A long-time reader posted an email our way last night; he was commenting on the continuing (if not escalating) intransigence of those both left and right, as evidenced by the comments regarding a recent post by local blogger Ms. Patton.
The post itself was the usual weak tea (milk and sugar added) served up as reasonableness 1: let the ‘winners’ gloat; don’t go off half-cocked; figure out what “went wrong”, stay involved and maintain one’s perspective. Strictly middle-of-the-road, both in terms of tenor and advice. As our email correspondent pointed out, however, the comments were combative, both sides at least as entrenched as before the election.
Another email, this from a friend:
I’m so fucking mad and disgusted about the election. I always felt Americans aren’t the smartest lot, but this makes me worry how far we could slide into the far-right abyss. The economy is in decent shape and we’re already showing early signs of post WWI Germany fear mongering.
If there’s any bright side, I hope it pushes liberals and younger people into public service and actually paying attention. The anger/fear after this election makes 2004 look like a sunny episode of the West Wing.
It also frustrates the hell out of me that white women voted for that monster, plus 1/3 of Latinos. WTF??!?! And, 23% of people who wanted “policies more liberal than Obama” voted for him. I honestly don’t get it.
Alas, we fight on
Meesha awoke from his massive slumber to post information and maps concerning the region’s fallout shelters.
Is that classic Russian understatement or what?
From another friend:
As I’ve always maintained, when America destroys itself it will be through thoughtless emotionalism. I figure less than 1% or less of this past Tuesday’s voters went into the election booths weighing the proposed policies of one candidate against the other’s. Indeed, I’ve been hard pressed since to discover anyone who can outline for me, even in the broadest sense, exactly what the candidates’ policies were.
Another friend, ex-Cali now dragooned-Texan, from down Houston way:
It appears to the executives that Trump is willing to slit his own throat to spite the Chinese; the executives are worried, already we’re seeing oversees investment money (she works at JP Morgan) being pulled back home. If this continues the US won’t be able to finance itself. And the Chinese, who have been getting out of Treasuries, announced they’re going to start their own global free-trade organization, which will allow international investors to more easily profit from developing global trade by putting cash in other countries that agree to the Chinese trade pact… Trump sold his voters on the notion that he will get the better of the Chinese, but judging by the outflow of capital the reality is already the other way around. You heard President Xi the other day, right? “President Trump is going to have to compromise.”
And on and on and on. So it goes.
Personally we’re at least as worried about what Myron Ebell will undo/roll back over at the EPA than what any other Trump appointee will get up to. 2 Trump has indicated he wants to downsize the agency, repeal all federal spending on clean energy and pull the US out of the Paris climate accord.
Trump has also stated he wants to scrap every major regulation President Obama put in place to reduce US carbon dioxide emissions, including the Clean Power Plan.
Morning After Analysis abounds; herewith follows ours, and then we’re done with the subject. And with Trump.
The fact is the Confederacy Party turned out in droves for Trump, all their leaders’ public posturing to the contrary. The “decent” republicans also voted Trump. And a main reason for that is the Right’s pathological hatred of Clinton.
No matter – the same hatred would have existed for Sanders (He’s a New York, socialist Jew!) 3. In fact though few US leaders appeal more to the world as a whole than Barack Obama, back here the hatred toward him has been scary: a recent poll showed 57% of Republicans believed him to be a secret Muslim, and 24% thought he might be the Antichrist. The actual Antichrist. 4
One might postulate The Deplorables don’t actually believe the tripe they’re uttering, that these phrases are convenient conversational quips to carry around from bar to work and bar again; instantly recognized flags among like tribe members. As was voting for Trump.
And ultimately Trump’s willingness to not settle for the same tired old dog whistles, but to actually incite the very worst of the racists among them, to baldly slander and demean women (as a real man would), to sling his wrinkled lil’ 70 year old dick around as a threat to China and anyone else in the world who doesn’t believe Amurika Is #1, all that counted for far more with the Confederacy’s True Believers than the embarrassingly overt facts of Trump’s narcissistic sociopathy, or his stunning unfitness for the office, not to mention his total lack of interest in actual governance. 5
So there’s that.
We shudder at the seemingly immeasurable damage of which a Trump presidency is capable. At a bare minimum Trump’s taking office will immediately put the US presidency on a par with that of Rodrigo Duterte’s. And if think that hyperbole, you haven’t been paying attention.
But the worst of Trump’s policies will come at the expense of The Deplorables who voted for him, the poor/working class who eagerly gave the rest of us the finger.
We expect the next 4 years to be more than grim.
And, frankly, we’re not going to participate. After this post we will not write the word ‘Trump’ again, or comment on his antics, even though he prance around naked and gibber. 6 Life’s too short; good night and good luck.
“The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves…”
- Ms. Patton would have felt right at home on the erstwhile Star editorial board, though we suspect her POV will be too reasonable for the future conservative Star editorial board. ↩
- the way Oklahoma continues to rock the Midwestern world with their unabated fracking makes at least one of Edgar Cayce’s prophecies more and more likely…. ↩
- Trifecta!!!! ↩
- Which speaks very, very poorly about the education system in this country. The ‘antichrist’? Seriously? What the fuck is WRONG with these people? ↩
- We won’t speak of what laughably passes for his deportment. ↩
- We mean, some more. ↩