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Did Obama end up in White House through hard work? Or luck?

To The Daily Sun,

Such an inspiring president. First he insults successful business people by stating "you didn't build that" and then at a recent commencement speech at Howard University, he further insults successful business people by stating "you're not successful, you're lucky." I'm sure these graduates were all fired up by that motivational speech. Well Mr. President, how did you end up in the White House, by hard work or by luck?

Dennis Robitaille
Laconia

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Trump needs more than lower & working class white men to win

To The Daily Sun,

Watching Donald Trump campaign, one cannot help but wonder if he is overlooking opportunities to cut into the Democratic base and enhance his position among women and minorities.

Consider his response to protestors at his rallies. He frequently encourages violence with his "punch-'em-in-the-face" rhetoric and expresses nostalgia for street justice.

Couple that with his seemingly clueless response to white supremacy endorsement. I say "seemingly" because I doubt he is clueless.

Rather, he has probably concluded overt supremacy support puts him between a rock and a hard place. He does not want to weaken his support among white males in the lower and working classes. Some of whom — probably a sizable portion— agree with the supremacists, at least to some degree. On the other hand, he does not want to embrace white-supremacy. That runs a risk of diminishing his general electability.

He seems to instinctively embrace a philosophy of divide and conquer. Clearly that works at times, but he needs more than lower and working-class white men. Given almost universal distrust and widespread dislike for Hillary Clinton, Trump has a golden opportunity, but appears unwilling or unable to exploit it.

He might consider an approach along these lines:

Instead of encouraging supporters to engage protestors and demanding security eject them, perhaps he could ask security to bring protestors forward. He might say something like the following:

"Look, I know you've been told my slogan "make America great again" is a call to return American wealth and power to white men. In some sense that's true, but I'm not talking about affirmative action programs for white guys.

"I'm talking about rebuilding our economy, retraining programs, creating job opportunities, and making education affording for working-class families. I'm talking about creating millions of good-paying jobs for people without a college education.

"Yes, that will benefit white men, but it will also benefit men of color as well as women. What's Hillary going to do for you? More affirmative-action programs for minorities and women? Sure, it helps a few lucky recipients, but leaves the rest of you no better off. More to the point, it doesn't improve America. If anything, it divides and weakens the political strength of the middle class overall.

"Instead of working for a woman promising to protect and advance the interests of rich and entrenched supporters while doling out affirmative actions with great fanfare, join me in a broad coalition of working-class Americans to make opportunity universally available again, to make the middle class viable again, to make America great again.

"Bernie Sanders is not going to help you. He's a goner. Hillary Clinton is the same old same old, and you can see where that's gotten you. There's another way, my way. Look around you. These people, my supporters, are more like you than Hillary will ever be. Join us. Make America great again."

Such a soliloquy might not persuade the group before him, but it would certainly go viral on social and mainstream media. It might encourage voters, donors and pundits to give him a second look. Moreover, it would force Hillary Clinton to the defense.

Robert Moran
Meredith

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