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When the adults of a great nation feel long-term pessimism, it only makes matters worse when those in authority take actions that reveal detachment from those concerns … it makes citizens feel powerless.

Peggy Noonan, in The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2010

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I have encountered a good number of people who ask me about Mr. Trump’s popularity, our political state today and the upcoming election for President. Those who ask seek an understanding as to where we are as a country, what this all means to us and to their hopes, their children and the future.

Granted there is no easy answer and the origins of our problems are multiple and spread most immediately and directly over the last six decades here and in the Europe.  Yes, we have succumbed to thinking, and policies that flow therefrom, that undoes what made us successful and secure.

That said, the central point of Ms. Noonan’s words is vital to understanding our political state today and it is this: there is a large and sizable divide between the average worker of modest means and the average person of faith and our elected officials, government, media and educational and entertainment elites.

These groups quite obviously do not act as through they even notice this serious and explosive divide.  On the contrary those with Leftist tilts actually exploit the divide.

It is this divide that explains Donald Trump’s (limited) popularity and the presence of the Tea Party movement.

Keep in mind that a nation so divided does not stand strong and secure. Likewise we have in this election cycle an opportunity to call forth a leader who sees this problem and is aimed and skillful enough to close (not expand or exacerbate) this divide.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Abraham Lincoln

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Shalom.

Tomorrow: Candidates and the Divide

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