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It happened. Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. From real estate mogul to beauty pageant owner to reality show host to president.

This is even more improbable than Ronald Reagan’s rise. Kids, if you ever questioned your ability to be the Most Powerful Person on Earth, just look to The Donald.

Oops. Sorry. President-elect Trump.

On the plus side, one of the most divisive and hate-filled political campaigns is now over. With all of the racist, sexist and mean-spirited rhetoric, it is hard to see how we will heal from it.

But the American people are strong and resilient. We can and will recover.

However, I think there is something that must be said. Hillary Clinton made a comment about the “deplorables” who supported Donald Trump. Those same “deplorables” rose up in large numbers to defeat her this week.

But who are these voters and why did she call them this insulting term?

As it turns out, they are the heart and core of America. Eastern liberals sneer at the “flyover states” of the Midwest and South, hoping to write them off merely as wasted space to reach the “true America” of the East and West coasts.

Big mistake. While Trump did carry a few important East Coast states like Florida, much of his strength was Midwestern and Southern.

So one must ask the question: Why? Why did such massive support come to Trump?

I heard one commentator on CNN call this election “white backlash.” Of course, this is not the first time liberals have tried to paint Trump’s “deplorables” as racists. As I’ve said in the past, this is intellectually lazy.

No doubt racism may play some part in the support Trump received. But racism does not fully explain the results of this election. I would suggest that liberals try to avoid this label and try to ask the more important “why” question.

What I hear many conservatives say is that they did not want Trump but they had no other choice. Also, many conservatives feel that their government (and party) was no longer listening to them. And it was not just racism.

Our immigration system is a mess and Washington has ignored it. Reagan tried to fix it and was cheated by the Democrats and, frankly, his own party. Now a man has been sent to the capital to fix it, like it or not.

Immigration has been controlled in our past. Trump’s comments about screening and temporary suspensions of new immigrants is nothing new.

Look at our history. Immigration usually comes in waves with the door opening and closing as circumstances allow.

Just because a door is closing again does not make it wrong or immoral. It has more to do with the rate of change that most Americans can stomach.

One thing I have been hearing is that many Americans are uncomfortable with this rate of change and that things have happened too fast.

Liberals may call this “progress,” and it may or may not be good, but I think there is a certain limit to how much you can affect people’s lives and expect them to just take it.

Trade agreements that send American jobs overseas constitute a prime example. While trade is good, if it comes at the expense of American jobs and standard of living, it is viewed as a negative.

Trump upset the Republican establishment by being a pro-labor conservative. In his acceptance speech, Trump told the world that he will always have America’s interests first but be willing to strike deals and work together for mutual benefit.

This is as it should be.

There are also many other things that need to be fixed. While good-intentioned, Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster to many.

The first item on President Trump’s agenda should be working with the Republican House and Republican Senate to repair this program. It needs major surgery – if not a total overhaul.

Another top item should be the VA system. If I were president, I would mandate that no veteran wait more than a week for service. Period. If one soldier waits more than a week, I would fire all top management and hire new. No excuses. No compromises. This is a national embarrassment.

Donald Trump has a long list of things to work on. I do not envy him. He is also not a “polished” man. He is going to say inappropriate things and insult our sensibilities.

Maybe this is what we need right now. Maybe we need to hear some unvarnished truth and be adult enough to take it.

Time will tell if this is the right decision. As for now, we should be hoping and praying for our new president as he seeks a way forward for all of us.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and, like you, is stunned by the results of this election. He can be reached at

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Raging, far-centrist conservative moderate with a slightly tongue-in-cheek humorist approach.
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  • indy

    What we really need right now is for intelligent conversation not more glib ideology nonsense that dominated the election.

    Neither Trump or Hillary grasp globalization economic mechanics.

    They both ‘promised’ bringing jobs back to the US . . . but they fail to tell the public that when you buy a product from say China, where the hourly wage revolves around $1/hr, you are telling the ‘multinational’ to continue doing off shoring since you are giving them the most powerful incentive . . . money.

    In any event, as long as politicians continue to promote outdated ‘folklore’ the public will be frustrated.

    The American Dream left the US in the late 70s as the global population was rocketing flooding global labor markets driving wages down. In 1980, global population passed 4 billion . . . .today it’s past 7 billion . . .

    Trump is promising ‘doubling’ the economic growth rate unaware that mature economies like the US can only achieve a rate around 3%. Anything more than that creates bubbles as we saw in 2008.

    As far as Trump’s ‘wall’ is concerned, he too ignores global unsustainable population currently adding about 75 million ‘net’ people to this ‘fixed rock in space’ each year. Add to this the GOP fight against international family planning that would reduce migration and you see ‘ideology’ ‘trumping’ reality . . .

    And while the libertarian market fundamentalist like to assert limitless growth, if that were indeed the case, why would immigration be an issue? According to this logic, more people is more economic growth . . . so why block migration?

    The reality, however, is that people know that labor markets do become saturated, that capital formation can’t match exponential population growth, and thus jobs become scarce.

    Unfortunately, those Americans suffering from off shoring and wage stagnation still can’t get the reality economics they need to know.

    The only think I see positive from the Trump election is that the ‘career’ GOP politicians that made their ‘living’ off of Obama and Hillary hate are now faced with actually doing something . . .

    Should be interesting to see . . . stay tuned . . . same Trump time . . . same Trump channel!

  • nohatejustdebate

    Indy: “What we really need right now is for intelligent conversation not more glib ideology nonsense”

    Which he immediately follows with glib ideology nonsense void of any intelligent conversation. This poster often whined that all conservatives blamed Obama for America’s problems since day one, though he offered no evidence to his accusation. But now he’s already complaining about President-elect Trump who hasn’t even taken office.

    But I liked your column Steve. Would like to see more depth like this from you.

  • noonan

    Nothing says glib ideology more than Indy! He’s cornered the market on the concept.

  • tech

    “What we really need right now is for intelligent conversation not more glib ideology nonsense that dominated the election.”

    Agreed. And that’s why regular participants have learned to ignore your postings, i.e. they offer nothing required.

  • tech

    Nice column, Steve.

    It’s not the role of government to do for people what they should be doing themselves. At best, it supports the rule of law and stays out of the way so people can perform, i.e. create and build in their self-directed lives.

  • Nishka

    “What we really need right now is for intelligent conversation”
    An intelligent conversation would go over the heads of Trump’s followers !!!!

    • tech

      Principles, not personalities, Nishka.

      Thought leaders aren’t “followers”, a concept demonstrably alien to you.

  • Brian Baker

    I’m sure Niska/projie is in here somewhere:

    • Brian Baker

      Canada awaits! Don’t let the door bang you on the butt on your way out.

  • Nishka

    “President-elect Trump due to appear in court at trial starting later this month
    The Republican nominee will have to juggle his legal headaches as he prepares for the White House.”
    By JOSH GERSTEIN 11/09/16 04:13 AM EST
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    “Before Donald Trump raises his right hand to take the oath of office in January, he’s set for a less-auspicious swearing-in: taking the witness stand in his own defense in a federal court civil trial over alleged fraud in his Trump University real estate seminar program.”

    “Trump faces a legal ordeal no president-elect has ever encountered: juggling defending himself before a jury with preparing for the vast challenges a political novice will face in assuming the presidency.President-elect Trump due to appear in court at trial starting later this month”
    “The Republican nominee will have to juggle his legal headaches as he prepares for the White House.”

  • Nishka

    “There is a New York state investigation into his charitable foundation and a reported federal investigation into some of his advisers’ ties to Russia.”

  • Nishka

    “Donald Trump is elected president. Will his Pinocchio rating improve?”
    “When Donald Trump declared his presidency 18 months ago, we described him as “a fact checker’s dream and nightmare” because he spouts off so many twisted and inaccurate “facts” that take a lot of effort to decode. Sure enough, Trump went on to earn an astonishing 59 Four-Pinocchio rulings, amassing more Four-Pinocchio ratings over 18 months than all Republicans (or Democrats) combined in the past three years.”

  • Nishka

    ” The Republican establishment is only interested in cutting taxes for the wealthy, deregulating, and gutting entitlements. None of those measures will help any of the angry white voters from Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin who tipped the scales to Trump. It will be amusing to watch, and of course sad as well.”

  • Nishka

    “Actually, it’s impossible to say what Trump is against. Or what he’s for. Because with the exception of a few things he’s vowed to bomb the $#!^ out of, there really isn’t much to know about Donald Trump’s foreign policy.”

  • Nishka

    “The transition team of the candidate who refused to release his taxes is demanding financial disclosures from staff”


    • tech

      Employers perform credit and background checks. Executives typically must provide financial disclosures as well.

      I realize you haven’t worked for a very long time, Nishka. Do try to keep up, will you?

  • As predicted, liberal heads explode on news of a Trump victory, here’s some footage:

    • tech

      Haha! Nice!