Meet Bill Duncan:
I’m the guy who never answered the phone when caller ID said “Number Unavailable.” I don’t want every opinion, every perspective, and every trend to be visible to those who would mold public opinion. I am suspicious that had the power brokers in Washington known what was coming, they’d have found a way to get Hillary Clinton into office. I didn’t want that. I’m fed up. Enough is enough. I want my country back. This is supposed to be a government of the people — not of the banks, lobbyists and foreign donors.
I am one of an endangered species called the American middle class. […]
I am not an enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter. In fact, Trump was the very last candidate among the Republicans I wanted to see in this position. He was boorish, inarticulate and ill-informed. He has been crass, bombastic and coarse throughout the campaign, in ways that made me physically wince. […]
But in the meantime, I am hearing some of you pollsters lamenting that you missed me in your polling, and wondering how almost all of you got it so incredibly wrong. Astonishingly, filmmaker Michael Moore, with whom I disagree about almost everything, got it right. I am angry, and I am frustrated.
Since Ronald Reagan, I have not seen a politician deliver on his or her promises to the American people; not Democrats and not Republicans. George H.W. Bush told us to read his lips, there would be no new taxes; but of course there were. President Obama promised that if you like your health-care plan and doctor, you can keep your health-care plan and doctor, and your costs will go down. We couldn’t, and they didn’t. He and his surrogates, including Sen. Claire McCaskill, D, here in Missouri, promised back in 2012 that there would be huge infrastructure projects, producing thousands of “shovel-ready jobs.” They never materialized. Hillary Clinton said the events in Benghazi were caused by a video. They weren’t. She also promised that she’d never handled any classified material on her private server, though she had.
The leaders in both parties thought I’d forget, and just continue to let all this slide. […]
They thought I would voluntarily remain impotent as the median U.S. household income declined, illegal immigrants continued to enter the United States and the sovereignty of our borders was shredded. They thought I’d just get over the way the Internal Revenue Service was used to target conservative organizations, and the way the Justice Department simply ignored laws like the Defense of Marriage Act that were disliked by the current administration.
Election cycle after election cycle, we sent politicians to Washington to fix these things, and cycle after cycle they failed us. In fact, they betrayed us. When Rep. Paul D. Ryan signed on to President Obama’s latest budget, I finally realized that it isn’t just the Democrats or liberals in general that are the problem. We desperately need to clean house on both sides of the aisle. […]
But you, the pollsters and the incredibly biased “mainstream” media, wouldn’t listen to me. You have been too busy promoting your own poisonous agenda. You did everything you could to brand conservatives as homophobic, xenophobic, greedy racists. You focused on spurious issues like genderless bathrooms and celebrity sex changes. You rebranded “pro-abortion” as “pro-choice.” You rebranded radical Islamic terrorism as “workplace violence.” You have continued your Machiavellian spinning of information and public perception, purposely drowning the voices of reason in your wake, year after excruciating year.
America is not intolerant, it is kind and welcoming and insists only that people follow the rule of law and assimilate if they come here. America is not dull; it teems with innovation and invention and productivity at levels unmatched by anyone in the world. America is not evil; in fact, it remains — even with all its flaws — the single greatest force for good in the world, as it has since the early 1900s.
There’s more. You can go to the link and read the whole thing. He’s obviously conservative in a midwestern, god-fearing way, but while that’s not exactly my cup of tea, there are many areas were we can agree. We can certainly agree that a certain moneyed class gets way too much of the grease of government business, for example. And that’s not a rip against accumulating wealth–it’s about how that wealth is accumulated and what you do with it. And we can agree that a long political memory for the last several decades of Washington politics leaves an angry, red scar on the backs of those of us who work hard for our living.
When we’ve had enough, we will lash out and find a new way to reclaim our lost ground. It doesn’t matter that he’s pro-life and I don’t care about abortion. It doesn’t matter that He goes to church and I don’t. We both recognize phony politicking when we see it, and we will both only take so much for so long.
I like that there is a broadening, diverse, ideological center coming together over this election. The occasional op-ed like this is balm for the little slights and the slings and arrows thrown on social media. Screw all that noise. Those places are nearly intolerable these days, when they aren’t being purged, in which case they are outrightly intolerable.
Is anybody else feeling this way? Like fuck putrid Facebook, where idiots you know spew their poison, or Twitter, land of the 120 character wars with people you have never and will never meet? Fuck even Reddit, where they’ve managed to normalized 4Chan, which occasionally results in some hilarity nonetheless.
I’d like to hear more from guys like this. I appreciate his articulate vision regarding our history, and his spot-on analysis of the pollsters and press. Post it here if you know ’em!