Book Review: “Democrat to Deplorable”

Jack Murphy has written a great book.

“Democrat to Deplorable”  is an “everyman’s story” of swimming in the shark infested waters of the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Ask yourself this… How could the Democrat party lose a lifelong member, one who was a self-professed Social Activist?  One who worked to save inner city schools?  One that lived in Washington D.C. neighborhoods most white folks chose to avoid?

It’s rather astounding this Obama voter ended up voting for Trump.  What’s even more astounding is that over 9 million other Democrats turned Deplorable as well.  How the hell did that happen?

When Trump made his campaign announcement, riding down his own escalator in Trump Tower, I heard a lot of young liberal types laughing about it.  They made a buffoon out of Trump.  They all had their snide jokes.

Yet, I travel extensively in the U.S. for work.  Everywhere I went, there was this undercurrent of dissatisfaction and a serious lack of faith in the last 8 years of Democrat leadership.

Hard working, nose to the grindstone, types I work with.  They were all talking up Trump, quietly though, as many were civil servants.

I did not vote for Obama, either time.  His ideas of redistribution of wealth alarmed me greatly.  That alone was enough.  But, when he won, I sat back and thought, “you know what?  This really might be good for the country.  First black president.  Maybe all this racial division will really start to heal.”

Reluctantly, I gave the man a chance.  He promised a lot.  The most transparent administration ever I believe I heard.  Most of it turned out empty to my eyes and ears.  In fact, racial divisions continued to get worse for 8 years as it was business as usual in D.C.,.

Identity politics has taken over.  It was oppressed v. oppressors.  Masculine White Men were target numero uno.   We were made out to be the bad guy.   Even by our own president.  We are hard working Americans and now we are the perceived enemy of everyone else.  Us versus Them mentality reigns supreme these days.

This is still going on right now.  Men are being vilified unless they fall in lock-step with the latest politically correct cause.

So, Jack Murphy takes us through his journey, from admired businessman, turned school turn-around expert, to getting fired, to being ostracized by family and friends, the entire gamut.  He also opens up and speaks of his rough experience with the legal system and no-fault divorce.  There’s a lot of social topics covered in Democrat to Deplorable.

Many of us took a lot of crap when we professed to like Trump.  Jack was no different.

So, I felt all this as it was happening.  But, I really never analyzed it.  I was busy working, leading my family, making my way forward.  The part about this book I really loved is how it filled in some of the gaps in my head.  Stuff I knew to be true, but not particularly clued in as to the Why of it all.

With the midterms a few days away, politics has reached a fevered pitch again.

Another man recently stated that this book felt like a discussion you would have with a family member or a next door neighbor over beers.  That’s a really accurate statement.  This book will really speak to both liberals and conservatives.  Both parties are so polarized.  Most of us are in the middle now.  Independents are once again a force to be reckoned with.

If you’re into social dynamics and political discussions, this is a great read.  If you’re into stories of personal battles and rising above, this is your next read.

3 comments

  1. Excellent review of a great book. I’d go so far as to call it one of the most important political/cultural books of 2018. Jack explains so much that the so-called professionals missed and does it with heart and a curious spirit. Listen to Tex, people: read this book!

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