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How Could This Happen: The five crucial factors by Susan Lee Schwartz

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I cried last night" and this morning I figured it out. I am no pundit, 'merely' a former teacher and a playwright) , born in 1941, who sees what is afoot on our national stage.

Here are the factors that led us to the triumph by a monster. If Trump won, it is because of these things -- my humble analysis, about this assault on our electoral process, -- after watching the enormous and carefully planned, successful assault on something else which was granted to our nation by our founding fathers-- our institution of public education.

* First of all, the CRUCIAL FACTOR is THE enormous pain of our people,! In a nation that is vastly ignorant about our history AND uninformed about what is afoot NO ONE- not the DNC--, paid attention to the PAIN of the masses of our people - the middle class, which was not just hurting, but impoverished and robbed of their homes, their livelihood and their future, as the GOP gave us INCOME INEQUALITY ON A MASSIVE SCALE.

Do not miss that link, even if you do not read the rest of my analysis. Trust my voice" go there, because it is THE reason why the people voted for Trump! You will not forget that last chart at the link" because that is WHY Trump won, and why Bernie would have won, if the DNC had not did its corrupt little thing.

The middle class has been torn apart with austerity. The GOP made the people suffer -- while allowing two trillion dollars of our GNP to be sent out of the country and blaming Obama.

This made it so easy to for the media -- which is totally owned by the oligarchs -- to use the POLLING DATA -- by all the self-appointed PUNDITS -- to hide the reality:

" The numbers weren't just a poor guide for election night -- they were an off-ramp away from what was actually happening," said Jim Rutenberg: " The misfire on Tuesday night was about a lot more than a failure in polling. It was a failure to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media. Journalists didn't question the polling data when it confirmed their gut feeling that Mr. Trump could never in a million years pull it off. They portrayed Trump supporters who still believed he had a shot as being out of touch with reality. In the end, it was the other way around."

Never forget the reality , which is that "In the next Congress, the very survival of the court as an independent body will be at stake, as will our democracy -- and the President will pick the justice.


Todd Gitlin's: What's Behind the Hillary Hatred Syndrome? is a really a smart analysis, and many of the quotes below are taken from it. "The media obsession damaged her reputation, but the obsessives were not original: They were cringing before the Republicans' tar-and-feather job --the fixation on emails, which had long been an addiction among Republicans and the right-wing media, suddenly became an addiction in the mainstream media as well. According to a Lexis-Nexis search, The New York Times, to cite one example, had seven stories that month with "Clinton" and "emails" in the headline. More important, most news sources reported erroneously that Clinton was the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI."

I read constantly, on all blogs and commentary threads, the tirades of bright people who made it sound as if she was responsible for everything that went wrong. Nick Kristoff, says in an article about her strengths:

"One of the great misperceptions of this political year, among many Democrats and Republicans alike, is that Hillary Clinton is a third-rate candidate with no core or convictions" He goes on to say: "The public perception of her seems to me a gross and inaccurate caricature. I don't understand the venom, the "lock her up" chants, the assumption that she is a Lady Macbeth; it's an echo of the animus a lifetime ago some felt for Eleanor Roosevelt.(When Roosevelt spoke up for Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, a letter in The Los Angeles Times thundered: 'When she starts bemoaning the plight of the treacherous snakes we call Japanese (with apologies to all snakes), she has reached the point where she should be forced to retire from public life.' Strong women sometimes drive people nuts.) In fact, what makes Hillary Clinton tick has always been a 1960s-style idealism about making the world a better place!"


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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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