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.