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Monday, May 13, 2019

Trump is the cure

Ol' Remus at the Woodpile Report raised a troubling concern about the dehumanization of the majority of Americans.

He wrote, "We've allowed whites to be treated as a noxious contaminant in an otherwise pristine population. No insult, no slur, no lie is forbidden. And no matter how outrageously abusive the slander, it can be done publicly with impunity.

"There was a day when I said this only about us Appalachians. There came a day when the assault had expanded to include all white men. Now it's all white people, past and present, and every construct and symbol of our existence. But they should have a care. There's a rock ahead of their showboat, just under the surface, as Heartiste has pointed out.

"Elitist whites have seen street theatre and random violence by adolescents and impulsive underachievers. They haven't seen calm, calculated and implacable countermoves by the capable and determined. Now that engine is ticking over. Remember who turned the key."


As an Appalachian by choice (and while I was born and reared in Cleveland, my great-granddaddy started a store in 1893 in Wheeling that still exists today), I am well aware of the mockery and putdowns.

But we are a resilient people who size up our critics and often find them lacking. We also judge people by their actions, and not their words.

No state went for Donald John Trump the way West Virginia did. I was unsurprised because after three decades of observing West Virginia voters, I had seen only two other men connect with West Virginians the way he did.

One was Bob Byrd who was revered as one of us who made it big and never forgot us, and the other was Arch Moore who was revered as the guy who got things done. Both men were excellent and entertaining on the stump, both were cunning, and both went their own way.

Now I did not like Byrd but Arch was as tough as driving Route 47 at night in a rainstorm.

The Germans blew off his face and left him for dead in a farm field. Somehow he crawled out of that muck and mire and made it through law school, rising to Congress and then three terms as governor.

The Donald understood West Virginia in the same way its two most successful 20th century native son politicians did. That is how good he is at politics.

Donald John Trump jabbed at the establishment in a manner that got under the establishment's teeth. Plus he was patriotic and entertaining.

But above all, he showed a true love of West Virginia, which we reciprocated.

When he put on the miner's helmet and pretended to dig while he said "I dig coal," we all laughed (that's not how you mine coal) and at the same time we applauded him. It was the only time he wore a hat at a rally that was not his own.

Coal miners are about 3% of the state's workforce and most of the state is not located in a coalfield.

But coal mining is woven into our state's tapestry. And when you say you will shut the mines and teach the miners to code, you insult us because we know mining takes far more skill and know-how than reading a teleprompter or coding a computer program.

One wrong move, and the roof collapses. You have to respect a man who willingly takes that risk every day, every week and every year until he retires. He keeps the lights on. The computers and teleprompters, as well.

Which gets me to why I am replying to Ol' Remus. He asserted -- quite correctly -- that the dehumanization of white people began with the Appalachians.

But the cure also began in these hills when the billionaire playboy from Gotham came here and wooed us as if we were the most important people in the world.

With President Trump taking the heat, we are moving forward not in anger, but in good cheer. We do not seek vengeance or punishment. We merely are standing up for America and for ourselves again.

This has little to do with race and everything to do with being marginalized. The marginalization and dehumanization of Americans is ending. President Trump is making Democrats and anyone else who dares to try to divide us by race pay.


  1. DubVee is the best state in the Union. Bar none. I am blessed to be living here, Big Time. My dear former home, Montana, is in the process of being corrupted by LibCommies, drunk with power and hypocrisy. I don’t see that happening here because the Left has already written us off as too peckerwood to invade. “I can’t associate with all those fat people!” Fine. Don’t.

    1. Why do I see one of the circus fat ladies of the "view"
      saying that...
      Spent a lot of time in Montana fighting fire. Fond memories working with the Crow fire crews ...
      The Cro whave fought the Greenies to
      get their own coal fired plant going -using their own coal..

  2. Respect is earned and President Trump respects people who work.

  3. When the fire breaks out, or the water breaks in, there's only one thing you're concerned about.

    A breath of life in airless places.

    Guess who that is?

  4. Chateau Heartiste - the website was suspended for TOS violations? Hmmm....

    1. Yes; another light which helped illuminate the dark Internet has gone out.

      The Pogrom is well in hand. Who will be next?

  5. I think it's already begun.

    you insult us because we know mining takes far more skill and know-how than reading a teleprompter or coding a computer program

    I appreciate the dangers of any kind of mining and I am a great admirer of your thinking, but, if you think coding is easy, try it some time.

  6. The most important way to understand the difference between DJT and his Dem opposition is this -- Dems purport to love some amorphous thing known as the People. DJT loves people as individuals. He cares what happens not to the group, but what happens to each individual. This is his greatest strength.

  7. Reminds me of the only decent line from Sylvester Stallone's movie, "Cobra:" "Crime is a disease. I'm the cure."

  8. If you want to understand Appalachia, read James Webb's Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.