How did President Trump win in 2016?
How will he win again on Tuesday, November 3rd?
It's not rocket science. He whistle-stops. In 2016 aboard his private jet. In 2020, via Air Force One.
Whistle-stopping is as old as the hills. Historians trace it back to the campaign-by-train of William Henry Harrison in 1836. But my favorite whistle-stopper was a Democratic president whom I greatly admire, Harry S. Truman.
In 1948, Harry Truman, wife Bess and daughter Margaret traveled 31,000 miles and delivered 356 speeches from the caboose of their train, the Ferdinand Magellan.
As always, Hollywood director Frank Capra explained whistle-stopping best in his 1941 movie, Meet John Doe. In the movie, actor Gary Cooper (as John Doe) takes to the rails like Trump (by private jet!) to bring a message of hope to America. As Cooper travels from one rally to another, he ponders on why people come to see him speak?
What makes them do it? What makes them come and listen…
I’ve been trying to figure it out…
lately I’ve been watching them while I talked to them.
I could see something in their faces.
I could feel that they were hungry for something.
Do you know what I mean? Maybe that’s why they came.
Maybe they were just lonely and wanted somebody to say hello to.
When I originally wrote this article in 2016 , I concluded...
When the crowds for Trump were even bigger this year, frankly, I was shocked. Reagan, Bush, Clinton...none of them could've drawn larger crowds for their second term than they did for their first term.
But this time, there's a different spirit in the air. Many are #walkaway so they have extra fervor. This is their first time supporting and voting for Trump.
Everyone is fervently, passionately determined to never allow Creepy Handsy Lyin' Joe and Kamala the Kondescending Kommie into the White House.
Patriotism doesn't flourish in a vacuum. Like flint, it ignites by rubbing shoulders with others who also have that spark of divine fire burning in their hearts. MAGA rallies are a big, patriotic party. Even those of us who watch from home feel that warm flame of Love of Country.
For decades, we thought we were alone. The MSM had us convinced that "THEM," as my ex-friend calls Republicans, were in the minority, a lower life form, an embarrassment, unenlightened. Unless you went to the primaries or a ballgame, you hardly ever had an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance "under God" or sing our national anthem.
Trump brought us silent patriots surging out of the woodwork in 2016 and even more this year.
When I decided to launch AMERICA: The Blog, I'd just lost my job of five years at a psychology site owned by a rabid Trump-hater. All the other psychology bloggers felt free to bash Trump viciously and frequently. I, the only Trump supporter, felt cowed into staying silent, with a very few terrifyingly brave exceptions.
Then in August, the site was sold and all of us bloggers laid off. Overnight, Michael and I found ourselves faced with living off his disability, which just doesn't cut the mustard. My job had paid for our groceries so I was panicked.
A couple weeks later I decided to throw caution to the wind and write about America...and my old faithful readers left in droves. They were incensed, horrified and disgusted that someone who'd written against narcissistic and cult abuse for five years would support that horrible, lying, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic, racist, malignant narcissist, Donald J. Trump.
Of course, they were dead wrong. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote against narcissism, against gaslighting, against Stockholm Syndrome, against racism, against pedophilia...all the abuses Joe Biden is for and Donald Trump is against.
My fellow Americans, my fellow MAGA patriots, you have come through. I took a leap of faith that the thousands of patriots I saw at the rallies and millions more who watched from home would support a blog like this and you are. Michael and I couldn't be more grateful for your kind donations.
Whistle-stopping works. It's as American a tradition as baseball or apple pie. It worked in 1836, 1948, 2016 and will continue working in 2020 and beyond because it's about We The People. We are the Government, "of the people, by the people, for the people" and we shall never perish from the Earth.
The overflowing MAGA rallies are Americans' way of encouraging each other, ourselves and Donald Trump. It's a family reunion of the American family. We're reassuring ourselves and each other that true Americans are vastly in the majority and we can, we will, we must bring America back to the vision of our Founding Fathers and make America great again.
As James Gleason says to the wannabe dictator Norton at the end of Meet John Doe, "There you are, Norton. The people! Try and lick that."
Wife, caregiver, writer, patriot. Click here to learn more about me, my husband Michael and his courageous battle against terminal lung disease.