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I’m the Trump supporter pollsters missed

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. An aging baby boomer — one of the last generation, it seems, who inherited a future brighter than his parents. I grew up in manufacturing in the Rust Belt, and embraced the application of new technologies for innovation. My career spans more than four decades at companies like John Deere and Boeing and Emerson Electric. I have worked in many jobs, from laborer to vice president of operations. I’ve lived and worked all over the world.

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. How I wish we could have selected someone with Newt Gingrich’s command of the facts, Sen. Marco Rubio’s eloquence, Mike Huckabee’s character, Sen. Ted Cruz’s deep love of the Constitution, Carly Fiorina’s clarity of thought, and Ben Carson’s humility and gentleness. Perhaps we’ll get some of these things in President-elect Trump’s Cabinet; I hope so.

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 Barack 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 Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, promised back in 2012 that there would be huge infrastructure projects, producing thousands of “shovel-ready jobs.” They never materialized.

Election cycle after election cycle, we sent politicians to Washington to fix things, and cycle after cycle they failed us. In fact, they betrayed us. When Rep. Paul D. Ryan signed on to 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. We need term limits for all members of Congress. We need to return government to sane, responsible adults. We must stop pandering to the tiny minority who would throw away every vestige of our heritage and our religious underpinnings. We must renew our commitment to the principles that made us the greatest country humanity has ever known.

But you, the pollsters and the incredibly biased “mainstream” media, wouldn’t listen to me. 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.

I know, because I — the normal, faceless American citizen — am the heart and soul of this country. You fail to understand this because you are listening exclusively to America’s worst critics — people who believe only in tearing down the traditions, perspectives and governmental foundations that made us great.

How would the person seated next to you in a New York City television studio know? Seriously, you should get out more.

Duncan is a technologist and writer who lives and works in St. Louis.

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