The Dark Places

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I’m sure I don’t need to repeat myself, but I’m going to anyway … I’m a fan of Heather Cox Richardson. 😊 I read every newsletter she writes … and recently started reading some of the comments as well.

Awhile back, I posted the comments of an individual who had written what I was thinking … and today, I found another person who expressed my thoughts. And maybe yours as well. In any case, for the benefit of those who might have missed it, following is a portion of Eric O’Donnell’s remarks in response to Heather’s most recent newsletter where she talks about recent and upcoming elections.

Trump touched the dark places in tens of millions of American souls. He awoke and aroused those who hate and fear cities, hated a black President, hated the smug entitlement of Hillary Clinton, hated being preached to about climate, hated the speed with which the new economy had trashed their towns and workplaces. Above all they felt looked down upon by others whom they perceived to be riding a higher horse.

The podcast “S***Town” opened millions of eyes to present day life in the poorer regions of the South. The characters in this extraordinarily interesting true saga live lives bereft of meaning. Their expressed philosophy, uttered before they do anything illegal, dangerous or profoundly anti-social, is “Fuck it.” Meaning this will probably bite me in the ass, but I’m going to do it anyway. How much worse can my life get?

Those are the people Trump galvanized. They’d been waiting decades for someone to spit on those whom they perceived to be elites and Trump did that and then some.

They followed him and gradually the movement became larger and larger, spreading like wildfire, propelling Trump to an election win that shocked everybody, including those who felt they were just along for a good ride.

Trump became a god to many of them. They would criticize nothing he did, twisting every evil word and deed around until they could make it sound moral or at least, justified in the opportunity to give “the elites” another well-deserved kick.

The movement became a cult. It is now fully engraved in the psyche of half – give or take – of America. Their fealty is limitless. “I’d walk behind Trump and clean up his shit”, one proud to be a Trump serf declared to the media just before the 2020 election.

These people are not going away. Democrats are going to lose key elections to them if the candidate makes the slightest error. And so, McAuliffe last night.

Here is the link to O’Donnell’s complete comment.
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Trump, Hillary, and The End Result

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TRUMP

Trump supporters continue to chant how he’s going to “Make America Great Again.” They put their complete faith into these words and are certain the entire nation is going to become a political version of Alice in Wonderland once their candidate becomes POTUS. While the idea/thought/dream is enticing, just who is this individual claiming to accomplish this action?

As this election season has demonstrated, Trump has a dangerously erratic temperament and simply cannot tolerate criticism. He is absolutely and totally confident his way is the right way, even though persons with far greater education and experience have pointed out the flaws is his thinking. He has denied or tried to explain away negative comments he’s made about women, minorities, the disabled, war heroes, immigrants, and others. And finally, he has demonstrated time and again that he is simply unable to make informed decisions on complex issues.

Yet his supporters continue to believe he’s the man for the job … primarily because, they say, he’s a “successful businessman” (even though it’s been revealed his business dealings have often fallen below the standards of honesty, decency, and ethics).

HILLARY

Trump refers often to his opponent as “Crooked Hillary” and surely, there is reason to have doubts about her integrity during her time on the political scene.

For many, Hillary Clinton is seen as someone whose behavior in political matters is both irresponsible and capricious.  She seems to regard her past actions when serving as Secretary of State as simply “mistakes” when, in fact, many were borderline (if not outright) illegal.

She denies whatever doesn’t fit the image she wants to present and turns a blind eye to valid criticisms of her (especially as related to the Clinton Foundation). As one columnist noted, the inhabitants of the Clinton world are so accustomed to corruption they can’t even see it anymore.

Many have noted that Hillary tends to “go with the flow.” Although she presents a positive picture of her intended actions on how she will lead the country, many believe she will, instead, do what’s expedient.

THE END RESULT

The election of either candidate is going to bring consequences. Possibly less in the case of Hillary since she will tend to follow the political path of least resistance. Trump, however, will blunder through his time as POTUS with bluster and bravado while accomplishing little (except perhaps to put us into a Third World War).

It is truly sad that a nation as great as America is forced to choose between two individuals so completely undeserving to serve as Leader of the Free World. Perhaps we will do better next time. Hope springs eternal.

(And this, I promise, is my last political post before the election.)

The Political Scene: Words vs. Action

Well, I hoped I wouldn’t be writing any more politically-oriented posts, but this comment on Facebook by my right-leaning granddaughter was more than I could stand. I so wanted to comment back, but would prefer to keep peace in the family, so you, my devoted readers, will have to take the brunt of my reaction.

Her comment was in response to a video of tRump apologizing for his recently publicized comment about women  …

I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am.

I said it, it was wrong, and I apologize.

There was more, but this, in essence, was his apology. He ended his remarks with this:

I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between words and actions. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.

This was my granddaughter’s reaction to the video:

Like my mother has engraved in my brain, “Actions speak louder than words!” Hillary’s actions are by far worse than Trumps words!

If I had responded, I would have asked, what exactly are the “actions” that you are referring to? Are you referring to Benghazi or the emails (which seem to be the topics du jour), both of which have been discussed ad nauseam?

And then I would have asked how these “actions” compare to a man who has verbally demeaned not only women, but Mexican, blacks, Muslims, etc.

I admit there is truth behind the statement made by her mother (my daughter), but words also reveal much about the belief system and temperament of an individual.

Further, while tRump pledges to “be a better man tomorrow,” what guarantees do we have that he will change? And why must we wait until “tomorrow?”

I so wanted to ask her — do we honestly want someone to hold the highest office in the United States who verbally assaults those who do not meet his personal standards … and praises someone who instigates attacks against humanitarian efforts?

And if we’re talking about actions, do we want someone who has declared bankruptcy four times? Does this reflect good business sense, as tRump declares? And what about the numerous times he has made a statement and then claims he never said it (or “didn’t really mean it”)?

More than anything, the thing that bothers me about political campaigns is how the candidates spend their time attacking their opponent and pointing out all their “bad” features. What I want to know (and I don’t think I’m alone in this) is what the candidate is going to do to improve our nation. (And stop telling me to visit your website for details!)

I will watch the upcoming “town hall” event on Sunday but I can almost predict what will happen. It will end up being nothing more than what has been going on for the last several months … She said, He said. The American people will know nothing more than they do today about either of the candidates.

I seriously dread November 8th.

Are You a Hillary Supporter?

As it is looking increasingly likely that tRump will be the Republican Presidential nominee, this article outlines some excellent reasons why you should NOT be tempted to vote for Hillary and instead put your support behind Bernie.

The lead line: “Democrats need to seriously and pragmatically assess their strategy for defeating Trump. A Clinton run would be disastrous; Bernie Sanders is their only hope.”

From the article:

Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths.

[Trump] will attempt to crucify her. And it is very, very likely that he will succeed.

Couple of things we already know …

[Trump] deals almost entirely in amusing, outrageous, below-the-belt personal attacks, and is skilled at turning public discussions away from the issues and toward personalities (He/she’s a “loser,” “phony,” “nervous,” “hypocrite,” “incompetent.”) If Trump does have to speak about the issues, he makes himself sound foolish, because he doesn’t know very much.

The article writer further comments, “This campaigning style makes Hillary Clinton Donald Trump’s dream opponent.” Be sure to read WHY he says this.

One of his final comments:

Donald Trump is one of the most formidable opponents in the history of American politics. He is sharp, shameless, and likable. If he is going to be the nominee, Democrats need to think very seriously about how to defeat him. If they don’t, he will be the President of the United States, which will have disastrous repercussions for religious and racial minorities and likely for everyone else, too.

Overall, it’s an article NOT to be missed.

“Feel the Bern”