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Monday, November 28, 2016

Like It or Lump It, the Bitter Pill

I have been wondering ever since I wrote it, why I chose the story of my last post. I am appalled by the election results, but not surprised -- exactly. I want to give the not quite the people's choice the chance to be not as bad as I think he will be. But it has  not been easy to reserve judgement. Especially with the choice of Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. When I hear that instead of 12 million illegal immigrants there will only be deportations of three million, the grim history of the 1940's comes to mind.

So, why did I write my last post? It was an attempt to explain the phenomenon of Donald Trump. I have a vague recollection of when I first heard of him. He was at the time married to Ivana and they were both quite young and glamourous -- she was amusing. And of course everyone was fascinated by all the money they had. Gosh that was a very long time ago -- long before the sleaze and the divorces and the mysterious goings on with bankruptcies and money -- or lack of it! Most of all, we really didn't know anything about him. We were really only interested in the glamour and all that dosh.

What I find beyond difficult to understand, is how this urban New Yorker has been able to convince middle America that he has the answers to the country's problems and in particular their problems. There is a long road ahead and it looks woe be gone to me.

I am a life long Democrat from a family of life long Democrats. I am on the mailing lists of many Party organizations and try to keep abreast of what is happening in the ranks. For a long time now I have castigated the Republican Party for allowing itself to be taken over by right wing extremists and I have also been pretty unhappy with the tone of the recent election. But now I find that the tone of my own party is making me question its ways.

For example I have received emails asking me to support the impeachment of Donald Trump. Surely, this is not the time for that! Like it or not, approve of the man or not, he has been elected and must be given the opportunity to serve as President. In addition, it is utterly stupid and a waste of time and money, to expend energy on such an exercise which is bound to fail before a Congress the  majority of whom are Republicans.

Above all, I believe this is a time for extreme caution. Our President-elect is not happy about recounts in three states and is now making accusations that Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote because the election was rigged! So many reactions and counter-reactions do not bode well for the future well-being of the country and its citizens.

It is fortunate that the U.S. election is followed several weeks which provide time for reflection and meditation. No matter who wins, there must also be a loser and so people are both happy and miserable. For those of us who follow the traditions of the season of Advent, it helps to meditate on the Antiphons of the church, which begin

 O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly.  Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

13 comments:

  1. The man is intractably clueless, and is gathering a cabinet and advisers as sinister as Rumsfeld, Cheney, and soforthandsoon. It won't be pretty.

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    1. It gets only worse -- every day...

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  2. It's been hard for me to push all the political nonsense out of my head so I can sleep at night without a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

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    1. Don't keep that stuff in your head, Stephen - what is going on behind the closed doors of government is a mystery to us proletarians and always has been (till the papers are revealed decades later). The media doesn't know either and so far nobody has figured out a foolproof way of predicting the future so we are not one-person bulwarks against disaster. What we can do is support proper legal challenges to anything that is actually illegal, and do something active to support what we believe is the right way to live.

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    2. I try not to think about it at night, but most of the time when I wake up -- there it all is, haunting me.

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  3. Thank you for your post. As hard as it has been to accept the election results, you are right that the Democratic party has not been without blame. I stopped giving money to any of them after the election, and I've unsubscribed to several mailing lists as well. Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council will receive my donations instead. :-(

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    1. This news about Putin's involvement is really freaking me out... We are in a nightmare...

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  4. When I read your last post I thought you were trying to sort out in your own mind about Trump, because actually it IS weird why so many people have voted for him. For those of us lucky enough to live in a democracy, it is really important to think about what this result is saying about our democracy and what we should do to protect and nurture it in future. That is my main reason for thinking we shouldn't write off our fellow citizens who voted for this or try to overturn the democratic result on the basis that they were simply dumb. That is just as stupid and ugly as anything Trump wants to do, specially if we believe that we are the superior ones and have the right to walk all over them.

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    1. Trouble is when 2.5 million more people voted for Clinton than Trump and when it looks like there has been foreign manipulation in the election the consequences look rather dire...

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  5. Oh, I sort of segued into talking about the Brexit vote when I was referring to "our fellow citizens" - there are so many similarities between the two situations at least from this side of the Atlantic.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! I feel I am the victim of a double whammy!

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  6. I think you know my feelings. I didn't vote for him, but neither did I vote for Hillary Clinton. My choice finished third. As odd a choice as I believe him to be, he deserves a chance. Throwing out calls for impeachment before he's even taken office is ridiculous.

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    1. It is not a good idea to be continually screaming out threats. It only turns people off and makes the situation even worse. It is time to 'bide our time'...

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