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Lest any wonder, this is why I have so long despaired of the contempt so much of the mainline Democratic Party has shown towards poor whites since Clinton was in office. One is entitled to be horrified at the state of mind of the Southerners, but the key states that led to this were Midwest states and a key demographic was former union members who the Democratic party abandoned some time in the '70s so that they could compete with Republicans for the big bucks from Wall Street. Compassion should have had a much greater role in the treatment of those whose lives were devastated by "off shoreing". So many were left in misery, and then Trump appealed to them. Democratic elites did it to themselves. Poor whites and union members were key constituencies for JFK and RFK, after all.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Nov 9th, 2016 at 02:55:50 PM EST
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