. . . and I would like to kick so many people over its edge, but, unfortunately, they are voluntarily jumping and taking us with them.
I rarely get depressed, and, truthfully, President Trump will likely, for me personally, be no more than an inconvenience, but I ache for many, many people who will suffer under his regime, not just here because of his stated domestic policies, but because of his “international expertise”, around the globe. As I watched the results, I wondered if I live in a country populated by a large number of idiots, and now my worst fears are confirmed.
Yes, I mean to be that insulting for we just witnessed the US take a giant step backward along so many fronts that it literally aches to think about it. Hard-won and incremental advances in the workings of civilization over the span of many, many decades swept away by ignorance reinforced with a monumental lack of critical thinking. Our very standing in the eyes of the world has been forever tarnished by an orange symbol representing everything decent folks should find abhorrent in a human being.
I purposefully avoided discussing the election until after it was over all the while hoping the American voters were better than this.
I get Hillary was not the best candidate, and I get all the issues the Democratic Party has been unwilling or unable to address, and I get that the Democratic Party has been arrogant in their dismissal of Republicans, but voting for Trump was incredibly myopic and stupid, idiotic, moronic, and lacking any semblance of common sense.
Most of all, it was self-destructive.
That so many look at Trump as having any capability beyond being a buffoon and a con man is, frankly, beyond my ability to comprehend.
We elected a President who ran on a platform of lies shored up with promises to ignore the Constitution. The biggest irony of all is that the people who helped elect him — mostly Republicans who apparently yearn for the equivalent of a dictator — call themselves lovers of the Constitution.
The only consolation I have is that while Republicans may be triumphant now, they have, I believe, sounded their death knell. They will not recover from a Trump Presidency for in electing him they not only will be forever tainted with his legacy, but they also exposed themselves as enemies of the very tenets this country was founded on.
I especially don’t ever want to hear anyone from the religious right or anyone speaking for them — I’m looking at you, FoxNews slimetards — talk to me about morals, honesty, compassion, and Christian values for they have shown the depths of their hypocrisy in all those things.
To all the people who voted for Trump, think about this . . . Come next year, instead of a Twitter account for Trump to play with at 2:00am, he will have the Nuclear Football. Here’s something you might not realize . . . while the Secretary of Defense must confirm any launch orders, he cannot veto them. The order is solely at the discretion of the President of the United States. President Trump.
Congratulations. You won.
A bit more reading for them who think I am speaking irrationally (seriously, read the document in this next link):
This next quote is from an author I read, John Scalzi. The original is HERE but this excerpt highlights the problem we now face and negates any excuse the FoxNews slimetards could possibly bring up:
“I’m a well-off straight white man, which means of all the segments of the population, the Trump years will likely punish me the least — I may have to adjust my investments so I don’t lose tons of money when the stock market tumbles (or just be willing to ride it out, just like in 2008), but otherwise, in the short-term at least, I’m likely to be fine. I can’t say the same for my friends and loved ones who are women or minorities or LGTBQ or who struggle financially to make ends meet, or some combination of all of those. I wish I could say to them that it’ll be fine and that they’ll be able to ride out the next four (or, God forbid, eight) years, but I can’t. Trump, himself racist and sexist, brought a bunch of racists and sexists and homophobes to the dance, and now he’s obliged to dance with them. Things could get pretty ugly for everyone who isn’t a well-off straight white man. Things are likely to get ugly.
A lot of my friends are scared of Trump’s America, in other words, and they should be. As Maya Angelou once said, when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. Donald Trump has shown us over and over again who he is; the worst of his supporters — the ones who will now feel like they have free reign to indulge their various bigotries — have shown us who they are, too. And while not every Trump voter is among the worst of people, they share the responsibility of having made anyone who isn’t straight, and white, and male, and well-off, less secure, less safe, and more frightened. That’s what they bought for us when they pulled the lever for Trump.”
That is the personal toll people face. I would like to think that somehow it won’t be as bad as I fear, but what basis would I have for such optimism? Scalzi continues:
“I don’t see much good coming out of this, either in the immediate or long-term, not in the least because if he does any of the things he promises to do, his impact will be ruinous to the nation. Add to the fact that he’s the GOP candidate, and the GOP now will have the White House, Congress and will appoint the next Supreme Court justice, and, well. There aren’t any grownups in the GOP anymore, and we’re going to find out what that means for all of us.
Here are some of the things it could mean: A conservative Supreme Court for decades, backtracking on climate change, the repeal of Roe v. Wade, curtailment of free speech, loss of medical insurance to millions, tax policy that advantages the wealthy and adds trillions to the national debt, punitive racial policies, the return of torture as a part of the military toolbox, and a president who uses the apparatus of the US to go after his personal enemies. And these are only the things Trump has said he’s ready to do — we don’t know what else he will do when he’s literally the most powerful man on the planet, with a complaint legislature and judiciary.
The GOP conceit is that somehow they will be able to control Trump, which is a theory that’s worked so well up to now. More realistically, I think the best that can be hoped for is that Trump simply becomes apathetic and bored and leaves actual governance to others, i.e., the Dubya maneuver. This didn’t work particularly well then, but it might be marginally better than the alternative. But no matter what, I don’t have much optimism for the next four years.”
Neither Scalzi nor I know what is to come. It could be we are wrong along with million of other people. Unfortunately, Trumps lacks the cleverness to be anything but what he has shown us to date, and what he has shown us is pretty ugly.
The people who voted for him have also shown us something, and it too is pretty ugly.
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