Wednesday, 9 November 2016

america's middle finger

Michael Moore and Jimmy Dore were correct: the disenfranchised wanted a populist but instead they got Donald Trump.

The Dems did this to themselves when they didn’t pick up the signals from the population and saw fit to derail the Sanders campaign. I know Bernie well because Vermont borders Quebec and over the years I saw a hard-working, honest and intelligent man who cared deeply about fairness and correcting injustices.

Americans voted instead for an opportunistic narcissist who promised to “Make America Great Again” without actually specifying what that means and he was spurred on by an internet echo chamber where one gets the news they want to hear and where fact-checking is optional if not outright discouraged. Most of what Trump said over his campaign was replete with false hoods.

Half of America now hates the other half because they have turned elections into referendums on social wedge issues instead of concentrating on sound fiscal policy and helping to bolster the downtrodden that are increasingly dotting the landscape while the top rung gets richer.

The people with the little red Trump hats are in for a rude awakening when he isn’t able to deliver what they need but if nothing else now Bill Maher will have 4 years of very rich material to work with for they have just allowed a man with the temperament of a 12 year old to lead the country.

Watch Stephen Colbert put this into perspective…

4 comments:

  1. I am afraid of what the next four years will bring, as well as the aftermath. I remember well how shocked I was when we elected George W. (twice) and was afraid then too.

    I had expected Trump to lose. But like Brexit, he won. We are a divided nation, afraid of each other. Fear like this leads to irrational behavior. Which leads to more fear.

    I'm lost this morning. I simply don't know what to do or think. I think I'm usually pretty good at seeing the silver lining. The lining I see now is tarnished with coal dust, carbon emissions, trans hatred, misogyny, bigotry, guns, violence, and four years of waiting for the next election. Fuck.

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    1. you have a right to be upset Emma but sometimes things have to get bleak in order to realize they are broken and need fixing. I think this is one of those times and it is clear to me that this idiot is not going to deliver on his false promises. Maybe that will make people stand up and take notice...

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  2. I feel like you, Emma, completely distraught. I have written about the role bullying played in my life when I was young over at Crossdream Life. To see half of Americans elect a bully like, even if he did little to hide his aggression and his lack of empathy, this shares the sh*t out of me.

    We really have to be vigilant when it comes to transgender issues now and do our part to reduce the effects of all this hatred.

    Here in Europe we obviously face another problem. Putin and the Russians are actively manipulating our societies in order to cause havoc and undermine the trust in our democracies. Trump threatens to destroy Nato, and the EU is struggling.

    So I hope you are right, Joanna, and that Trump's incompetence will be so clear and undeniable that his voters abandon him.

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    1. Jack you and I feel helpless because we cannot impact this election but I am hoping that his incompetence will shine through like it did for Bush 2. He is even worse...

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