Saturday, February 11, 2017
I Know Him
I've known this man for 54 years. He's a gentle giant of a man, tender hearted, always willing to help others, honest, a real sweetheart.
He's an electrician that's worked for the same company all his adult life. Retirement is now on the horizon, but not yet. His company has now hired two men that will eventually have his job. His ideas are no longer welcome, but they do need his knowledge. It's a miserable and frustrating work situation.
He's a bad diabetic. He suffers high blood pressure, and he badly needs a knee replacement.
He has a 23 year old mentally challenged daughter. She's had two kidney transplants in her life, the first at eight years of age. She will never be independent. His wife finds it hard to work because the daughter has so many medical appointments. What happens if Medicaid changes, or the disability she draws? What about health insurance? Does he know Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same? Probably not. His wife does whatever the medical people advise her to do but that's it, says she doesn't want to get into all that.
He works six days a week, rides with his motorcycle buddies on Sunday, and drinks beer. Does he know the Bowling Green Massacre did not happen? "The what?" he would probably say if you asked.
He likes guns and goes to the shooting range with his buddies. He actually couldn't kill a bird, he's to tenderhearted, but he talks tough and looks tough like the others.
Did he vote for Trump? I doubt it. Working six days a week I doubt he voted at all. That aside, he's angry. He wants to go back to a time when life was simple, when families and communities were good. He's a God & Country man, and believes illegals from Mexico are the cause of a lot of the problems in America today.
He thinks the government is unfair to people like him. He believes Trump will fix that. If I could talk to him I believe I would find he's afraid of the future. He believes Trump is the answer to his fears and frustrations.
Are these the people who put Trump in the White House? Are these the people Democrats are supposed to appeal to if we want to win back the White House?
This man is our nephew and I feel bad for him, and others like him, but I have no clue how to reach them.