Above All … VOTE!

As I’ve indicated to various individuals now and again, my other-half leans Republican; however, I didn’t realize that he not only leans, he’s actually fallen over the bannister!

He did not watch last night’s debate, but at one point when Trump made an especially idiotic remark, he happened to be in the same room with me. I knew he couldn’t help but hear what Trump had said, so I turned to him and asked:

“I have a question and I want a one-word answer. I’m not looking for a discussion. I know you support Republican ideals, but you’ve also repeatedly said you can’t stand Trump. Are you still going to vote for him?”

His answer?

“Yes.”

He went on to reiterate his intense dislike for Trump — and then began to rail against the ideals and policies of the Democrats. I quickly reminded him that I did not want to get into a political discussion. Fortunately, he took me at my word and left the room.

I tend to think this is typical behavior of many Trump supporters. Over the years, for whatever reason, they have formed negative ideas about Democratic policies and actions to the point that, in many cases, there is simply no reasoning with them.

This is why, no matter what Trump has said and done … no matter how he’s harmed this country … no matter that he might one day fully assume a dictatorship role … the Republican “ideals” remain the motivating factor in their voting decisions.

To those who support him, they believe he has their back and he’s going to run this country they way it should be run. He’s going to ensure the “American Way” is front and center. And most of all, he’s going to keep “Christ in Christmas.”

For myself, I’ve never been that much into politics. It wasn’t until Obama got elected that I began to pay any attention at all to what was going on. Then when Trump came along and began dismantling this country’s ideals and standards, I became very interested. And worried.

None of us can predict the future. The best we can do is try and influence the direction it takes, not by our words, but by our actions. And at this particular moment in space and time, our concentrated action must be to VOTE. And then “think positive” that under new leadership, this country will resume its respected and admired place on the world’s stage.

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Politics of Humiliation

My son, a Christian who hates strongly dislikes Trump, sent me an article entitled, “Who can win American’s politics of humiliation?” It was written by Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist for the NY Times. While I wasn’t all that impressed with the article in toto, I did find parts of it relevant to today’s political landscape.

Since the NY times requires you to subscribe before you can read their online articles, I’m just going to reprint some of the relevant parts. If you are a subscriber or have some “free” articles available to you (I had 2 left), here is the link. For everyone else …

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It has been obvious ever since Trump first ran for president that many of his core supporters actually hate the people who hate Trump, more than they care about Trump or any particular action he takes, no matter how awful.

The media feed Trump’s supporters a daily diet of how outrageous this or that Trump action is — but none of it diminishes their support. Because many Trump supporters are not attracted to his policies. They’re attracted to his attitude — his willingness and evident delight in skewering the people they hate and who they feel look down on them.

[…]

People will absorb hardship, hunger and pain. They will be grateful for jobs, cars and benefits. But if you make people feel humiliated, they will respond with a ferocity unlike any other emotion, or just refuse to lift a finger for you. As Nelson Mandela once observed, “There is nobody more dangerous than one who has been humiliated.”

By contrast, if you show people respect, if you affirm their dignity, it is amazing what they will let you say to them or ask of them. Sometimes it just takes listening to them, but deep listening — not just waiting for them to stop talking. Because listening is the ultimate sign of respect. What you say when you listen speaks more than any words.

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When George Floyd was being held down by three policemen, one with a knee on his neck, as he pleaded for his mother and onlookers filmed on their phones, he was not just being restrained — he was being humiliated. 

[..]

Unless Biden finds a way to speak to the sense of humiliation felt by many working-class voters … even Trump’s failure to deal with the pandemic may not be enough to turn these voters against him.

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Trump’s goal in this campaign is to separate Biden from Biden voters by making it as difficult as possible for Biden voters to vote. Biden’s goal should be to separate Trump from Trump voters by showing that he respects them and their fears — even if he does not respect Trump.

There’s more, but I think you get the idea.

So I guess the question is: How many of us have the patience and forbearance to do as Mr. Friedman suggests — show respect towards Trump supporters and listen to their concerns?

And more importantly, how many think Biden will be able to convince Trump’s supporters that he respects them and acknowledges their fears?

A Guessing Game

Many of us hope (and maybe even do a bit of “praying” 😈) that the U.S. will be  led by someone sane, coherent, and mentally capable after the November election.

While not everyone is all that excited about the presumptive Democratic candidate, most are aware this nation simply will not survive another four years under the current regime.

Now, having said this, I’d like to put forth a bit of a guessing game.

Let’s say something happens to Trump before the November elections and he is unable to continue as president either now OR in the future. Based on the constitution, we know that Vice-President Pence will automatically step into the role of POTUS.

It’s more than apparent the Republican party has been counting on Trump continuing to lead the country for at least (!!) another four years. But now that dream has been thwarted. Trump is out. So what’s next?

It’s pretty much a ‘given’ that Pence would immediately throw his hat into the ring in hopes of switching his fill-in role into something more permanent. However, it’s also a given that he wouldn’t be the only one.

So who else do you think would jump into the fray? And among those individuals, who do you think might have the best chance of becoming the Republican nominee?

Now remember, at this writing, there are only five months until the November elections, which means opportunities to campaign would be limited. And based on the logistics involved, it would seem doubtful any debate(s) would be held. There could possibly be some campaign rallies, but again, time is a factor.

So, considering the chances for the potential Republican candidate to promote him/herself are limited, what is your best guess of who might end up competing against Pence?

And to take it a step further, in the final election, how well do you think this individual would fare against the Democratic contender?

P.S. Please! Don’t get too serious about all this! Just play along because, after all, it’s just a guessing game. 😋

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He’ll Be Mad As Hell!

Found this on Quora …

What will President Trump do if he loses the US election in November by an unprecedented historic landslide?

He will rant and yell. He won’t concede no matter what. I expect he will vandalize and trash the White House before he leaves. He won’t attend the inauguration. Melania won’t host Dr. Jill Biden at the White House either. Trump will resign in late December or early January if he loses. He will shut the government down. He will expect President Pence to pardon him for any federal charges he is facing. He will be in for a shock when New York State levels state level charges against him and it will be explained why Pence can’t pardon him for state level charges. He will take off for Russia or North Korea. Melania will also disappear. I also wouldn’t rule out trump committing suicide.

Anything you want to add?

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(Question answered by Elisabeth Ruth)