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Common Ground for Trump Fans, Hillary Supporters: The Government Is Failing Us

Common Ground for Trump Fans, Hillary Supporters: The Government Is Failing Us

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Denis Kleinfeld By Monday, 31 October 2016 08:59 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

I was at a dinner party Friday night where some people were for Donald Trump and some were for Hillary Clinton.

The discussion was friendly even though political. Thank goodness, we weren’t talking about religion.

The common ground was that both sides were very unhappy with their government.

Nobody had one good word to say about anything the politicians have been doing. Words like “leaderless," “corrupt,” “self-serving,” “stupid” and on and on were used to describe their common view of the failures of the Washington, D.C., political ruling class.

The deep divide was specifically over who should be the next president.

Two of the guys were for Hillary because they have done well under Obama with the low interest rates keeping their borrowing costs down. When asked, they said they were happier with the status quo. They were voting for Mrs. Clinton because she represented the status quo.

Their wives said Hillary is brilliant and fights for women and Mr. Trump is a bully, abuses women, and would end all the progress that women have made in recent years.

The Mrs. Clinton group seem nonplussed about the email scandal and fairly unaware of the problems of the Clinton Foundation. They seem to feel that the Clinton Foundation was doing wonderful and charitable work and the email issues were just the Republicans causing a lot of trouble.

So, I asked them how they thought Mrs. Clinton would change the government to make things better.

Are they for higher taxes?

Are they for the Iran Treaty?

Is Mrs. Clinton for expanding energy production?

Will Mrs. Clinton rein in entitlement spending?

Is the Black Lives Matter movement going to help the country achieve being color-blind?

I asked a lot of questions in a low tone and casually during the evening.

What I took away is that the supporters of Mrs. Clinton are low-information voters. These are the believers in mass movements that Eric Hoffer described in his book "True Believers."

They are proof that having a college degree doesn’t mean you can think.

To them, Mrs. Clinton is the new guru. And they want to believe she knows "The Way."

Text-book cases of cognitive dissonance.

The supporters of Mr. Trump were similarly peeved at the politicians in Washington, D.C., and they saw him as disrupting the status quo.

These people were angry and wanted change. I would easily say they were motivated.

They expressed utter contempt for Mrs. Clinton. I heard references to Whitewater, Chinagate, Travelgate, and lots of other scandals that involved the Clintons over the past years. They remembered the Clintons.

The latest round of scandals involving the emails, alleged laundering of money through the Clinton Foundation and, to some extent, the campaign of personal attacks on Mr. Trump was seen as just more business-as-usual for the Clintons. If she was elected, they fully expected it all to continue in spades.

Interestingly, neither the Mrs. Clinton camp nor the Mr. Trump camp disputed the view that Mrs. Clinton favors the Muslims as against Israel and that Mr. Trump definitely does not favor the Muslims. Nobody liked the Iran Treaty.

I sure would like to ask them their views as of today on the latest email disclosure involving FBI Director James Comey.

Seems that Comey made the best move he could do to get himself out of the middle of this explosive situation. The Huma/Anthony emails have been discovered.

Since there are 650,000 emails in question, there is every likelihood that new evidence may well have a dramatic impact on Comey’s prior testimony that Mrs. Clinton is in the clear.

The news reports say the emails have not been looked at since the DOJ has not gone to court to get a search warrant.

Strategically, with Comey coming forward, then responsibility has been passed from Comey to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take the next step — or not.

In the meantime, voting is underway.

Which group of voters will win this election?

It will be either those who want the unknown consequences of continuing the status quo, or those who want the unknown consequences from disrupting the status quo.

To paraphrase from one of my favorite television programs when I was a kid:  Stay tuned. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.   

Denis Kleinfeld is known as a strategic tax and wealth protection lawyer, widely published author and creative teacher.  

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I was at a dinner party this past Friday night where some people were for Mr. Trump and some were for Mrs. Clinton.
hillary clinton, donald trump, government, washington
Monday, 31 October 2016 08:59 AM
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