By Thomas Hester II (@thomasahester2)
In Columbus, Ohio there was a New Years Day sermon and this Black preacher in front of his beautiful Black congregation and said the title of my sermon is called Thank God For Donald Trump.
He goes to speak about how many who were children of the movement of the sixties, who saw their families march for those rights that their sons and daughters now enjoy got complacent.
That after 8 years of ‘Yes We Can’ and ‘Change’ there was a naiveté flourishing.
There’s a generation of kids who spent their whole life under Barack Obama, America’s first Black president.
Many of those in the congregation may have told their grandchildren, nieces or nephews that they are experiencing a post-racial world in Obama’s America.
They were wrong.
Thank God for Donald Trump
In the pilot of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show The Newsroom show producer MacKenzie McHale and Newsnight star Will McAvoy have a debate over why journalism is failing.
MacKenzie – And where does it say that a good new show can’t be popular?
Will – Yes, people choose the news they want now but-People choose the face they want now
The first major election in the social media era was plagued by misinformation from both sides.
After the results many on both sides of the party lines were insulting and dismissing each others reasons of why President-elect Donald Trump was chosen.
He did something I have seen in a long time.
He engaged the silent majority in a way that hasn’t been since Lee Atwater and Reagan.
Cutting food stamps became tough on crime or as Trump has described himself, the ‘law and order’ candidate.
Among the conversation of white privilege, affirmative action and reverse racism there are group of people left out.
Poor white farmers
There are places in America where the leading cause of death is liver failure because these citizens are literally drinking themselves to death.
They can not believe what this country has turn into and how they become forgotten.
Obama’s promises, to many, didn’t reach them and their anger was validated by an unlikely candidate, Donald Trump.
It was once said that all press is good press but there is something more desirable, name recognition.
Not since Arnold Schwarzenegger has there been such a name that prompts thoughts of success.
There was talk about how far Arnold would’ve gotten in politics if he was born in America.
He went as high as the governor of California.
Trump was born into wealth and in America, executive produced hit television shows, had a nationally known catchphrase and slew of other businesses.
Young voters may have first seen him in the Christmas classic Home Alone 2.
There have been many lawsuits, accusations of racism based off housing discrimination by Trump’s properties or how he has blatantly shared misinformation and treated the Central Park Five with disrespect even after the revelation of their innocence. The American Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klanchampioned Trump. Former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke endorsed him as well.
When the many issues of Donald Trump’s business practices or personal beliefs have been raised supported have a common refrain, we don’t agree with that but he’s going to look after us.
Thank God For Donald Trump
Make America Great Again has become a rally cry through out this nation.
Stereotypically speaking some supporters have traded their Confederate flags for the blue and white bumper sticker or the fashionable trucker hat.
Even the style of this hat subconsciously gives the sense of a blue collar, hard working feel.
The phrase has been a calling of sorts to the times of old reminiscent of Archie Bunker’s song of Those Were The Days lyrics like:
Guys like us we had it made
Girls were girls and men were men
Didn’t need no welfare star
Everybody pulled his weight
The question now is everyone going to be included in this new regime.
Will every American have their voice heard equally or promised to be considered at least at all?
Thank God for Donald Trump
The country is wide awake now.
Work towards solutions. Be Informed. Hold candidates accountable. Vote Locally.