Presidential Campaign

Vote Trump for the preservation of the middle class

American filmmaker and author Michael Moore recently stated that, “[Trump supporters] are not racists or rednecks, they actually are pretty decent people.

Donald Trump went to the Detroit Economic Club and stood there in front of a Ford Motor Company executive and said, “If you close these factories, as you are planning to do in Detroit and build them in Mexico, I am going to put a 35% tariff on those cars … and nobody is going to buy them.”

{mosads}It was music to the ears of people in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Every beaten down nameless forgotten working citizen who used to be part of what was called the working class loves Trump.

They have essentially lost everything they had except one thing: the right to vote. While a millionaire has the same vote as the person without a job, there are more of the former middle class then there are of the millionaire class.

Poll after poll has shown that working class Americans are supporting Donald Trump while the millionaire class and Wall Street class are supporting Hillary Clinton. In September, Bloomberg Magazine ran a story entitled, “Hillary Clinton Is Outraising Trump 20-to-1 Among Billionaires.”

Many of the working class voters who are supporting Donald Trump are Democrats, who have not voted Republican since the days of Ronald Reagan. In 1980, many of them were World War II veterans, or “John Glenn Democrats.”

In 1980, Reagan came within ten points of carrying Mahoning County, Ohio, an area that was in the process of being decimated by the collapse of the steel industry. In his re-election bid for the U.S. Senate that same year, Glenn carried Mahoning by an 82%-18% margin.

Today many of these voters are Vietnam era veterans. Mahoning County is a deep blue county with high union membership compared with the rest of the state of Ohio. Yet, Donald Trump has a real chance of carrying Mahoning County this year, a county that was carried by President Obama in 2012 with 63%.

Over the last year, over 6,000 Democrats have switched their party enrollment from Democrat to Republican in the county. Mahoning and other “Rust Belt” counties have been devastated by NAFTA and other trade deals which have shipped millions of American jobs overseas.

Public Citizen, the consumer rights advocacy group led by Ralph Nader, estimates that NAFTA has cost Ohio alone over 300,000 manufacturing jobs. Bill and Hillary Clinton have championed NAFTA in the past and most recently have championed the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Author and writer Mike Lind writes, “The withering-away of industrial unions … will liberate the Democrats to embrace free trade along with mass immigration wholeheartedly. The emerging progressive ideology of post-national cosmopolitanism will fit nicely with urban economies which depend on finance, tech and other industries of global scope, and which benefit from a constant stream of immigrants, both skilled and unskilled.”

I ask myself which America will be better for myself and my family: Hillary Clinton’s “Free Trade America,” where jobs are shipped overseas and poverty is imported, or Donald Trump’s America, an America of economic nationalism, and fair trade where American jobs are protected.

The choice is clear. Vote for Donald Trump.

Sackowitz is a graduate student studying public history at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. He represents South Westbury on the Conservative Party Committee in Nassau County, NY. He has previously served in the office of former New York State Republican Assemblyman Robert Walker and Democratic New York Congressman Steve Israel.


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