We’ve always tried our best to be fair to Donald Trump and his supporters (see Anti-Trump SJW Video Exposed As Complete Garbage and Donald Trump Launches Explosive First Ad. Exactly What You Hoped For…). And in keeping with that, according to CNN, it looks like Trump may have the crossover appeal to attract…wait, Obama voters?
Gary Chagnon, a machinist from Barnstead, voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. He recently submitted an absentee ballot for Trump, and said he was drawn to Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
“We don’t need hope and change,” Chagnon, 50, said. “We need somebody with a set of balls, so to say.”
Chagnon’s wife, Annette, also supported the President twice, and this time plans to vote for Trump. A 51-year-old working in the shipping industry, Annette said she doesn’t feel the country is safe and cast blame on Obama.
“He’s a little too lax on our borders. I don’t think he’s paid enough attention to that and it contributes to us having homegrown people coming in and killing us,” she said. “I don’t like it and I like that Trump is right on that.”
I mean, on one hand this shows exactly how low information Obama voters were and are. They liked “hope and change” eight years ago, but now they like The Donald’s message of “Make America Great Again.” The two slogans are a polar opposites. The former implies America is going to change America (mission accomplished). The latter says we’re going to change it back after the crap storm Obama unleashed on us… no thanks to rubes like these two who basically vote on catch phrases.
That’s the beef I have with these two voters. They’ve not examined their presidential candidate with any kind of scrutiny, they just take them at face value. Obama said “hope and change,” and they applauded like trained seals. Trump says “make America great again and I’m going to build a wall on the border,” and they lap it up. Hey, if it sounds good, it must be good, right?
Wrong. Slogans are just that: slogans. They’re not substance, they’re not platforms. Just slogans. They’re made for t-shirts, bumper stickers, yard signs. But they’re not meant to stand solely for the candidate. Any voter who choses their man (or woman) based on their slogan? You’re the problem. We need to vote for a candidate based on his (or her) record, substance, character. Not on who has the best catch phrase. Leave that to the marketing experts on Madison Avenue.
After all, it’s all those “hope and change” dolts who brought us eight years of Obama. Thanks for that, by the way. But True Conservatism Will Never Be a Bumper Sticker Slogan… True conservatism requires much more than a market-tested buzz phrase. Which is not to say there’s anything wrong with slogans or buzz phrases. There isn’t. But they’re symbolic only. Nothing more, nothing less.