From a blue-collar Trump supporter by Colonel Avery Chenoweth, Sr.

As what The New York Times labels a typical uneducated blue-collar Trump supporter, I gladly admit that when I button down my blue collar on my $180 Ralph Lauren shirt and tie my Armani silk cravat I bought in a chic boutique in Paris to offset my Brooks Brothers Navy blue blazer (that goes so well with my DuluthFlex Sweat stop Fire Hose utility pants and Timberland Pro soft-toe work boots), I lament that despite my Prep and Ivy League schooling and advanced degree from a state university — not to mention my military schooling and attainment of high rank due to combat experience — I am just another of the ignorati supporting Trump as cited by the liberal cognoscenti. Yes, I was privileged and proud that my forebears made something of themselves and afforded me some advantages that I very well appreciated and built upon. No apologies here.

Out of my lack of education, according to the media, somehow I learned the politically incorrect history of the USA, it’s incomparable and unchanging Constitution and God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Coupled with those nefarious notions were the marvel of free enterprise and patriotic service to the nation and its defense, when that used to be necessary. It was fortuitous, too, that my adulthood spanned the nation’s zenith from the Depression of the 1930s through the end of the 20th century, witnessing the emergence of the aviation, television, space, digital, internet, technology, communication and satellite ages... until — at the beginning of this century it all began to unravel in a downward spiral toward the demise of the greatness of our former institutions, the general ignorance of the populace (including us blue-collar dimwits), loss of basic freedoms, thought control, and monstrous corruption in high places, all effecting the erosion of basic rights and institutions and military impotence in the rise of a new threat from a heretofore dormant theocratic-ideological Islam that portends to be more dangerous than former communism, Nazism, and fascism.

Fortunately, we poor uneducated blue-collar types can join an able visionary and entrepreneur who can steer the country back on the right road to its former greatness now lost under the Obama-Clinton debacle. Those who continue to support this latter duo bray like the Lib-Dem party’s icon — a Jackass — as they fail to see the present trend toward the creeping demise of our once great country by Big Government Socialism. Nor are these liberal-socialist donkeys cognizant that Western Civilization is cowering to a very real, demented movement that will undo what progress the world has made thus far; they watch benightedly as all that has been good is swirling down the drain.

I doubt that anyone can challenge the assertion that of all groups it is the Liberal Democrats who are the uneducated class, and it is in their air-headed ignorance that they would inflict upon this country the presidency of Hillary Clinton: the Supreme Court would be stacked and remaining liberties would be in jeopardy; the Department of Justice — already well on its way — would become like Hitler’s Waffen-Schutzstaffel (the dreaded “SS”), the Defense Department, which is the tail wagging the dog, and all down the line of bungling government departments, with the enslaved populace with their outstretched hands begging for more government freebies paid by taxes from the rich. That would confirm the mass ignorance of the electorate. If I have learned anything in my nine decades on this earth it is that one cannot reason against ignorance. You’ll lose every time.

Thank God a man like Donald Trump, who — to the contrary of every other presidential contender — has a proven leadership record, achievements unmatched in the field of free enterprise, education beyond those of most (and, thankfully not a lawyer, as lawyers generally are followers not leaders, which explains a lot), and has the right vision for getting this country back on track. Does anyone think Hillary has the ability to reduce the 20 trillion-dollar national debt? Or any demonstrable ability to do anything but con, conceal, lie and steal?

Therefore, I urge all my fellow blue-collar colleagues to eschew the liberal media’s disparagements and put Donald Trump in the White House. He is our nation’s only hope for survival.

Written by Colonel Avery Chenoweth, Sr.

Colonel Avery Chenoweth, Sr. is an author, artist, and Georgia resident who attended Yale University and Princeton, graduating in 1950 with an A.B. degree in Art History, and later received a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Florida. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and in the Reserves in Vietnam and the Gulf War, retiring as a Reserve colonel. Following a career in advertising on Madison Avenue in New York City, Chenoweth authored two books on military history, Semper Fi and Art of War, published by Barnes & Noble and three electronic books on NOOK, KINDLE, and iBOOKS. A noted artist, four of Col. Chenoweth’s paintings are on display at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. 

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Challenge to liberal columnist!

Last week Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts equated Trump followers with the ignorant, Appalachian trash in the hollows of Kentucky as described by one who supposedly overcame all of that and authored a book detailing his escape: J.D. Vance in his current 'Best Seller' "HILLBILLY ELEGY."

It so happened I had just read that book and can shoot down Pitts completely.

First, I have known many of those mountain and holler folks and they might not be as educated as we 'elites' — but they have many real long-held traditions and values on life that outside civilization has lost. Unsophisticated? Yes, as Vance writes.

But some that I know about in mid-Tennessee are descendants and landowners of George Washington's officers he could not pay in cash but did so in large land grants that are still owned by the residents (Grundy County). When I first met one man on that mountain that I assumed was a country hick, we shook hands and the first things he said excitedly was, "You know" I found a first edition of Gray's Elegy in a book store in Chattanooga!" I darned near fell over!

Back in the late 1780's some of my Chenoweth forebears settled on the Ohio on the Kentucky side (and two brothers charted Louisville). I have their historical notes including an historical account of my greatX6 grandmother's scalping by raiding indians— and her survival for forty years, wearing a leather skull cap and bearing four more children. Their education was the forest, the Amerindians, and the family Bible. These hill and mountain folks still read their family bibles (King James ones).

Sure, nowadays they have modern things— electricity, TV, medical care, general schooling, and commerce with the modern world. But don't discount— or disparage— their intelligence. I respect, honor, and appreciate them.

As to Pitts' pejorative reference, I take umbrage. I do hope many of these "Hillbillies" vote for Trump; but the larger groups of Trump supporters are still the middle educated class in which I include myself.
Avery (Horacio) Chenoweth, Sr., Perry

Great commentary piece and challenge! Thank you, Col Chenoweth!--- MAF