The quizzical who cannot understand the popularity of Donald Trump needs to think of the “forgotten man,” representative person left behind.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the term in a radio chat more than 80 years ago, the federal government was not what it is today. There was no Social Security, any degree of health care or poverty programs. Worse, there weren’t even jobs.
Since then America addressed many of its social ills with programs and spending, yet the “forgotten man” remains with us, only politicians don’t recognize him. Although he is healthier and has a roof over his head and a full refrigerator, he still remains forgotten by his government, as evidenced by his discontent with the people who represent him.
Enter Trump, a man campaigning to the “forgotten man.” Trump doesn’t talk about the doldrums as FDR did. Trump speaks of the failure of government to work in the best interests of all residents, not select groups who pay to play in the political arena.
This is what the 21st century of the “forgotten man” wants. He wants the pride in our nation restored, the competency of government and confidence the people elected will live up to campaign promises; it’s that simple. So simple, even a billionaire can understand what the “forgotten man” yearns for.