We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Amusing piece about the class component of the recent election. I think Fred overstates it though, because Trump did collect the bulk of the Republican base everywhere. Admittedly, many country club Repubs held their noses and voted Trump. Holding one's nose is a normal part of voting.
Tough to pigeonhole Trump because he tosses out so many top of the head first offers, then refines and re-refines his positions as he gets feedback. Definitely not the MO of typical Washington politicians, and it drives the pundits nuts trying to figure him out. Trump's actions so far (appointments mostly) seem to hint the nannie state may get un-nannied somehwat, if nothing else. Withholding judgment until I see what he and his appointees actually do, and get done after 1/20.
As soon as I heard Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," taken directly from Reagan's first campaign, I realized he had studied Reagan's campaigns (or had his consultants study them), and then employed the same tactics. Reagan won by pulling traditional Democratic voters away from the Democrat Party, which is exactly what Trump did. He did it by focusing on issues that Americans have deep feelings on and did it in a way to have Hillary and the Democrats start demonizing such views as being racist, sexist, Islamophobic, etc. Every time they did that, he then pulled another bloc of voters away and into his camp.
As I always told my friends, Trump was the only one who could beat Hillary, because he was willing to take her head on, and would go after Democrat votes. All the other candidates would have been destroyed by Hillary. They had such a puritan, narrow conservative view, mainly made up of fixed litmus test bullet points, that they would have attracted only a narrow base of support in the end. Those were the opponents that Hillary was planning for, running against a Cruz or a Rubio, or even a Bush or Kasich who would have been painted as a Cruz or Rubio, and Trump totally upended it.