Thursday, November 10, 2016

Day Four: I Survived the Apocalypse And All I Got Is This Lousy Blog Post



OK, breathe. Just... breathe.


There. Just relax. It’s gonna be… okay.


So…


<ahem!>


So…


The 2016 election for President of the United States of America was won by…


No. No, I just can’t say it! Please, don’t make me say it! 

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!


<ahem!>


Sorry.


Let’s try this again.


The 2016 election for Pres-


NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!


DAVE-EL! STOP IT! BE COOL, OKAY?


Just… be cool. Deep breath.


Now, you need to be strong, OK? You can do this, all right?


<sigh>


OK. 


The 2016 election for President of the United States of America was won by Donald Trump.


There.


I said it.


OK, that wasn’t so bad. I think… I think we just might be-


NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!


Oh, hell! Here we go again.


NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!


DAVE-EL! CUT IT OUT! YOU’RE EMBARRASSING YOURSELF, FOR GOD’S SAKE! 




Sorry.


All right, so starting 2017, we’ll have President Donald Trump and…


NO! NO! NO! NO! N-


STOP IT!


NO!


STOP… IT!




OK, it’s been two days since Trump shocked the nation and the world and pulled off the biggest upset in President elections in American history and maybe in the whole entire freakin’ world and you may be wondering, well, how did we get here.


You may recall from Tuesday’s post where I noted Donald Trump only had a chance if certain states went his way. In order for Donald to win, everything would have to happen exactly perfectly for Donald. What happened Tuesday evening was… everything happened exactly perfectly for Donald. He held on to his lead in Ohio, he kept North Carolina and Arizona from flipping to blue AND he nailed Florida AND he even took Pennsylvania which had gone Democrat for President since the time of dinosaurs. 


But on a broader scale, the question remains is how did the majority of voting Americans actually choose as President a man who:

  • wouldn't disclose his finances
  • avoided paying taxes
  • filed multiple bankruptcies
  • had many business associates who thought he was a crook
  • was clueless about the Bible
  • insulted minorities
  • set new records for lying on Politifact and other fact-checkers
  • considered Global Warming a hoax
  • had multiple divorces
  • ...and extra-marital affairs
  • not so long ago was pro-choice
  • ....and favored the Democrats
  • is facing a fraud investigation
  • and has said demeaning things about women
  • ...including that he liked to grab them by the pussy! 


(Tip of the hat to Mark Evanier for his summarizing these flaws so well.) 


The answer is, if we really want to get snarky about it, there are a LOT of very STUPID people out there. But there is more to it than that. There is a level of anger out there in the heartland of America, some of it overwrought but some it justified. As we rush headlong into the future, people in small towns and the countryside have a strong sense of being left behind and overlooked. As I’ve said before, whatever shortcomings we may associate with the man, there is no denying that Donald Trump knew and understood his audience.


Intellectually, there is no way Donald Trump should’ve won over Hillary Clinton. But once you recognize the breadth and the depth of the anger and frustration in so much of America, emotionally, there was no way Donald Trump could lose. And it is a very sobering thought. Nobody truly understood it. Not the pundits, not the pollsters, nobody. Not even your humble blogger.


What’s next? Who knows? And if you’ll permit me some self-indulgence, who cares? I’ve posted a LOT about politics over the last year and quite frankly, I need a break from that subject. So here’s what’s coming up next on the blog: 


  • Friday: A review of Doctor Strange.
  • Saturday: A review of the 1st two episodes of The Crown
  • Sunday: It’s the weekly Doctor Who post.
  • Monday: A review of my 30 Rock re-watch
  • Tuesday: What’s going with Supergirl? Let's find out!
  • Wednesday: Hey kids! COMICS! (I really need to catch up on some stuff!) 
  • Thursday: Some ponderings on Hamilton’s America

Yep, 7 days of posts and no politics. OK, may be some politics in the Hamilton post. But mostly politics free here on the blog for the next week. Just pop culture stuff and nothing at all about the next President of the United States of America being Donald-


NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!




Trump.


NO!




<sigh>


I’m so glad my suffering amuses you. 


Everyone be good to one another.



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