The basic precept of Nancy Langer's recent commentary ("Clinton should go 'a little bit country' to court Trump fans," Oct. 13) is flawed. I, and many others, take umbrage at her elitist, Democratic presumption that all Donald Trump supporters are "non-college educated, working class whites." She is simply reiterating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "deplorable" comment in different words.
And so what if some of them are? Does that make them any less important or less entitled to a say in how our country is run? I am a white, female country music loving, college educated professional who supports Mr. Trump. I count among my friends, family and acquaintances lawyers, judges, doctors, nurses, teachers, police and firefighters as well as local farmers, truck drivers, mechanics and service providers who are also Trump supporters. The common refrain I hear is one of frustration with a political system that is completely out of touch with the people.
The perception (true or not) is that politicians' salaries keep going up thanks to their ability to vote themselves a pay raise and that they have outstanding medical care that does not have to be consistent with what we mortals have to choose from. These elected leaders also receive overblown pensions at a time when many workers have no pension at all and laws. The rules don't seem apply to politicians. For those reasons, we are looking for a change from the status quo. The political good old boys network appears to take care of itself first, illegal immigrants second, other countries next and the military and their own constituents last. That is the change that we are looking for.
Political office was never meant to be a full-time, lifelong career. It was meant to be a way to hear the will of the people and mold it into a system that would allow our great country to grow and prosper. Unfortunately, the idea that the general population should have a say in how our government is run has faded into oblivion. Politics has become a "me first" mind set with the rest of us footing the bills. Is there any wonder that some of us would like to see a different approach?
It is elitist attitudes such as those Ms. Langer presents in her piece that simply reinforce the opinions of many that there has to be a major shift in this country's direction. The last time such a major shift took place there was tea thrown into a harbor and America rejected the British elite who strove to control the masses.
Wendy Sevier, Parkton