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Saturday, April 29, 2017

An Aussie writer visits the Trumpy state of West Virginia

Cameron Stewart, Washington correspondent for the Australian, ventured into deepest darkest West Virginia to grade President Trump's first 100 days. He went to the experts. Oh not those silly putzes on television who got the 2016 election wrong. No, he visited the good people of Logan, in the heart of the southern coalfields of West Virginia.

They got the election right. They voted for Donald Trump, the first presidential candidate to care about West Virginia since Jack Kennedy in 1960.

From Cameron Stewart:
Scott Atkins says he can feel the quickening pulse of the coalmining community of Logan, West Virginia, from the mood of those who come into his B&B Loans and Guns store on Main Street.
“Something phenomenal is happening around here,” says ­Atkins as he sells a handgun to a customer. “We’ve seen probably a couple of hundred men go back to work (in the mines) in the last hundred days.
“Confidence has come back to this town after Donald Trump cut those (environmental) regulations on the coal industry. It’s all about real life here in Logan, getting a job, making a home and raising your family. So people around here think Trump has made a good start.”
The piece went on like that. People are upbeat. Logan is a Democratic stronghold -- or was until the Democrats nominated Al Gore 17 years ago and began hugging trees instead of people.

Gradually voting Republican for president (Bush 43 twice, McCain, Romney, and now Trump) became voting Republican for Congress and elsewhere down ballot. The Legislature flipped Republican in 2014 after 82 years of Democrats.

Wrote Cameron Stewart:
In states such as West Virginia, which delivered Trump his second biggest margin in last year’s election, the President is seen — so far — as someone who has been true to his word on the things that matter to small-town communities, the places where Trump’s “forgotten people” live.
“A lot of issues that people have been up in arms about in Washington are really irrelevant to us here in West Virginia,” Clinton Craddock, a fourth-generation coalmine worker from the town of Madison, tells Inquirer.
“You know people care more about what’s going on here in this town, with their jobs and their livelihoods.”
In these small towns, controversies such as the congressional ­inquiries into Russia’s links to the Trump administration or the allegations that Barack Obama eavesdropped on Trump in last year’s election are mostly white noise.
“I voted for Donald Trump and I didn’t get one phone call from the Russians telling me to do so,” says Atkins.
The people of Logan know the Russian rouse was just a cover for the rogue Obama regime to spy on The Donald. Thus, Atkins mocked this.

Wrote Cameron Stewart:
It is a reminder that 100 days into Trump’s presidency there are still two Americas and that in this deeply polarised country the half of America that voted for Trump has not walked away from him.
Just as the nation was polarized 56 years ago when JFK visited Logan -- polarized between the haves and the have-nots.

Like Trump today, Kennedy lived among the haves but sided with the have-nots.

Cameron Stewart no doubt amused his readers on the other side of the world with this passage:
Retiree David McCormick wears a cowboy hat as he walks down the Main Street of the coalmining town of Madison and says Trump is doing everything he wanted him to do in his first 100 days.
“He is standing up for the little guy and he is not acting like a typical politician,” says the 73-year-old. “He is trying to do a good job but the Democrats and the ­Republicans and the news media won’t let him.
“There are two things on top of my list. If you are against guns, I don’t vote for you, and if you want to kill babies, I don’t vote for you. I like that Trump is not politically correct. I am not politically correct.”
As if to prove it, McCormick pulls back his coat to reveal a pistol strapped to his side. “You ain’t got these in Australia, have you?” he asks. “That’s because you don’t like guns; you are all communists down there.”
But the truth is, his readers seemed envious of Logan, West Virginia. The comments included:
The only feisty aspect of the start of Trumps reign was the failure of the Democratic Party's efforts to derail him. He's seen to have done more in 100 days that Obama in 8 years. And the press never even saw it coming.
Trump is a Godsend to America and no amount of viciousness from the likes of privileged Hollywood and Harvard left-wing types will stop his progress. Whenever I visit the States, I go to what I've always called 'the real America' and avoid the false and fake parts like California, NY and Chicago. I love Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina where the real Americans live. I'd live there in a heartbeat if I was fortunate enough to be able to. Go Donald!
Trump's magnificent. Best President since President Kennedy.
If nothing else, Trump has stayed true to his supporters, unlike a certain PM that springs to mind.
There is a universal longing for leadership that sides with the people outside the power centers of the world.

One more thing. Trump carried West Virginia by the largest margin ever -- even larger than Kennedy in 1960 and the previous record holder, Lincoln in 1864.

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  1. Alls I can say is: Almost Heaven, baby! I just hope the Ho-Lie-Wood and East Coast snobs don't find out what a beautiful, down-to-earth state this is. Then they'll come here and ruin it, just like they are in the proceas of doing to Montana.

    1. Or parts of Oregon..
      West side is gone already....
      TG McCoy

  2. I saw a shirt at a gun show a while back that had something like a ballot printed on it. The choices printed were Democrat, Republican, and I Want My Country Back. Guess which one had the check mark.

  3. I've always loved that picture above, Don. JFK having to stand on a kid's high chair since in those days candidates didn't drag around podia and risers with the candidate's name plastered all over it. And the little kid playing with a gun, sticking it into his mouth.....any kid who tried that nowadays would see his parents hauled away to the hoosegow for child abuse!

    1. Kid is probably enjoying the moisture from his squirt gun.
      (Kennedy's standing on a kitchen-style step stool. The steps flip out when you need them, you flip them back in when you don't.

    2. The kid had wisdom, some how he knew what liberalism would do to this nation and was seriously considering opting out.

    3. Hahaha Jeremy! I felt like that too during the dark days of Obummer.

  4. That stool was the first thing I noticed: flimsy things, and standing on the seat requires gymnastic talent - too much pressure on the 'back' and the seat tries to flip you.

    1. We used to have one of those.

      -Mikey NTH

    2. I still do. Handy but not too safe of a "ladder". Kennedy, with his really bad back, was at risk, but good for him.
      He certainly wouldn't have the same following today as then since he would not be a modern Democrat.

    3. I still do. Handy but not too safe of a "ladder". Kennedy, with his really bad back, was at risk, but good for him.
      He certainly wouldn't have the same following today as then since he would not be a modern Democrat.

  5. Australians are down with the hats, though.