For those puzzled why so many millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump, there are logical explanations. A percentage of the population:
racists. They will always vote for
someone like Trump over a ticket containing a Black woman. This country invented racism. An in-depth study by the University of
Washington found that 70 percent of Americans are racists, even if they don’t
know it consciously.
2) Are swayed by celebrity status.
3) Like to be contrary and will vote for dead people, dogs and Mickey Mouse rather than an experienced politician.
4) Distrust science and education, a common thread in American life.
5) Are gullible and easily swallow lies spewed by Trump and his co-conspirators at FOX News and in the Republican Party.
6) Are genuinely frightened of the supposed Democratic plans to follow Socialistic policies, even if they don’t understand that Socialism embraces multiple concepts and that Social Security, Medicare and other programs fall into that same definition.
7) Want to “protect” their guns, parroting the repeated and false claims by the NRA that Democrats will take their guns, even though nothing of the sort happened under 16 years of Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama.
8) Are opposed to abortion and believe that Trump will end legalized abortion, ignoring the reality that he did nothing in his four years in office and could have. They actually think he has some convictions beyond his own self-interest.
9) Like seeing children in cages at the border, want a wall and embrace anti-environmental measures.
Pa Pay no attention to anything beyond their immediate lives and vote for a name they recognize.
The combination adds up to a sizeable percentage of the population.
Long-time historian Bill Lazarus regularly writes about religion and religious history with an occasional foray into American culture. He holds an ABD in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University. He also speaks at various religious organizations throughout Florida. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is the author of novels like The Great Seer Nostradamus Tells All and Adventures in Bonding (Bold Venture Press) as well as a variety of nonfiction books, including Comparative Religion for Dummies (Wiley Press) and the newly released Joy to the World: The Stories Behind Christmas Carols (Bold Venture Press) His books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, bookstores and via various publishers. He can also be followed on Twitter.