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Well That Was Fun

I’ve toyed with a post since Saturday.  It would explain who I voted for and why.  Kind of pointless now.  I’ll just say that I wrote in a name and now that catastrophe has struck — it’s not just that Trump won — but Republicans held on to both houses of Congress.  We are now at their mercy and the Supreme Court will be dominated by conservatives for years and decades to come.

As the events of last night developed, I thought of another post and this morning I’ve considered letting it go, but I can’t.  I think a point needs to be made.

I have seen some people already blame the “damn third party voters” for having brought this about.  Unfortunately, they’re missing the reason why there are third party voters — because the main parties did not offer those voters viable alternatives.  So …

I blame the Democrat Party apparatus and Hillary Clinton for this debacle.  And just to be clear, I don’t blame those of you who voted for Hillary Clinton.  You had no choice.  No, I blame the Party apparatus for lining up behind a fundamentally flawed candidate and forcing her onto the party supporters and the American people.  A candidate who is a walking conflict of interest who a significant portion of the population will never, ever trust.  Rightly or wrongly, this is the case with the Clintons in America.

And I blame Hillary Clinton and her husband for the decisions they made that led to her underlying flaws.  They had a choice 15 years ago.  Leave the political life and go make money and lead a great charitable foundation or stay in politics.  They couldn’t do both, particularly in the way they decided to make money and fund that foundation.  They have personally profited by more than $150 million from special interests for speeches they gave and their foundation has received millions and millions of dollars from foreign countries, foreign interests, and corporate and special interests.  They are a walking, talking conflict of interest at a level unseen in American politics.  And they arrogantly believe that none of that matters.

And they own the debacle that is a President Trump and a Republican Congress for at least the next two years.

I blame the Clintons for their arrogance and unwillingness to recognize Hillary Clinton is not the candidate America needed or wanted this year.  And I blame the Democrat Party for refusing to find a better alternative.  They gave America no choice.  And we are now stuck with a catastrophe in the making.  I can only hope that having done the unthinkable Donald Trump will recognize the weight and seriousness of the office he will hold on January 20, 2017, and grow up for the first time in his life.  I’m not optimistic.


8 responses to “Well That Was Fun

  1. Kevin Brennan November 9, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Man, there’s plenty of blame to go around, I think, but what scares me more than Trump in and of himself is the Republican Congress. In states where they control the whole govt., they whip out the wish list and start rolling back the progress clock. Goodbye EPA, hello global warming.

  2. cinthiaritchie November 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Well, I think blaming the Democrats and the Clintons is kind of beside the point. Because the point is that people were willing to vote for a man who mocks the disabled, degrades women and has the mentality of a fourth-grader and, oh yeah, is a racists to boot. That’s the scary thing. That’s what we need to address, that and the fact that our country has harbored so many people with hate in their hearts that they would willingly elect a man who leads with hate.
    I truly think that if Hillary had been a man people would have been more forgiving. Yes, people hate the Clintons, I get that. But blaming Hillary for arrogance when Trump is a hundred times more arrogant?
    I’m terrified about what will happen with women’s rights, I’m sick to death of aging white men making the rules and mostly, I’m fucking tired of those very same aging white men (who even at their aging ages are scheming to get into the pants of younger women) trying to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body.

    • kingmidget November 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      The point is that had the Dems nominated anybody else Donald Trump would not have won. There are plenty of people who voted for him out of hate and ignorance. But there are also many who voted for him because he was not Hillary Clinton. The Clintons hold a particularly divisive place in our nation and have for 20+ years. Rightly or wrongly, that is the case. Any other reasonable Dem nominee would have won this election relatively easily.
      Which leads to your second point … I reject completely the idea that Hillary lost because she is a woman. The people who wouldn’t vote for her have voted for plenty of women for Governor, Senator, and even Vice President of America. She didn’t lose because she was arrogant. She lost because of the things she and Bill have done to contribute to the negative views people have of them. Her arrogance is what clouded her ability to see she was not the candidate the electorate wanted to see this year. That she has never recognized her responsibility for any of this. That she could never recognize that she’s not the candidate America wants.
      I get your terror and your frustration, but I think ignoring the mistakes the Democrat Party made and the Clintons unwillingness to accept their role in this catastrophe just means we won’t learn from the mistakes made during this election cycle. And that would be a catastrophe of equal proportion because as you know, those who don’t learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

  3. S.K. Nicholls November 10, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I blame the American people for being so gullible.

    • kingmidget November 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      The American people can only go with the choices the parties give them.

      • S.K. Nicholls November 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        True that. I’m angry at both establishment parties right now. Neither are working for the people. One is working for corporate interests and one is working for personal interests. How in the hell to get get rid of the parties we have in place? Congress and the way it works is a joke. Our whole system of government seems to be quite a joke, but it’s better than many systems around the world. There are supposed to be checks and balances. Obama should be allowed to place a Supreme Court Justice, but the Republican Congress is bound and determined NOT to let that happen. What branch will make them?

      • kingmidget November 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        There’s a lot to dislike about the system these days.

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