aside Buyers’ Remorse Is Setting In For Some In PA Who Voted For The President

Image result for jon ossoff gayThere is a recent Pennsylvania poll demonstrating that buyers remorse is beginning to felt by some who voted for the republican President Donald Trump. He will always have his hard core supporters but outside of this group, those who voted for him are having second thoughts. There is a recent poll which supports this premise as well as a first hand account by a reporter who returned to the scene of a county which delivered a narrow victory for our president.

Let’s hope that this state of voters’ regrets is a true mirror of how Americans are feeling across the country. Today, 4/18/17, there is a Georgia special election taking place to fill the republican seat previously held by the current HHS Secretary Tom Price. The president won in this district by about 1%. If the highly qualified democratic contender Jon Ossoff prevails in this race, this will be a positive sign for democrats in the 2018 election cycle. He has served in the Georgia General Assembly. On 4/18, he can win the 6th district’s seat outright in the U.S. Congress if he wins by more than 50%. If he wins with a margin of less than 50%, he will have to run again against the republican nominee on June 20.

Image result for jon ossoff gayAs per a 2/23/17 CBS (News Radio 1020 KDKA),–”A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows less than one-third of all Pennsylvania voters approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing.”

“The Franklin and Marshall College poll shows only 32 percent of those surveyed think Trump is doing a “good” or “excellent” job.”

“Remember, the job performance of even Sen. [Bob] Casey is not good. The fact of the matter is that the voters – Democrats and Republicans – are pretty fed up with politics,” Poll Director Terry Madonna said.”

Image result for IMAGES OF Parx Casino IN PAOn 4/17/17, Matt Flegenheimer of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump Voters in a Swing District Wonder When the ‘Winning’ Will Start.”

Excerpts:

Usually, (the) pathway outside Parx Casino is reserved for self-flagellation, a private lament at the last hundred lost. But lately, as with most any gathering place around here since late January —  patrons have found occasion to project their angst outward, second-guessing a November wager.”

“Just like any other damn president,” sighed Theresa Remington, 44, a home-care worker and the mother of two active-duty Marines, scraping at an unlit cigarette. She had voted for Donald J. Trump because she expected him to improve conditions for veterans and overhaul the health care system. Now?”

Related image“Political bluster,” Ms. Remington said, before making another run at the quarter slots. She wondered aloud how Senator Bernie Sanders might have fared in the job.”

“Such is a view from this swing county of a swing region of a swing state that powered Mr. Trump’s improbable victory, an electoral thermometer for a president slogging toward the end of his first 100 days. A stress test arrives Tuesday, with a special election for a House seat in Georgia (4/18/17).

“But it is here, among voters in one of the nation’s few true tossup districts, where any lasting strain may be felt most acutely.”Image result for PHOTOS OF BUCKS COUNTY PA

“In consecutive presidential elections, Pennsylvania’s Eighth District, which includes Bucks County and pockets of Montgomery County, has delivered Republican nominees their narrowest margins of victory in a congressional district. Mitt Romney won it by one-tenth of a point in 2012. Mr. Trump prevailed by two-tenths, attracting many of the relatively affluent and educated white suburban voters who were expected to lift Hillary Clinton, last year’s Democratic candidate.”

“The result is a patch of purple political terrain — specked with tree-lined blocks, sprawling estates and multiplying recovery houses — that looks much like the rest of a bitterly divided country, sorting itself generally into three camps: those with regrets about supporting Mr. Trump, those without them and those who cannot believe anyone supported him in the first place.”

Related image“No one wants to be wrong,” said Brian Mock, 33, a tattoo artist in Levittown, Pa., and a Trump skeptic. “It’s seeing a house on fire and saying, ‘That house isn’t on fire.’ It is very clearly on fire.”

“Yet interviews with voters across the district suggest a nuanced view of a president getting his sea legs. Many still trust him, but wonder why his deal-making instincts do not seem to be translating. They admire his zeal, but are occasionally baffled by his tweets. They insist he will be fine, but suggest gently that maybe Vice President Mike Pence should assume a more expansive role.”

“Perhaps most forcefully, they question when they will begin to see more of that word they were promised, the outcome that voters were supposed to be “sick and tired of” by now, in Mr. Trump’s campaign estimation.”

“Winning.”

“It’s not what he’s done, it’s what he’s trying to do,” said Bill Yokobosky IV, 33, a train engineer from Langhorne, Pa., who was waiting for a haircut at a strip mall. “He hasn’t succeeded, really.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF BARBERSHOP IN LEVITTOWN PA“Like many colleagues from his rail union, Mr. Yokobosky defied leadership wishes in voting for Mr. Trump. He does not regret it, and he is eager to defend the president against the “nit-picking” of opponents, particularly over any links to Russia. But he has come to consider the perils of a commander in chief plainly “trying to learn on the fly.”

“He’s fighting himself and he’s fighting Washington,” Mr. Yokobosky said. “They’re just trying to get settled in there.”

Image result for images of PA Representative Brian Fitzpatrick,“Mr. Trump is not the only newcomer getting acclimated. The district’s congressman is Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, a former F.B.I. agent whose brother Mike won, lost and reclaimed the seat over the past dozen years before stepping aside in January.”

“At times, Mr. Fitzpatrick, a Republican, has created conspicuous distance from Mr. Trump, criticizing his attempts to ban travel from several predominantly Muslim countries and opposing the Trump-backed health care bill that failed in the House. “We need more districts like this,” he said. “It’s a bellwether.”

“Some critics of the president seem to hope so, describing a change in at least a handful of Trump-supporting neighbors recently: a humbling in the face of his stumbles, among voters who used to gloat.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF Positively Records in Levittown,“They’ve quieted down,” said Doug Meginley, the manager at Positively Records in Levittown, perched beside an Elvis mask, a Vanilla Fudge drumhead and a Monkees-themed tambourine. “The Trump supporters know.”

“At the same time, many in the area have made a point of reinforcing their loyalty, letting bumper stickers linger and Facebook posts bloom.”

In December, some traveled west to Hershey, Pa., for a stop on Mr. Trump’s “thank you” tour.

“Patricia Poprik, the chairwoman of the Bucks County Republican Committee, brought her two granddaughters, one of whom had requested a meeting with Mr. Trump as a Christmas gift.”

“He goes, ‘Girls, you gotta do better than that,’” Ms. Poprik recalled of the presidential greeting backstage.”

“She acknowledged some “glitches” early on, including Mr. Trump’s halting progress on key campaign promises. But she remained broadly supportive.”

“He thought he could go faster. I knew he couldn’t,” Ms. Poprik said from her office. “You’ve got to get your rhythm.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF PA Bensalem EVENT WITH TRUMPMany seem inclined to give him the space. Last month, hundreds gathered in frigid temperatures at a park in Bensalem for an event without the president, or any marquee speakers, simply to say they had his back.”

“It’s really disheartening what they’re putting him through,” said Jeanne Maher, 66, from Langhorne, whose husband, a bonsai artist, affixed a “Hillary for Prison” sticker to his motorcycle during the campaign.”

“That message is gone now, but they have not removed a campaign lawn sign. “We’re proud of it,” she said. “We don’t want to take it down.”

“Other local displays have been maintained less happily.”

“Mike Mallon, 42, who owns a custom printing company in Bensalem, has kept a sign in front of his home since shortly before the election, positioning it now beside two small American flags and beneath a porch that includes two headless mannequins.”

“WORRY,” the poster reads simply.

“Then there is the rendering Mr. Mallon created himself, a canvas depicting the outlines of Mr. Trump’s face, barbed wire, a border wall and a pile of ironic trophies. The piece’s title is familiar, he said.”

“¿Winning?”

19 comments

  1. I have wondered more than once if the fable of the average American, is real. Over the last several decades we have shifted from a nation of people with a “can do” attitude to one whose people exhibit the “not my job” attitude. While IMO the Russian connection played a major part in the defeat of Hillary Clinton in November, that was not the only reason for her loss. The apathy of the voters who simply did not care enough who was elected had a huge impact on the election, and as noted many times before, it is that apathy that allowed the outside influences to take control of the election. Far too many of our citizens have given up on our government and simply don’t care who is in control until it affects their own personal space, then suddenly they are up in arms and demanding change and aghast that the person that their fellow citizens elected would do such great harm. It still has not occurred to them that it would have been much easier to prevent the person from gaining office then it will be to remove them from the position.

    If we think back to the campaigning during the election, how many of us took the words from many of the supporters of King tRump about their willingness to participate in armed revelation if he was not elected seriously? How many of us are prepared to see that happen in the event he is impeached? My fear is not so much that he will remain in office for a protracted period of time, but what will happen in this nation if he is removed from office. The real question we need to ask at this point, will the cost of removing him from office be larger that the cost of his remaining in office, and I might suggest that each and every one of us think long an hard about that. Does that mean I don’t want him out of the position that IMO he occupies illegally, not for a second, but I do suggest that we are not unified enough to attain the goal, nor are we prepared for the risk being taken…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Your premise is a serious concern. The U.S. Constitution does not provide for a “special election.” This means that Mike Pence will be the heir apparent who is someone who was complicit in the president winning by committing fraud on the American voters. I for one do not believe that this would be an acceptable outcome.

      And that concern is without consideration of how his ardent supporters would react.

    • A very good reason why there’s so much apathy amongst our fellow citizens, this election had the worst voter turnout, many older folks simply disillusioned with the electoral process. We had two of the worst candidates possible in the history of presidential elections, both unqualified in their own way.

      Hillary epitomizes the corrupt politician and should really be in jail if not for her political strings. Trump is inept, inexperienced, but a good used car salesman.

      Nobody is happy with the system b/c it’s rigged from the very beginning for big corporations, banksters, the top 1%, wall st, but the majority gets screwed every step of the way.

      Problem is the “republic” is broken and really should not be “fixed”. We need a whole new system of governance, but nobody has viable answers… hence mass frustration and anger.

      My point being, even if King tRump gets impeached or assassinated, nothing fundamental changes. It’s business as usual, but with a hardcore conservative puppet – Mike Pence as leader doing the bidding of the establishment.

      It’s a lose-lose scenario anyway we look at it. Besides we citizens should not be relying on big government to “fix” the world, b/c we all know how that turns out. I’m really at a loss for answers on the federal level, but we can do alot in our local communities at the grassroots level.

      I’d love to hear if any bloggers have viable, sensible solution of governance for the future. I boycotted this election, and will continue to do so unless a fundamental shift occurs. Morally, voting for the lesser of two evils is worse than voting at all – b/c WE continue to be the problem (supporting a system that doesn’t serve us any longer)! Love to hear your thoughts Gronda.

      • 1EarthUnited:

        “”Problem is the “republic” is broken and really should not be “fixed”. We need a whole new system of governance, but nobody has viable answers… hence mass frustration and anger.””

        It has been said for many years that our government is a reflection of the people. Could it be that the Republic is not broken, yet the people have been told that for so long that it is accepted by many people that it is? I do agree that this is the first Presidential election that IMO we had not one candidate that was worthy of holding the office from either of the major parties. Can you imagine for just a moment the utter chaos that would come about world wide if this nation were to implode from within? You mention Pence, well think just a little farther, would you really want Paul Ryan at the head of our government? We are in a lose, lose situation regardless of the outcome, and there fore how do we solve the problem? Once again, most of us can see the problem, but does anyone really have a viable solution?

      • Dear 1EarthUnited and Crustyolemothman,

        The one solution of opting out is not a viable one. All it takes for evil to prevail, is for good people to do nothing.

        This is supposed to be a government of “We the People, which is a gift that our forefathers fought for but we need to take back our power. This means getting involved and doing something, anything from blogging; making contact with legislators via various forms, writing to media editors; joining organizations like “Indivisible” or another like organization; following resistance guidelines like those published by Michael Moore; joining protests; going to town hall meetings held by your law makers; running for office or supporting those who do run to make a positive difference; and making sure folks register to vote and are not blocked from exercising this right..

        I PERSONALLY HAVE LEARNED A LESSON. EVEN IF DEMOCRATS WIN, IT IS UP TO US TO HOLD FOLKS ACCOUNTABLE.

        • Gronda, I couldn’t agree more! As our civic duty, we should hold whomever’s in office accountable for their actions and decisions, after all that’s why citizens elected him.
          The worst leaders are the figureheads who do the bidding of others who put them in office as payback. They betray their oath of office and the ppl whom they supposedly represent, and should be liable for treason!

    • Dear Keith,

      Most folks from both sides of the aisle simply want government to work effectively and competently to deliver essential services and to be there when needed like after a disaster.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Excellent post, Gronda, as always! I particularly liked ““No one wants to be wrong,” said Brian Mock, 33, a tattoo artist in Levittown, Pa., and a Trump skeptic. “It’s seeing a house on fire and saying, ‘That house isn’t on fire.’ It is very clearly on fire.”” No, our system is not perfect, but it is better than many others, and could be a lot better if people would, as you say, participate rather than sitting on their collective butts whining. You are doing a great job in bringing issues to our attention … keep up the good work, my friend! I shall re-blog this one!

    • Dear Jill,

      It is too easy to grow weary and depressed. We who are a bit more mature know that this too shall pass. After all, we’ve lived through the feminist days; the Watergate/ Nixon era; the Civil Rights’ protests; the anti-Viet Nam War protests; the 9/11 tragedy.

      Admittedly, these times will be one for the history books. Still, the U.S. history has been one of peoples fighting for their rights to see progress made.

      As usual, thanks a million for your support and for this reblog.

  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    As we approach the 3-month anniversary of Trump in the Oval Office, I find nothing for which to congratulate him. He has blundered far more than he has succeeded in virtually any area, leaving many of us who were not his fans to begin with wondering if those who voted for him understand the magnitude of his mistakes, if they are beginning to have regrets. Fellow-blogger Gronda takes her research to swing-state Pennsylvania to see what people there think. Turns out, some are regretting their choice, others are still supportive and still sporting their yard signs and bumper stickers. But I am encouraged that at least some are beginning to ‘see the light’, to realize that Trump made many promises, most of which he either cannot keep or never intended to keep. Please take a few moments to read Gronda’s excellent post and think about her concluding paragraph, for it should have meaning for each and every one of us, regardless of party affiliation, socio-economic level, gender or race. Thank you, Gronda, for your work on this piece and for permission to re-blog!

  4. The regrets of some voters are not before time.
    As an outsider I see that it’s often the biggest wallet that wins the day. That must rule out an awful lot of people from standing in an election. It’s only fairly recently I learned you have a third party which I assume is because they have less money to spend.
    How about in all elections a limit is set on spending and that is decided by and paid by Government. That way it can’t favour any particular party.Instead of spending a fortune on the carnival of the Presidential race why not wait to see which party holds the majority and they can elect one of their number to the role. An unpopular president can be removed by a majority vote within his own party.
    Just a thought.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

    • Dear David Prosser,

      You simply make too much sense and so your great suggestions will never go far in the USA. There are too many interests vying to influence our legislators in their favor and these peoples would fight to their last breath to protect their turf of power.

      Your thoughts should be welcomed here. I would love to get the big monies out of our politics, or at the very least, make it that any entity or anyone who donates should have this made public. As it stands now, those who contribute big monies can do so anonymously. Our highest court (the US Supreme Court) has ruled that when it comes to making donations, the corporations have the same rights as individuals. Since these businesses have so much monies to donate to political causes, my influence as a voter has been diminished.

      And that is why I keep saying that “We the People” need to take back our power.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Hi Gronda, I’m afraid that as long as large Corporations and individuals can give obscene amounts as donations to a political cause, ie. an election campaign, there will always be a sense of obligation to look kindly on any request. Just as big money can buy an election it can mean a bought candidate.
        I hope ‘You the people’ start to take back the power and own the streets again.
        xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  5. Thank you for a balanced analysis showing the many facets of those who voted for the current president. This was an insightful review which can be extended beyond the presidential constituency’s doubts.
    The challenge and the conundrum which faces the operation of an effective and representative democracy also has to work bottom up. To lose faith in a current system is understandable. One can opt out completely and go one’s own way with the within the laws of the land, but accept through that lack of participation one can no longer complain. Or the alternative is the work from the very basic street level to build a new construct by either starting a new movement or changing an established one from within; this comes with a catch to be truly representative there has to be a willingness to work with others of differing views but similar goals, agreeing to differ is vital.
    And this is not just a US malaise. As we in the UK enter a General Election I find I am a political orphan. Although ideologically on a far-left socialist position I find the current intolerance and bile coming out of part the ranks of the Labour Party at its grass roots a mirror image of anything of the Far Right. This is repugnant and the failure of the leadership to haul in this trend of some of its base supporters and spread a message of true community lamentable. Talking the talk to your fan-base is easy Walking The Walking to get the public over to your side is a major challenge.

    • Dear Roger,

      I hate that base need to demonize those who have a different point of view. No one has a monopoly on good ideas. A diversity of thinking can be the catalyst for a better product, policy or law.

      Most Americans want their legislators to work across the aisle to get things done but these legislators are not listening.

      I do take exception to one segment of our population, the Alt-right also known as “White Supremacists.” These are the haters/ racists. These groups need to know that their ways are totally unacceptable. Unfortunately, the republican party has chosen to turn a blind eye to the Alt-right in their midst. For example, there are folks like Steve Bannon, Sebastion Gorka who are part of the White House who hold these views.

      Until 2016, I had been a registered republican but I can’t be party to condoning racism. I am now not affiliated with any party but I can still vote.

      And I can definitely take an active role in our politics.

      I welcome hearing about what is going on across the pond.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Intolerance be it racial, religious, social or whatever brings my anger rapidly to the boil.
        It’s a sad when we find ourselves unable to support our own affinity. So incensed by the antics of the Labour Party over the past few years I find myself quite hostile to its current format; this is a shame as being on the far left I should be in its ranks, but its failure to address and capture the mood of the population shows a complete lack of engagement in the real world and thus I am betrayed. It will take some convincing to get me to vote for Labour this time…..and yet vote I shall….. where though ‘Ah. There’s the rub’

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