It took longer than expected but with the astonishing rise of Donald Trump, there is a fear among some that the “American” way of life is disappearing before our very eyes. The seeds were planted when Barack Obama was elected as the first person of color to the Presidency of the United States. Now, Hillary Clinton stands as the first women to be nominated for president by a major political party. She is also poised for election as the first women president of this country. Two decades ago, it was considered a goal no minority or women could ever hope to attain. There were novel candidates who ran campaigns but they were never taken seriously by the media or the populace. Obama’s election proved that long held beliefs by some that only white males possessed the ablilty to occupy the highest office in the land was not set in stone. Over the past eight years we have witnessed a continuous insulting of the President, his family, and policies as though there were some hidden agenda behind every decision. Let’s start with the “Obama is Muslim” whispering campaign which began during his 2008 run for president and was made famous by a female supporter of then GOP Presidential nominee John McCain and continues today with reports that Donald Trump surrogates are pushing that narrative during their effort to court the same hate-filled base. The conservatives who have been wringing their hands over Obama’s every decision eagerly lap up the constant conspiracy theories trotted out by right wing media – even when the stories have been fact-checked and proven false. Now, it’s Hillary Clinton’s turn to face the same type of rumor and innuendo. From the Whitewater scandal to the Benghazi hearings, the notion of a female running for the highest office in the country and the most powerful position in the world rankles the GOP base to the point of voting for an over the top Reality TV star in the hopes of preserving what they feel is the “American” way of life, whatever that means.
What other persons understand when the slogan “Make America Great Again” is chanted by these die hard, predominately white citizens without a college education is a desire to return to the days of unfettered bigotry and privilege. They fear that if a African – American can be elected and then a woman, what’s to stop a Hispanic, Asian, or some other minority from doing the same thing? They would rather the whole country be destroyed than to watch equality immerse the masses. Why would they want everyone to believe that “all men are created equal” if that meant everyone had the same chance to reach the pinnacle of American leadership despite the fact these same people claim a particular love for the Constitution? They support Trump because they fear the end of their American way of life but so did the Native Americans when they were forced to concede to a new civilization.