Why Trump Won

This will be my last couple of days to post on trying to explain the Trump victory….the American people have spoken…well the electoral college has spoken….I will focus on my forte…international relations and conflict management……that is unless something spectacular comes to light and then I will have to weigh in……after all I am an opinionated SOB.

The dream is DEAD!  This was the closest a woman will get to the White House in my lifetime…..of course I reserve the right to contradict myself…..it is the American way…..

There are millions of people waking up this day and scratching their heads at the loss of the election by Clinton and many are asking one simple question……what happened?

Complicated? Americans just elected to the presidency a candidate who the vast majority don’t like and consider dishonest, lacking the temperament and the experience to lead the country. They chose him even as broad majorities oppose his signature policies from building a wall to mass deportations to tax cuts for the rich and corporations. Complicated doesn’t begin to describe it. Here are some common-sense reflections on this political tsunami.

Source: Why Trump Won | The Nation

Personally, I seldom underestimate the capable voter to demand change…..but the change they demand is seldom real change….just change at the top…..as far as society goes it is never about that…..

The Dems have to an “autopsy” on party politics…apparently what they are doing now is not working……I mean they have lost all control in the states….if they have an agenda then it is not what the American people want….time to buck up and do the right thing……ask the people what is important…..not Wall Street.

Another thing to watch is the GOP…..will they fall in-line with the Trump vision or will they work against him…..my guess is they are cowards and will forgo their principles for the cushy crap offered by Trump.

My major concern is Pence……as a VP he has some power…he is a theocratic politician and I see some religious rights being stepped on…..

Thoughts?

2016: We Have A Winner!

Is this crap over?  Is the long journey into darkness coming to an end?

The electoral college has spoken and Donald Trump will be the 45th prez of the US of A…..

The AP declared Donald Trump the next president of the United States in the early morning hours Wednesday, and Hillary Clinton called him to concede. That concession came soon after aide John Podesta said not to expect one because some states remained too close to call. In fact, NBC News held off calling the race for some time over uncertainty about Pennsylvania, but it eventually put the state in the Trump column and declared him the overall winner with a still-incomplete electoral tally of 278-218. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and others also called it for Trump. The only states still not decided are Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.

Donald Trump is now president-elect of the United States—and after his stunning victory, he promises to be president “for all Americans.” In a victory speech at his campaign headquarters in New York that the Washington Post describes as “subdued and humble,” he said it is “time for America to bind the wounds of division” and “time for us to come together as one,” the AP reports. “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, I am reaching out to you so we can unify our great country,” he said. Trump told supporters that Hillary Clinton had called him to concede. He said she is owed “a major debt of gratitude” for her service and he “congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.”

Trump went on to thank supporters and family members including his late parents and brother, and to tell the world that while “we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone,” Vox reports. “While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is now really just beginning,” Trump said. “We’re going to get to work immediately for the American people and we’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your president. You will be so proud. Again, it’s my honor.”

Congrats!  Job well done……time to get to work….promises to keep….

Donald Trump is now America’s president-elect and many commentators are calling it “unthinkable”—but they also admit it is a possibility they should have probably have thought a lot more about. Some early reactions to the historic victory:

  • Trump’s “astonishing” victory “is the greatest upset in the modern history of American elections—convulsing the nation’s political order in ways so profound and disruptive its impact can’t even be guessed at,” writes Glenn Thrush at Politico. He was able to defeat “a better-funded, better-organized Hillary Clinton by surfing a tsunami of working-class white rage that her army of numbers crunchers somehow missed,” Thrush writes.
  • What Trump “has done is nothing short of cataclysmic,” writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. “He has fundamentally reshaped the political map. He has broken the Republican Party into pieces—and its shards still remain scattered everywhere. He has proven that the political polling and punditry industries need a deep re-examination.” But beyond that, Cillizza writes, the victory shows that “many of the assumptions that people have long made about who we are as a country and what we want out of our politicians, our political system and each other are, frankly, wrong.”
  • Conor Friedersdorf at the Atlantic says that he hopes Trump will “rise to the occasion”—but to be on the safe side, people should start thinking now about how to thwart Trump “misbehavior.” “The most important project in American politics for the next four years is safeguarding the rights conferred by the Constitution and the norms of a liberal society,” he writes. “The effort expended by ordinary citizens will determine the odds of that project’s success.”
  • Jim Rutenberg at the New York Times sees the media’s failure to see what was happening leading of to the Trump win as not just a failure of polling, but a failure “to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media.”
  • Trump didn’t just “vanquish” Clinton, writes Gerald F. Seib at the Wall Street Journal. He “instantly remade the Republican party in his own image. He rewrote some of the GOP’s most dearly held policy and philosophical positions.” Trump has sent the capital into a “zone of uncertainty the likes of which it hasn’t experienced at least since Ronald Reagan’s conservative revolution in 1980,” and is about to become “the most unconventional president in modern American history,” Seib writes.

 

Now the bitching, whining and crying……after that…..but the one lesson taken from this election……polls suck!  They were wrong in 2012 and they were dead wrong in 2016……

The big question now is….what will the Trump cabinet look like?  That should be telling……going to be a fascinating few months….

And the peasants dance…….

Take Me To Your Leader

I have been saying for the start of this election cycle that there was NO one that had any idea about how to be a leader on the world stage.  And so far I have seen leader from either of the two nominees…..

Foreign policy will be big this time around…there is so much crap going on in the world and our choices for handling these situations are limited and not looking so good……

Which candidates show the leadership this country desperately needs?

Let’s start with the GOP candidate for president, Donald Trump……

Many downwardly mobile Americans are confused about what happened to them, which explains the attraction of Donald Trump, who offers few coherent solutions but may have a lasting impact on U.S. relations with the world,

Donald Trump most likely will not be elected President. Still, his historic campaign has sent shock waves through the American body politic. All are asking what it means and what it portends. The focus is on America at home rather than abroad. Foreign policy issues have been overshadowed by anxious domestic concerns.

Moreover, Trump never formulated a coherent view of international issues. Like the average guy, he simply spat out whatever thoughts passed through his head as he had caught snippets of Fox News. Any attempt to discern logic and strategy from Trump’s disjointed exclamations proves frustrating.

Source: A Lasting Trump Stamp on Foreign Policy – Consortiumnews

Nothing about Trump fills me with confidence.

How about the Dems choice, Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee, has derided “Don’t do stupid stuff” as a worthless organizing principle of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

But her substitute of “Doing stupid stuff” is even worse.

As Secretary of State during President Barack Obama’s first term, Ms. Clinton single-handedly compounded problems of international terrorism, nuclear proliferation, war, refugees, and human rights from North Korea and China to South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to Europe and Russia.

In sum, Ms. Clinton foreign policy makes former President George W. Bush look like a Talleyrand, Metternich, or Bismarck.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy: Doing Stupid Stuff | Huffington Post

Another dud in the making…..confidence at ZERO!

Just maybe it is time to re-think the term “leadership”…….

As a retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, I want to be positive. Even when I’ve identified major conceptual and practical failures in the conduct of American foreign and military policy, I’ve suggested alternatives that could improve the situation. But when looking at the state of our foreign policy in this moment, and given how entrenched the foreign-policy elite in Washington has become, a rational optimism is getting more and more difficult to find.

In practice, the current administration tries to keep a lid on problems by applying limited military power—at least regarding troop levels—over large sections of the globe. These military operations are tactical in nature, designed to achieve small-scale results, without the consideration of how or even whether they support some larger strategic objective.

Source: Let’s Rethink What ‘Leadership’ Means in Foreign Policy | The American Conservative

With confidence lacking there is only one thought that comes to mind……on the international stage this country is so screwed!

Trump Makes Me Yearn For My Syndicalist Days

It is less than 4 days before America goes to the polls and picks their next president…..and their choices are still a mystery….at least to me.

I have been asking myself that question for over a year.  I have seen people that under normal circumstances are level headed and rational…..and then they hitched their fate to the Trump bandwagon.

It has been a mystery…not even the totally committed supporters have any idea why they are a supporter……..they offer up some diatribe about speaking his mind or having balls or other such simplistic dodges…….

But why?

And it’s not gender, age, income, race or religion.

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated?

You’d be wrong.

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

Source: Donald Trump 2016: The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter – POLITICO Magazine

I am sure this will not be a popular explanation….especially for his most ardent supporters…..but if one takes the time to look at it in a rational manner (yeah that will happen) then it does…..it makes perfect sense…..just listen to the rhetoric coming from the mouths of those ardent supporters.

A few thoughts on nationalistic fervor……

“All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism.”
“I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.”
“I don’t believe in nationalism. I think it’s a bunch of slogans. It’s a bunch of poor attempts at creating pride. My problem with nationalism is that it becomes exclusionary. We start to exclude people.”
“Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.”
Just a few thoughts on nationalism……..

Issues like “if I win then my opponent will be jailed” or “if I lose then it is all rigged and therefore not acceptable”……the cries of many 3rd world dictators……

Is the country ready and willing to give up rights/freedoms for security?

Have we been condition to make this all possible?  If so, by whom?

Globalists?  Now that is a subject for a later day….too intense for this one….an insult that could replace “apologist” or “bleeding heart” even “socialist”……

I am old now but the direction of the country makes me yearn for my Syndicalist days……..

2016: Go Ahead Throw ‘Em A Bone

With the election quickly making its way into the psyche of the American people and among my readers there are a few supporters of Donald Trump…..I know I have not been kind to him or for that matter to the other candidate either…..but I like to keep what few readers I have happy…..so from time to time I will throw them a bone…….

There is this professor that is to have supposedly predicted the presidential winner accurately for the last 30 years and this time he is calling the race for….wait for it……Trump.

A professor who has accurately predicted the victor of every White House race since 1984 is not budging from his bet that Donald Trump will win this year.

“By the narrowest of possible margins, the keys still point to a Trump victory,” Allan J. Lichtman, professor of history at American University, told The Washington Post in an interview published Friday.

Lichtman told the newspaper his system revolves around a set of 13 true or false statements about the party currently holding the White House.

The scholar said if six or more statements are false, the incumbent party loses the presidency come Election Day.

“Early on, the keys were inconclusive,” Lichtman said of the 2016 race. “And since that time, that sixth key has turned against the Democrats.”

The decisive factor, he says, is the strength of third-party candidates. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson could siphon off 5 percent or more of the popular vote, based on current polling.

Source: Prof correct on 30 years of elections: Trump will win | TheHill

There you go my friends….consider this a positive bone….just for you guys….

You are welcome!

Donald Trump: The anti-Lincoln

8 days and counting…..

The GOP the party that began with the candidacy of Lincoln and ever since those days the party has tried to live up to the legacy that was Lincoln.

In 2016 the party of Lincoln nominated Donald Trump a candidate that is less like Lincoln than any before him….

Throughout this general election campaign, Americans got to see two very different candidates, both of whom have repeatedly claimed that they wish to follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump has demonstrated an utter ignorance of who Lincoln was as a president, and an incurable misunderstanding of the legacy he left the nation he saved.

One need only look at Trump’s inability to apologize, and his occasional non-apology apologies, to determine that he is not in the mold of Lincoln, who set an extraordinary example as a self-effacing commander in chief. In a letter to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in July 1863 to congratulate him on the capture of Vicksburg, Lincoln wrote: “I now wish to make the personal acknowledgement that you were right and I was wrong.” Compare this to Trump’s assertion, “I know more … than the generals.”

Source: Donald Trump: The anti-Lincoln | TheHill

Lincoln was known for his integrity…..I do not see any such characteristic in candidate Trump….the next question should be….how can the GOP support a candidate that has NOTHING in common with the party aims?

Trump’s News Network Or Reality Show?

A bit cooler weather and a joy to sit in the porch and watch the world go by…….weekends are my “down” time….time to enjoy my family and time to do something other than research……I smell coffee!

It is a Saturday morning and I am enjoying a cup of fine Colombian coffee……while I decide the direction of my day….let’s take a look, a tongue in cheek look, at the possibility of a Trump TV Network…..

I wrote a post awhile back about this possibility and……well Hell read it for yourself and save me the typing……

Source: “Trump News Network” – In Saner Thought

That done I saw an extension of this idea…..in the magazine GQ…..I do not read this rag because it is pretty much dedicated to the ego of men and their lifestyle choices….but the article I reference was pretty humorous…..

Try not to think of Election Day as the end of Donald Trump’s presidential fantasies. That’s so sad! Instead, think of it as the beginning of Trump TV! It’s gonna be the BEST (worst) network. Millions (hundreds) will watch it. Every cable provider (one in Montana) will carry it. Prepare your eyeballs for luxury with a sneak peek at what we assume will be the launch lineup for Trump TV.

Source: Inside Trump TV, Donald Trump’s Network | GQ

If this were to become reality (pun not intended) then it could give new life to some of the wackos that are not so popular these days…..like Sarah Palin, the pedophile Ted Nugent, other such “stars”……and Glen Beck will pout.

Trump is always looking for ways to keep his mug i front of the American people and I cannot think of a better way to do so than a TV network……if so hp[efully he will be better at it than Palin who sucks on air.

Watch this spot for further developments……

Enough already…..go now enjoy the weekend and the cooler temps, my friends……

A “New Deal” For Black America

For months I have been bitching that the candidates are engaging in a battle of personalities and leaving the issues by the wayside…..matters not which candidate they both are not telling the American people what the NEED to hear.

But recently Mr. Trump gave a speech that was heavy on issues….well as heavy as it can get these days……this time he talked about what he will do for Black America.

Donald Trump’s poll numbers among black Americans are abysmal—he’s polling at around half the 6% Mitt Romney received in 2012—but he hasn’t given up trying. On Wednesday, he offered a “new deal for black America” in a policy-heavy speech delivered to what the Washington Post reports was a largely white audience in North Carolina. The “deal is grounded in three promises: safe communities, great education, and high-paying jobs,” Trump said, per the Hill, blaming Democrats for “total violence” in inner cities. He promised to provide incentives for companies to move to “blighted communities,” and to allow cities and states to declare such places disaster areas to receive federal funding.

Sorry sports fans but is this NOT the same promises given every election to Black America?  And how has that worked out for them?

Will there be a separate plan for poor Hispanics in the inner cities?  How about those poor whites?

It is so vague that anyone could have made them…..as usual there is NO specifics on just how he plans to accomplish these lofty heights….this is as lame as lame can get….but I kinda expect that now this far into the campaigns…..

Back to the insulting mind games…..back to the immature playground squabbles…..

Please let this goddamn thing be over with soon!

“Making America Great Again”

Ah!  Nothing like one of those campaign slogans that gets everyone’s juices flowing and gives one a slight orgasmic tingle, right?

Every election there is one that sticks out as the number one slogan of the season…..this one is right up there….the problem is that it is not that original at all….

The original was more along the lines of “American First” and it was one associated with Woodrow Wilson back in the early years of the 20th century…..and since I am known for my historical perspectives I thought I would share this bit of history with my readers….and thanx to the American Conservative did the work for me…..and I thank them…….

long ago passed into and perhaps beyond the Elvis Costello “I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused” attitude toward politics, but I suppose I’ll be in love with political Americana till the day I die.

My office is festooned with posters and pinbacks, including those bearing my two favorite slogans in American political history: “Come Home, America,” the plaintive motto of the patriotic prairie liberal George McGovern in 1972, and “America First,” which rings an oval photograph of that doughty foe of U.S. intervention in the world war … Woodrow Wilson. 

WTF? as the young ’uns say.

Source: The Meaning of ‘America First’ | The American Conservative

There is little that is new in this election……how sad is that?

Warning:  I will be taking on the old “American Exceptionalism” next….stay tuned for the fun….chuq

Media and Politics in the Age of Trump

A loyal friend of IST, the Ripening Wanderer, recently posted on what he thought about the media in the age of Trump…….

Source: The Media Covers Donald Trump In A Special Way | THE RIPENING WANDERER

After reading his post I thought about another post that I had read a couple of days ago and thought that it might fit with his thoughts on the media and politics…..

How profit undermines public service in the news media….

Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign will likely preoccupy future historians for years to come. While a number of factors contributed to his rise—including the growing power of social media, a latent racism and nativism within sections of the American public, and economic malaise resulting from Republican and Democratic administrations’ trade policies—the media deserve special scrutiny for their role in accelerating Trump’s candidacy, most obviously because they set agendas and frame political debates each election cycle.

News media’s constant coverage has boosted Trump’s visibility and helped popularize him, even in aggressive confrontations with the candidate. The benefit, however, is mutual.

As Trump attacks the press—mocking and feuding with journalists, threatening to change libel laws, holding campaign events where reporters are corralled and roughed up—he still serves the media well. That’s because the news organizations covering Trump, particularly television news, are reaping incredible amounts of money from their election coverage. Cable news organizations are expected to make a record-breaking $2.5 billion this election season.

Source: Media and Politics in the Age of Trump | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The MSM is the leading actor in the dash to control the thought and the actions of the population….