The longest South Carolina primary campaign in history is finally over. Count me first in line as being thankful it is gone. If I never have to hear another word from anybody named Clinton, or Bush, fine by me.
People here can smile again. After all the yelling, you would have thought that air raids were coming and Communists were climbing the suburban fences of Fort Mill threatening property values.
Until Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders said so, who would have thought we were living in a third-rate, third-world country where nothing works for the working class or the poor.
Gas is cheaper than it has been in at least a decade. Banks are lending. Jobs are out there for those willing to work.
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But if you hear that America is not great and a candidate named Trump who fears nobody who says he will make it great again, or Sanders claiming the rich have everything, you would expect to see beggars starving in the street.
No. There is so much construction and development and hope in York County in 2016 that some hapless and clueless local politicians and I-got-mine people want to stop residential growth. This place is so attractive that there is too much promise and building and dreaming that there is a discussion about halting it.
Trump, who clearly is a bold leader – but in the same breath would expel millions of American Hispanic children his first day if elected – would scoff at any halting of growth. Trump knows people move where they want to live. They don’t go where bureaucrats and flunkies want them to go.
That effort to halt the American Dream of owning a house is mainly on Fort Mill. I know. I live there. People barbecue hamburgers and think it is an event and post it on Instagram. They call the cops when neighbor kids sneak cigarettes or somebody doesn’t cut the grass. Fort Mill is where the huge SUVs and minivans arrive so often to try and put down roots because nothing except HOA meetings ever happens. That’s where Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz came.
Cruz came to Fort Mill with a shrieking radio host named Glenn Beck at his side. Beck claimed that not voting for Cruz meant the possible end of America. He claimed that George Washington wanted people to vote for Cruz, although Washington has been dead for 200 years.
Cruz spoke about the assault on God-fearing people’s religious rights and gun rights and how same sex marriage is horrible.
Not a single thing has happened that has eroded gun rights or religious liberty. There are more guns and more churches than ever. Not one crime linked to gay marriage has been reported in York County in the 16 months that gay marriage has been legal. Yet where the poor people live, there have been gaping holes the size of dinner plates left in bodies from legal guns.
Jeb Bush, whose brother was president and whose father was president, came to Rock Hill three times over the past months. Nobody can remember a single thing he said. Less people voted for him than buy the hamburger steak special at Rock Hill’s Varsity Restaurant on a busy midday.
Marco Rubio whose parents were Hispanic immigrants escaping to wonderful America came through at the end and spoke – at least he mentioned it – about troubles with race in the country that can be fixed with the public coming together. His nice guy approach was refreshing. He forgot to mention he wants to deport 11 million Hispanic immigrants who snuck into America for the same dream his parents got.
Rubio then went out and got thumped by Trump as Trump vowed to steamroll all in his way and build a huge wall larger than any jail.
Did Hillary Clinton say or do anything memorable? Nothing. She spoke at a televised event and Winthrop and then sent her husband, who has been for years, and remains, irrelevant.
Chester and Lancaster counties have big job-making projects under construction or planned.
Certainly the broke and the broken, the poorest among us, were not affected one bit by what any candidate of either party said. Those people are here no matter who is president. No people in cracked shoes are invited to campaign rallies. Candidates invite preachers and politicians to talk about the poor. The poor are not there.
Except when I write about them.
In Thursday’s Herald, and at heraldonline.com, I wrote about Na’Tarsha Parks who is so alone and broke that she was on the verge of homelessness after a brain tumor operation. She and her 12-year-old son slept in chairs at a relative’s house for months as the candidates flew around the country in private jets and most of them racked up huge donations from the rich.
She is invisible, poor, and black.
Well, a lady from Rock Hill whose son is an Eagle Scout - service first, the scouts actually know - she asked Parks and her son about maybe moving in. Strangers reaching out. Hundreds more in York County have donated. Pledges have reached more than $10,000 on GofundMe. Just like that.
No politician, anywhere, had a thing to do with that greatness.
Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065 @AndrewDysHerald