Trump Times Entry 19 – Count On

Count On

November 27, 2016mefront2

Nineteen days since less than half the American voters imposed their will upon the rest – revealing some pretty ugly shit about the land of the free. The two major parties remain comically fragmented – which make the republicans more dangerous and the democrats less effective. A majority left of center country, the USA, prepares for domination by the extreme right. Still, the republic stands.

Much to the chagrin of the Donald, the Green Party, bless their hopeful hearts, just forced a recount in my native Wisconsin. The Clinton campaign, ever ready to lead from behind, got on board with the recount right after the Greens won the issue. Sure would be nice if the Democratic Party grew a backbone, but I don’t think they remember how.

The Donald, of course, it livid. He’s tweeting like a three-hundred-pound canary. It’s reported that frequency counts on the Trump tweet keywords sad, Trump and scam are shooting up. (Ever notice how often he refers to himself in third person? Must think he’s a rapper.)

Let’s extend thanks to Dr. Jill Stein for taking the politically aggressive road. We need more of this. The Dems don’t appear capable of fighting for themselves no less for us. Perhaps another look at the Green Party in order.

While I don’t expect a recount to change the election results, I do recognize the value of resisting in every possible way. If the recount diminishes the Trump win at all, it’s worth it. And you never know what might be revealed once we start turning over rocks. Perhaps they’ll find that the Waukesha County elections have been fixed for years – we just don’t know. (Yes, we do.)

Just saying.

That’s all I got today. Take care of yourselves and each other,
osv

PS: From Lance Burson
The Orange One screamed at @nbc for using this pic of him. He hates it. Don’t spread it around the internet anymore.trump_1

Trump Times entry 15 – Blame

mefront2Blame

November 23, 2016

As we trudge into day 15, I wonder if someday we might view these early Trump times as the good-old-days. Right now, all we can do is speculate about the shit-storm to come. We have clues, but as our failed polls have proved, the Donald defies mathematical predictability.

We can, on the other hand, glean something about direction by looking at the people he will be bringing along for the ride. Given the Trump posse of relics from a by gone era, alt-right wackadoodles and conflict of interest family members things don’t look good.

But for now, all we can do is guess. Well, and blame.

There’s plenty of blame to go around. In some circles, it’s popular to blame low African American voter turnout. But, frankly, overall turnout was low so let’s blame the average American non-voter. Or maybe, blame the rural voter. Though rural voter would claim credit rather than blame – cause Trump’s their guy. (I wonder, will he still be their guy after he takes away their water and leaves their meaningless guns. But, there I go, speculating again.)

Our, now all yellow, media have been handing out blame to baby-boomers and millennials. The target age groups are being assault with logic like:

The boomers, those angry old white guys and their Stepford wives, voted for Trump because – taxes, coloreds, get off my lawn!

The millennials, those damn kids didn’t get out and vote; they were too busy playing pokemon go and sipping pumpkin lattes at Starbucks to bother!

While these two cartoonish assertions offer comedic images, they also share a flaw. Neither group is one thing.

Hell, I’m a boomer and don’t care if you walk on my lawn. (Though I suggest you take care to step around the dog shit.) While I may be living in a libtard bubble I don’t know any boomer men who voted for the Donald and I don’t know any boomer women who would vote for someone because their husband told them to. None.

Regard millennials, once again general voter turnout was down. So, it is reasonable to expect that turnout will also be down in the various voting blocks – including millennials. But, it’s always an easy to blame the youth.  Until they overwhelm you.

But, none of this makes any difference. There’s no blame to be shared. No reason to act like good losers. Because we didn’t lose. Beyond the moral “won the popular, but not the electoral” victory, there is another narrative.

Complaints of voting irregulates have begun to surface. Exit polling doesn’t (statistically) match up with reported counts. Something, other than the outcome, smells bad in this election.

I suggest this time we not act like good little losers. Instead, challenge the legitimacy of the election at every turn. While we may not block him from assuming the office, we don’t have to recognize his right to be there.

Perhaps we should have paid closer attention when Trump told us the election was rigged. After all, any really good con is based on truth.

That’s all I got today. Take care of yourselves and each other,
osv