“Som ung støtta eg Demokratane”

“Trump har endra Det republikanske partiet frå eit parti for eliten til eit parti for “the little guy”, meiner Mr. Genini.

For fire år sidan las eg ei FB-oppdatering som skuffa meg, men mest av alt gjorde meg nysgjerrig. Ein av mine velutdanna, litt eksentriske, utradisjonelle og hyggelege high school-lærarar frå AFS-året mitt i USA i 1982, skreiv at han ville ha seg fråbedd at alle trudde det berre var folk utan utdanning som røysta på Trump. Var det verkeleg mogeleg?! Var Mr. Genini ein av dei som støtta Trump? Kva meiner han fire år etter?

Me er venner på Facebook. Han er no pensjonist, men «still kicking» som han seier, og gleder mange med daglege FB-oppdateringar der han skriv om historiske hendingar frå heile verda – kvar dag gjennom heile året.

Det lyser engasjert historielærar av Mr. Genini lang veg, den dagen han dukka opp i klassen iført uniform og sverd. Central Union High School, Fresno, Calif, USA. Foto@yearbook1982.

Eg utfordra han til å skriva kvifor han støtta Trump, og om han framleis gjer det. Han tok utfordringa på strak arm.

«OK. What exactly are you interested in? You know my wife and I support Trump. You must understand that anything I write will be slanted that way. Does this group (Norpublica) believe in free speech, free expression og opinion?»

«Absolutely!» skriv eg. Det er nettopp det Norpublica er tufta på.

Eg sender over spørsmål eg gjerne ville ha svar på, og seier han kan skriva så langt han vil. Målet mitt er ikkje å overtyda han om at han tek feil, men prøva å forstå kvifor amerikanarar heiar på ein person som Trump.

 

Her er det Mr. Genini skreiv. Uredigert.

Påstandar Mr. Genini kjem med i teksten må sjåast på som hans personlege meiningar og stå for hans rekning.(Redaktøren sin merknad)

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                                                                                    Fresno, 10.sept 2020

The polarization in the USA has gone on long before Trump. In one form or another, I think it’s gone on since the ‘60s and the Vietnam War.

When I was in college I belonged to the Young Democrats, among other campus clubs, and I recall one of the members telling us that we had to remake the party, getting rid of the “old guard” that had successfully run the party since the ‘30s and completely remaking and radicalizing the party. I didn’t agree with him.

Polarization of Americans declined under Reagan and the first Bush, with the end of the Cold War and the successful prosecution of the first Gulf War and it almost disappeared after 9/11. But then it resurrected. The reasons for this are complicated. The Democrats’ leadership seemed to be subscribing to Saul Alinsky’s Marxist methods and I suspect George Soros, who has said he wants to bring America down, has had a large hand in it. However, I don’t want to go too far with this because it’s such a huge topic, worthy of an essay or a short book.

In short, I like the way Trump is running the country. That is why I will gladly vote for his re-election, and hope for a Republican Congressional majority so that he can have a successful second term.

About the way he assumably treats women, I will need specifics, please. If we’re going to talk about candidates, consider the sex harassment problems Joe Biden has had, with his nuzzling and kissing women on the mouth, and let us not forget Bill Clinton.

However, I am not a Trump apologist, trying to rely on the “hypocrisy defense” (“the other side does it, too”). He was a high-roller playboy, no question of that. But we were not voting for a pope or a pastor. The feeble attempts to accuse Trump of recent sexual misbehavior have fallen; where he was guilty of such misbehavior he admitted it and reminded the world that it was many years ago. Women are among his closest advisors, such as Kelleyanne Conway (recently retired for family reasons) and US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. His press secretary is Kaleigh McEnany, a lawyer who has been a commentator on both CNN and Fox.

Many of the people I know agree with me politically; those who don’t usually keep quiet. I think this is normal. In our neighborhood, people have no doubt how we feel because we do have two political signs out (one for Devin Nunes and the other for a school board candidate); I know the family directly across the street are Democrats and we are friendly but never discuss politics.

From what I understand, Trump has good relationships with the leaders of Brazil, Israel, Britain, India, Japan, Belarus, the Ukraine, South Korea, the UAE and no doubt others. Most important, Putin and Xi might or might not like him, but there is no doubt that they respect him.

As to Europe’s distaste for him, I would remind you that the US helped to save Europe from the Nazis and did help save Western Europe from the Soviets. The US has carried the water financially for NATO while most of the other members (especially Germany) have been freeloaders and now Trump is insisting that they pay their fair share. It hasn’t hurt his standing with most of the people I know.

Unlike most politicians and unlike the presidents we’ve had since Reagan (the two Bushes, Clinton and Obama) he hasn’t lied to us and he has delivered on what he promised. On top of that he has a good attitude and projects his enjoyment of life. This is important in a leader.

At the same time, everything his enemies have tried to do to him has failed; he’s not a “Teflon president” (like Reagan or Clinton) that nothing sticks to, his enemies come up with the stupidest attacking points. For example, the articles he was impeached under weren’t crimes in any sense, they were just personality objections at worst.

I support his management of the economy, I support his stemming of illegal immigration, I support his humane and reasonable efforts at prison reform, I support his foreign policy, I support his pro-life policy, I support his trade policy (part of his foreign and economic policies), I support his support of our military and city police forces.

Trump almost single-handedly changed the Republican Party from the party of the American aristocracy into the party “of the little guy” by exploiting the Democrats’ foolish embracing of the radical Left, alienating “the little guy.” The Democratic leadership foolishly turned its back on the American workers (once the party’s base), showing contempt for those who had chosen skilled manual labor over a liberal arts college. By reversing what the presidents from the first Bush through Obama did, exporting so many jobs overseas, he has shown American workers that they are valuable and not be taken for granted.

What don’t I support? Honestly, to date I can’t think of anything significant.

Mr. Genini