If you're just joining us, welcome to the Trump era. The next four years, assuming he makes it that far, will either be a soaring triumph for the American People, or a boon for late-night comedians. There are some very good things about Trump's election and some very bad things.
One good thing is that this effectively retires Hillary Clinton from public life. Bye, Felicia.
Another good thing is that, with the White House and both houses of Congress in Republican hands, Obamacare would be shaking in its boots right now. You know, if it was a person and had boots. This little experiment in the new American socialism was a clusterfuck from day one, and the American People desperately need to be free of it.
The Second Amendment - a cause near and dear to me, and to millions of other Americans - is safe for a while. That is, unless you live in the Peoples Republic of California, where they just voted to impose background checks to buy ammo.
Trump's victory also means that the anticipated gun rush we all thought would accompany Clinton's win isn't going to happen. Many gun stores around the US stocked up on product in anticipation of this event, and now are holding MASSIVE gun sales. Ammo prices are expected to drop for a while.
There are other good points, but I'm still too groggy to remember them. Some of the bad points are:
The next President of the United States is a man who routinely brags about groping women against their will, then calls it "locker room talk". He refers to women as "a six, at best" or "a two."
I'm guessing that some entity somewhere has already begun looking into ways to build the Berlin Wall on our southern border, even though they have both ladders and shovels in Mexico, most illegal immigration occurs by air, and right now more people are leaving the US than entering it illegally.
The entire First Family have the personalities of villains from Gotham. Eric and Donald Jr. remind me of Uday and Qusay, and we're about a have a Ukrainian underwear model for a First Lady. Classy.
Anything that happens in the political life of the United States that makes the Russians happy is a bad thing, and our next president has already been caught lying about his relationship with Putin. This area of our foreign policy may become very scary at some point in the next four years.
The worst part of all of this, in my mind, is that we have just elected a man who obviously has no regard for the truth, and whose stories and lies shift regularly, depending on his mood. He was both for and against the war in Iraq, believes global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese (but doesn't), accused the first African American President of the United States of being an illegal alien (but that was all Hillary), accused Ted Cruz's father of involvement in the JFK assassination (but didn't), and the list is quite literally several hundred items long.
Wherever you stand on political issues in America, the Trump era is going to be an interesting time.
There's so much about this election that I just can't understand. In fact, I have trouble finding anything that makes any sense. This must be what happens when you ask an orange man a question, and the orange man replies with mind-boggling nonsense.
How does someone become a billionaire without being able to form a complete sentence? He repeats his original point, which is full of run-on sentences and sentence fragments, cobbled together to form something somewhere close to a cohesive thought, and then says, "Excuse me, excuse me," and then re-repeats his original point. It's as if he never fully learned his talking points, and is trying to remember them in tiny little bits throughout the interview, and then spews them out like half-eaten Cheerios as they occur to him.
I get that people want change. I want change too. But this guy? How is this guy what you want to run this country? This idiot who can't even express himself effectively, spends half his time refuting other things he's said, and thinks he knows more about military tactics than the generals at the War College (the founders of American military doctrine)? You want THIS GUY to be PRESIDENT?! Did you see how he scoffed at the War College?
Of course, the standard answers will be: He was taken out of context, the election is rigged, the "mainstream media" is against him, he never said that, that's not what he meant, it's blown out of proportion, or "I guess you support Hillary, then."
But just watch the video, all the way through, if you can, and tell me if, deep down inside, you REALLY like this guy, or it you're only voting for him because of the alternative.
Sometimes I just think I live in a profoundly stupid country. Or, at least, a really, really badly reality-challenged one.
In supporting Gary Johnson for president, I've had Trump supporters tell me that I'm voting for Hillary, and Hillary supporters accuse me of voting for Trump; I've had people tell me that Gary Johnson supports raising the minimum wage (he doesn't), eliminating borders (also wrong), doing away with the military (nope), and lots of other equally incorrect things. They tell me I'm wasting my vote because Johnson isn't going to win, but that I should vote for Trump because he's the underdog (think about that). I'm wasting my vote because Johnson isn't well known, but I should vote for Trump because he's an outsider.
Of course, that's what I should expect, when half the country believes that the current President of the United States is a secretly-Muslim illegal alien who stacked his cabinet with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and who faked everything from his birth certificate to his college degree, and still found time to write Reverend Wright's sermons and sabotage the energy industry while founding ISIS and singlehandedly destroying the American economy.
Most Americans think that violent crime is up in the US, that the American economy is in trouble, and that the federal debt, the spending deficit, and the debt ceiling are the same thing and are set personally by the President. At least a hundred million Americans refuse to believe that evolution is real, but have no problem buying the idea that Hillary Clinton routinely orders people murdered. I personally know people who think Neil Degrasse Tyson is stupid, but Ben Carson is smart.
In this Land of Facebook Memes, reality appears to have been replaced by whatever is the most expedient, easiest to retain, or just plain dumbest. I'm not sure who to blame; I'm pretty sure it starts early in life with religion (if you'll buy the whole Old-Man-In-The-Sky thing...), and it appears to be true that there's a correlation between the number of people who believe the Noah's Ark story and those who believe that the President is the Antichrist; BUT, it's also true that religion has always been here, and was originally a construct of early man, and this level of stupidocity appears to be a pretty recent development - at least since the advent of social media.
One factor might be a near-complete loss of the ability to objectively research anything. Research isn't supposed to be an attempt to bolster one's already-wrong opinions, but that's been the trend in media research in recent years, and is especially prevalent in social media. The number of websites devoted to either entirely-untrue or partially-true "news" is astounding. But what's more astounding is that this new brand of ignorance appears to be intentional.
It's much easier to simply "believe" something than to out-research it and get to the bottom of it, to at least try to understand if and how it's wrong. For example, I was trying to explain the theory of evolution to someone last week, and he said,"It's just a theory." So I explained the difference between a theory the way he was using the word and the scientific use of the word, and how evolution is a proven fact, made plain over and over again by 150 years of solid research. He listened with a grin, and afterward he said, "Yeah, but it's just a theory."
What kind of country do you imagine you're going to get, when this is the mentality of the majority of the American electorate? When someone says he's voting for this person or that person, how much thought do you think he's actually put into that decision? I'm afraid it's hard to place a lot of trust in my fellow Americans and their decision-making abilities right now.