Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The perfect storm is here.


"The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience, the stupid
by necessity, and the brutes by instinct".
  Cicero

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. Peter Drucker

The perfect storm is here.  Republicans now have the house, the senate, the executive and most likely the judicial.  As a friend said, “we are fucked”.   Of course Republicans feel vindicated.  Why it happened is what most pundits are hashing out.  It seems not enough blacks voted, white non college educated blue collar workers, traditionally democrat voters, voted for Trump.  More women shifted right than was expected the Russian’s release of emails to wiki leaks, and of course the collusion of the FBI, and of course there is more.
Why has it happened? A false perception of the truth; lies by Fox news and the great flimflam man Trump, and false innuendo of high crimes and misdemeanors by Hillary Clinton.  The result is that the American people put a man into the White House that is totally unfit for the job.  Not only is he unfit for the job he is unqualified for the job, not in the legal sense, but in temperament, knowledge and intellect.
We will have a man in the White House that cannot speak in complex sentences that demonstrates a depth of critical and analytical thinking.  In essence we have elected a 5 year old petulant thin skinned baby to the presidency.  We have gone from President Obama, an intellectual and scholar to a businessman, whose questionable business practices are known to be suspect.   
Trump whose campaign was based on racism, bigotry, misogyny, lies and prejudice was a candidate that the voters should have repudiated but surprisingly they didn’t.   He will not bring our country back together again, it will need a man or woman of character to do that, he has none.  Those steel town jobs he is going to bring back are gone forever.  If those industries came back they would only bring back a tenth of those jobs as the industry has changed and become modernized.  The same goes for those West Virginia coal mines.
The Republicans will use him to attack and gut health care, Medicare, Social Security, Education, the Environment, the EPA and they will stop any federal minimum wage proposals.  Pensions, unions, freedom of the press and freedom of speech will come under assault from the GOP.  When this is over we will be a poorer country and the rich will be far richer and the poor and middle class will be far poorer.  We will end up with the financial disparity of a banana republic.  Our allies abroad are frightened by an unpredictable and unprincipled stupid man in the White House.   Our enemies in Russia are gloating, they now will have their proxy in the White House. 
What can we do? A lot of liberals are now going out and buying guns.  Possibly a good idea if the economy crashes and law and order breaks down.  It is something to consider.  What we must do is be vigilant, and hold his feet to the fire.  Write, comment, call him out on everything he does, says, or tweets.  He is not popular; he did not win by a landslide.  He won with a minority of the voters. Hillary won the popular vote by close to 3 million votes.  When he fails to do what he said he would, and he will, and the rising tide dissatisfaction becomes apparent we can then begin to work for future without Trump and the GOP in charge, but only if we are vigilant and only if there is enough time.  We live in dangerous times. 







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