Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Morning After In America!
I will not cast myself on the hot coals and suffer because the election did not turn out as I hoped. Like Howard the Duck, we appear at this early hour to have have managed to elect a smart-ass cartoon figure, but sadly what can you do now. As it turns out there are some silver linings.
Republicans now have to make some hay. They have for a decade wrought only vitriol and contempt failing in almost every regard to deal with the issues of the country in anything approximating a meaningful way. Now they must do what they promised -- find a better version of Obama Care (they won't but I hope the ball has been moved a bit), solve the Syrian situation (they can't and expect to hear a lot about how Obama is to blame for quite some time), and find a way to end the dreadful deficit they've moaned on about for years now (they will sort of forget about it now that they have the bill). Usually Republicans just pass their tax cuts and quickly lose interest, but this time I suspect they will have to lift and tote a bit more before they can report back to corporate headquarters.
They will have to continue doing what they've been forced to do for most of the campaign since they were trounced by Trump and that is to make excuses for a spectacularly crude fellow who in all likelihood might be the most contemptible bloke to stumble into the White House. (At least all that hand-wringing moralizing about Bill's infidelities will finally disappear I hope.) That he will bring along his better-seen-than-heard wife and his odious family is going to offer up ripe opportunities for the comedy shows. (I hope they were serious about all that no political correctness stuff...just saying.) I imagine the GOP will get mighty weary of the dope they've hung around all our necks before this shebang is over with.
And they've got a "great big beautiful wall" to build. (No mention of it in his acceptance speech I noticed. Hmm.) Now it's been little discussed in recent days, but if the Donald doesn't build it he'll lose his cred pretty much instantly (and hopefully his incessant lying will rub folks a bit rawer as President) and when he builds it, the rest of his cred will wither away when it doesn't really change things much. All those jobs he's been promising to desperate folks in rust-belt states that truly deserved better service from their politicians had better start popping up. I don't think Trump voters are the wait and see kind anymore, not when they've been promised a return to glory days which have only somewhat to do with trade deals and a lot to do with technology.
For the Democrats it's a great day as we can finally shake the hoary Clinton mystique once and for all. I was never a fan of Hillary and never wanted anyone of her generation to take the helm after Obama. Giving the nod to Hillary was a wave to history (a wave goodbye as it turns out) and a move mindful of what the GOP did for Dole way back when. It wasn't her turn; it's no one's turn and the sooner we learn that lesson once and for all, things will get better for all of us. What was and is still needed is new blood, new ideas and fresh notions about how to actually improve the lives of citizens in these United States. Berni tapped that need and desire for fresh ideas and after four years of the shine rubbing off of Trump's overeager promises maybe, just maybe this country will once again be in the mood for some good governance. If the Dems are smart (not yet proven) they will prepare for that day.
So I see the arrival of the Trump era as just four more years where I will pay less attention to the news and read more dandy novels and comics and see more fine films. Politics is something I need to wean out of my system for a while, like any toxin.