people because they were always led to believe they were by the politicians and society. When, all of a sudden, in the 70's and 80's the rest of society began to obtain the middle-class rights and privileges the whites have traditionally held they had a very difficult time accepting or even understanding how these "inferior" people were suddenly their equals and they still don't get it. A black president? Impossible - no black can be as smart as a white and be more powerful and successful than a white how dare someone like Obama pretend to be their equal??? Of course the conservative branch of both parties used the race card to keep whatever power they had in the past and let the middle and lower-class whites believe the rest of the population was lazy, stupid, greedy and undeserving of any support from them. The liberals, on the other hand, were just as guilty by throwing all their support towards equal rights for the minorities without even considering the consequences we now face today.
Why is Trump so popular? He speaks for those whites whom feel left behind. Of course they really haven't but when they see people that traditionally they believe should be poor and uneducated they ask themselves why? The answer (as far as they can understand) is these people are "stealing" their god given rights and those gosh damn Liberals are the cause of it. Whites still rule and run this country but politicians on both sides know that race baiting is and always has been a sure way to gain and keep power in this country and both sides practice it from different perspectives. Until both parties represent everyone equally things are never going to change.
Trump or Hillary certainly are never going to even try to bring the country together and although Bernie is (was) good intentioned the best he could ever hope to do realistically was plant the spark to bring about change. Change is not going to happen here for a long. long time and most of us "old" guys are certainly never going to see it!