Who matters? The voters

Regardless of your political leanings, you’re probably – or perhaps maybe – dismayed at some of the junk that’s going on in our country today.

I recently read an opinion piece about the “sore loser syndrome” – a good name, I think, for what’s happening since the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump. “They” were so sure – the media (national media), the celebrities, the Democrats. So sure.

They didn’t take into consideration the people who mattered most – the voters. You and me, small business owners, the people struggling under a $25,000 deductible under Obamacare, the “religious right wing” (for most politicians and journalists, that means fanatics, not simply people of faith).

They are so out of touch with the rest of us; in December the executive editor of the New York Times said in an interview that “We don’t get religion.” He is quoted as saying his journalists (and others) “have a hard time understanding religion and the role it plays in people’s lives.”

So the big-time journalists don’t understand. How much more out of touch are “celebrities” who now seem to believe they are the mind and conscience of the United States population? Why do their opinions matter at all – except they get the TV time and the print coverage. Networks that share their views are all too eager to give them as much airplay as possible. But why should any of us care what they think?

At the end of the day, I think the person who is the happiest in the world that Hillary Clinton lost is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She was looking at four years for Clinton’s first term, and Warren probably would not run against her if Clinton ran for second term. So Warren would likely have to sit out the dance for eight years.

BUT, when Clinton lost, the gate swung wide for Democrats to start making a run for the White House in 2020. And they’re off! Warren is quick out of the gate, taking an early lead with rhetoric at the Women’s March befitting a champion of the people, a woman ready to step up, to take up Clinton’s mantle and charge.

Oh, but, a close second out of the gate is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is determined to lead the Democratic party in their own personal revolt against President Trump. He takes grandstanding to a new level – tears over the president’s immigration policy? Tears? Really?

Following 9/11, former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernie Kerik was at Ground Zero with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) and Schumer for several days. On The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan on Fox News, Kerik said, “I never saw the man [Schumer] cry or whimper or any of that other stuff. That whole scene … I found it quite appalling. You didn’t cry on September 11th, you never cried with me or Rudy.”

With all the political wrangling and protests, the bottom line is Donald Trump is president of the United States. I’m not sure how he’s going to get around all the stuff the Democrats and Hollywood will continue to throw at him. But for the sake of our country, for the sake of unity the Democrats like to talk about but not practice, I hope he can find a way.