Take a Deep Breath

(L-R)Brandon Miles, Brandon Partin and Michael Miles cheer before Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer - RTSMSW0

(L-R)Brandon Miles, Brandon Partin and Michael Miles cheer before Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer – RTSMSW0

Well it’s finally over.  He won.  Take a deep breath.

Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a man with a real character problem and an addiction to Twitter will be our President.   We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure.

We liberal elitists, leftists, socialists and commies are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting “Lock her up” — we elitists just stood and clapped.

“The Trumpers never expected their guy to actually win the thing, and that’s their problem now. They wanted only to whoop and yell, boo at the H-word, wear profane T-shirts, maybe grab a crotch or two, jump in the RV with a couple of six-packs and go out and shoot some spotted owls. It was pleasure enough for them just to know that they were driving us wild with dismay — by “us,” I mean librarians, children’s authors, yoga practitioners, Unitarians, bird-watchers, people who make their own pasta, opera-goers, the grammar police, people who keep books on their shelves, that bunch. The Trumpers exulted in knowing we were tearing our hair out. They had our number, like a bratty kid who knows exactly how to make you grit your teeth and froth at the mouth.”

Alas for the Trump voters, the disasters he will bring on this country will fall more heavily on them than anyone else. The uneducated white males who elected him are the vulnerable ones, and they will not like what happens next.

“We’ve heard a lot of patronizing bullshit about the displacement of the lower white working class and the loss of the American dream, to which I say “meh”.  Go splash some cold water on your face.  Resentment is no excuse for stupidity.  America is still the land where the waitress’s kids can grow up to become physicists and novelists and pediatricians, but it helps a lot if the waitress and her husband encourage good habits and the ambition to use your God-given talents and the kids aren’t plugged into electronics day and night. Whooping it up for the candidate of cruelty and ignorance does less than nothing for your kids.”

We liberal elitists and leftists are now in the  clear.  The government is in Republican hands.  Let them handle it and deal with him.    We can spend four years raising tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, tasting artisan beers, and let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids while we Democrats go for a long , brisk walk and smell the roses.

Elvis once said “Don’t be cruel!.”   We all experienced cruelty back in our playground days — boys who beat up on the timid, girls who made fun of the homely or naïve — and most of us, to our shame, went along with it, afraid to defend the victims lest we become one of them. But by your 20s, you should be done with cruelty. Mr. Trump was the cruelest candidate since George Wallace.   How he won on fear and bile is for the “experts” to determine.

As for the damage he will do to our country — who knows? His supporters voted for change, and I fear they are going to get it but it will not be what they expected.   It never is.

Now don’t get me wrong.  In my humble opinion Hillary was the weakest candidate the Dems could have fielded.  Could Bernie have won?  Who knows.  The polls certainly said so – but they have been proven wrong again.  Let’s put it this way – in Michigan and Wisconsin Bernie beat Hillary in the primaries.  The country is tired of Clintons as it is tired of Bushes.

But hey!  It was Hillary’s turn!  The DNC did everything it could to slant the playing field toward Hillary and away from Bernie.  And so here we are today.

Jill Stein voters played a pivotal role again, just as Nader voters did in the 2000 election of George Bush.   In both Michigan and Wisconsin the Green Party vote was larger than the victory margin of the GOP; if those votes had gone to Hillary she would be the President elect.  I hope those of you who threw away your vote for your principles are happy. You have put the republic in grave danger.

We should also contemplate the fact that for the 2nd time since 2000 the Electoral College has given the Presidency to the candidate that lost the popular vote nationwide.   Hillary beat Trump but is not the President elect. Of all of the western democracies it could only happen here – get more votes but come in second.

I look around the Pancake House at old retired white guys like me; I know who they voted for but don’t understand why.   They are on social security and medicare and vote for a party that vows to dismantle it.  For too many of them their entire world is talk radio; they really do need to get out more.

Well I’ve taken a deep breath.   My grandson Clark was born on election night with the dawn of Trumpism.  I am leaving tomorrow to spend two weeks with my daughter, her husband and her new son.  She will be 40 years old soon and I doubt she ever thought she would be a mother.   We will celebrate Thanksgiving together.  The sun is out; the weather is beautiful and we remain optimistic.  I’ve haven’t seen it all but I’ve seen it since Ike.  The sun will come out tomorrow.

Today is Veteran’s Day.  We can watch President Trump laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns next Memorial Day.  Perhaps John McCain will be in the audience.  He’s not a hero; he was captured.   That is what we have wrought.




About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to Take a Deep Breath

  1. beetleypete says:

    Any ‘democracy’ with an electoral system in place always faces the possibility that most of the votes will not have gone to the winning party. That has been the situation many times here in the past. Whether Electoral College, Constituency first-past-the-post, or Euro-Proportional representation, the party with the largest popular vote rarely forms the government.
    One reason why I have never held to the idea of a Democracy.
    The other problem is people voting about things that they have have no real interest in, or understanding of. They vote for things that concern them alone, often just one issue, with no thought to the wider repercussions. British women wanted a female Prime Minister, in 1979, so we were told. We got Thatcher.
    I much prefer a good-old dictatorship. People know what to expect, and don’t have to worry about being part of the process, by having to vote. That works best when I am the dictator, of course.
    If you would like me to help out over there, I am willing to make the trip across the Atlantic to do the job…
    Enjoy your grandson. We survived Reagan, we survived Thatcher. No reason to assume we won’t survive old fluffy-hair.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Lara/Trace says:

    Happy travels to you, dear man. Hug that new baby!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Gary Lubrano says:

    Frank, Get over it……………. I voted for TRUMP……….. GARY E. LUBRANO SR.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. toritto says:

    Hi Gary! I know she has a brother but at 74 I had forgotten your name! I’m currently visiting my eldest daughter, her hubby and my first grandson. Staying till after the holiday before heading home to Tampa Bay. Best regards and come around anytime! Say hello and my best wishes to all of you. Frank S.


  5. Gary Lubrano says:

    Hi Frank,
    It’s been a long time. I played chess with you in my mothers kitchen when I was nine years old. I am now 63 with 3 grandchildren of my own – Angelo, Vincenzo and Gabriella. I also have 2 sons Gary Jr. (age 36) and Michael (age 32). I married my high school sweetheart Patti and have been married 40 years. I live in upstate New York where the winters are long and hard. It’s actually snowing now and feels like February. Let me congratulate you on your beautiful grandchild and wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a better New Year to come. From an old Brooklyn Boy! Best Regards……….. Gary

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