One of my all-time favorite songs is by my fellow St. Louisian, Michael McDonald, former lead singer of the Doobie Brothers. “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near), is from his first solo album which was released in 1982.
The song is about a man who was having a romantic affair with a woman and when it comes to an end; he can’t seem to accept the reality that its over. He seems to get into an emotional rage every time he sees her or is reminded of her; even though he knows its over, it is hard for him to accept it.
According to the song,
“I keep forgettin’ we’re not in love anymore
I keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again
I keep forgettin’ how you made that so clear
Every time you’re near
Every time I see you smile
Hear your hello
Saying you can only stay a while
Hey, I know that it’s hard for you
To say the things that we both know are true.”
This song could have very easily been written for the Democrats and never Trumper Republicans after the 2016 presidential election.
They can’t believe that Trump was elected president. He wasn’t part of the “political” good old boy’s club. He hadn’t “paid” his dues in either party. He didn’t play all the conventional games leading up to a presidential candidacy.
And Trump definitely didn’t run on “conventional” issues. He wanted to control both legal and illegal immigration; he wanted to remove the U.S. from endless wars; he wanted to punish China for stealing from America; and he questioned the raison d’etre of international groups like the United Nations and NATO.
Democrats and never Trumper Republicans keep forgettin’ why Trump was elected president; they keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again. They keep forgettin’ how the American people made it so clear.
Trump promised that he would put the American people first, not foreigners. Trump promised to remove those living in the U.S. illegally. Trump promised to greatly reduce the number of work visas that displaced American workers. Trump promised to get America out of endless wars. Trump promised to put America and its interest first; without consideration for how others feel.
Somehow, Democrats and never Trumpers keep forgettin’ why he is president.
It had much more to do with the American people’s dislike for Hillary Clinton.
The Republicans Trump defeated during the 2016 primary were pretty much all open borders, for America being the policeman of the world, and had a go easy on China policy.
Trump’s ascendancy was a direct repudiation of the status quo. Trump’s defeat of Hillary was a totally rejection of the business as usual mindset.
The American people wanted someone who would stand and fight for American values, even if it meant not being popular anymore; even if it meant breaking with conventional norms; and yes, even if it meant going it alone.
In 2016, Americans felt like no one was looking out for the little guy. Then Trump comes along and says, I agree with you; you have been screwed by both parties. I understand your feelings.
Vote for me and I will fight for you.
When you look at today’s Democrat primary candidates, they seem to keep forgettin’ that Americans feel alienated; that no one is concerned about the state and quality of their lives.
They hear Democrats putting the interests of those in the country illegally above those who are American citizens. They hear Democrats offering open borders to foreigners; they hear free healthcare to non-citizens; they hear free college tuition to non-citizens; and they see preferential treatment given to non-citizens in our court system.
So, the Democrats and never Trumpers response is to create phony impeachment charges against Trump.
Not to show American workers that their interest is of primary concern to their candidacy; not to stop supporting the importation of foreign workers to displace American workers; not to secure our borders and remove all those in the country illegally.
This is why Trump’s support is so strong among those who voted for him. We are not stupid; we are not all bubbas; we are not ignorant and clueless. We are willing to put up with some of the drama surrounding this president because we see him fighting for our interests.
When you remove those in the country illegally, American worker’s wages go up. When you put tariffs on Chinese goods and services, it devastates China’s economy, forcing them to the negotiating table.
I can guarantee you that you have not seen one news story about how Trump’s tariffs have devasted the Chinese economy. Yes, it’s hurting some U.S. businesses, but this is temporary.
So, to my media friends who seem incapable of understanding why Trump’s support is so strong and solid; let me ask you a few questions.
With Trump in the White House, why do you keep forgettin’ America does not want more of the status quo?
With Trump in the White House why do you keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again?
With Trump in the White House why do you keep forgettin’ that voters made that so clear in 2016?
By Raynard Jackson
A Pulitzer Award nominated columnist and founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.