A Letter to My Kids: Why Dad’s Voting for Trump

Editor’s Note: The following article by Jay Leeson was first published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. It is reprinted here in part.

DEAR KIDS,

I write this for you to read as adults, in an America that has been profoundly shaped by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

I’ll vote for Donald Trump.

Given the controversy of the man and his candidacy, I feel obligated to explain this vote and the context in which it’s being cast.

TRUMP’S NOMINATION didn’t happen in a vacuum. Rather, it’s the culmination of middle class economic disappointment within the GOP.

Median household income has dropped $4,000 when adjusted for inflation over the last 20 years. You’re being raised in a place with an average household income of $46,500.

The average life expectancy of a white woman without a high school degree has dropped by a staggering five years within the last two decades.

Some 65 percent of white blue-collar workers say hard work is no guarantee of success in today’s economy, according to Pew Research.

The point here is not race, Mom and I raised you to be colorblind. The point is that a significant portion of the socially conservative middle class, the GOP’s most significant voter bloc, is proving the entire demographic has been under-represented.

Enter Donald Trump.

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