Democrats have themselves to blame for 2016

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017 10:20 am

To The Herald-Whig:

Barack Obama's resume included: Teaching for years Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" as a community organizer in Chicago.

Alinsky's son David wrote: "Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic Campaign in 2008."

With folded hands below his waist, Candidate Obama chose not to show respect for the National Anthem, nor wear an American flag lapel pin. Is there any question where the NFL players learned to take a knee?

Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a 1969 Wellesley student, interviewed Saul Alinsky and wrote her thesis on Alinsky's theories and methods. Clinton was offered a job upon graduation by Alinsky. She elected to attend Yale Law School, where she met her future husband Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton did not campaign in 33 states from August 2016 until the 2016 November election. She concentrated on a perceived lock on the blue Electoral College states. The bicoastal, global, secular, progressive, elitists had misread the traditional "fly-over country," and lost the presidency.

Two out of three 2016 voters believed the U.S. was heading politically in the wrong direction.

Wall Street reached record highs, while Main Street stagnated. Open borders allowed millions to enter the United States. Entrepreneurs were being stifled by regulation. Police were made to be villains, while Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter and anti-fascist groups were given a pass.

The inheritance tax hit farms and small businesses that had paid property taxes and income tax. This tax forced the sale of many multigenerational family farms and small businesses to pay the tax.

Average citizens were baffled at why extreme Islam was not named as an enemy of the U.S.

The Affordable Care Act, that the Supreme Court declared a tax, proved to be unaffordable.

Does anyone believe race relations have improved due to the Obama presidency?

This serves as a partial list of why "Make America Great Again" struck a chord in 2016.

Donald B. Stoneking

Basco, Ill.

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